We support less fortunate children in Cebu City, Philippines.
Our aim is to give them educational opportunities and to learn to be mature and responsible people, so they may have a bright future.
Sapnay means "to support" or "to take care of someone with love" in the local language, Cebuano.
Liz : the filipina coordinator of Sapnay.
Lomi : one of the Japanese women board members of Sapnay.
Chang：one of the Japanese women board member of Sapnay.
Children’s Activities July 22, 2012
1st Session – Grades
2 & 3
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Attendance: 1) Eric, 2) Gabriel 4) Sarah
5)Honey Laramae Montecillo
I let Shyla lead the prayer
“Our Father” as our opening prayer.
We have three Japanese guests
today namely Ms. Eiko, Ms. Hika and Ms. Lou. The children greeted them shyly.
Ms. Lou introduced herself first. Children ask Ms. Lou personal questions like
how many are you in the family, the ages of her elder sister and father and
mother, their names and what university she goes to school. Ms. Lou was eager
to answer them all. It was Edward who has many questions. Genesis also is
participating with Shyla and Deldrics. Honey was very meek. She just listens
and has no questions at all. It was Ms. Hika's turn to introduce herself. Again
everyone ask personal questions. She was asked what is her talent and she said
she loves listening to music but doesn't have a favorite foreign song. She
asked the children to teach her. Genesis, Deldrics and Edward show their talent
in singing. They sang an action song "Ang Balay ko sa Langit". Then
it was the girls' turn to render their song "Chikading". The song ia
about 5 birds that are sitting in the tree, 1 flew away how many are left and
they flap their arms singing chikading chikading and so on and so forth until
none was left. Then Ms. Hika and Ms. Lou prepared some games with the children.
They teach the children to shake hands and decide using their palm for paper,
scissors and rock. Here we call it Bato, Bato, Pick! of Jack en Poy. If you
decide for rock (clinched fist) and your partner displayed open palm, paper,
the one who is rock opens his feet wide because he loses until he cannot open
wide enough he loses in the game. The next game was like a Sumo wrestling. Both
their feet is together in a square and they should push each other using their
hands. The one who will loss his balance will lose the game. Next was touching the
opposite knee of the partner. If a player touches the knee of his partner, he
wins. The last one was they sit on the floor hands at the back and they push
their feet at each other until the one is pushed away, loses the game. Eveybody
enjoyed the game. Then we proceed with sand art. I gave the children a train
sticker, included are the colored sand and toothpick. There is also a picture
of the colored train that they will copy. Only the red sand was being used on
the sticker because it was almost time for their snacks. I let them finish as
their assignment. At exactly 9:40 am Arroz Caldo(lugaw with chicken and
carrots) was served to the children. I distributed also to the children the
rice cookies given by our guests.They
ate them all except Honey. She is the slowest during eating tiime. Afterwards
they washed their bowls and plates and tumblers, brushed their teeth and Edward
lead the closing prayer "Angel of God".At exactly 10:00am the children went home.
At this time many children were
coming in and blessing the hands of everybody like our guests including me and
Mr. Kazu. Lou was asking if what is that gesture? I explained to her that is
our Filipino tradition to bless the hands of our elders when we arrive and
leave the office as a sign of respect for the elders.
I thanked C.G and
J.B who helped me prepare their snacks.
2ndSession – Grades 4 to 6
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Jack, Fortune, Dorothy, Rachel, Anna , Lily, Nicole Mamogay, Charles, Mike
absent today. I called her mother Evelyn that they are looking for a house to
transfer because there is no current in their present house they live. They
didn't sell candles in Sto Nino.)
We started at exactly 10:30am.
Rachel and Anna lead the prayer. They performed an action prayer song,
"You are My All in All" . Everybody performed the Maru Maru Mori Mori
as their exercise including Ms. Lou and Ms. Hika as their leaders.
The children greeted our
Japanese guests Ms. Eiko, Ms Hika and Ms. Lou. They introduced themselves to
the children and answered their questions the childrern ask them. They let them
show off their talent. Both sang their Japanese National Anthem. I love the
melody because it sounds like a lullabye. In return, the children sang our
national anthem, "Lupang Hinirang". Ms. Lou knew how to sang the
Lupang Hinirang lyrics and the children and I were astonished.
