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The Inception and Dream of San Diego RV

The Inception and Dream of San Diego RV

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The Inception and Dream of SAN DIEGO de ALCALA RESTORATION VILLAGE

Coloong  II,  Valenzuela  City     District  of  Malolos,  Bulacan  

2007  –  Incep=on  of  Restora=on  Village  

It  all  started  with  a  DREAM.    In  August  2006,  more  than  200   homeless  CFC  members  met  together  and  dreamed  of  acquiring   land  to  build  their  ideal  houses.  

2007  –  CFC  split      

The  CFC  “SPLIT  ”  almost  shaPered  their  dream.  Those  who  joined   the  community  primarily  for  Gawad  Kalinga  houses  leT  the  group   and  withdrew  their  contribu=ons  but  the  faithful  con=nued  to   trust  the  Lord  and  pursued  their  dream.    

2008  OCT  –  ACQUISITION  OF  LOT  AT  COLOONG  2,   VALENZUELA  CITY  

The  Lord  blesses  those  who  trust  His  Providence.  In  2008,  the   group  acquired  a  “swamp”  lot  at  a  frac=on  of  the  price   previously  offered  to  them  [P600/m2  vs  P2,500/m2].  The  lot   was  submerged  breast  deep,  full  of  water  lilies  but  an  almost   ideal  site  –  near  the  chapel,  public  school,  health  center  and   adjacent  to  the  main  road.  

On  this  swamp  of  water  lilies  will  rise  our  Restora=on  Village.  

2008  DECEMBER  -­‐  START  OF  LAND  DEVELOPMENT  

The  meager  contribu=on  leT  aTer  paying  down  payment  was   used  to  buy  filler  soil  [panambak].  We  can  only  afford  the   cheapest  with  big  boulders  of  rocks  so  spreading  was  a  big  task.   But  no  big  task  can  deter  faithful  &  determined  CFC-­‐FFL  members.   Gradually  land  replaces  water  lilies  and  swamp.  

As  land  slowly  eases  out  the  water  lilies,  blue  sky   announces  a  brighter  horizon  ahead.  

The  boulders  were  sure  heavy,  but  light  to  a   determined  community.  

2010  AUGUST  –  START  OF  CONSTRUCTION  OF  1st  HOUSE    

The  Lord  never  abandoned  those  who  place  their  fate  unto  the  Lord.   The  funding  for  the  1st  house  came  courtesy  of  caring  donors  and   CFC  FFL  Leaders.  On  the  bright  day  of  August  2010,  we  started  the   construc=on  of  our  1st  house.  

TEAMWORK  DOES  IT    

Every  Saturday  and  Sunday  CFC-­‐FFL  volunteers  flocked  the  site.  Brothers,  Sisters,  SvFL,  HFL,   SFL,  YFL,  mason,  carpenters,  experts  or  otherwise  helped  one  another,  Those  who  can  lay   bricks  and  cut  lumbers  did  their  role.  The  non-­‐skilled  provided  manual  labor.  Those  who   can’t  physically  ,i.e.  weak  &  old,  provided  refreshments.  Those  who  really  can’t  afford  just   came  to  give  inspiring  presence.  

House  one  up,  the  second  follows.  

2010  NOVEMBER  –  TURN  OVER  OF  FIRST  2  HOUSES     God  is  good.  He  helps  those  who  trust  the  Lord  and  helped   themselves.  In  November  2010  the  1st  two  houses  were  turned-­‐ over  to  deserving  beneficiaries.  The  event  was  a  big  merriment.    

Our  loving  Parish  Vicar-­‐Fr.  Vince  Reyes  blessed  the  houses.    

Sis  Nelia  Reyes  &  Family  

Bro  Larry  &  Sis  Mila  Calucab     and  Family  

Happy  are  the  beneficiaries,  happier  is  Bro.  Nonong  Contreras  (CFCFFL  SocMin  Head)  

PB  “Ikar”  Enriquez  of  Pasolo,  Valenzuela  City  graced  the  affair  &  of   course  our  loving  CFC-­‐FFL  elders  honored  the  event.  Bro.  Nonong   Contreras,  Bro.  Bonjie  Bonjibud,  Joe  &  Janet  Mantequilla  and   eager  members  of  the  Cluster  of  Valenzuela  &  Obando  joined  the   celebra=on.  The  grateful  beneficiaries  thank  the  Lord  and  his   workers  and  those  who  provided  the  entertainment  .    

PRESENTATION  &  “BLESS  THE  FOOD  NA”  

A  day  of  celebra=on  to  show  talents   and  gra=tude  to  God.  

Obando  Chapter  Dance  Troop   entertains  the  crowd.  

Giggling  members  pose  for  posterity.  

ACCELERATED  SITE  DEVELOPMENT   The  Lord  truly  never  abandoned  His  flock.  As  our  meager  funds   dwindled,  site  development  slowly  ceased.  But  lo  and  behold,   the  kind  Congressman  Rex  Gatchalian  of  Valenzuela    City,  who   appreciated  the  mission  of  CFC-­‐FFL  for  the  residents  of  the  town,   came  to  our  rescue.    

 

He  pledged  100  truck  loads  of  land  fill  materials.  The  first  45   trucks  filled  the  swamp,  the  remaining  trucks  will  soon  arrive.   The  thoughpul  Mayor  Sherwin  Gatchalian  will  not  be  outdone  in   benevolence.  He  provided  the  grader  to  level  the  site.  

2011  February  –  Construc=on  of  3rd   house  

A  liPle  help  here,  another  there,  up  go  pails  of   concrete  mix.  

•  Two    up,  another  one  rises  

CONSTRUCTION  OF  4TH  HOUSE  

The  third  house  nears  comple=on,  the  fourth  one   sprouts.  

LAYING  OF  FOUNDATION  OF  5TH  HOUSE  

Four  were  completed,  a  small  beginning  for  a  giant   task  ahead.  

And  God  looks  at  his  work  and  they  are  good  and   wonderful.  

THE  CHALLENGE  AHEAD  

   Sixty-­‐  one  [61]  more  row  houses  await  construc=on  in  this  

chosen  lot  of  the  Lord.  We  con=nue  to  trust  Him  and  will   forever  be  thankful  to  the  benevolent  donors  He  will  give.  It   started  with  a  dream  and  soon  will  be  a  reality.  Thanks  to  you   kind  brothers  and  sisters.  

     

This  will  be  God’s  giT  to  our  community,  a  legacy  to  our   children  

San  Diego  De  Alcala  Restora=on  Village  –  a  haven  for   God’s  faithful  servants,  now  a  dream,  becoming  a  

Help  our  brethren  at  Valenzuela  fulfill  their  dream  of  a   CFC  FFL  Restora=on  Village  of  their  homeless  members.   For  dona=ons,  visit     www.cfcfflwwp.org  

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