By this time, you have more or less seen ABS-CBN’s Christmas Station ID for this year, and it is very heartwarming, as it continues to showcase the unwavering Filipino spirit. Making use of the hashtag #IsangPamilyaTayo, ABS-CBN’s latest station ID pays tribute to Filipinos rising above challenges through hard work, love of family, and love of God.
Let’s talk about the different stories showcased on this year’s Station ID, all sharing the common theme of rising through every obstacle to fulfill our dreams.
1. Young student Ariel Barrion. A grade 3 student from Santa Maria, Laguna, Barrion would traverse several kilometers, which includes crossing a river, in order to attend school at Pulong Mindanao Elementary School. In spite of the challenges, Ariel is more than determined to finish school someday. FEU Vice President for Facilities and Technical services Rudy Gaspillo, who was like Ariel in his younger years, advised the young kid one thing: “Ipagpatuloy mo ang pag-aaral mo at mararating mo rin mga panaginip mo sa buhay.”
2. One-legged swimmer Arnel Alba. In spite of losing one leg in a fire accident 12 years ago, Ala rediscovered the beauty of life through sports, when he trained as a swimmer and went on to win the gold medal at the 7th ASEAN Para Games. “Sa akin kasi, hindi ko inisip na magagamit ko ang aking kapansanan para maabot ko ang pangarap ko,” Arnel narrated to Piolo. Presently, Alba also works as a swimming instructor.
3. Silver medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz. Breaking the country’s Olympic medal drought by winning a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Diaz’ journey was not an easy one. “Before ako nag-start, nag-iigib ako ng tubig, nabebenta din kami ng gulay dahil sa hirap ng buhay,” Hidilyn recounts. Competing in a sport dominated my men, she proved that even women can win in weightlifting as well. “Gusto ko patunayan sa kanila na hindi porke’t babae hindi na kaya,” Diaz said.
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4. Customs Legal Officer Atty. Roy Lagawan. A former security guard from Baguio, Lagawan balanced his life between working as a security guard, attending night classes for law school, and taking care of his daughter and wife. One may consider it to be Herculean, but he managed to pass the board exam this year, and is currently working for the Bureau of Customs. “Mahirap talaga; ako noon hindi ako nag-give up. Tuluy-tuloy lang, kung sakripisyo din,” Lagawan recounts.
5. Valedictorian Marielle Flores. Graduating at the top of her class in San Fernando Central School, Tacloban City, Flores overcame the difficulties caused by supertyphoon Yolanda three years ago and persevered to be at her best. “Pinagbubutihan ko yung pag-aaral ko para matulungan ko yun pamilya ko,” Flores said.
6. Children of Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation and Philippine Children’s Medical Center. These children, who deal with various illnesses and physical deformities, continue to live their life to the fullest and never quit. With the help of Noordhoff Craniofacial foundation, they receive free craniofacial operations to improve their lives further, and to one day give back by helping others.
7. San Pablo Apostol Parish, Tondo. In spite of Tondo’s reputation as a haven for crimes, parishioners from this church, led by parish priest Fr. Carlo Bittante, prove otherwise through a wide-range of activities, from building a church to teaching the community good values. “Pinatayo ang simbahang ito upang maging center of formation,” a parishioner said.
8. SOS Children’s Village. Despite being orphaned or abandoned, these children still believe that their dreams can come true in spite of their situation. No matter what the case may be, the resilience and hope these children are proof that anything is possible if you work hard, just like teacher Jenneth Villocino-Caceres, grew up at SOS Children’s Village.
9. Pagatpatan family. As parol makers residing in Tacloban, they experienced hard times during the onslaught of Yolanda but were blessed with a child after the disaster, with their parol business flourishing later on. “Kung saan ka lumubog, dun ka rin aahon,” said the Pagatpatan patriarch. “Winasak man kami nung Yolanda, binuo naman kami bilang isang pamilya.”
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