Photos by: Ricky D. Alejo
CHRISTMAS is a season of thanksgiving. For Ric Village in Guimaras Island, the season of love and hope is an opportune time to express their gratitude to a community that supports them.
On Dec 23, 2017, kids and adults from the Ati Community in Sitio Kati-Kati, Brgy San Miguel, Jordan celebrated Christmas with the Diaz Family, owner of Ric Village located in nearby Sitio Motorpool.
The kids received toys while their respective families received baskets of groceries and other goodies in time for their Noche Buena.
Johnny Diaz, reporter and anchorman of Aksyon Radyo Iloilo, said they are not always around, thus, the management of the place was most of the time left to the Indigenous People (IP). The Ati teens earn while on school break by serving as ushers to the guests.
“The gift-giving is our way of thanking them for their support to the family. Moreover, we know that it is what our father would have wanted – to share our blessings to our IP brethren,” Diaz said.
Ric Village is a Christmas destination that is famed for its Festival of Lights, one of the firsts of its kind in the island province.
The village was put up to fulfill the death wish of the Diaz patriarch, Ricarido, who wanted his children to continue supporting the IP.
The Diazes installed lights into more or less 50 mango trees in the 1.5-hectare property, which when lighted at night transports guests into a place that is dreamy and magical.
The family put up kiosks so the IPs can earn during the Holidays by selling food and drinks and arts and crafts.
Visit Ric Village until Three King’s Day or Epiphany on Jan 6, 2018.
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