Our topic for today was about
Respectfulness. I let the children form 3 groups. Each group will perform the
acts of being respectful to others. I gave them 15 minutes to come up with a
presentation. First group to present was the group composed of Ava, Fortune,
Anna andDorothy. Ava represents the car
on the street, the old woman crossing the street was donna, Anna and Fortunr
were playing on the streets. When the children saw the car approaching when the
old woman was about to cross the street, they stopped playing then they helped
the old woman cross the street. The old woman thanked them. The next to perform
were the boys namely Charles, Mike and James. Charles and Mike were
playing basketball until they got irked with each other. Jack approached them
and told them not to fight because they are just playing. They show their
respect by shaking their hands, forget their differences and make up. The next
group is composed ofRachel, Lily
and Nikky. Lily is the mother of Rachel and Nikky. She went home from the
market. When Rachel saw her mother, she blessed her hand and carried the
basket of her mother to the house. Nikky was asked where is her mother's
celphone and she said it is mine and argued to her mother. She was displaying
disrespect to her mother by not telling the truth and arguing with her mother
while Rachel showed sign of respect because she blessed her mother's hand and
helped her bring the basket. We all clapped hands for their performances that
they all really understand being respectful.
Ms. Lou then introduce the game
"Who am I?". All the children have animal names at their back. They
haven't seen what animal name was put on their back. They can ask from their
co-scholars what is the color of the animal, and all the characteristics like
what sound does it make. Once they know "who they are?" they go to
Ate lou and she will give her animal sticker as their prize. It was Nikky who
is a fox and Ava who is a chicken were the last ones to guess! Next game was
"Trip to Jerusalem"9 empty
chairs were put on the center of the room while 10 children dance around the
chairs in clockwise direction. Maru Maru music was played and when the music
stops, the children they sits on the empty chair. The one who doesn't sit
properly or was left standing because all the chairs are occupied, he is out of
the game. Then a chair is taken, everytime the music stops. it was Anna who won
this game because she is very wise and alert. She received a prize. Everydbody
enjoyed the games. At 11:45, their snacks "Arroz Caldo" was served.
they loved the taste. Mr. Kazu, Ms. Lou and Ms. Hika ate Arroz Caldo as their
lunch as well. They were very "busog" eating the lugaw. I then
distributed the rice cookies brought by our guest. Everybody received 3 kinds
of cookies. The children then washed their bowls, plates and tumblers and
brushed their teeth. For our closing prayer, we make a big circle and we sit on
the floor, holding hands, we sing the "Amahan Namo" prayer. At 12:15,
I bade the children goodbye but they all stayed until 12:55pm playing
volleyball, and badminton with our guests and their co-scholars.
3rdSession – High School
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Andrew and Kayla.
(Chloe came in the office
at 9:30am because she asked permission from Mr.Kazu that she will be absent
from the afternoon session class because she has to attend to a very important
We started at 1:00pm. The
children started their afternoon greetings with our guests. Ashley introduced
herself first to our guest. Next was Kayla and last was Andrew. Again, Ms. Lou
and Ms. Hika introduced themselves to the children.
Our topic was about
"Respectful". I let Ashley read the page. I ask all the children if
they are being respectful to their mothers, grandmothers or to their fathers as
well. everyone shared their experiences being respectful to their mothers and
grandmothers. They bless them when they come home from school. They help them
even without being told. They don't shout at their elders.
Ms. Hika has a deck of playing
cards. She taught the children 3, 2, 1 pass. We call it 1, 2, 3 pass. Each
player should have 4 cards each. When they open their cards, they have to
collect same numbers and they pass to the left player their unwanted card until
they will form 4 same number. The first to complete will then grab a thing in
front and the rest will also grab a something. The person who has nothing to
grab is the loser. The next game was called "Monkey Monkey" or in our
dialect "Unggoy Unggoy". A joker card was set aside. the 51 cards are
all distributed to all players. When all the cards are distributed, each player
should pair and take out from the set of cards in their hands. All cards left
on their hands should have no pair. then, each player would get a card from the
left player and check them if there is a pair in their possession until all the
cards have pairs. They take turns in picking cards from the player on the left
side. The card with the joker left with the players is the loser (or we call it
Unggoy or monkey). It was Ms. Hika who is the monkey. I suggested the next card
game. It is called Memory game. All the 52 cards are scattered on the floor
face down. Each player take turns opening 2 cards. If a player opens the same number,
he will pair them and be taken out from the floor and be put aside for counting
later. If not, they should putagain
face down the card. The players should remember where is the location of the
cards that he remebered so that when he opens the same number, he can pair them
later. The most number of pairs when all the cards have been paired off wins
the game. This time Kayla won the memory game. The children enjoyed the games.
Their snacks was then served at 2:35pm, Arroz caldo. They loved to eat the lugaw.
Kayla and Ashley was comparing their bulging stomachs. Ashley washed the
bowls and tumblers while Kayla and Andrew brushed their teeth. While waiting for
Ashley, Andrew and Kayla were playing volleyball outside the office. When
Ashley was finished,Kayla led the
closing prayer "Glory Be To The Father".
At exactly 3:00pm we proceeded
to Kayla's house for a visit. We all walked from the office to their
house. It took us about 25 minutes to reach their place.