It is a great joy to have expressed the Filipino bayanihan spirit in Temuka yesterday afternoon. Temuka is 15 kilometers north of Timaru
Dennis, a Filipino I met here in Timaru, and I helped a Filipina and her partner move their things to their newly bought house.
What was remarkable was that another Filipina volunteered to pick up our daughter from school at 3:00 PM because I will be in Temuka the whole afternoon, and my wife will be out of the office at 5:00.
Bayanihan is a Filipino term for community cooperation, where neighbours and friends gather to help someone or a needy group.
I must testify that our family has availed much of the bayanihan spirit that Filipinos and non-Filipinos showed us during our nine-month stay in Auckland.
So when the president of the Filipino Association of South Canterbury called and requested me to help, I did not hesitate. It is now my opportunity to pay forward the Bayanihan I got from others.
After hauling and lifting furniture and all household things, I was dead tired for almost five hours. Nevertheless, my spirit feels happy and proud that bayanihan thrives well in South Canterbury.
Mabuhay ang Filipino!