Cris “Kesz” Valdez
…epitome of struggle
By Apolinario B Villalobos
An innocent smile
Gives radiance to his face –
Kesz, as friends call the lad
Is a picture of exhilaration
When all eyes turned to him
And palms are clapped
For a thunderous jubilation.
The thirteen years of struggle
Put his enduring will to a test
As he lived away from family
Who thought him to be a jinx
And to a dump he was left
But lucky to have been saved
And given another chance to live.
Devoting his life in helping others
This he does, though at such an age –
Pushing carts filled with books
He and his buddies scour the roads
For children with want for knowledge
Nothing can slow them down, not rain
Not thirst, not hunger, aches and pain.
The International Children Peace Prize
For the year 2012 he got, truly deserved
Has shown that God has plans for us all
And that the best life that man can live
Is one that is patiently driven with guts
And nurtured with determination to succeed
Just like what this sweetly smiling lad, Kesz did!
(Kesz Valdez has been awarded the 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize at The Hague for his effort in helping around 10,000 children in Cavite City, 30 kilometers from Manila City. He is with a group who pushes pushcarts filled with books, toys, sweets, slippers, etc. for the needy children of the city. They share with the children knowledge on health, values and love of God.)