Last Saturday, I and Karen (one of my best friends and remarkable travel buddy) went on a special journey. It is an unusual adventure compared to the more than 123 kilometers of travel we usually do. We decided to go and donate to The Love Yourself Project which aims to provide free counseling and education to the people affected by HIV/AIDS in the country. No we did not do any counseling but joined and donated in their worthy Charity Photo Shoot.
Upon arrival in the venue, we registered our name, profession and respective e-mail addresses on their log sheet then gave our humble cash donation (which is more than 123 pesos). The receptionist handed me my complimentary shirt and a slip of paper indicating that I am donor number 123. They then led us to the next room where we change our top to the one that they gave and were subjected to grooming service prior to the photo shoot.
During the fun posing and light flashing, the assigned photographer after taking few shots told me to keep a serious face, but being a normally cheery person that I am, it took me some time to form a serious facial guise. I took a deep breath and counted “1-2-3” before showing off an unsmiling expression on my face. I particularly dig the “picture taking” moment. I felt like a rock star! How I wish the sweet-tempered photographer took 123 shots.
Ayaw ko ma-1-2-3! (A Pinoy expression meaning, “I don’t wanna be duped!”), so while waiting for the beauty expert to finish Karen’s hair and make-up prior to her turn for the photo shoot, I graciously asked one of the volunteers if their company is already registered under the Securities & Exchange Commission. And indeed they were which signifies that their advocacy is actually legit.
Our participation for The Love Yourself Project – Charity Photo Shoot went well. It took us less than 123 minutes to finish what we have to do so as to help in our own little way. The donation we gave may not be enough to rally round all the people suffering from HIV/AIDS. But if it can be of assistance to at least 1 or 2 or 3 people, we would surely be glad to be of help. And besides, we loved the shirt, fancied the grooming service and of course enjoyed the photo shoot!
Isa, Dalawa, Tatlo! Klik, klik, klik!