TACLOBAN. A magician performs his tricks for children with cancer in Tacloban City on December 9. The event is part of the “Winter Wonderland Christmas Party” from Tingog Sinirangan party -list, Sirakwaraynon Eagles Club, Tacloban City Eagles Club, Philippine Toy Library, Lions International, Share Your Spare Singapore, Tacloban City Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, and other individuals. (Photo by Ronald O. Reyes)

TACLOBAN CITY-At least 39 children with cancer together with their siblings and families received their early Christmas gifts from various groups on Sunday (December 9).
The event was led by the Tingog Sinirangan party-list and joined by Philippine Toy Library, thanked Sirakwaraynon Eagles Club, Tacloban City Eagles Club, Lions International, Share Your Spare Singapore, Tacloban City Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president Thomas Diaz, and other individuals who collaborated with them for the event.
“This is our fourth party with them since April 2017. We give them two parties every year–the Summer Fun and Christmas Party,” said Bunny Culibar-Celebrado, the youth chairperson of Tingog Sinirangan party-list.
“We also give gifts to the siblings because we don’t want them to feel like they’re left behind. We understand that parents usually poured most of their time to their child who is a patient,” Celebrado added.
During the party, dubbed as “Winter Wonderland Christmas,” the children were entertained by magicians and showered with toys, gifts, balloon twist, and a bubble show.
Some children also performed special numbers for their parents and visitors. Also present were cancer-free children and the families and siblings of patients who already passed away.
“This is our thanksgiving program. We want our children to be always happy and remain positive,” said Irene Sudario, a parent.
The 39 young cancer warriors are under Dr. Joy Tobio of the Pediatric Oncology Ward at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center.
She also thanked the Kids of the Kingdom Region 8, a pedia cancer and chronic illness support group in the city.
“We provide support group where children and their families are drawn close to God and get to know the promise of His words. Cancer steals, kills and destroys. But Jesus has come to give life and have it to the full,” it said.
According to the group, they provide a “safe haven for children fighting for chronic illness such as cancer.”
For support and donation to Kids of the Kingdom Region 8, text/call Dr. Joy Tobio, 0927 691 3706 or Charo Bajado, 0933 854 2878. (RONALD O. REYES)