Arlene is an oil painter and she has an autistic son, Zac, who is now 11 years old.
She says that if she wins the P25-million grand prize in ‘Smart Amazing 25,’ she will use the money to construct a building that will house an art museum and a school for children with autism and Down syndrome.
Proceeds from the operations will support institutions that care for persons with special needs.
The building will employ persons with disabilities. The complex will be called ‘Manger,’ inspired by the Baby Jesus in the Manger.
The vision Arlene has in mind is a building that serves as a home to a community that society in the olden days see as ‘misfits.’
The people in her establishment do not have the ‘refinements’ of persons that readers see in glossy magazines. Instead, the building will be home to persons who exude genuine compassion, understanding and humility.
The place will be filled with activities that promote learning while discovering simple joys, laughter and music. It will be spacious. Walls will be high. Spaces will be airy.
The environment will be colorful yet soothing, with lots of flowers and instrumental music.
The sound, however, will always conform to the level that is comfortable for autistic persons with sensory overload.
The building will promote absolute respect for all differently-abled persons. The quality of art the community will produce will be the ‘talk of the town.’
Patrons of the arts will come over, not for charity, but because they hear about the explosion of creative talents in the complex.
Clients will want to bring home paintings and works of art that radiate comfort and joy. Learners will see a completely different perspective on the big issue called ‘life.’
Arlene has seen a facility similar to this in San Francisco as she watched YouTube. The place became a sort of a blessing to the busy urban population.
People who want to relieve themselves of stress, anxiety and depression habitually visit the place.
In the building, one does not have to be conscious of who she or he is.
Through the creations of people in Arlene’s place, visitors enter a beautiful world – serene and pure...so long as guests are bent on seeing and giving joy to people who do not conform to current conventions, so long as they believe that life is fleeting.
And that ‘service to others’ and ‘unconditional love’ are words to live by and not just clichés. They will be welcomed with an embrace by Arlene and Zac inside the building that was constructed using the P25 million cash prize from ‘Smart Amazing 25’ grand raffle.
Smart’s biggest raffle promo, ‘Smart Amazing 25,’ is the company’s way of showing thanks for the loyalty and support of subscribers nationwide for the past 25 years.
The raffle promo gives one lucky subscriber a chance to win P25 million cash grand prize to be drawn next month. Smart is also giving away smartphones, MVP Rewards points and data in separate monthly draws.
The promo is open to all active Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers until Feb. 25, 2019. To join, subscribers need to register once. Simply dial *121#; choose ‘AMAZING 25’ on the menu, and followethe steps to confirm the sign up.
Right after the registration, subscribers start earning and accumulating raffle entries.
Prepaid subscribers earn raffle entries each time they avail of the promotions through retailers or text registration. More entries await those who use *121# to register to select prepaid promos.
For Smart, these particular promos are Giga Surf, Giga Surf Plus, All Out Surf and Game Time.
For TNT, the promos include Surf Saya, Gaan Surf, Panalo Combo, Panalo Data, Giga Surf and All Out Surf.
For Sun, the promos to get are Sulit Surf Plus, Big Time Data, Non-Stop Surf, Giga Surf and All Out Surf.
Meanwhile, postpaid subscribers who pay their bills in full and on time can join the raffle. Every P1,000 worth of payment is equivalent to 100 entries.
Smart postpaid subscribers can get more raffle entries by buying add-ons such as the Giga Surf offers. Sun subscribers can earn more entries by availing of add-ons like the Social Bundle 199, Chat Bundle 249 and Non-Stop 450.
The raffle entries earned by subscribers in January are reset at the end of the month.
However, all entries accumulated by subscribers within the promo period are qualified for the grand raffle cash prize of P25 million.
As Smart’s 25th anniversary approaches, it is giving away monthly instant bonuses through texts, calls or data for prepaid subscribers. They can enjoy these perks until the end of February.
Subscribers just have to dial *121# to redeem the bonuses, choose ‘Celebrate Smart Amazing 25,’ and select ‘Get My Bonus Now’ to receive a notification about the bonus.
Smart has come up with the P25-million cash raffle prize as a salute to its subscribers who have been supporting the company in the last 25 years.