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Valenzuela City Holds 17th Special Children Holiday

17th Special Children Holiday
Batang Espesyal Ang Bida : Students from Valenzuela Special Education Center showcase their talents during the SPED Holiday 2022 at the Amphitheatre, Valenzuela City People’s Park, December 12, 2022. After a two-year hiatus, Valenzuela City’s annual tradition is back with bigger surprises and more gifts. A total of 1,856 Learners with Disabilities (LWDs) attended the said event to enjoy fun and games bond with their parents and teachers.

Geared with a different learning resource space, a total of 1,856 Learners with Disabilities (LWDs), together with their parents participated in different activities which aims to develop trust, self-confidence, personal and social skills, and desirable values among them as the 17th Special Children (SPED) Holiday was held at the Valenzuela City People’s Park Amphitheater, December 12.

Organized by the City Government of Valenzuela and Division of City Schools – Valenzuela, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Christmas and year-end event for the City’s Learners with Disabilities (LWDs) was again held to foster teamwork, friendship, and understanding among Learners with Disabilities and parents, SPED teachers and therapists, city and school officials, and other SPED advocates.

Joining the Learners with Disabilities (LWDs) and their parents during the activity are the students and educators from different schools in Central, North, South and East Districts.

In his message, Valenzuela City 1st District Representative, Congressman REX Gatchalian expressed his sincere gratitude to the parents of the special learners for their continuous sacrifice in caring and supporting the special needs of their children. “When I was the Mayor, we held this event every year. I’m glad I got to spend time again with the Valenzuelano LWDs after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic”. He added.

17th Special Children Holiday
SEASON OF GIVING : Valenzuela City Mayor WES Gatchalian attends the SPED Holiday 2022 at the Amphitheatre, Valenzuela City People’s Park, December 12, 2022. Together with his wife, Tiffany Gatchalian, the Chief Executive made sure that every LWDs had a great time and gave the 1,856 students all extra gifts. SPED Holiday is traditionally held annually but was halted for two years due to the pandemic.

Mayor WES on the other hand expressed his eagerness to host the SPED Holiday event as it was the first time again since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also mentioned that he put a lot of effort and resources in this event for the children to enjoy.

Also present during the event were Mayoress Tiffany Gatchalian, Vice Mayor Lorie Natividad-Borja, Congressman REX Gatchalian, Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Meliton Zurbano, and District Supervisor and ValSPED Administrator Dr. Ma. Teresita Pangan.

17th Special Children Holiday
HAPPY HOLIDAYS : FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: District Supervisor/ValSPED Administrator, Ma. Teresita Pangan, Valenzuela City Mayor, WES Gatchalian, Mayoress Tiffany Gatchalian, Second District Councilor and Action Officer to PWD Affairs, Nina Lopez, and Person with Disability Office Head, Snooky Cortez spend quality time with Learners with Disabilities (LWD) during the SPED Holiday 2022 at the Amphitheatre, Valenzuela City People’s Park on December 12, 2022. In addition to the student performances, the PDAO event features magicians and acrobats to ensure that each student has a good time.

By: William Chua

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