Insular Health Care, Inc. (IHC) held a brand awareness activity for 75 children of Hospicio de San Jose and Onessimo Bulilit last October 29, 2016 in Quiapo, Manila. This was part of IHC’s corporate social responsibility of providing care for the physically and intellectually disabled.
The 28 employees of IHC and the children with disabilities were divided into four (4) teams, namely; Pikachu, Squirtle, Jiggly Puff, and Charmander. All groups participated in the pedyalympics games composed of obstacle course, tennis ball throw, flag pinning, and PVC relay.
The event was hosted by Dr. Arturo C. Libao (AVP, Medical Director and Head of Medical Operations). He emphasized to everyone that the goal is participation and not competition. IHC President & COO, Mr. Bobby Z. Arroyo also gave a short message of inspiration.
After the circuit games, everyone enjoyed the pancit bihon, sandwich, barbeque, taho, sorbetes, and the fish and squid balls. It was heart-warming to see IHC employees feeding those children who were not capable of eating on their own.
Asked to share their experiences, Management Information Systems Supervisor, Ms. Virgie Mirandilla said, “It’s a heart-felt experience with those children in spite of their disability. I feel so blessed that we were able to share our time to make them happy and see their sweet smiles.”
Senior Manager and Head of Actuary, Ms. Irene M. Sicadsicad stated that, “It was indeed heartwarming, seeing the kids very energetic and happy despite their being physically challenged. A very humbling experience playing with them, serving their needs and helping them enjoy the food that we prepared for them. Looking forward for more activities like this.”
While, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Head of Administrative Operations, Ms. Laarni F. Garraton said, “God is so good and generous! It was a privilege to share time with them even for a half day. I wish we could have more of this kind of outreach.”
In return, the children presented a heartwarming song number using their hand movements which melted the hearts of the audience. They conveyed a sense of being positive, grateful, and courageous in spite of their current situation. Awards and gifts were also given to the participating children. Despite the short time together, a lasting bond was formed among participants.