by Mikee N. Norico, BA Comm-4, Centralian Link Intern
Amidst the cloudy weather, the Reform Organization took the opportunity to bring smiles to the residents of Asilo de Molo.
Last January 27, 2024, the Central Philippine University Reform Organization embarked on a heartwarming journey to Asilo de Molo, Iloilo City, as part of their “Kabugwason: AVENUE OF LIGHT’s Salubong sa Bagong Taon” outreach program. Led by Atashia Erin Sagge, Reform Organization project head, the initiative aimed to honor and uplift the elderly residents of Asilo de Molo, fostering connections and spreading joy across generations.
The event witnessed a convergence of engaging stories and meaningful interactions, bridging generational gaps and emphasizing the importance of cherishing our elders.
“Our grandparents mean the world to us, so we wanted to show some love and support with an outreach program,” Sagge said.
Partnering with various organizations within and beyond the campus, including CPU Senior High School Student Council, Junior Social Workers Association of the Philippines: CPU Chapter, Association of Political Science and Public Administration Students, Business Management Association of the Philippines: CPU, Province of Arts and Sciences Student Council, Hua Siong Student Council Main Campus and Hua Siong Student Council: Ledesco Campus, the Reform Organization orchestrated a day filled with laughter, camaraderie, and heartfelt moments.
“As people who grew up close to our grandparents, we wanted a project that would truly ignite love among our lolos and lolas, something connected to the Reform’s mission,” Sagge emphasized.
Among the highlights of the event was the “sayawan with lolas,” where members of the Reform Organization danced with the elderly residents, exchanging stories and sharing laughter. The gratitude expressed by the seniors for the initiative and the companionship provided underscored the impact of the outreach efforts.
Beyond a single event, the “Kabugwason” initiative strives to create lasting connections and positive impacts within the elderly community. By fostering continued interaction between the younger generation and the elderly, the Reform Organization promotes understanding, empathy, and respect across generations.
Acknowledging the crucial role of caregivers in supporting the well-being of senior citizens, the initiative extended its outreach efforts to include them as beneficiaries. Through a feeding program and care packages, the Reform Organization expressed gratitude for their unwavering dedication and love.
Looking ahead, the Reform Organization remains committed to its mission of creating a more inclusive and compassionate society.
“There is still much to bring to the table, as well as a large number of people to serve,” Sagge expressed.
The organization is eager to develop fresh partnerships and collaborate with other entities to further contribute to the well-being of the elderly population and the community at large.
The “Salubong sa Bagong Taon” event at Asilo de Molo stands as a beacon of hope and love, embodying the spirit of service and compassion that defines the Reform Organization’s mission.
“I am delighted about the abundance of opportunities and initiatives that await us. There is still much to bring to the table, as well as a large number of people to serve,” Sagge said.
As the organization continues its journey, it leaves behind a legacy of kindness and generosity, enriching the lives of countless individuals and strengthening the bonds of community.