Not so long ago, I told myself that when the day comes that I become rich – like filthy rich – I’m going to start a foundation and help those who are less fortunate. I still hold on to that thought to this day.
Giving back to the community and helping/serving the less fortunate and the poor is one of the many things I love to do. It’s not just all adventures and travels and adrenaline rush for me. So, when my housemate asked me weeks ago if I wanted to join them in a medical mission to Camotes Island, I immediately said yes.
Our adventure started last Thursday (October 27) night. We left Cebu City at around 8 o’clock in the evening and arrived in Danao City two hours later. We had to sleep in the port since the next ferry to leave was still scheduled at 5AM the following morning.
The ferry ride lasted for two and a half hours and upon arriving in the island, a jeepney ride was already waiting for us. We then immediately headed to the school where the medical mission is being conducted.
At first I was kind of lost and didn’t know what to do so I asked the group leader what help I could provide. By lunch time, I found myself facing local residents, filling up forms for them, interviewing, and eventually carrying stuff around during the later part of the day. It was exhausting and yet fulfilling.
The next day was church time for them since most, if not all, of them are Adventists. I didn’t want to be left alone in the house where we stayed so I tagged along. The day went on with free food, activities, singing, and more free food.
Our last day in the island was the second highlight as we went to Buho Rocks to cliff dive/jump. It was far from where we were, about 20-30minutes but it was totally worth it. We spent half of the morning there and then transferred to Mangodlong Rock Resort where we did more cliff diving/jumping.
We boarded the ferry going back to Danao City at around 2:30PM and by 8:30PM, we were all home safe.
I am thankful and fortunate to join the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN) in conducting its medical mission in Camotes Island and I hope I could join more of their medical missions in the future.