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Toddler Orphans and More…

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This is a late post about our pre-christmas visit to Hospicio de San Jose (our third). The experience is yet again memorable and don’t want to pass the chance to blog it.  Although this was our third visit,it was the first time we’ve seen the whole facility (the island!) and most of its esidents and volunteers. Again, I was with my generous and kind audit staff (thanks a lot!), and my son Jolo and my Papi… The experience was so heart-warming as we have seen babies, lolas and lolos and special kids housed in the modest and yet warm hospicio. What stuck me most is the dedication of few volunteers and facility keepers, who, while they are few in proportion are all so warm and caring.

Our favorite spot of interaction is always the toddler’s kitchen. There are new faces and there are familiar faces… our “favorites” were already “promoted” to pre-school section.  There are two kids that are actually siblings of the ones we’ve visited before (so, they are leaving their kids here, huh? not only one? but the whole bunch??)… Two at least (from previous batch) were already adopted.

What strikes me (horrifies me!) most among the new stories is about that little boy “Stan” (not his real name), who (when he was a baby) was left bundled and placed in old duyan (swinging crib), and put in garbage heap! The basurero found him (bless him!).  The duyan, baby inside, was tossed to garbage truck… lucky that the basurero checked it… just imagine if they thought that it was just a duyan! Now he is a healthy 3-yr old boy who wants to eat and munch a lot!

There is also one heartwarming story about a 9-yr old boy who was “found” in the hospicio by a “bodyguard” of a another kid from elite school who sponsored christmas party there that week. The man recognized the kid as the one missing since last year, apparently lost in the mall. The family is looking for him eversince. What a great reunion, you could imagine!

I don’t want to judge the people that made these kids and put them to earth! Maybe they cannot deal life and parenthood, i dont know, maybe they are “orphans” themselves… what counts now here is that there are still amazing and nice people who keeps and helps keep orphanage like this. I don’t want to say that these kids are unlucky people… I know that they are as blessed as we are. Being here and cared for is a blessing enough.


– the party!


– the “babies” at their playpen…


– the most blessed toddler of the year!


– this lola is amazing with her intricate puzzle… when I admired her determination… she said with a smile “i have all the time in the world…”


– my “angels” doing the charity works with me!

Spending Valentines day with the “less-loved”

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We have spent our Feb 13 at Hospicio de San Jose, seeing again our “alaga” there… the toddler orphans we have visited last December. I was with my audit staff who are selflessly prepared for this another visit… Saya and touching uli!

Project K for K 3 – Dagatdagatan Letre Malabon

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The 11th year of gift-giving… with my former colleagues at SGV and also with my consistent generous Puregold auditors! Dami bata! 700 kids… and miron… We also prepared special gifts for special kids in need… haay so touching…

Project K for Kindness 2 – Philippine Children Mission

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It was a fine day last Sunday December 12, everything was set and in order… the volunteers know what to do… the gifts and stuff were all collected and wrapped… the pillow bears were already tagged with donors/volunteers name! All set… We then all went to Burol Bulacan, at the Philippine Children Mission residence… a humble house of 18 orphans aging 5-18… they have a thing in common… they are children of leprosy patients at Tala. Since their parents couldn’t take care of them, this Foundation has this mission to rear them. They are all amazingly warm, nice and well-mannered kids. Their guardian, Ate Ellen, is amazingly great having taking care all of them, single-handedly, on meager budget and resources!
It was again a great experience for all of us (my cousins, tsikiting, titas and audit staff went with me). They were all delighted with our gifts and Jollibee food… We played with them, sing with them and just made kwento with them. Saya!

Project K for Kindness – 1

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Where: Hospicio de San Jose
When: December 4, 2010

It was a great day to do good deeds! (just like everyday, but this time, it’s different!)… Project K for Kindness started early this year, and it started at Hospicio de San Jose (the oldest orphanage institution in the Phils)…this is my 11th year, but every year is different experience… this time it was soooo heart-warming, touching, joyful and emotional one! all-in-one! It’s as if these orphan kids helped US more, more than we tried cheering them. Our gifts to them is of little value than the gift they have given us—learning to feel to be more compassionate again. There was great realization about some realities of life. haaay… and while we are busy doing our everyday stuff, there are people who struggling and surviving (orphans) and sacrificing (volunteers).
There was Liezl, Edward, Hannah, Kaye and many other toddlers same age as my Aliya, all wanting to be touched and cared for… haay…. Well, I know this emotional stuff will be too “heavy” for me on this kind of places… but anyway, I will still go on on this project even it is not christmas-time.
Thank by the way to all the volunteers and sponsors! They are really so great. I named a Project K Bear for each one of them… Thank you…

Giving Back and Donation

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This is great! I stumbled upon a nice website “The Power of Giving” and I got little inspired again to pursue the Foundation I am planning to organize, be it an officially-registered one or by creating a new blogsite with such theme. I vowed last December that I should start early-on for my annual Christmas charity project (Project K for K) so I will be able to raise bigger donations. And, always, there is really no better time to start but NOW. I will start taking inventory of what I have in my on-going donation boxes. I will reactivate my Chip-in account (see link) and see what will happen.

