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We, humans, are emotional creatures and we
value ties and bonds. One of the strongest relationships we
can have is friendship. Friendship fills a hole of sadness and
loneliness. Friends are people we can trust and lean on.
True friends are hard to find but truly we are blessed to
have them- like a clover, they are hard to find but you are
undoubtedly lucky when you find one. To celebrate this
special and one of kind bond, the US Congress made a
proclamation in 1935 to make the first Sunday of August a
holiday in honor of friendship. In honor of friendship, we
will make everyday World Friendship Day- a day to love
and honor our friends and to cherish the time we spend with
Friendship is a gift from God. It is a bond that
unites people and makes them forget about differences and
diversities. In fact at times these differences actually make
the friendship more interesting. Friendship is something that
is hard to build and find but a pleasure to keep.
Friendship and Lesson 13
In line with Lesson 13, we can establish our friendship with Jesus by
praying daily, reading the Bible and taking it in by heart. Also, by giving
alms to the poor. By doing good deeds we establish our friendship with
Jesus, for Jesus has said: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We can
encourage other people to be friends with Jesus by being a good role model.
Furthermore, with the advent of technology we could also utilize it to post
Bible quotes on Facebook and other social media websites to serve as a
reminder of how much Jesus loves us. By doing these things, we draw people
closer to God which paves the way in blossoming friendship.
Creative Representations of
The One True Friend
by: Gabbie Santos
You may have lots of friends
and for sure they are gems.
They might be more than your fingers can count
on trust your bond is mount
But there is one friend, the Greatest Friend
Who can heal, fix, and mend
Who is He you ask?
He is God whom in His love we bask
The One True Friend
by: Gabbie Santos
He loves us more than anything
and He has given us everything
He also gave us a heart to love others
because we are all sisters and brothers.
He wants us to share His friendship
so that others could join Him in partnership
He looks beyond appearances
because they are mere nuances
He truly is a friend we must treasure
for He loves us beyond measure
He teaches us what's wrong and what's right
so that we may join Him in His Kingdom of Light
A truly beautiful friendship is,
One given by God Almighty,
How it feels like a delicate kiss,
That always fills one with glee.
Though little interactions aren’t
Hard to miss,
True friendship isn’t easy to see.
And gaining even just a seed,
Can produce a strong, sturdy, tree
That if poured with commitment, patience, love,
And a little mix
Can bear a bounty.
People aren’t meant to be alone.
Because they have some caring to show.
It’s impossible that a person doesn’t care about
Because they deserve the best, every boy and
God made each one of us with a partner
And doesn’t want us to alter.
Some people can act like they never needed
But there’s always a friend that is always
Of how you are doing today
Because they care for you every single day.
Friendship is very special to me
It’s like my lock has found the key
There are friends that are hard to find
Those friends are loyal and kind.
Friends deserve a lot of smiles
Memories are made like they are files
Human beings are in need of sociality
That’s why we need someone filled with loyalty
Friendship is a way you show your love
It brings peace to friends just like a dove.
It is a bond that truly last forever.
And solves each problem in life together.
The Perfect Friend
By Chelsea Juquiana:
A friend is a like a flower
That blooms for you every hour
A friend is like a clown
Entertains you when you’re down
A friend is like a heart
Keeps us breathing strong
A friend is like a handle
Keeps us holding on
Friendship is a priceless gift
It cannot be bought nor sold
But its value is far greater
Than a mountain made of gold
Narrative of the Observation
from the Survey
Results of the survey showed that the top 3 answers of the
respondents pertaining to the traits that a true friend possesses are the following:
(1) Has good intentions towards you, (2) Loving and (3) Trustworthy. Out of
fifteen (15) respondents, eleven (11) respondents or 73% answered that a true
friend would have good intentions towards you. This answer reflects that a person
who really values you as a friend would have nothing but pure and good intentions
for your welfare. Meaning, a person who rejoices over your failures or downfall
would not be considered a true friend. Since a true friend is like family, when you
experience pain---they experience pain as well. When you achieve success, they
are happy about it and not feeling bad that you are growing or even more
successful than they are. For a true friend would consider your success their
success. For the second top answer, respondents considered being loving as a trait
that a true friend possesses. Meaning, a true friend is somebody who exhibits
love and affection towards them. For the top three (3) answer, it appeared that
being trustworthy is a quality that a true friend possesses. Meaning, a trustworthy
friend is someone in whom one can place their trust and be rest assured that the
trust shall not be betrayed. A trustworthy friend is someone who is reliable
during one’s low moments. A friend who can be depended on during good times
and especially during bad times or low moments.
