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"Pamasko para han Kabataan" answers Pope’s Christmas appeal for destitute children

Tacloban City (December 28) -- Four hundred destitute children loitering in the streets, abandoned by their irresponsible parents and victims of abuse will feel the joy of Christmas on December 30 at the RTR Plaza in Tacloban City.

Thanks to the Provincial Government of Leyte in partnership with the First Congressional District of Leyte and the Pintados Foundation, Inc., which has organized the Pamasko Para Han Kabataan.

This special event which was conceived months ago, is in consonance with Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas Midnight Mass appeal for abused children around the world, including child soldiers, beggars and others deprived of sustenance and love.

In celebrating Jesus' birth, the Pope said people should direct their thoughts toward children forced to serve "as soldiers in a violent world, toward children who have to beg, toward children who suffer deprivation and hunger, toward children who are unloved.

This event hopes to achieve what Pope Benedict XVI lectured, to offer a Christmas celebration and gift-giving that will make the public focus their attention to the plight of the less privileged children with special accommodation to the street, abused and abandoned children from the different charitable institutions in Leyte.

Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, Congresswoman Remedios L. Petilla and Mr. Eugene Tan of the Pintados Foundation announced that in order the special occasion memorable and meaningful, the children will be provided with snacks, parlor games and entertainment.

The Pamasko Para Han Kabataan on December 30 will kick of with Mascot Parade along the City’s major thoroughfares which will end at the RTR Plaza where the children will play parlor games and enjoy the snacks through the Feeding Program of Congresswoman Petilla.

Moreover, special acrobatic show will be presented for the enjoyment of the children. The afternoon of fun will end at 8:00 o’clock in the evening with Fireworks Display. (PIA 8) [top]

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