Buta, the pig, is spending the last week of October in our house. Our son, Marcel, brought the pig with him from class.
Lest you guys are thinking we are starting a piggery in the village, allow me to explain.
“Feed the Pig” is the battle cry of the 41 members (including Marcel) of the Pignatelli section in Grade 7 as they endeavor to raise funds under the annual Bigay Puso Program of the Ateneo de Manila Grade School. The object of their interest is the pink-colored piggy bank which the students have named “Buta”, pig in Japanese. Every week, a particular Pignatelli student brings the pig to their home where family members, relatives and friends can drop a coin or a peso bill that will add to the war chest of the Grade 7 class.
Thus far, this innovative way to raise funds has proven to be effective. To date, Pignatelli is ranked 3rd among the thirteen Grade 7 sections in amounts raised for the Bigay Puso. I was informed by my son that the target beneficiary of the Grade 7 funds is a Gawad Kalinga community in Fairview, Quezon City.
|Feed it with a coin.|
|Feed it with a peso bill.|
Kudos to the students and teacher for making fund raising an enjoyable affair. Helping others can indeed be made fun.