Tally Sheet of Respondents
Narrative of the Observation
from the Survey
Question 1: Do you think you possess these qualities as a friend as well? Why or
Most of the respondents’ answer reflected that they honestly admit
that they are far from being perfect but they do their best to be a good friend.
They find means and ways to be there for their friends especially during their low
moments. It is because it is important to be an example of being a good friend
first before looking for these qualities in others. The respondents said that they
work on themselves to be the best possible friend that they could be.
Question 2: Who are your friends? What does your friendship with them mean to
Most respondents answered that God, their family and their
classmates belong in their circle of friends. For the respondents, their friendship
means acceptance and belongingness. This means that they are being accepted
for who they are and they do not have to pretend to be someone else just to
please them since this is what true friendship is all about.
Narrative of the Observation
from the Survey
Question 3: Are you as close to God as you are to your friends? Why or why not? A
All of the respondents answered yes since they believe that God is their
ultimate friend. That He is the one who will truly not leave them and accept them
for who they are. It is because God is the only One who would accept them and
forgive them for all their flaws and shortcomings since His love for us is
Question 4: Among your classmates, who do you think have the characteristics of a true
friend? How do you say so?
Most of the respondents just mentioned their classmates and did not
mention specific names. Based on the results, the respondents considered a
person who would not leave them during their darkest time a true friend. It is
because it is easier to have good times with friends when everything is smooth
sailing but the authentic measure of a true friend is during the difficult or challenging
`When you are happy they rejoice with you, when you are sad they will comfort you, when you
are angry, they will calm you down. Who is the “they” I am referring to? I bet you know the
answer to this one- FRIENDS. Friends are sort of like pillows, you go through a whole day of
a whole lot emotions, pain, joy, happiness, but at the end of the emotional
rollercoaster, your friends will still be there cheering you on. The way I see it, friends are
sort of like backpacks, you always got one with you, sticking by your side, containing all
your things no matter how heavy it all is. Like a friend, always by your side, listening to your
complaints, your stories (or sometimes even brags) about your success and even your sighs
when your crush does not turn your way. They take all of this in, no matter how heavy or
taxing it is for them. But we have to listen to them, so you could be a backpack too or in
backpack terms, don’t put too many heavy things in the backpack because it might break.
So I believe we should love our pillows and our backpacks (and back to the point) our
friends. So cherish your friends, they take everything in. And it’s time you do the same.
I learned that friendships are important to each of us because there are times we are in need of
help and sociality.
Friendship is truly hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. It is a relationship that
you can have with your classmates, neighbors, brothers and sisters, and the Lord. True
friends are very special to us because they stick with us in our ups and downs and they face
your problems with you. Friendship is one of the best relationships you can have with
Friendship is something every person should have. But having a hundrded friends isn’t a miracle.
The miracle is when you make one friend even if hundreds are against you.
Friendship is a relationship that we should value with our friends in our everyday life. It is a
way we show our love and care to our friends who are always on our side to comfort us
whenever we’re sad and lonely. They are ready to sacrifice anything they have just to be
with us. Friends are honest to each other and tells secrets in life.
