OFCI Antique Through the Years, in Photos, Mid-2015

Year 2015

The tarpaulin for the “Lunch for a Cause” was displayed in front of the Anita’s Kitchen a month prior to the big day. Tickets were also printed and sold, individually, by members of OFCI Antique. Proceeds will be used for feeding the hungry and also for building a Library for the children. 

Beautiful design of the “Lunch for a Cause” tickets, printed and distributed to partakers of the “Kamayan” lunch. The ticket as well as the poster were designed by Ms. Chay Reyes.

For a change, children were treated to an educational movie through a TV and DVD set. This was prior to the feeding last April 11, 2015.

A young mother became loaner #32 of OFCI Antique’s Microfinancing Program, given April 11. 2015.

Food containers getting filled up to be taken home, April 11, 2015 feeding. Everything goes, as always, and containers will always be carried home with the food for the day, including plastic containers. Even the extra juice are taken home and that’s how the senior citizens and the disabled are getting their share as well.

Second-hand books donated by Museo Pambata through Ms. Maricel P. Montero, arrived Mapatag April 15, 2015 and are shown sorted by one OFCI Antique official.

The official stamp pad of OFCI, ordered in advance, to be used for the donated books initially received and the coming ones.

A sample of a book stamped to make it an official property of OFCI.

Work started last April 18, 2016, for the construction of the flooring of the planned Library, rushed to time with the “Lunch for a Cause” on April 26, 2015.

Four siblings, from eight children of one member, occupied a table inside the OFCI Antique kitchen during a feeding held April 18, 2015. The four would always eat together and sometimes joined by two older ones. Their eldest sister is the young mother who became loaner #32 as reported above.

Work for the two-step flooring of the Library was progressing well, two days after it got started. The bulk of the fund came from buyers of tickets for a “Lunch for a Cause” collected by Ms. Anita S. Schon in the U.S.A. and sent early in order to have the area ready for use during the lunch.

Cementing of the ground surrounding the OFCI Antique Multipurpose Center followed after the two-step flooring of the planned Library was done. An improvement which was made possible through giving and helping people.


To be continued . . .

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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/

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