1,500 pupils in Tarlac get early Christmas treat

SAN JOSE, Tarlac — More than 1,500 pupils from kindergarten to grade 6 of five elementary schools on Thursday received early Christmas gift, courtesy of Jelexie Bakeshop, in coordination with the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion (3MIB), Philippine Army (PA) and Department of Education (DepEd).

According to the organizers, the event is in connection with the celebration of 24th National Childen’s Month with the theme “Isulong kalidad ng edukasyon para sa lahat ng bata,” saying that every child has a right to be happy especially those who are in school.

Lt. Col Roderick Balbanero, 3rd MIB commander, said that the participating schools were those in remote areas that include Care Elementary School in Tarlac City and in the barangays (villages) of Labney, Lawacamulag, Mababanaba and Burgos, of this municipality.

Jimmy Tan of Jelexie Bakeshop said that the distribution of bread pack is a yearly tradition of their company wherein they chose to give in the remote villages and some depressed places.

“We began to distribute in the place where we started our business in Barangay Panampunan Elementary School in Tarlac City until we decided to extend our activity in some places where the children or pupils would appreciate our gifts,” Tan said.

“This is a way of giving back the blessings we received from the Lord, that is to share to others the success that we have today,” he added.

Jelexie is operating in three provinces, namely Pangasinan, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija and will open their 40th store in Talavera, Nueva Ecija this coming November 16.

Pupils were very happy accepting their gift pack, saying “thank you” to the soldiers and the sponsors while teachers prepared plaque of appreciation and tokens in grateful recognition to their benefactors.

After the activity, Balbanero prepared a boodle-fight lunch at the 3MIB command in Barangay Burgos where soldiers, media and the sponsors have a short fellowship hour. PNA-northboundasia.com