Friendship is important to all of us. It makes us happier. In times we’re sad, our friends are
there to comfort us. They are fun to be with and are great blessings from God. If ever I
have a friend in sadness, I am ready to do anything just to make him/her happy. And I am
ready to sacrifice just for my friend. Friendship is very strong and powerful. It can change
Friendship is worth a thousand smiles. Without it, our life may be colorless and not
Friendship makes us feel loved and special. Our friends are the constant source of our
happiness. Everyday, we like to see them because we want to share new things/secrets.
Whenever we want to laugh, they will always be there to crack a joke or two. But of course
when we have problems, they will also be there by your side to console you. If they are the
ones who have problem, we should also be there for them. If our friends are starting a bad
habit, we should be honest enough to remind them that what they are doing is not nice.
Yes, we have quarrels sometimes but what is important is that at the end of the day, we
settle things between us and forgive each other.
Friendship is a gift that God has given to us. Friendship is a special blessing that God gave. Our
friends will always be there to guide, support, help, protect and cheer us up whenever
we’re sad. We should cherish the moment whenever we’re with them. Our friends make us
happy and laugh. We show our love to them by forgiving one another. They bring us
happiness in our hearts when there are times of depression/problems in our life.
In my opinion, friendship isn’t just a platonic relationship God established with us, but also a way
of bringing His people together. Not only does it bring us closer to God, but it also helps us
become better people. In a friendship, both people involved are affected, they both
help, comfort, forgive, and most importantly, love each other (sometimes they even do this
Structured Learning Activities to promote
In this activity, 2 or more friends can play. In “Counting Stars” you will be
remembering the fond memories you have with your friends. Whoever
remembers the most number of moments wins. The stars here depict the
wonderful memories you have shared together.
The reason for choosing this activity is to recall and savor special memories
that have been shared between and among friends. Since memories both
the highs and the lows build the foundation of friendship.
In this activity 2 friends will play. One friend has to be left in a room which
is filled with his/her fears (ex. Dolls, clowns, etc.). The other friend will have
to race to the room to save the friend, yet there will be obstacles in the way
of the racer which he/she must overcome in order to save the friend. The
obstacles would be the racer’s own fears. This game would show how true
friendship works- you are willing to face your fears just to get your friend
out of trouble. You are willing to march on for the sake of your friendship.
This activity was chosen since true friendship would entail taking good care
of a friend and not leaving them behind especially during trying moments.
Structured Learning Activities
to promote Friendship
If I Lose Myself
In this game 2 friends will play. One friend who is blindfolded will be
lead to a room, while the other player will hide from the blindfolded
one. Once done, the blindfolded player will be notified if he/she can
remove the blindfold and start looking for the hiding friend by a nonplayer. The player will be able to find clues that are very significant in
their friendship and these clues will also give hints to where the hiding
player is. For example, the player finds a teddy bear which is something
important to their friendship. The player will have to think where teddy
bears can be found . Teddy bears can be found in a nursery for a baby.
The player will now have to proceed to the nursery of the house to look
for the hiding player. This game is entitled “If I Lose Myself” because
when a person loses/finds himself or herself in an unexpected
place, the bond she/he shares with a true friend will guide and inspire
the person to find light and hope through the fond memories of their
•Spend a whole day with our friend/s. This
special day would start by attending mass or
dropping by the church to thank God for the gift
of friendship and to ask Him for continuous
guidance and the gift of faith.
•Then we would visit or go to places which me
and my friends find significant or memorable in
the foundation of our friendship (like a walk in
the park or picnic).
•We could stay in one of our friend’s home to
have a simple gathering wherein we will
personally prepare or cook our favorite food. T
•We could have activities like scrapbook making
or personalized friendship bracelets that
would signify our special bond. And we could
also make a special letter and give it to our
close friends to appreciate their gift of
friendship and to thank them for their presence
in our lives.
•We could also video tape the gathering so we
could keep it as a souvenir as we mature or
grow older so we could look back fondly on
these memories. This special meeting up could
serve as the starting point for creating yearly
tradition– like a reunion.