11th GSF: A fun-filled and fulfilling Saturday

The Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation (GSF) recently staged its 12-hour Multi-Sport Celebration In Memory of Gabriel, marking eleven years of making a difference in the lives of children with disabilities and less privileged kids.

Together with co-presentor Milo and with help from sponsors, friends and volunteers, the fund-raiser was staged from sunrise to sunset last Saturday, October 19, at the Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa City. Featured were several fun and sports activities, including traditional Filipino games, which drew participants from all ages and different walks of life.

Highlighting this year’s celebration was the ‘Palarong Pinoy Challenge,’ which included ‘patintero,’ ‘tiyakad,’ and ‘piko.’ The traditional Filipino games were a hit with young and adult participants alike. Aat one point, GSF founder Senator Pia Cayetano challenged her brother, Taguig-Pateros Representative Lino Cayetano to a tiyakad race.

In another sequence, members of the UP Women’s Volleyball Team played patintero with Sen. Pia and friends. The UP Team won, but not without challenge from Sen. Pia’s team, which also included triathlete Ani De Leon and volleyball player Fille Cainglet.

Children participants also had a blast taking on the Breeze Obstacle Course Challenge, with the top ten participants who registered the fastest times getting special prizes.

The day started with the 12-hour swim, bike and run led by Sen. Cayetano, and the Aside Football Tournament co-organized with The Younghusband Football Academy (TYFA). Several teams joined the football tournament, disputing the title in the different age-group categories. Azkals booters Phil and James Younghusband were on hand to give out the awards and inspire the young players.

Other activities included Chef Dino Dizon’s cooking demo, a self-defense class by the Baler Aikido Dojo, Zumba Fitness Party by CW-X, Anti-Gravity Yoga Demo, Yoga session with kids, and children’s aquathlon and triathlon by KidsCanTri.

In the afternoon, visually impaired swimmers from PAVIC demonstrated their swimming skills in the pool, providing inspiration to the audience which included Sen. Pia, young triathletes and their parents.

Finally, the day was capped by the 3K Buddy Run. For the participants and the organizers, it was both a fun-filled and fulfilling day.