|Mrs. Cynthia Villar and Senator Manny Villar acted as Ninang and Ninong during the gift-giving held in Tagaytay City.|
|Kids from Baseco and Tagaytay|
About 55 children from the slums of Baseco in Manila and their adult companions, and 80 children from Tagaytay City were fetched from their respective places and brought to the Christmas Village in Britanny-Crosswinds, an idyllic residential property in the said city.
The children, aged 3 to 10 years old, were treated to good food and beverages while on board chartered buses. They enjoyed different shows and they participated in different dance numbers like the hottest dance sensation, the Gangnam Style. The magic show stole their attention for half an hour as kids and adults were amazed with tricks done by magicians.
|Kids were amazed by the magic trick.|
“We want to make their trip and stay at Crosswinds, even for a few hours, unforgettable. We made sure that the event would be fun-filled so they could always look back at the fond memories they had here,” noted Mrs. Villar.
During her stint at the House of Representatives for nine consecutive years, Villar has authored several legislations, which redound to the benefits of children. “In our own little way, we hope to make these children happy through the Villar Foundation,” said Mrs. Villar.
Happiness can be gleaned on the innocent faces of the children as the bus carrying them traversed the road going to Crosswinds, which sits on a lush terrain in one of the highest peaks in Tagaytay City .
The children could not contain their excitement during the trip. For many of them, it was a totally new experience to travel out of town. When they reached Tagaytay, the children immediately enjoyed the cold December breeze and breath-taking environment.
Crosswinds has been all decked up for Christmas— where the Villar Foundation prepared more fun activities and games.
The children visited the Gingerbread House at the state-of-the-art Christmas Village , adorned with 20,000 pine trees.
The children played with various toys at the Christmas Village , built for children and adults to enjoy. They also had their pictures taken at the Christmas Village and around the area.
The excursion turned into one big Christmas party for the children as they danced, sang, and had fun with the Villar couple.
|One of the kids did "Mano" to Mrs. Villar |
after receiving gifts
“We also want to spread love, which is the spirit of Christmas. We also want to get these children from their dire surroundings and let them experience something bright and cheery here at Crosswinds even for just a day,” he said. Aside from the gifts and hearty meals, the children also got prizes for winning in parlor games and other activities like the raffle during the brief Christmas program.
After the event wrapped up, everyone carried with them bags full of treats and hearts full of Christmas cheer and memories.