This was another one of those days wherein there seemed to be so much in just so few. Our arrival at Boys Town was relatively delayed due to traffic on our way. Just before 9:00 am, we finally arrived. After a quick walk with my partners Jerome and Oliver, they played Monopoly alongside some of the other boys, while I facilitated the game. Although it took some time for them to get the hang of the game, the best parts of it came right when it was already around time for our merienda. It was right after this where the highlight of the day came.
Our group held a singing/dancing/rapping program, where our mentoring group and the boys were given the chance to show their hidden talents. Although there seemed to be no problem with our performances, what was even better was the moment when around 7-10 boys began singing in unison some common hits such as “What Makes You Beautiful”, “I’m Yours”, “Lord Patawad”, etc. All in tune to the acoustic tune with the kind of enthusiasm brought about by fans. Such was this enthusiasm that one of my groupmates was highly impressed by them, as evidenced by a very big grin to his face. All throughout at least one song.
In the middle of all these, Oliver also joined in the singing. If he seems to be just like the other boys whom I do not entirely remember their names, then think that this IS my partner after all, and I have high hopes on that part.
Considering the relative poverty of our kasamas, it is welcome relief that what they lack in material wealth, they are abundant in ability. All while the sing-along happened, I began imagining what it would feel like if there were people who were so astounded by their voices that they began tracking them and give them the opportunity to showcase their talents on a bigger stage. With that in mind, there is hope then that in the future they would be able to use their God-given talents to good use and for the better.