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(Metro News) QC gov’t gearing up for 2010 ‘Camp Pag-ibig’ on Feb. 14

MANILA, Jan. 27 –- The Quezon City government is preparing to host once again on February 14 the annual "Camp Pag-ibig" (Love), a whole-day gathering of special children.

The office of Mayor Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr. said on Wednesday the 2010 day camp will be held at the Balara Filter Plant campsite in Diliman, Quezon City.

About 2,000 children will participate in the day camp. The kids are mostly gifted kids and also those who have disabilities such as autism, down syndrome and hyperactivity problems.

Mayor Belmonte describes Camp Pag-ibig as instrumental in providing children with special needs the opportunities to integrate and socialize with the community.

Belmonte said the city government has been hosting the day camp project for the past 17 years.

This year’s Camp Pag-ibig will feature various outdoor activities for special children, including nature exploration, games, arts, swimming, music and dances.

There will also be story-telling that will focus on environment. Celebrities will be invited to participate in the story-telling sessions.

A team from Manila Water Company (MWC) will also take part in these activities, organizers said.

The organizers have also decided to invite a Filipino educator from the United States to the morning and afternoon sessions of the expressive arts workshop.

Spearheading the Camp Pag-ibig preparations are the office of Councilor Jorge “Bolet” Banal Jr., former Councilor Jorge Banal Sr., Philippine Association for the Retarded Inc., QC Social Services and Development Department, MWC, QC Capitol Jaycees, Department of Education (DepEd), DepED-National Capitol Region, and QC Division of City Schools. (PNA) scs/JCA

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