Christmas Gifts that Give: Alkansyang Bao (Coconut Shell Coin Bank)
Christmas is fast approaching and as in years past, you are probably looking around for meaningful Christmas gifts. Christmas gifts that give are gifts that allow you to give gifts to your loved ones and friends and at the same time, give you the opportunity to help out other people.
This Christmas, I am helping my nun-cousin, Sister Florence Bautista, RGS, spread the word about the alkansyang bao, a coin bank made out of coconut shell. The coconut shell is varnished and decorated with ribbons, laces, and flowers. The alkansyang bao comes in different designs (e.g. angel, rat, monkey) and prices range from P120 to P200 apiece, depending on the design. My cousin calls it a cultural revival gift for children and adults.
Sister Florence helps run Bahay Pastulan (Pasture Home), a Waldorf-inspired daycare for three- to six-year old children of rural farmers in Quezon. The alkansyang bao is a sustainability project of the mothers and staff of Bahay Pastulan who aim to build a self-reliant and nourishing community.
Each alkansyang bao will come with a special message printed on it. The message goes like this: “Ang alkansya – pagbabalik ng nakagawiang kulturang nakasanayan nung bata pa tayo. Mahalagang handog ng isang nagmamahal. Anong kasayahang marinig ang tunog ng barya sa loob ng bao. Anong pananabik sa pag-iimpok para sa pangangalaga sa kinabukasan. Likhang-gawa ng mga katuwang sa paglilingkod sa Bahay Pastulan Daycare, Sariaya, Quezon.”
[By Angelica Viloria | Saturday, October 22, 2011]
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