December 25, 2015-J Cruz Foundation joined St Francis Learning Center in Manganvaca for a Christmas day feeding and gift-giving activity for the Aetas and other locals in need. This was in coordination with Sr. Mary Francis and Sr. Junetta. Over 1200 people came, mostly Aetas who walked from remote villages to celebrate the festive occasion. This has become a tradition set up by Sr. Mary Francis for Aetas since the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and the learning center was established for the Aetas to help them assimilate with the locals. Aeta high school students and teachers volunteered to cook and there were other volunteers whom I met coming all the way from Manila (Pinky Abaga, her son and co-workers). The event was started off with a prayer service by Sr Mafran followed by a chant by an elderly Aeta for thanks and blessing.

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