A 68-year old single father with three children is this year’s lucky Christmas family.
SnP organizing head Fritzgerald Padilla said the 68-year old father is Eleazar Valdez who works as a tour guide.
Valdez has three children ages five to 18, announced Padilla Friday, December 18, in time for the recognition day during lunch Saturday, December 18 at the Eco Lodge.
Valdez was abandoned by his 38-year old wife and was responsible in raising up his three kids – Christian Dave, 18; Ashley Ann, 8; and, Bryan, 5 – the last is mentally challenged, said Padilla.
The Valdezes will be treated to lunch where they be given personal protective equipment, alcohol, face shields and masks as well as grocery and some cash, said Padilla.
Padilla said that this year’s Silahis is downscaled due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic that has infected more than 3,000 locals including 51 deaths.
“We will be doing the Silahis ng Pasko since it has been institutionalized but then it will be downscaled since this will be benefiting the indigent people,” said Padilla.
His father, the late councilor and sportsman Narciso Padilla launched the Silahis ng Pasko in 1973 to provide “a ray of light to those less in life,” he said.
“We will just be retaining those activities where there will be less contact, thus a lunch for them,” he added.
Other events of the downscaled Silahis are a day for the people with disabilities who will receive PPEs and grocery items; the lucky Christmas and New Year’s baby and the TALA awards to honor senior citizens who excelled in their chosen professions.
The Silahis ng Pasko was launched last December 8 at the Shrine of Brown Madonna with less than a dozen guests.