Beauty Queens keep the bayanihan spirit alive in Rizal
In celebration of National Bayanihan Day last May 27, the Binibining Pilipinas queens helped paint houses in Barangay Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal.
The activity was organized by the J Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF), which donated 25 gallons of paint for Gawad Kalinga's (GK) house building program. With the theme "Barangay Walang Iwanan", the nationwide campaign seeks to foster solidarity and cooperation among communities and organizations through developing a lifestyle of volunteerism.
Amid hot weather, the queens spent the afternoon painting houses rehabilitated by Filipinos who were relocated there after typhoon Ondoy hit the country last 2009.
The Binibinis also interacted with the locals especially kids who gleefully referred to them as "ates". Warmly received by the people, government officials and the locals, the beauty queens also participated in a boodle fight as they openly shared stories with one another.
The trip was long and the work was hard, but it surely was rewarding! To cap the day off, the binibinis handed out presents, including notebooks/story books, water jug, and goodies, which brought smiles to a hundred children.