Imagination-powered peryahan

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Thursday, December 11, 2014


WHAT were your favorite games as a child? Did you like playing street games? Were video games more your thing? Did you ever go to the arcade? Did you play at peryahans?

Are you reminiscing about your childhood yet?

On December 13, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., in Barangay Kasambagan Gym, Pandoo Club -- a community center under Pandoo Foundation -- is opening its first ever Pandoo Perya, a cardboard arcade made by kids for kids and the kids at heart.

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Pandoo Perya is also created as Cebu's entry for the Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge.

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event that was first launched in 2012 after the overwhelming global success of the short film "Caine's Arcade." The challenge invites kids of all ages "to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination."

Pandoo Perya is Pandoo Club's answer to the challenge.

Pandoo Perya is a fundraising event that aims not only to raise money for causes supported by Pandoo Foundation, but also to foster the imagination, creativity, and problem solving skills of children.

Pandoo Perya will have a mix of local and foreign themes as we put arcade and perya games in one venue.

The peryahan will have games like bowling, air hockey, pin ball, basketball, ring toss, mini-golf, and pabitin. It's also very affordable to play the games. The tickets range from P10 to P100.

You can also have unlimited plays for P300. If you donate more than P300, you get a special gift from the Pandoo Club kids. At the end of the day, guests and players will be treated to a mini-concert featuring Wonggoys, Lui, and Freon.

The inspiration for Pandoo Perya is the short film "Caine's Arcade." The film features nine-year-old Caine Monroy and his cardboard arcade. The arcade not only bolstered Caine's creativity, imagination, and self-esteem, but it also inspired many children around the world to make their own cardboard creations.

When the children at Pandoo Club watched the short film about Caine's cardboard arcade, they were fascinated by the games he was able to create. They immediately began talking about their own game plans and designs. It wasn't hard to get the kids involved in the project. They got to work teeming with enthusiasm.

While there are adults guiding and supervising the kids, they are free to design and build their own arcade games. They are encouraged to think for themselves, to identify problems and come up with solutions, and to have confidence in their creations.

Pandoo Club believes that children are full of great ideas and that they are capable of seeing them through. Sometimes all they need is a little push and people to believe in them. Do you believe that the Pandoo Club kids have what it takes to put together a fun and exciting day for the community? Then come join us on December 13 in Barangay Kasambagan Gym from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- let's play, raise funds, and give these kids the moral support they need.

For further inquiries, you can contact Pandoo Club at 266-2359. Please look for Em or Denise. You can also find more information about the event through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PandooPerya. (PR)

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