BBM brings joy to children, residents of Pampanga, Tarlac Aeta communities

BBM brings joy to children, residents of Pampanga, Tarlac Aeta communities


BBM BRIGHTENS UP AETA CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS. Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. made sure that the more than 500 children from the Marcos Village in Mabalacat, Pampanga, and other Aeta communities in Pampanga and Tarlac will have a joyful Christmas by giving them toys, loot bags, and food packs. In return, the children showed their appreciation by thanking and chanting his name.

MANILA — Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. has brightened up and brought joy to the children and residents of Aeta communities in Tarlac and Pampanga when he played Santa Claus and brought toys, food packs, and other gifts for them on Tuesday (December 21).

The army of children warmly welcomed Bongbong to the Marcos Village gymnasium, where the Christmas gift-giving was held.

“Alam nyo po talagang para sa mga bata ang Pasko, kapag nakita ko silang ngumiti at natuwa ay naramdaman na natin agad ang Christmas spirit. Kaya’t mag enjoy po kayo para sa mga bata lalo ang mga taga-Marcos Village. Maraming salamat sa inyo, muli Merry Christmas at Happy New Year,” he said.

Marcos distributed some 500 toys to more than 300 children from Barangay Marcos Village and at least 200 children from the Aeta Indigenous Cultural Communities in Mabalacat City, Pampanga, and Tarlac.

At least 500 food packs were also distributed to the residents of the said areas.

Marcos has visited Barangay Marcos Village numerous times in the past.

In his last visit, his sons, Simon and Vincent, accompanied him. After holding a consultative meeting with the residents, Marcos and his sons attended their celebration, joining them in their ritual dancing.

“Naalala ko nga dati nuong nagpunta kami dito pati mga anak ko sumayaw sa gym ninyo. Kaya hindi ko kayo makakalimutan na mga taga-Marcos Village, lalong- lalo na ngayon na naalala ko ulit ang mainit na salubong na ibinibigay ninyo sa akin,” he added.

Marcos stressed that his father, President Ferdinand E. Marcos always gave importance to indigenous peoples by promoting their rights and welfare.

“We must remember that indigenous Filipinos ang mga unang Pilipino at matagal na natin silang tinutulungan, mula pa noong panahon ng Tatay ko. The thing we have to do is stop categorizing them as second class citizens, they should have all the rights and benefits that all Filipinos have,” he said.

The Marcos Village in Mabalacat was one of several Aeta resettlement sites developed by then President Marcos in different provinces in the ’70s.

(AI/MTVN)

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