RESIDENCE INN in Tagaytay City did a good job in hosting the fast rising one of a kind experience Dinner in the dark (Black Dinner), a much talk awareness campaign challenge for the benefit of people who are blind.
In the event last Oct 18, 2014 we are fortunate to be invited among other bloggers to experience the so called realization dinner plus the tour of Zoomanity park inside Residence Inn, wherein they house variety of foreign wildlife animals, fishes, snakes and birds.
Before the scheduled dinner there is an orientation coming from the organizers, a talk from Dra. Frances Roa of Eye Bank Foundation who encourage everyone to be a cornea donor and how we can change lives. Criselda Valderama, a volunteer lady with eye sight defects is the one who discuss to us how we can survive eating without any lights at all. She inform us that a waiter/waitress like her will assists us and will give instructions how to locate utensils and food in the dining table, the instruction will be useful only using a clock method depending where we are facing, like the front is 12 0’clock next is 3’0’clock to the 6 and to 9’0’clock direction. Cellphones and glittering accessories is not allowed inside the dark hall.
Next step is we are blindfolded in a line where we enter a total pitch black function room, the waitress assign assist us one-by-one to our designated chair. Then we are told to remove our blindfold and to our surprise it is so dark that you can’t even see a single light. Then the usual dinner start using only the sense of touch and taste. I admit I give up using spoon and fork and use my bare hands to consume the serve food on my plate.
During the almost 45mins of eating in the dark, I realize that there are a lot of things that need to be thanks and praise of, I cannot imagine losing your sense to see and survive eating in that situation. Somehow I feel fascinated and move on how blind people live day by day on that kind of survival. Of course we know how does it feel but it is more felt when you experience it, when you yourself tried eating or walk like them.
I salute Residence Inn for this kind of event. I immediately called some event organizer friends I have and told them this wonderful experience that they need to re-do it so majority will appreciate those blessings they have and stop complaining for those petty matters they always get irritated of.
|Our meal in the dark.|
Dinner in the Dark is part of the BIG “O”wesome October of Zoomanity Group who own the Zoomanity Parks inside Residence Inn, they also have this event in Zoobic Safari in Subic and in Misono Restaurant in Makati. The event proceeds goes to Eye Bank Foundation in cooperation with Person With Disabilty Federation of Tagaytay City.
Aside from Zoomanity Park in Tagaytay, Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zoomanity Group also own and managed Zoocobia in Clark Pampanga, Paradizoo in Mendez Cavite, and the newly establish Zoocolate Thrills in Loboc, Bohol. You can enjoy Zoomanity Parks and get discounts and freebies by liking Zoomanity Group’s official facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/zoomanitygroup. Or call Tel Nos. 899-9595 loc 344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit their website at www.zoomanity.com.ph .
|Ready to welcome the guest.|
|The view of Taal Volcano from Residence Inn.|
|Dra. Frances Roa of Eye Bank Foundation .|
|The cast and guest of Black Magic show in Residence Inn.|