On October 1, 2012 at the San Andres Sports Complex, Malate Manila, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) led the opening of the month long celebration of the 2012 National Children’s Month with the theme “Bright Child ay Siguraduhin, Responsableng Pamamahayag ay Palaganapin.” Ms. Chacha Canete of Goin’ Bulilit and Mr. BJ “Tolits” Forbes, the Bright Child Jr. Ambassador as the master of ceremonies inspired the children with their energetic presence.
CWC Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo with Mr. Ruperto S. Nicdao, Jr., President of Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP), Executive Director Frank Rivera of the National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT), Atty. Jonathan Presquito, Chief Legal Officer of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) joined in force to make the activity a very special day for children. The event was highlighted with the singing of community songs “Narito Munting Puso” and “Bawat Bata” which was led by Chacha.
Children of Manggahan Elementary School Students of Pasig City also rendered a special performance for the national anthem entitled
“Dakilang Lahi” and immediately followed by the invocation rendered by the Voice of VIDES entitled “Aking Dasal.” The Kick-Off activity featured “BATA! BIDA KA” with the superb talents showcased by the children from Voice of Vides with their songs “Babae Ako” and “Disiplina, Hindi Parusa”; “Sampung Karapatan at Awit ng at sa mga Bata by Philinc; Theater presentation by ERDA Sabana children; and, Rondalla Rendition by Abot Kamay of Pasay City.
Likewise, the crowd was filled up with upbeat messages from the children themselves, namely Ms. Norisa Sabirin and Mr. Joshua de Leon, sectoral representatives of National Anti-Poverty Commission-Children Basic Sector and also, Ms. Shiela May Sendin of Quezon
City High School and Mr. Mark Ian Quiban of Jose Abad Santos High School.
The event was participated in by the national government agencies; non-government organizations; some media partners; teachers and school children from Manuel A. Roxas, Villamor, Manila Science, Araullo, and Manila High Schools; Aurora A. Quezon, J. Lukban, Epifanio Delos Santos, and F. Ma. Guerrero Elementary Schools; children, parents, staff, and Day Care Workers of Manila District Welfare Office, students from University of Santo Tomas (UST) and La Salle Zobel, Girl Scout of the Philippines, Vice Mayors League of the Philippines, and some faith-based organizations.
Please visit the CWC website http://www.cwc.gov.ph/ and facebook “Bata Bida Ka Community” for a series of exciting activities for the month of October.
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For more details, please contact Ms. Denia S. Gamboa/Ms. Ma. Edna R.L. Estal, Public Affairs and Information Office, Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006.