Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MGIS Tigers Present “The Giving Tree” at Dusit Thani

By: Cherry Moriones-Doromal
Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS), Manila Philippines -- I was walking by the corridor one day when I heard the sound of what I thought were hundreds of angels singing the French Christmas carol “ IL EST NÉ LE DIVIN ENFANT” ( He is born the Divine Child). I peeped by the door and checked where the music was coming from.

Oh, it’s our MGIS PYP Chorale where kids from 1st to 5th Grade are spiritedly rehearsing for their scheduled performance on November 15, December 17, 18 and 19, 2012 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati, Philippines.

Not only that MGIS will serenade the hotel guests as slated, the school will also erect at Dusit Thani’s lobby a meaningful Christmas tree, christened “The Giving Tree”.

The Giving Tree is a 10 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide Christmas tree made up of shoe boxes covered in green and red wrappers, individually and creatively designed by the Primary Years Programme (PYP) kids, and piled up to the shape of a triangular tree. Inside each box is a special gift by the pupil for a chosen beneficiary.

Our Yule tree design has sprung out of the realization that international school MGIS being an inter-cultural community with students of different backgrounds and religions, acknowledges that the Christian concept of Christmas is all about the universal values of love and giving.  In general, Christmas in MGIS is being observed all-year round. 
Sample gifts inside our shoe boxes
Sample gifts inside our shoe boxes
Sample gifts inside our shoe boxes
So fitting is MGIS’ tree model with our values tutelage known as MGIS CERT—Compassion, Empathy, Respect, Tolerance. “The Giving Tree” is greatly reflective of compassion and empathy.

What’s more, our tree is ecologically friendly since nothing in the tree (from top to bottom) will be wasted.  Everything will be purposely utilized for a worthy cause. For instance, the round base will be transformed into a table, and donated to the Barangay Day Care afterwards. The aluminum tabs and aluminum soda cans will be donated to the Tahanang Walang Hagdan where they are being used in making canes, wheelchairs etc.
Soda aluminum tabs collected by the students are being made into Christmas tree ornaments, which will eventually be donated to the Tahanang Walang Hagdan, to be used in making canes and wheelchairs
We hope that you’ll find time to visit The Giving Tree in Dusit at any time between November 15th and December 28th.  

Help us win in this contest by clicking on the LIKE button on the Fan Page of Dusit Thani Manila, then click LIKE on the photo of MGIS’ “The Giving Tree”.  By the way, every P500 spent in Dusit will also entitle you to a ballot to be used for voting. Should MGIS win, the cash prize we will be receiving will be donated to the Tahanang Walang Hagdan and Hospicio de San Jose.  

 Preview of THE GIVING TREE (pointing to the left)--I took this video during the tree ingress on Nov. 13th midnight. Sorry,at the moment, there's no way for me to rotate the video to the right.

Let’s give love and share joy this Christmas. Together, we can make a difference!


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