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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!

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 K! Another Hit! (Episode 2)

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Event: Project Kindness for Kids (Share-a-toy!)
Place: The Garage, Matungao Bulacan
Date: December 24, 2009
With : Family

Yes, another episode of Project K for K was held at Matungao Bulacan, Bulacan (our hometown). We have prepared toys for about 150 kids within the vicinity and we gave it away on the 24th. It’s been fun, warming experience having brought smile to kids. Plus, the “cousinhood” was having a really great time volunteering during the distribution…. Some of our nephews and nieces even waited on the line to receive their share of toys as well, then they distributed candies. It was also a plus-experience for Chuko and Deanne as, aside from having fun too, Chuko also need “community service credits” even on vacation as required by their school back in US.
Christmas is really for fun, fun, fun and giving, giving, giving! What a wonderful blessing being a part of a blessing to others (even in simple ways…). What a wonderful feeling! Life is really meant for these moments!


See also related posts:
Episode 1

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

Project K for K… (Project “Kindness” for Kids)

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IMG_1147Today, I really have to get focused on my goal #58 :Gather more sponsors for my Christmas charity work, out from my 101 goals in 1001 days.

Christmas is getting nearer and people are asking me if there will be such an “toy-giving” event this year as I always do since 1999. I do not want to disappoint them. So far, there are already few pledges but I haven’t asked yet my other colleagues and my former boss and others who helped and contributed in previous years.

IMG_1119Time is rough these days as there are many people affected by previous typhoons… and if generous people would give, I feel that they would rather give to other organizations intended for relief operations for typhoon victims (which I don’t mind). But I have to ask them to pledge in this activity as well and I have bank on their faith to this Project K for K!

Actually, it made me re-think the objectives of my project and asked myself if toys-giving is still appropriate and relevant now, as they would rather receive basic needs than toys. But then, I have to keep in mind that it is all about KIDS! and these kids are those we want to be happy. Toys will be the least thing that their parent will ever think of now… and the most least of their priority…. that’s why we will give it to them.

Help me with this Project K for K and let’s bring smile to kid’s lips!

Please ChipIn (see my account how you can make contributions) or help me promote it (see how).

Thank you all!

101 Minus 6th – The 29-day Giving Challenge (#60)

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I came across a site: 29-day Giving Challenge: Changing Life One Gift at a Time!. It promotes simple acts of altruism and generosity believing that one simple deed can make an impact to anyone. Thus, I challenged myself to do conscious “effortful” act of giving. (But I have a confession to make, I officially did the 29-gift-giving in 59 days, but there are menial gifts in between).

True to my theme “butterfly effect,” I believe that this will change somehow the series of event in the lives of those people I “touched”… I just hope and pray that only good things will it bring….

see also my 29-gift list

by the way, i will not stop on the 29th gift…. 🙂

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….:)