‘Tis the season to be grateful.
This may not be how the popular Christmas carol goes, but TrueLogic believes there’s no better time than now to give back to the community and be more grateful for what we have. On December 13, we conducted our very first corporate social responsibility (CSR) event dubbed, One for TLOS (The Love of Sharing) at Nayon ng Kabataan in Mandaluyong City—a haven for the abused, orphaned, and abandoned children.
When we learned we’re set to bond with kids in a day of fun, sharing, and gift-giving, we couldn’t contain our excitement. We finally got to spread the holiday cheer, and prepped ourselves to shower the kids with love and affection they deserve.
Our Way of Sharing Love
We started the program with a solemn prayer led by our Workforce Supervisor, Rex Eugenio, followed by a heartwarming opening message from our very own CEO, Itamar Gero. He talked about how TrueLogic values corporate social involvement, and ended his piece with a, “This is our way of sharing the love.”
Nayon ng Kabataan’s Ms. Rea led the welcoming remarks, while Project Manager, CJ Masungsong, and Research and Development – Lead, MC Rogado, (Kuya CJ and Kuya MC as the kids called them) hosted the event.
Team Gwapo vs. Team Malakas
We spent the entire morning sharing stories and playing games with the 100 active boys and girls of Nayon ng Kabataan. TrueLogic employees and the NK kids all got together and split into two teams—Team Gwapo vs. Team Malakas.
The two teams competed in a game of basketball, football, and patintero. The scores and announcements are drowned out by, “Manalo, matalo, gwapo pa rin kami! Go, Gwapo!” and “Go Team Malakas!” cheers. The guys played basketball with the kids and took the time to teach them about football, while the girls led the two teams in Patintero.
Team Malakas dominated most of the games—but the whole program was really not about winning or losing, but about having fun and giving the NK kids the love and attention they need.
We have tons of photos that show the children doing amazing things—doing lay-ups in basketball, taking goal kicks in football, and even doing handstands in the field.
Performances, Food, and Gifts
After the tiring games, some of the NK kids performed and danced to the beat of Dessert, while another group sang ABS-CBN’s Thank You for the Love. We then shared a hearty meal and proceeded to distribute bags of candies and chocolates as souvenirs.
We also left boxes of gift items and toys for the kids to enjoy.
But it seems that we gave the kids something more than chocolates and toys—something far more special. One orphan even eagerly asked, “Ate, kailan kayo babalik?” (When are you coming back?)
After the program, we boarded the bus and left Nayon ng Kabataan with a newfound love for kids, and a newfound love for sharing.
“COLLABORATIVE. MANAGING CHANGE. COMMUNICATION. We saw those words in each of us and we worked well as a team. It was an experience we won’t forget, our eyes were opened and we realized how privileged we are,” Maya Guilatco, our HR manager said. “Let’s apply those three words in the office, it makes things better.”
Doing Things That Matter
There is a saying that this time of the year brings out the best in people—and for TrueLogic employees, it really did. Maybe it’s the twinkling lights, meaningful Christmas songs, or the shiny new gifts we give to one another at the office—whatever it is, we know that this is the time to spread the holiday cheer and share what we have.
TrueLogic understands that we are working for something bigger than ourselves. Our business is not one dimensional, and more importantly, our business cares about people.
Join our team and be part of our goal to do things that matter, and do things better.