Wishing you a fun-filled day celebrating with
those you love the most!

UPDATE From Archuleta Philippines and ARCH
(Angels Reaching out w/ Caring Hearts)

 

A DAY FOR MAKING A D-IFFERENCE

I would like to share what we did here in Manila to celebrate David Archuleta’s birthday. Originally, the plan was to have the annual Christmas cum Archie birthday celebration. But recent events compelled us to re-channel our energies and make it a more productive day, inspired by our artist of choice.

Archuleta Philippines together with ARCH (Angels Reaching out with Caring Hearts) embarked on a ecological and compassionate-driven project for this day.

ECO TRAIL HIKING
This was a surprise! We didn’t realize that there will be hiking involved. But a good sweat is always good. Yes David, 21 archies walked 1.2km through a Guided Walking Tour that lasted about 30-45 mins and which involved an EcoPark Overview, History and Orientation PLUS Plant/Trees Identification.

Noki the Tour Guide (who happens to be an Archie, too!): So what tree is this?
Archies: Kalachuchi
Noki the Tour Guide: Otherwise known as?
Archies: KALACHULETA!!!

Yup! We tried relating most of the trees to David’s name 🙂 LOL

One... hundred...steps... How many more? Gotta get through this ... Gotta get through this! Had to reach the top to get a glimpse of La Mesa Dam - the water source of the whole Metropolis 🙂


TREE PLANTING
Taking a page from the 7 Habits of Successful People, where it said “Begin with the end in mind”, we looked at COS where David concluded “Remember, even if you can’t sing you can always plant a tree”. so that’s exactly what we did!

A very informative Eco Awareness Lecture, then we were off to planting David trees!

21 trees in honor of David’s birthday, which will actually be named after him thru ARCH (Angels Reaching out w/ Caring Hearts)! Neat eh? I’ll be getting the Tree Adoption Certificates w/ the naming rights 1st week of 2012

Weeee 21 David trees in years to come 🙂

LUNCH WITH MORE ARCHIES
We met with more Archies during lunch who bought more donations and were prepared to roll up their sleeves to pack our donation boxes

We transferred to One Gateway Place, where a function room has been arranged by Lorma (a resident of the condo) for our re-packing of grocery items such as canned goods, biscuits, soaps, laundry detergents, old clothes, shoes, slippers, blankets, etc..

But we started the packing with a little dessert — the David cake!

The edible collage of David pix at the center of the cake was raffled off


HAVING OUR CAKE & EATING IT, TOO w/ A RAFFLE AS A SIDE DISH!
With donations and gifts from generous Archies – local and international – we started raffling off Archie goodies to inspire the packing. Congrats to all the winners! (Hah! I won a standee, weeeee!)


A SUCCESSFUL DONATION DRIVE
More Archies joined us during the packing and at the end of the day, we raised PHP27,000 that were converted to relief goods: 20 5-gallon jugs of water, groceries, etc PLUS donations in kind from our fellow Filipino Archies [clothes, blankets, bags, shoes, etc]. In total, we sent 7 big boxes that can make a D-ifference for 50 families.


ANGELS ON A MISSION – QUITE ACCOMPLISHED
It was a whole day affair. Fantastic time sharing with generous and loving archies made possible by Archuleta Philippines and ARCH.

Productive. Informative. Eco-driven. Fun bonding session. We had everything and more. For the love of David Archuleta 🙂

TO READ MORE – http://arch2011.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/david-archuletas-21st-birthday-celeb-ap-and-arch-pay-it-forward-moments/

 

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And this is fun!