Anita’s Kitchen’s a “Lunch for a Cause” Showcased

Note: This is a continuation of the report on OFCI Antique’s activities through the years. . .

Year 2015

Here are the three beautiful receptionists for the Kamayan “Lunch for a Cause” posing for a dress rehearsal last April 22, 2015. They are three of the six students who get a free lunch at Anita’s Kitchen through donations from a few friends.

OFCI Antique members got busy preparing the third venue for the lunch’s setting making use of the just-finished cemented two-step flooring of the Library.

Everybody got busy in the morning preparing for the special lunch.

Still part of the morning preparation by volunteers.

The four corner posts (mahogany trees) were decorated with a “flowery” part of a palm tree.

The center of the table in Anita’s Kitchen was decorated with soups in the “bao”, the hard shell of a mature coconut.

A decor inside the Anita’s Kitchen which is made of native and local products concocted by one artistic member a day before the “Kamayan” lunch.

The big day, April 26, 2015, in celebration of the 1st Year Anniversary of Anita’s Kitchen in Mapatag, a few early comers are seen waiting for the “Kamayan” to start.

The long table inside Anita’s Kitchen as it got readied for partakers of the “Kamayan” lunch.

The first batch of “lunchers” inside Anita’s Kitchen, occupying one long table.

The second long table located inside the OFCI Antique Multipurpose Center.

The third table on the first step of the cemented flooring of the unfinished Library.

The fourth table positioned down the two-step flooring of the planned Library which was occupied by visitors coming from San Jose, capital town of the Province of Antique.

OFCI Antique officers and members as they took their lunch. They all volunteered and are the key to making the event successful!

The young people, all volunteers, took their lunch only after all the visitors were gone.

Volunteers danced their tiredness away, a fun time for those who were left behind to clean the place of the “Kamayan” lunch clutter.

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

2 Comments

  1. Freda Editha O. Contreras (Post author)

    Am hoping Doc Nelson that with the documentation of OFCI Antique’s activities from the time of its establishment in May 24, 2014 up to 2016, it will serve as example for other OFCI Chapters, Subchapters and Units to follow. This blog could be the venue and am willing enough to post here other groups’ activities, or a guest writer it is, if the report will be written by any official of the different groups.

    But actually, it is better and more ideal that reports be highlighted on our OFCI official website, the http://ofcintl.org/. Not only will it serve as a proof of OFCI activities, thus showing the group to be ACTIVE, it will, likewise, inspire members and non-members alike to donate. We have a link on our website where one can donate. And as fund raising is one of your priorities as current President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of OFCI, Inc., showcasing the local groups’ past activities and on-going projects on our website will sure attract giving people to donate. And may even inspire a few to establish a group in their local communities.

  2. Nelson A Paguyo

    Can the other OFCI groups post or share what they are doing in their local communities. A local OFCI FB account the update members [from all over] will help encourage and disseminate OFCI activities which will motivate and inspire others to emulate.

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