The project consists of three to four hours of fun-filled entertainment participated in by the residents themselves. The talented ones get to join videoke singing contests with cash prizes at stake. Other activities include dancing, film showings and performances by the Batang Iwas Droga (BIDA) mascots.
Alfredo Calonsag, chairman of Barangay 601 in Sta. Mesa, Manila, expressed his gratitude to President Arroyo for providing free entertainment and establishing camaraderie among residents in their area.
"Natutuwa ako dahil sa pamamagitan ng Handog Kasiyahan ni Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, muli kong nakita na nagkakaisa, nagsasalo-salo at nagkakatuwaan ang mga tao dito sa aming lugar (I am glad because through President Arroyo’s Handog Kasiyahan, I have once again seen unity and joy reign among residents in our area)," he said.
Mang Domeng, a long-time resident of Barangay San Roque, near Agham Road, Quezon City, said the activity was a welcome respite from their daily troubles.
"Dahil sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, araw-araw halos puro problema na lang ang iniisip ng mga taga-rito. Kaya taos-puso kaming nagpapasalamat kay Pangulong Arroyo dahil napaligaya niya ang aming barangay kahit sa simpleng paraan (Life is hard these days. Everyday, we are saddled with all kinds of problems. We give our heartfelt thanks to President Arroyo for bringing us joy even in such a simple way)," he added.
President Arroyo’s Handog Kasiyahan is part of a series of community projects sponsored by the Philippine Amusement & Gaming Corp. (Pagcor). The gaming firm also spearheads President Arroyo’s free medical-dental missions in depressed communities around the country.
The entertainment caravan will roam selected areas in Metro Manila on a regular basis as part of the administration’s anti-drug and pro-youth campaign and its commitment to the local governments to deliver better services to the people.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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