Yolanda kids pay homage to the King of kings

The feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of the Christ-Child to the world, is celebrated on the first Sunday after New Year’s day or on January 6. In many countries the exchange of gifts happens not on Christmas day but on the feast of Epiphany, following the example of the Magi who offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus.

Children (and even adults) look forward to receiving gifts, toys, surprises, and plenty of food during the holiday season. But hardly any of us think of what to give the birthday Celebrant himself. When they were asked what gift they will give Jesus, the children of Tacloban and Leyte said:


Lean Bagares, 9 years old



I will give him thanks that I am still alive – in spite of the many storms that passed through our country.





James Magdua, 10 years old



I will celebrate with the Noche Buena. I will thank Jesus that I was able to hold on to a piece of wood during the storm surge and because of that I did not drown.


Maria Angela Didal, 9 years old

Maria Angela Didal, 9 years old






My gift to Jesus is to help the people who still do not have homes. I will save whatever I can get from the carolling/ pamamasko so that I can give it to them.






Juriz Inigo G. Tualla, 7 years old




“My gift to Jesus is my greatest sacrifice.”
“Huh? What is that?” “Magpapakabait na po ako!

I will try to be good!”




Mary Anne P. Pateno, 11 years old

Mary Anne P. Pateno, 11 years old


I will make people happy; I’ll make them laugh. And I will share my toys to children who have nothing for Christmas.





Jay Lord V. Perino, 12 years old

Jay Lord V. Perino, 12 years old


He came to church for Christmas day dripping wet. “My gift to Jesus is to help others, to give food to those who are hungry.” He promptly showed a goody bag with snacks, a pair of slippers, etc. ready to be shared.



Alona Sarneo, 11 years old

Alona Sarneo, 11 years old



Quiet and observant, she didn’t say a word. But after the others have left, she asked: “Where are you going, Sister?” When I told her I was going to another barangay, she offered to accompany me and showed the way. And when she was given a teddy bear as a present, she eagerly shared it with her brother and sisters. Her special gift was expressed not in words but through her open and generous heart.

kidsThe children’s gifts to Jesus may not be gold, frankincense and myrrh, but they are precious nonetheless. The experience of Yolanda opened their eyes to the harsh realities of life and death. It also filled their hearts with mercy and compassion for their neighbors in need, remaining joyful through it all.

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I am a religious sister (yes, a nun!) from the Daughters of St Paul whose mission is to share the Good News. I love to read, write and take photos.
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9 Responses to Yolanda kids pay homage to the King of kings

  1. Sr. Bernie says:

    Thanks, Sr. Rose. This is precious! The children’s experience of suffering led them to maturity.

  2. Sr. Divine says:

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful gifts! These children, in their innocence, have offered their best gifts to Jesus. Wishing you too, and these children a blessed New Year filled with hope, joy and peace in Christ, our Master and Savior. God bless.

  3. Jose Rizal says:

    Interesting to know that despite the tragedy, these kids deep in their hearts express a humanity that cares; they show and tell with hope in their hearts they still can share in gratitude what little they still have; they possess hope in a God that heals wounds of the suffering; they reveal faith in a God Who loves. Good share sister

  4. Sr. Vangie says:

    The mouth of the kids bring forth the goodness of their heart born from their experience of suffering. The children are really teaching us. Like the Babe of Betlehem. Thanks, Sr.Rose for making their voices be heard. Right on. .

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