Monday, April 29, 2019

Padayon, Batch Kalayo: Spark the Fire of Love and Hope

By Rome Nicolas

On April 7, 2019, the LoveYourself Cebu family has welcomed the third batch of awesome volunteers who dedicated their time to learn more through the HIV 101 Training and LoveYourself Orientation in Qualfon Learning Center in Cebu IT Park.

As part of LoveYourself Cebu, members of Batch Kalayo can expect to be at the forefront of helping the community through HIV 101 training, counseling and education.

A total of 24 new members have pledged their commitment to spark the fire of loving ourselves and helping the community that needs our support. Part of the Pledge of Commitment signed by all the volunteers includes this: I will dare to be who I am so that I better know how to take care of myself, and I will share this means of taking care of myself to others as means of multiplying joy and happiness.

Batch Kalayo also attended a Counselor's Training on April 14, 2019 at SYKES Grand Ballroom in Cebu City. Participants learned how to conduct HIV counseling for clients of the LoveYourself White House.

Logo and Batch Name

All logos of the Cebu batches have a hand that signifies volunteerism and giving. This time with a burning fire reflecting the Bisaya word Kalayo.

Jan Shaltiel Estrada, Head of LoveYourself in Cebu, shared the reason behind the batch name, "We wanted to use Bisaya words in naming each batch. At first, there was Amuma, then Bitoon, and now Kalayo. The batch name means the fire from loving oneself and others and the passion to serve the community."

LoveYourself White House

Batch Kalayo aims to continue that spark as the LoveYourself White House, its first community center in Cebu, officially opens to the public this April. It had its soft launch on April 6, 2019, and had its grand launch on April 27, 2019, which will be attended by its founders, volunteers, personalities, celebrities, and people who support the cause.

LoveYourself White House is located at 40 J. Llorente St., Capitol Site, Cebu near Fuente Osmena. It opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 PM to 9 PM.
Rome Nicolas is a technophile born and raised in Cebu. As the blogger behind Basta Bisaya, he is a proud Bisaya who can write in Binisaya, but is also a bit conyo when you talk to him. As a digital marketing and social media professional, you can ask him about the recent trends in the online world.