One of the most important aspects that people should possess is to have respect, to express sincere love and gratitude; and to show and promote equality to everyone. We should also be aware that each person in this world are unique individuals. We need to understand, to support and to lend a hand to everybody for us to feel the real essence of happiness. To raise awareness, the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Inc. conducted “Happy Walk”, which is an event that highlight’s the National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month celebration. The said event was whole-heartedly participated by different schools, sponsors, leaders, organizations, teachers, and parents, together with their children. According to a random person, he said that Happy Walk is devoted to promote positive attitudes and values like love and hope, instead of disappointment, fear or anger for kids with the disability.
As what I have witnessed last February 19, 2017 during the event that started at Freedom Park for the Happy Walk, and the program which took place at Rizal Park, I can really see and feel the happiness of the children together with various people who performed and participated the said event passionately and most especially the abundant love of their parents which can be perceived through their guidance, care and support. I have also seen the great talents of the children when they showcased their abilities and skills in dancing, singing, playing musical instruments and acting. I was extremely happy on the things that I have experienced since this is my first time to join such event and felt lucky for I became part of the celebration and awareness. I have learned life-long lessons; the children are unique individuals with unique personalities, and they practice and experience a full range of emotions, just like everyone else in this world. But the best thing I have reflected, realized, learned and understood more through the help of the event was that, it is essential to remember that individuals with Down syndrome are people too; they enjoy various hobbies and activities just like you and I. They have also emotions such as sadness, anger and happiness and they value friendship and love; most of all they can also feel hurt from the inconsiderate and selfish behavior of other people.
Happy walk was very successful for it was themed with great love, positive attitudes, appreciation, equality, respect and hope. The effort of the people who made the event successful was great; the message that they want everybody to know was caught. The important things and morals that I have learned will always have a place in my heart. Since the profession that I have chosen is to become an educator, I will also help spread and raise awareness to other people and most particularly to my future students.