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I am a Bicolano by birth and choice. By any standards, I am a slow runner but I like it that way. I look at running as a healthy and exciting way to make a difference. Together with my fellow runners from our family, school, office and the community, we use running to give back..

October 29, 2012


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.

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