Children receive early Christmas treat in annual ‘Balik Sigla, Bigay Saya’

President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. helps bring holiday cheer to children through the annual gift-giving tradition started by the First Couple. (RTVM screengrab)

MANILA, (PIA) — President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. and First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos on Sunday, November 26, led this year’s “Balik Sigla, Bigay Saya” gift-giving ceremony at Malacañang Palace that provided early Christmas surprises to over 17,000 disadvantaged children.

Jointly organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of the President, simultaneous festivities were held across more than 250 sites nationwide. Corporate partners like Jollibee and San Miguel Corporation helped bring holiday cheer to kids from various shelters and orphanages. Malacañang said this year’s event will give gifts to 17,268 children nationwide.

We all know that Christmas is really for the children, and we all have a Merry Christmas when the children have a good Christmas,” said a visibly delighted President Marcos in his speech.

“I’m so happy. Ito talaga ang ibig sabihin pag Christmas spirit; pagka napapaligiran tayo ng mga bata na ang gugulo na maiingay, makukulit pero masaya (This is the true meaning of the Christmas spirit; when we’re surrounded by loud, playful, but happy children),” he added.

President Marcos thanked DSWD’s critical role in nurturing the nation’s future and encouraged volunteering with youth to uplift less fortunate Filipinos.

He also said the annual event gave the children a wonderful feeling that the government cares for them.

Nandiyan ang ating mga kabataan at nabibigyan natin, just for a few days, a very good feeling na silang lahat ay iniisip natin at inaalagaan natin (The children are here and we give them, just for a few days, a very good feeling that we think about and care for them),” he added.

The yearly gift-giving activity kicks off the holiday season across the Philippines by sharing joy with youngsters, especially those in need, as President Marcos said, “Christmas is really for the children.” (PIA-NCR)

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