THE Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) gave eight social workers and staff their annual vacation
trip treat recently. This time, however, they were brought to three beautiful countries in Southeast
Asia: Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.
CJFI Indangan center head Marichel Eyog said, “We are indeed grateful to the generosity of our founder,
Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy for his unfailing support that he gave us another experience in exploring new
cultures, values and opportunity to meet different types of people.”
Eyog was joined by CJFI Central Office supervising social worker Melody Rabino, CJFI Davao social
worker Maria Luteria Dalisay, CJFI Quezon City center head Daisy Valenzuela, CJFI Pampanga social
worker Karissa Calma, CJFI Cavite social worker Rizel Espinosa, CJFI Laguna bookkeeper Ruth Eneria and
CJFI Central Office general accountant Maria Norfelly Marimon.
Their first stop was Seam Reap, Cambodia where they touched down at 11:20 p.m. Brother Jun and sister
Vangie welcomed them. The latter then toured them the following day to different tourist spots in
Cambodia including Angkor Thom where Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie shot her Tomb Raider movie.
“We also got to visit a Center for Children’s Rights Cambodia, a non-government organization catering
to survivors and victims of trafficking and their families and communities. This gave us an overview of
some social issues that Cambodia is currently struggling with,” Eyog said.
She also said that Camboadia children are being forced to stop going to school to work instead and help
their families meet ends meet.
Next destination was Vietnam that took the CJFI contingent from Cambodia four hours to reach. They ate
lunch at the hotel where they arrived at around 11:30 a.m. They then proceeded to Bin Tay market for
“It was a great experience for us because we had to shop at least one hour for us to catch the last
trip back to Cambodia since the border will be closed at 6 p.m. We had fun converting their money as we
were not familiar with it,” Eyog said.
They arrived at the staff house and showcased their singing and dancing skills to their hosts.
From Cambodia, Eyog’s group travelled by land for 16 hours to reach Thailand at 1 a.m.
Vangie and brother Erwin accompanied them this time. They had dinner at the workers’ house where they
experienced sheer hospitality at its best. They shopped again for great and wise buys in Thailand the
next day before flying back to the country.
Eyog added, “Our wonderful experiences, which brought us joy in our hearts, will be added to our
memories. All these will never be actualized without the generosity and love of Pastor Quiboloy who reminds us to share not just the experience but also share the graces we experienced.”