Mission team from Toronto Catholic schools immerses in ANCOP communities

It was not the first time that students and teachers from Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) went to the Philippines for immersion and to participate in the build of ANCOP houses for families in need. The first group to embark on this same mission was in 2011. This became a yearly undertaking greatly anticipated by students and teachers in participating schools.

The 2015-2016 TCDSB mission team headed by Michael Consul (1st from left- front row)

The mission team was in Manila December 27 to January 7th. With the group were 15 students, 3 teachers, and 1 adult volunteer coming from various schools under TCDSB. To join the mission trip, each member had to raise $4K partly to cover for hotel, food, and transportation and partly to be donated to ANCOP for the cost of the house that the group will help build.

Michael Consul, the teacher leading the team, shared to ANCOP Canada the amazing experiences they had in Manila especially while helping build houses and interacting with the families in the communities.

In a TV interview in Manila, Michael explained the reason for the mission trip.

“We have so much in Canada and we want to give back to those who are less fortunate than us. We find ways to put faith into action,” he said.

Indeed the team had a lot of opportunities to do just that when they went to five ANCOP villages surrounding Metro Manila: Our Lady of Banneux (OLB), Masagana, Tala, Avanai and AKC.

They helped in the construction of houses, gaining first hand experience on strenuous labor — mixing cement, carrying blocks, building walls, painting, etc. All the while, they immersed themselves in the lives of the families in the villages.

While at Masagana, the team was joined by Senator Tobias Enverga of Ontario, Canada and Ambassador Neil Reeder, Canadian envoy to the Philippines. Both officials participated in the building of houses.

The mission team with ANCOP Global president Jimmy Ilagan (seated 6th from left) , Ambassador Neil Reeder (middle), Senator Tobias Enverga (4th from right), the village children and local CFC ANCOP supporters

In all ANCOP sites that the group visited, the kids were always appreciative and friendly. The older folks of the community prayed over them, telling them that they (residents) can’t give much but they can give their prayers.

Beside ANCOP, the team also went to the slums of Tondo and to St. Martin de Porres orphanage to bring cheer and gifts to the kids. They also had opportunities to see the historic sites in Manila like the Fort Santiago, the defense fortress of the walled city of Manila and where several lives were lost during the Spanish occupation and World War ll.

They had been to Tagaytay City south of Manila where they enjoyed fresh air and sights of lush vegetation and fruits, and where they saw one of Philippine’s natural wonders — the Taal vocano.

For some students like Julienne Candelaria, it was all a learning experience that would change her. “Our two-week stay was so short, and we could only do so much.. it’s like what we have done was just a little drop in a big ocean,” she said

Alexa, a Canadian-Filipino member of the team, expressed that having joined the mission trip made her appreciate more being a Filipino. “My parents have told us how life is in the Philippines; the slums, the first class living… I am learning more about the Filipino culture.”

Michael greatly anticipates what the students would do back in Canada, and how they would help more ANCOP after their trip.

“ My hope is for a long impact change to the mission team.”


By ANCOP Canada


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