Binan City’s First Paralympics 2017: Breaking Limitations #Paralympics #PWD #PutoLatikFestival

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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I was so privileged to be one of the organizers for the First Paralympics 2017. Held last May 18, 2017 for the 7th Puto Latik Festival, the persons with disabilities of Biñan City rejoiced as they participated in the very first Paralympics 2017 at Alonte Sports Arena.

Highlighting their abilities, the PWDs of Biñan City broke their limits by engaging themselves into sports. “Abilidad at Kakayahan, Higit sa aking Kapansanan”, the theme boldly stood up as their voice became louder.

Photos from Gender and Development Office FB Page

With the support of the local government of Biñan City, its Gender and Development Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and Serbisyong Arman worked hand-in-hand with the Biñan City PWD Federation in establishing another first for the city of life; the first Paralympics 2017. It was made possible because of the partnership we had with Go Forward Biñan Foundation, University of Perpetual Help – College of Occupational Therapy, Pavilion Mall – Biñan, Isuzu Philippines, SM City Sta. Rosa, Globe Telecom, Laguna Waters, and Handyman.

The program started at eight in the morning with a parade of athletes and the tear-jerker torch run where every team had selected a representative. With the PWD focal person, Joeffy Salandanan, it ended with the lighting of the Olympic torch.

Aside from that, the athlete’s prayer and oath were delivered by two inspiring PWDs, Ate Che and me. I led the athlete’s prayer while Ate Che led the oath with sign language. Ate Che is completely deaf.

Ms. Olay, the CSWD head, welcomed the guests, the parents, and the stars of the day, the PWDs. Ms. Des Dimaguila, the GAD Office head, inspired the players with how we managed to pull off this event in just a short notice.

The most awaited event was the sportsmanship message and declaration that the games were open by Mayor Arman Dimaguila. He also announced the implementation of the city ordinances regarding PWDs.

After that, the sporting events such as Tug of War, Baton Relay, Obstacle, Basketball, Individual Blind Marathon, Wheelchair Bike Marathon, Standard Wheelchair Marathon and Rough Rider Marathon.

Mayor Arman Dimaguila, Ms. Des Dimaguila, and City Councilor Liza Cardeño engaged themselves in the games and inspiring the PWDs with inspiring messages. Vice Mayor Gel Alonte also delivered a very short but very powerful message for PWDs.

 

The champion team was the Blue team but I guess everyone enjoyed. Mayor Arman Dimaguila even said that the Paralympics would be happening twice a year.

The PWDs of Biñan City were so blessed to have the support of its local offficials.

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Stop The Power of Stigma #GreenRibbonCampaign #cerebralpalsy

I was moved by what we are… PWD? Disabled? A girl living with cerebral palsy rode on a jeep. The passengers judged her that she could not understand everything. The innocent looks at her eyes were looking at them; one of them laughed, others were questioning through their eyes, but a man helped her. The girl spoke to her mom. Her mom and grandma were just ignoring the stigma of a cruel society we are all in.

#REALTALK That girl is obviously me 🙂 By the grace of God, I handle every judgments very well. Thank you for the patience Father God!

What is a stigma?

a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

Help me in telling people about cerebral palsy.  Help me eradicate the stigma of being a PWD. We are not Persons with disability… we are persons with different abilities… we are able . . . we are special . . . we are the people who needs your compassion not your pity. we are the people who needs your understanding not your judgment. we are God’s workmanship too… so help instead of laughter . . . love instead of cruelty . . . care instead of gossips.

We are Persons with different Abilities . . . we need your understanding, care, and love.

Stop the stigma against Cerebral Palsy…

Stop the stigma against AD/HD, Down Syndrome, HIV Patients, Blind, Mute, Deaf . . . disabilities!

we need your help! Help us stop the stigma!

God bless you!

Title Reveal: #ATDRacqui

My life is full of redirection . . .  Be inspired! If I can do it, you can do it better!

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Coming this August!

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Racquel Sarah A. CastroAbout Racquel

Racquel Sarah A. Castro is living with cerebral palsy. She wrote When Fate Speaks Big Time, Second Sight to Forever, Encyclopedia Mystique, The Real Me: An Autobiography, Stockholm Syndrome, Chasing an ATM Schemer and Styling Serendipity. Her first story, When Fate Speaks Big Time was nominated in Virtue Christian Book Awards.

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Challenge Accepted! #PWD

I accepted the challenge to lead the PWD Association of Brgy. San Francisco Halang. I might be busy with leading them but it is a humbling experience to be appointed to lead the people who needs me. Please pray for me. As I face a big responsibility, I know that God will guide me; He puts me to where my heart desires to be.

Help me by:

  • Praying for me
  • Volunteering to my initiatives (Like workshops, general assemblies, and the like)
  • Donate if possible? ahaha

Thank you!

Yours Truly,

Racquel Sarah A. Castro

PWD President – Brgy. San Francisco (Halang) Binan City, Laguna

I love my work #GoForwardBinanFoundation

It had been a surprise seeing me working in a real office with real office mates. It was surreal but I enjoyed the pressure of capturing the smiles of those people. Go Forward Biñan Foundation is a non-profit organization that catered the needs of every Biñanense.

I enjoyed the company of new friends too. I hope I could encourage them in every way I can. I considered them  family. 🙂

In the span of two weeks, I was part of:

  • Distribution of Tricycle-Type Wheelchairs
  • Pre-elementary Graduation ceremonies
  • Assessing a SPED school
  • Gatecrashed another department’s birthday party LOL

Thank You, Father for giving me the opportunity to experience employment 🙂 Thank You for the crossroad with Ms. Des Dimaguila. Thank You Father God for another field to sow! You gave me a very nice birthday gift even though its one month late . . . Your clock is always on time. I know I know.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Des for making all of these possible. I thank the Lord for your life. It is truly an inspiration.

I got to know more of my officemates (sounds legit! because it is legit!) We had bonding sessions during lunch breaks and coffee breaks.

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To God be the glory!

Be blessed by being a blessing to others. 🙂