The Power of Giving site also mentioned a number of charity sites and ideas…. Although most of them operates only in US but it gives me wonderful insights of much we can do here. What so amazing also is I also stumbled upon an “ad” of Hotels Combined that offers donation to charity of my choice by just mentioning their site in your blog or facebook! And it is not that hard because I had already previous “encounter” of this site during my research of a good hotel in Manila where my parents can have a sweet “honeymoon.” It gave me a good insights about this new Hotel H2O that I eventually choose.

Well, going back about donation and giving… I am really thrilled by having given this chance to donate by creating this blog… and to spread the word and help a charity… try this:

Mention Hotels Combined on your blog and it will donate $20 USD to your chosen charity (just email them with the URL and your chosen charity), OR, become a fan on Facebook and Hotels Combined will donate $5 USD to your chosen charity (simply sign into Facebook, become a fan, then post a comment on their Facebook profile indicating your choice)

They are currently donating to the following worthwhile charities: WWF, World Vision and Make a Wish Foundation!

HotelsCombined.com is not a travel agent. They do not sell hotels nor provide reservation services. They are a search engine that finds you the best deal for your accommodation needs. And what’s more this company says that they are always looking for ethical and environmentally friendly ways of doing business. Well great!

Project K for K: A Success! (Episode 1)

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Event: Project Kindness for Kids (Share-a-toy!)
Place: Letre, Dagat-dagatan, Caloocan
Date: December 19, 2009
With : SAMAKA group, EVC and SGV Staff, Ex-SGVeans, Puregold Auditors, SVS Staff, Papi, Jolo and Lean

It was a success! We have brought smiles and joy to almost 700 kids with our humble gift of toys and food packs! The supports from different groups within my sphere were overwhelming! The SGV Staff and Ex-SGVeans were there with our dashing Boss Manny Clarino! My PG auditors were there to help me before and during the event (buying grocery raffle items and soliciting more donations)! Friends like Bel Fernando and Mary Sumera Demetillo also joyfully volunteered. Our SVS Staff, led by my dear friend Flor, also took efforts overnight packing gifts and stuff! Also, the SAMAKA group who organized the kids on location! Thanks to all of you! Of course, a lot of appreciation as well to all who have sent their pledges, donations in kind, and lots of cheers and encouragement! Salamat! It was a success!

What a wonderful day to start celebrating my birthday! (This is just one of many ways!)

Part 2 of this happened at Matungao Bulacan… (my next blog…), and Part 3 will push-through this January…. (because of donations still pouring in!)

By the way, I can now slash one of my no. 58th on my 101 list re this, but definitely I will repeat it again in December 2010…

See related entries:
Project Kindness for Kids
Project K for K: An Update

Sunset Jump Shots!

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The pictures were taken at our favorite farm that witnessed a lot from our childhood days! Taken during sunset, that’s also our favorite time to play!

We just had a great, great time during and after our gift-giving activity, the day before Christmas! If there is one moment that I will choose to just “stood still,” this will be it! I came to believe that life is CREATED for moments like these. No other trimmings, no other frills and fuss, no fancy place and ambiance… but just laughs, fun, and great time… surrounded by family and loved ones and nature and blessings! (Made even better with the presence of my brothers Lito and RIcky and their kids, especially Chuko and Deanne plus Te Leli! – whom we have not seen for 10 years….)

Memories are made of these! Wow!

101 Minus 5th – Volunteer @ Tumana (#59)

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feet on mud
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer now…. The tragedy and calamity brought about by super typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” brought sorrows, grief and devastation to most of us, but amidst of it all, it also brings out the kindness in us and good spirit….

Last week, we have done relief-giving to those hit by flood… I just happened to know that a colleague (a victim one herself) was asking for volunteers to distribute the goods in Tumana, Marikina (the most badly-hit). And it so happened that our department have collected too many stuff, that, after we have personally distributed most of them to affected members of our department, there were still lot more. So I offered them to this group. I packed them in my car trunk, and I volunteered myself and my car to go wherever it is…

The experience was very tiring and perspiring as we have to take down the packed goods from 4th floor (we are not complaining, mind you). Then we took them in the site.

