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Barangay Bangkal, Makati lauds DMCI Homes yearly 'Christmas Blowout' for underprivileged kids

December 11, 2018

The children beneficiaries of Barangay Bangkal with their “kuyas” and ates” after the DMCI Homes Christmas Blowout 2018.

For the fourth consecutive year, DMCI Homes has once again hosted a Christmas party for underprivileged children living in its host community in Barangay Bangkal, Makati City, drawing commendation from the barangay council and the local social welfare department.

Dubbed as “DMCI Homes Christmas Blowout,” this year’s edition of the annual gift-giving activity held a carnival-themed party for 75 beneficiaries composed of children under the Makati Social Welfare Department’s Street and Urban Working Children Program, kids with disabilities, and those belonging to families enrolled in the government’s conditional cash transfer program.

“I would like to thank DMCI (Homes) for again hosting our kids for their Christmas Blowout. It’s been several years now that they have been giving us a venue for the kids to have fun this Christmas,” said Barangay Bangkal chairman Mario Montañez who graced the event last December 1 at the DMCI Homes Corporate Center Multi-Purpose Gym.

“DMCI (Homes) has been a very good partner of our barangay not only in business but in community relations and I’d like to applaud the efforts of the company in helping us create projects that benefit our residents,” he added.

An employee volunteer shares a meal with the children beneficiaries.

The Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD), on the other hand, lauded the company for holding such activities which it said not only create a lasting impact among beneficiaries but also promote a sense of belongingness in the community.

“On behalf of MSWD, nagpapasalamat po kami sa DMCI Homes for coming up with this event na nagpapakita ng pagsasama-sama ng mga kabataan. Isa itong magandang simula para sa mas matatag na komunidad lalo na dito sa (Barangay) Bangkal,” MSWD community organizer John Mark Opiana said.

For the event, DMCI Homes headquarters’ multi-purpose gym was transformed into a mini carnival village complete with Shooting Gallery, Pop the Balloon, Ring Toss and Stick on Santa game booths.

Award-winning professional magician Kevin Bryan Bautista dazzles kids with his performance.

Face-painting posts, photo booths as well as stations of sweets and treats courtesy of the Rotary Club of South Triangle were also set up to the delight of the children beneficiaries.

More than sixty DMCI Homes employee volunteers who acted as the children’s “ates” and “kuyas” for the day, meanwhile, prepared fun-filled activities and parlor games to further liven up this year’s DMCI Homes’ Christmas treat.

Providing the highlight of the event was a surprise performance of the Philippines’ award-winning professional magician Kevin Bryan Bautista who dazzled the children beneficiaries with his startling sleight of hand magic tricks.

DMCI Homes’ employee volunteers ended the activity with the distribution of school bags and school supplies to the beneficiaries.

One of the beneficiaries gets her prize for a successful attempt in the Pop The Balloon game booth.

“I’m thankful na naging part ako ng activity kasi natutuwa ako na nakikita ang mga bata na masaya sa maliit na regalo at kaunting kasiyahan na naibigay natin sa kanila,” said Rikki Mae Jardinel of DMCI Homes’ Customer Care Department. 

Buboy Guillermo of the DMCI Homes’ Accounting Department, for his part, thanked the company for providing a venue to reach out to the less privileged members of the Barangay Bangkal community.

“I feel so much rewarded because I belong to a company which extends its arms for us to share our talent, time, and treasures to those who are in need,” he said.

The annual gift-giving activity is part of DMCI Homes’ Corporate Social Responsibility program Kaakbay which aims to reach out to communities where the company operates.

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