Arrel provided the story of his journey to adulthood. Now in his words:
WHAT DOES TAP MEAN TO ME?
Being part of Think Act Peace (TAP), I am so proud to say “I am a Tapper”, this means “Learning Is Fun”, not just learning, and this is the foundation of my attitudes and character.
I remember the first time I came to Benson Peace Village (BPV) when I was a kid. I was shy like other kids. I didn’t even say ‘good morning’ to everyone. I didn’t wash my hands. I didn’t answer when someone would ask me something. I scratched my notebooks often and threw pens anywhere at home. Oh! My poor mama didn’t know it.
The day I started to go to BPV everything in my life changed. I spent my vacations and weekends there. I slowly began to understand the value of good manners. I am happy when someone greets me good morning because I believe that person wishes me a great day. I handle books and play with toys with extra care. Every school supply, book, clothing, and more, I have received is used well. Even a single old eraser, I keep. I appreciate the Donors’ sacrifices, their efforts and willingness to help. Every time I use donated things I remember the Benefactors.
I graduated from Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT) with a Bachelor in Elementary Education degree. Since my graduation I have been working at BPV while waiting for my Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). Tap is my inspiration. I can say “I am one of the products of TAP”.
I pray for TAP to continue to give hope and to spread love to more people especially in need. God bless you all.
Arrel Cabe P. De Leon