What we saw of the aftermath of the devastation will be forever imprinted in my memories. It was MORE than the mud, the wasted stuff, the smell, the news-worthy river, the debris and the damaged houses…. BUT there was air of despair, expectation, anticipation and frustration. I believe that these people are not used to beg or ask for “alms” or relief… but putting aside their pride, they have to take the long line and endure waiting (and even run after our truck of good) just to get little pack of basic sustenance. Because they need them… badly!

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The experience was moving, eye-opening and heart-breaking!

I wish we could do more….

(While we have not yet recovered from the calamity of typhoon Ondoy in Manila, just merely after a week, the Northern Luzon was also hit by typhoon Pepeng and have also experience wrecking flood. And now, we are bracing for the coming of another super typhoon Ramil)

Picture Story #19: Salute to the Filipino Spirit!

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“Filipinos may be poor… but they are not poor in spirit”

Amidst calamity and disaster, Filipinos still find ways to survive and brings the best out of the situation. Filipinos cannot be defeated by any crisis, but can always rise from the rubble…. with a good spirit!

catching fish amidst the flood for their meal (with smile on his face!).... (self reliance)

catching fish amidst the flood for their meal (with smile on his face!).... (self reliance)

taking a break and comprehending where to start (hope)

taking a break and comprehending where to start (hope)

building foot bridge amidst city street (ingenuity)

building foot bridge amidst city street (ingenuity)

image of mother and child in flood (acceptance)

image of mother and child in flood (acceptance)

cleaning, salvaging what's left.... life must go on.... (endurance)

cleaning, salvaging what's left.... life must go on.... (endurance)

religious procession of the faithful (faith)

religious procession of the faithful (faith)

working together to rebuild the nation (bayanihan or volunteerism)

working together to rebuild the nation (bayanihan or volunteerism)

a school girl going to school in a improvised raft driven by a boy (perseverance)

a school girl going to school in a improvised raft driven by a boy (perseverance)

JUST NOTHING CAN BRING FILIPINO SPIRIT DOWN!

JUST NOTHING CAN BRING THE FILIPINO SPIRIT DOWN!

Picture Story #18: Let These Pictures Speak For Itself…. AGAIN!

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Typhoon hit Philippines again! October 6, 2009 (barely 2 weeks after typoon flooded Manila in Sept 26)….
This time it hit the northern Luzon causing devastation to ricefield, livelihood, mountains, roads and lives of too many people…. How sad… 😦

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APTOPIX Philippines Asia Storm

Philippines Asia Storm

Philippines Asia Storm

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Philippines Asia Storm

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APTOPIX Philippines Asia Storm

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pepeng_sad boy

APTOPIX Philippines Asia Storm

see related posts re: typhoon pepeng (see) and its aftermath (see)….

Picture Story # 16: Let these Pictures Speak for Itself :(

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Typhoon Ondoy Hit Manila…. Sept 26, 2009…

Philippines Flooding

INTERNATIONAL-US-PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON

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Philippines Flooding

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APTOPIX Philippines Flooding

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Philippines Flooding

Philippines  Flooding

Philippines Flooding

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Please pray for our fellowmen! Let’s help!

for donation please course-through this trusted site:

http://www.kerygmafamily.com/modules/subscriber/donationsondoy.php

for more info: google “typhoon ondoy”

Goal to Give More

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gift I came across these nice sites the “29-day Giving Challenge” and the “Global Giving Village” and I was amazed how many generous people out there that give their time, energy, love and little something for various causes.

I believe that the best gift is something we dont expect anything in return.

But, little it may be, once we give, we “get back” the feeling of JOY. Most of the times, the “payback” is greater than the things we gave away. Tangible or intangible. Sometimes, we receive them from the least expected or on the dire situation we need them. I believe in that law of universe, the law of abundance when we give, share more.

By the way, in most instances, TIME of oneself is the best thing to give to someone.

I am challenged by that 29-day thing, so, i will try… to give more…. and beyond 29-days….:)

Picture Story #5: 1000 kids

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toys, kids, generosity, sharing, love…. that’s christmas!
The picture was from 2008 toys gift-giving at Letre Dagat-Dagatan Malabon, for almost 1000 kids. Last year was our 10th year of charity work on that place. And we know we will back for more… If not at the same place but at other depressed site. It was done with the help of my former SGV boss (Mr. Manny Clarino) and my current colleagues. Volunteers and contributions were pouring. So as the kids who went there! We hope we made everybody happy!
What’s my greatest passion? I think it is in “giving”…. i live to give… if not at all times material things or monetary… then my time, my efforts, my self….
This year I plan to make this charity work better and with larger coverage….
Any volunteers??