Bringing our heart for the poor gives us many reasons to serve our fellowmen. It’s a challenging task to DO what is needed and opening windows of HOPE for our less fortunate, and reawakening opportunities for those who can share.
Last July 31, 2010 was a victorious day for Gawad Kalinga in Iligan City and Lanao Del Norte because the first ever GK Builders Night was on, with the theme: SERVANT LEADERSHIP, the guests speakers are Ms. Jainab Abdulmajid of GK Sulu, Governor Arturo Uy of Compostela Valley and Mari Oquinena of Gawad Kalinga, the event was also graced by the City Mayor himself Lawrence Lluch Cruz and the Governor of the first district of Lanao del Norte Gov. Khalid Dimaporo. Seeing the star-studded line up of speakers and guests was the anticipation of the great crowd who attended the event from the barangay captain’s present, fellow organizations, private citizens, church, corporations and the host school St. Michael’s College.
Nation building isn’t just building literally of “HOUSES” but the compassion to really help rebuild communities thru volunteerism and collective effort. Gawad Kalinga’s line: “Our name is our Virtue” speaks a lot of its cause to really eradicate poverty by building communities to uplift the lives of the less fortunate Filipino’s and giving them sustainable ways to improve their lives. In the local set up of St. Michael’s College, we have been building lives of young FILIPINO PATRIOTS who can rally to build communities and be an inspiration to many, every Michaelite has that GK Spirit that enables them to share with the vision and mission of GK and the school’s vision and mission in becoming servant leaders in one way or another. Servant leadership calls for a great commitment of selfless service and dedication to the mission that the almighty has bestowed upon these leaders, a leader that inspires, motivates and does things that will make great things to his constituents.
The 1st Gawad Kalinga Builders Night was a very inspiring one and it steered up every bayanis call to really be a PATRIOT. The event ended by a final blessing of Fr. Ramon Fruto.