"Ating Tahanan" Girls Scout Center in Baguio turns 50
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (14 February) -- "Ating Tahanan", the national program and training center of the Girls Scout of the Philippines (GSP) in the city, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on February 18 with the theme "Diversity to Unity in Motion".
To launch the event and the lined-up activities for the celebration, a kapihan forum was held Wednesday with GSP National president, Teresita Ochoa leading the panelists. She was joined by GSP International Commissioner Divina Bautista, Communication chair Amelita Dayrit Go, Baguio GS Council President Amparo Rimas, Benguet GS Council President Georgina Alipio and Ating Tahanan director Esther Alvarado.
A four-day, Golden Anniversary Adventure has been planned to mark the occasion and 96 senior Girl Scouts and with 12 adult leaders from the six regions of GSP have been selected to participate in the adventure from February 17 to 20.
On February 18, there will also be an anniversary mass, program, testimonial luncheon, historical exhibits, video presentation and other surprises.
Other lined up activities include tree planting, interactive bamboo instrument workshop, fellowship night, masquerade, eco-cultural visits, team building activities, international friendship campfire, international friendship exchange and DX (INFEX) contest, World Thinking Day ceremony and adventure challenges.
Ms Ochoa said that GSP programs and activities are now done in a different level and with Ating Tahanan, as the best venue for their programs, leadership trainings and non-formal education. Ating Tahanan, in its 50 years, has been self-sustaining. Aside from the usual functions of GSP and when the schedule permits, it is also being lend to allied organizations, agencies, religious groups, and even to other families local or foreign, with recommendations from their members and upon studying an advance information of the event that they will do, she explained.
The Ating Tahanan strategically located along South Drive, is one of the land marks of Baguio City.
According to Dayrit Go, GSP promotes volunteerism and human resource development, so as to help the country in generating labor and income. In doing so, they are following an 8-pt challenge program which includes: wellbeing, livelihood, heritage, arts and culture, international/world communications, health and environment.
In relation to the present economic crunch, Ochoa said GSP will work more on their programs, especially, on livelihood and skills training, to make it relevant to the present economic situation and to help promote/develop economic self-sufficiency. In relation to this, they are set to have a situational analysis and they will also look at the successful people and income generating projects in their organization. (PIA) [top]