Saturday, December 25, 2010

HAPPY CHRISTMAS (A Video Carol Presentation of the Cebu Mountaineering Society)

It is, once again, the advent of Christmas. This is a season of gift-giving and the remembrance of an infant boy who was born in a manger 2,000 years ago and who will, one day, change the world. We all enjoy now of that little boy's legacy and, because of that, we all live in a better world and receive blessings.

For an outdoors group like the Cebu Mountaineering Society or CeMS, celebrating Christmas would tend to incline towards the mountains and the environment. When talking about the environment, Mount Manunggal comes into mind. In Mt. Manunggal, it is where CeMS have become an inspiration and established thereafter. 1989 was that year.

Several years after that, people come and go to Mt. Manunggal and leave voluminous garbage. CeMS tried to correct that with its first phase of its stewardship program in 2006 by collecting garbage after every commemoration of the death anniversary of President Ramon Magsaysay which is held every March 17th of each year. For three years the garbage kept on accumulating until we decide to implement the next phase.

We educated the campers and visitors of Mt. Manunggal by installing steel environmental-awareness signages at strategic areas in tandem with Ayala Mall but it is not enough. We tried to activate the last phase but CeMS do not have the funds to implement it. It would have complemented the first and second phase. It is, for this reason, that CeMS is asking you to donate a part of your blessings for this worthy endeavour.

The fund will be used to fabricate sturdy garbage receptacles all along the camping area where there are environmental-awareness signages located. To optimize your donations, part of it will be used to provide the capital to sell foodstuffs and refreshments during the celebration of the Sinulog Grand Festival on January 16, 2011 for which the whole of Cebu and the Philippines will be celebrating and where the profits go to fund these receptacles!

Please send your cash or check donation to CEMS MOUNTAINEERING SOCIETY INC., under account number 175-160271-4, Chinabank Cebu, Ramos Branch or through Western Union and address it to Ann Trinitas Vidal, Aces Laser Surgicenter, Ground Floor, Cebu Velez Hospital, 41 F. Ramos Street, Cebu City, Philippines 6000.

CeMS have come a long way since its inception and have produced another generation of responsible climbing individuals and they provide this carolling video to entertain you. This video is taken during the CeMS Christmas Camp in the Sierra Tree Farm of Mount Gaas, Balamban, Cebu on November 27-28, 2010. Take time, enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas to you! God bless you!

- Jonathan Consunji
President, CeMS


lagalog said...

Merry Christmas bai and a more blessings this coming year!

PinoyApache said...

Same to you, although am a bit late in my response. PIT SEÑOR na lang!