Deep charitable hearts: SMCS-ADI Batch ’97 holds Aquaman block screening for a cause

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(From left) Mara Kristi Siscar, Lyndel Peñares, Alain William Tiu, Dr. Julie Baronda, Councilor Love-Love Baronda, Eduardo Llanera, Allen Llanera, Ian Sandoval, Mary Grace Dagunan, Jhandy Patriarca, and Roxiviel Isidro

“WHAT could be greater than a king?  A hero. A king fights for his nation. A hero fights for everyone.” That quote comes from the 2018 DC blockbuster film “Aquaman.”

(From left) Eduardo Llanera and his son, Allen. The latter is the beneficiary of the event.

Last Dec. 13, the Sta. Maria Catholic School-Ateneo de Iloilo (SMCS-ADI) Batch ’97 became heroes when they held a block screening of “Aquaman” at Robinsons Place Jaro Cinema 3 for the benefit of the SOS Children’s Village Iloilo and “Buy a Heart, Give a Heart” for Allen Llanera.

(From left) Alain William Tiu, Mara Kristi Siscar, Roxiviel Isidro, Ma. Lyndel Peñares, Mary Grace Dagunan, Ian Sandoval, and Jhandy Patriarca

The event was sponsored by Panay News, Iloilo Supermart, Nice to Meat You, Fabson Inc., Tiangge ni Maria, St. Anthony’s College of Nursing Class ’69, Pet Essentials Veterinary Clinic, Espinosa-Baloyo Dental Clinic, and Love Baronda.

(From left) Roxiviel Isidro, Alain Willam Tiu, Lyndel Peñares, Eduardo Llanera, Allen Llanera, Mara Kristi Siscar, and Mary Grace Dagunan holding the heart-shaped coin back with ‘Be Careful with my Heart’ plastered on its surface.

The tides may be against the beneficiaries as they have encountered difficulties in life but SMCS-ADI Batch ’97 made sure that they can dive in to the blessings of the holiday season.

SOS Children’s Village Iloilo

One of the beneficiaries of the event is the SOS Children’s Village Iloilo. Located in Zarraga, this largest non-governmental organization caters the needs of children who live without parental or familial care.

ALL SMILES. ADI-SMCS Batch ’97 Officers pose with SOS children and foster mother.

“No child should grow up alone,” according to SOS Children’s Village. SMCS-ADI Batch ’97 surely took this message by heart as they have made sure that the Block Screening could help these children to not feel alone in the supposedly happiest time of the year.

Allen Llanera

ADI-SMCS Batch ’97 Officers with SOS children and foster mother.

Another beneficiary is Allen Llanera who happens to be an Ilonggo boy who is suffering from Tetralogy of Fallot. Because they couldn’t afford the medical treatment, his father who loves him dearly makes and sells heart-shaped coin banks.

His father, Eduardo Llanera gave a message before the film started. He said he was thankful because they were chosen as the beneficiary of the event.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with Panay News, Allen expressed his thanks to SMCS-ADI Batch ’97. He also shared that it was his very first time to watch a film in the theaters.

The gifts all set to be given to the SOS Children’s Village.

The Movie

Aquaman” was outstanding as Jason Momoa and the rest of the big casts gave iconic performances. Not only are the action scenes thrilling but the storyline itself was filled with overflowing emotion.

HAPPY FACES ADI-SMCS Batch ’97 Officers with SOS children and foster mother.

Emotions were flooding that night because the jam-packed cinema fell in love with the film and with the reality that their payment to the tickets went to the children who are in need.

Among the audience was event sponsor and Iloilo City Councilor Love-Love Baronda. She told Panay News, “Every time that we help somebody, nami gid ang feeling. Special subong because it’s the season of giving and sharing and at the same time, diri mo makita nga ang mga Filipino and Ilonggos . . . may ara gid heart for the young because they see na ang mga bata namon will have  a bigger future when we let them feel and when we let them see that we care for them.

As viewers watched the movie and helped children at the same time, SMCS-ADI Batch ’97 undoubtedly took a swim in making the holiday season all about sharing and giving love to our fellow men./PN

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