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Gothong Southern Spreads Christmas Cheer to Cambagocboc Elementary School

Christmas came in a little early this year for the students and families of Cambagocboc Elementary School as the Gothong Southern Foundation Team headed to the mountains last December 7, Saturday to bring gifts with love.

Some of the volunteers brought with them their kids to help spread the holiday vibe at Cambagocboc, helping give away the gift bags to the families.

Along with the gift bags for each family, the kids also got to enjoy fun games and delectable prizes prepared by the team and the school.

Nothing feels better than extending the holiday spirit to our adopted school; spreading joy, love and more power to the kids and families of Cambagocboc Elementary School.

DENTAL MISSION FOR THE 5,200 STUDENTS OF DON CARLOS A. GOTHONG MEMORIAL NATIONAL HIGHSCHOOL.

The shortest distance between two people is a smile. It is for this reason that the Gothong Clan spearheaded by Jerry Gothong, in collaboration with Amor & Garcia Dental Company, the Philippine Dental Association(PAD)- Cebu Chapter, Alpa Foundation, Inc. and Gothong Southern Foundation, Inc. (GSF) conducted its first-ever dental mission for 5,200 high school students of Cebu City Don Carlos A. Gothong Memorial National High School (CCDDCAGMNHS). This seven-week program started last Sept. 4 and ended Oct. 16, 2019.
The dental mission was fortunate enough to be graced with over 30 dentists and interns ready for their weekly Wednesday service. PDA dentists gave a brief refresher on proper dental hygiene. After which, the students would have their teeth checked and be provided with the necessary prescriptions to ensure its cleanliness, strength, and health. Freebies such as toothbrushes and toothpastes were also given to indeed promote and sustain proper dental care.
To recognize the dental heroes’ ardent passion, relentless service, and unwavering support, a culminating activity was organized for them by the faculty of CCDDCAGMNHS. They were surprised by the beautiful program that was especially prepared just for the team. Thanks to them, these 5,200 students are now more confident to share their smiles to the world.
GSF extends its warmest appreciation to the whole team behind the success of this activity. This activity may have had come to a close but the doors are always open for more programs that touch and make a difference in the lives of these children.

FIRST STRATEGY PLANNING FOR CAMBAGOCBOC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Sun Tzu once said that “Every battle is won before it is fought” and last September 27, 2019 the Teachers, School Governing Council, Parents and Teachers Association, and Barangay Officials of Barangay Cambagocboc fought the battle to win the RAFI Seal of Excellence in Education Development “SEED” Competition for Cambagocboc Elementary School, Brgy Sunog, Balamban Cebu with its first ever participation in the Strategy Planning for Cambagocboc Elementary School in partnership with Gothong Southern Foundation and the Office of Strategy Management of Gothong Southern Shipping Lines Inc at JVR Island in the Sky, Balamban Cebu.

A program eagerly prepared by the Office of Strategy Management in order to help the school win the RAFI SEED Competition. The facilitators started the program proper with a refresher and a review of the Seed Program and discussed what areas they have already hit and areas they need to improve on. Once these were identified, the facilitators gave the floor to the participants as they drew their own plans and goals for the school given the school’s current status.

As each group presented their own visions for the school, this made the facilitators more aware of what the participants really wanted not only for the school but for the community as a whole. To conclude the session, a framework was developed in order to guide them of the next steps they needed to take to win the RAFI SEED Competition.
Finally, together with the facilitators and all the participants, they cited their pledge of commitment to formally seal their dedication to achieve their set plans and goals for the school and close the Strategy Planning Program.

LIVELIHOOD AND WELLNESS PROGRAM FOR SEAFARER’S FAMILIES

Gothong Southern HR-Sea, in partnership with Gothong Southern Foundation held a one day seminar for the families of GSS seafarer’s  last June 29, Saturday at Hotel Pier Cuatro, Cebu. The event was participated in by 29 wives and mothers of the seafarers’. This program aims to empower women and recognize the important role of our seafarer’s wives in keeping their family financially and emotionally stable.

Welcoming remarks were made by Gothong Southern Shipping Marine Head, Eduardo Gabisan prepared the participants for the day’s activities which included various talks and workshops that would give them greater knowledge and understanding on a wide variety of subjects.

The seminar started with a Financial Literacy Course presented by an IMG Financial Educator, Marie Kris Mendoza, followed by discussions on Building a Strong Financial Foundation, How Money Works and Growing Wealth. These activities in particular were key in helping the families realize the importance of investments.

The next course was an Online Selling Course by a Full-Time Online Seller, Roselyn Montes. One of her topics emphasized choosing the right strategy, sharing that what works best for her is when she shares her personal experiences while using the product. This talk opened their eyes to the opportunities of making extra income while at home.

Finally, the participants got to enjoy an exciting workshop on Social Graces by Mary Kay representative, Minerva Dorado. This workshop included Behavior During Meetings, Table Etiquette and the rather much-awaited Proper Skin Care Product Applications. The participants definitely took pleasure in this hands-on activity.

They say that experience is the best teacher and this experience will surely be remembered and treasured by the mothers, wives and families of our seafarers.

Annual School Kit Provision For the Kindergarten Kids of Cambagocboc Elementary School

“The school kit provision activity in Cambagocboc Elementary School in Brgy. Sunog, Balamban has become an annual program for Gothong Southern Foundation Inc.  This is in line with the Foundation`s mission “to improve the lives of individual in our adopted community through education”. The activity took place in the beautiful morning of June22, 2019.

Together with the 26 employee-volunteers from Gothong Southern Group of Companies, who offered their Saturday morning to help facilitate in the program. The team was greeted with beaming smiles and excitement as they approached the school grounds; they prepared various interactive and fun-learning activities for each grade levels that challenged the students both physically and mentally.

Apart from the school kit distribution to the kindergarten students; another highlight of this activity was the Jollibee Party for everyone to enjoy; with games, prizes and the appearance of Jollibee mascot and friends; you can definitely see the kids having the best time of their lives.  A total of 234 students were given Jollibee kiddie meals with toys to bring home and the same were given to the grade level advisers.

“It was very fulfilling to see the smile on their faces. What a joy it was to see their innocence and how they appreciate simple things. It made me realize how lucky I was as a child. I would love to join GSF’s next activity again.” shared Christie Mae Bano of Gothong Southern Shipping Lines Inc. Noriel Tupaz of Gothong Southern Properties Inc also shared “It was tiring but definitely fun seeing those kids smiling and happy to see us; grabbing our hand so they can “mano” makes one feel really good and was something that can boost up one’s energy in spite of the activities.”