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Cebuano nurse in Las Vegas sends school supplies to pupils in Cebu City mountain brgy

By: Raul Constantine L. Tabanao - Photo-Videographer/CDN Digital | June 09,2020 - 02:18 PM

The school supplies which Lan Alyxander Cabatingan sent for Grade 1 pupils of the Cantipla Integrated School. | Contributed Photo

MOALBOAL, Cebu —Lan Alyxandre Cabatingan bought school supplies which he planned to give out to children in one of the public elementary schools in Cebu City before he left for Las Vegas on January 21.

But his plan did not materialize because of government restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Cabatingan, a nurse who is now based in Las Vegas, Nevada, found another recipient for his scchool supplies after he posted about his donation offer on the Cebu Barter Community Facebook page.

“RFB (reason for barter): Naa ra sa sala for 4 months. Supposed to be distributed last week of January didto sa bukid pero wa madayon because of the virus. I already left Cebu and dugay pako mobalik.” reads his June 4 post.

From among the more than a hundred individuals who responded to his offer for donation, Cabatingan said he was most touched by the message that was sent by teacher Angielyn Itao of the Cantipla Integrated School that is located in the mountains of Cebu City.

“Iyang comment mismo nasulod sa criteria,” he said.

(Her comment was exactly what I was looking for.)

Cabatingan, 27, said that pupils at the Cantipla Integrated School also reminded him of the pupils that his grandmother, who is also a public teacher, used to teach.

“Makahinumdom ko sa akong lola kadtong na assign pa siya sa OPRAH na skwelahan. Mangadto mi kay mo bisita unya makita nako ang kalisod sa uban mga bata,” he said.

(I was reminded of the children that my grandmother used to teach in OPRAH.  We used to visit her there and we would see the difficulties that her students were going through.)

Cabatingan’s donation was intended for grade 1 pupils. It included art materials, notebooks, pencils and sharpeners that were placed on plastic envelopes.

On Monday, June 8, he sent his friend, Renaire Lopez, to deliver the donation to the elementary school that is located 45 minutes away from the city proper.

In 2017, Cabatingan said he also gave a donation of school supplies to the students of Pulang Bato Elementary School in Cebu City as his way of giving back to the community.

Itao told CDN Digital that the faculty of Cantipla Integrated School is very grateful for the donation of school supplies that will aid their learners, most of whom come from poor families.

“Kami nga magtutudlo ngadto sa Cantipla, nalipay gayud kay tungod aduna pay mga taw nga andam mutabang sa mga bata nga anaa nahimotang sa layong bahin sa syudad,” she said.

(We, the teachers in Cantipla are very grateful because there are still people who are prepared to help the children who are located in far-flung barangays in the city.) / dcb

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