XSPA-KYTHE Annual Costume Party

By Dolores Lee, Kythe Volunteer

When we think of super hero costumes, the first image that comes to mind is usually Superman! After which a slew of other popular characters start to pop up, Batman, Spiderman, and Captain America for the boys. Wonder Woman, Super girl for the girls. But what would you say if I told you that for some very creative kids, their idea of a superhero is Andres Bonifacio, Gabriela Silang, Saint Pedro Calungsod and the Santo Nino. Amazing, right?

Last October 10, 2015, the XSPA-Kythe volunteers together with Chef Reggie Aspiras, a Xavier parent who has been actively helping Kythe Foundation as well, invited kids who are patients of the National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center & AFP Medical Center to an Annual Costume Party .This year, the kids trooped to Christ the King Seminary, donned in their incredibly creative Superhero costumes. The event proved that no child, not even those infirmed, is exempt from having a little fun in the season of Halloween.

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The children had a full afternoon playing games, watching a magic show and just being kids having a party blast. Best costume prizes were awarded to the children (and their parents) who thought out of the box and came up with something different to the Superhero theme. We, the volunteers were pleasantly surprised and secretly amused at their costume choices. Who would have thought of that?

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The highlights of the afternoon included when Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD came and blessed the children by praying over them. As it turned out, Fr. Orbos had a few tricks up his sleeve when he tried his hand at doing magic with his handkerchief.

The day wouldn’t be complete without the kids taking home some treats in classic Trick or Treating style. As they lined up, the XSPA volunteers hustled and bustled, filling their bags with loads of goodies thanks to generous donors from all over.

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Tired but happy, that’s something the volunteers always bring home after a visit with the children. We thought that we were there to share ourselves with them, but as it always turns out, the children shared more of themselves with us.

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