Nothing is harder than getting something started. In writing an article, one has to conceive first an idea and develop the topic. At the same manner, writing the introduction is the most crucial part. Some parts have to be edited, ideas have to be added and some parts of it should be deleted. For some reasons, after the introduction is done, supporting details will flow smoothly until the article is completed. This goes the same in building an organization.
It was unholy hour in my location (Abu Dhabi) of August 3 last year when yours truly received a private message from Mark Tambal, the creator and administrator of Taga Milagros Ako (TMA) Facebook page. He simply said, “How are you boy? I want you to be a part of this secret group where we can discuss important things for our hometown because I’m tired and challenged of reading some posts in TMA…that we do nothing except criticism.” With his statement I know he was in a serious business that I replied and typed in the chat box “I’m great mark! this is it! Count me in!”
Apres of sweet talks Mark created KLM (Kape Lampara kag Milagros) where Jovyleen Asebuque, Don Dalanon, Ghe Canete and Janessa Medina became members. “May this a good start for our dream of making our town Milagros a better place for everyone,” Mark says. “Primero na higop san kape para sa atun tanan.”
The following day KLM think tank conducted a deliberation and election of new members. Renaming of the group was also considered and the following were the suggested names: Lampara ni San Jose, TMA Cares, TMA Services Inc., TMA Bulig. And on September 30, 2012 TMA Bulig which stands for Taga Milagros Ako Building and Uplifting the Lives of In need Groups was voted unanimously. “I want a name for the group that sounds truly Milagros and in one word says it all.” Janessa explained.
On October 1, 2012 Atty. Anthony Villasis, Kath Arcenas Nuhs, Fr. Henry Dalanon, Maricel Reyes, Shiela Sia, Karen Dalanon, Ryan Cantorna attended the first TMA Bulig global meeting. As agreed by the body the attendees will serve as the core group. Great and brilliant projects were proposed and discussed during the forum. However, for some it was impossible to push through the projects because of financial issues and shortage of volunteers. But because of determination and persistence our small dream fulfilled … and the rest is history.
On December 16, 2012 TMA Bulig in collaboration with Gawad Kalinga (Milagros Chapter) and Singles for Christ initiated the first project dubbed as: “Paskong Milagreno…Adlaw san Pagpasalamat.” Morethan 300 children from selected barangays received Christmas gifts and enjoyed the foods from Jollibee. Before the year ended the group came to realize that a solid and well-coordinated team can share a lifetime happiness to some of the less fortunate young bloods of Milagros.
Charity is just a part of TMA Bulig dreams. Social and political awareness is one of the top priorities of the group in order to build a strong and more productive community. A campaign ad that says: “Our Future Is Not For Sale” was launched in line with the local election. This campaign reminds the voters to choose good leaders and vote wisely and according to their conscience.
This aggrupation of professionals, students, out of school youths and ordinary citizens of Milagros around the world believe that education and hard work are the keys to succeed. However, for some reasons not all inhabitants of this first class municipality (first class according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milagros,_Masbate) can afford to study specially in high school and college. With this situation, TMA Bulig opted to start helping the parents of kindergartens and grade pupils from selected elementary schools by distributing school supplies, shoes, umbrella, and books to read. “We are overwhelmed here in TMA Bulig because of unexpected full support from our town-mates….we even received donations from other people and its really surprising! I hope and pray that they will continue to stand with us in the next project.” said Maricel Reyes who is the Chairman of External Affairs.
More projects are being planned by the group. Livelihood and scholarship programs, medical mission and overseas jobs support to name but a few. Albeit young and new but this humble organization will continue to walk the talk slowly but surely because of sincere commitment and desire to make a difference for Milagros…
TMA Bulig in action….
Note: TMA Bulig SEC registration is still on process. For any suggestions, comments, donations and inquiries please visit:www.facebook.com/groups/tagamilagrosako/ or you may contact the admin on his personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org