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Toronto Catholic HS Youth Journeys to Philippines

Twenty-three high school students and three teachers from the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) flew to the Philippines to start their immersion and service program in several ANCOP Canada communities. Already on its seventh year, the program is a partnership between ANCOP Canada and TCDSB.



This service program took the young students to ANCOP Communities around Manila, Rizal, Tarlac and Bulacan for immersion, designed to help build relationships between 

them and their hosts. As with every TCDSB service program in the Philippines, the delegation also did gift-giving and feeding programs, and assisted in building homes in the ANCOP villages.



This year’s delegation was led by Michael Consul, who has been leading the delegations for the past seven years, assisted by Bernie Consul, ANCOP Canada Greater Toronto Area Sector Head for the East. The team spent a meaningful Christmas and New Year in the Philippines.



One of the villages the delegation visited was Sitio Masagana in Quezon City. For Michael Consul, the day was an opportunity to reconnect with residents and families from the ANCOP community, since the village was one of the sites where the team visited in 2015-2016.It was also an opportunity to bond with the children of home partners through the unofficial national sport and pastime of Filipinos—basketball. 



In their official blog, Consul recounted, “After playing basketball, we got to know the younger kids, showed them our dance, played some games, and gave them all gifts that we brought from Toronto. It was definitely a memorable first day in the Philippines!”It was not all-work-and-no-fun for the young students though. On New Year’s Eve, the delega-tion took a much needed rest to learn about the history of the Philippines, visiting Fort Santiago and Manila Cathedral, both in Intramuros, and ending up welcoming the New Year with some fireworks display.



The students visited an orphanage in Tondo, one of the poorest areas in Manila, to bring glad tidings to the children there.The group also visited the ANCOP Canada Village called AKC or ANCOP Kapatid Community in Kalookan. This community was the build site for the 2013-2014 delegates and has grown tremendously in the last four years.



Having been part of the annual immersion, Consul shared, “It’s so amazing being able to see the growth of these kids year after year. I always feel extremely loved and welcomed everytime I go back to AKC.”The group also went to Tarlac and Starville-Ancop in Bulacan, where ANCOP Canada President and CFC IC member Ricardo Cuenca and his wife Irma, met with them.The party left for Toronto on January 10, 2018, bringing with them not only memories, but priceless experiences and realizations. All photos are owned by TCDSB and their program head, Michael Consul. Visit www.catholicstudentleadership.com for more pictures and videos about TCDSB’s service leadership program in the Philippines.

Added on Monday, January 15, 2018


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