Caritas Manila: 60th anniversary- Living Faith in Social Mission

2002 Jesus Street, Pandacan-1001 Manila-Philippines

Cardinal Rufino Santos


CARITAS MANILA is the lead Catholic agency for social services and development of the Archdiocese of Manila. Its programs and services are directed towards the total human development of marginalized people and the promotion of social justice in the light of the Church’s Catholic Social Teaching.

Father Anton C.T.  Pascual

Father Anton Pascual brief the bloggers and media about the mission and vision of the organization.

Caritas Manila- Pavilion

 Caritas Manila Foundation directly serves the 13 vicariates of the Archdiocese and provides technical assistance to parish social services and development ministries, and acts as catalyst for capacity-building and networking for five other Metro Manila dioceses.

social media and bloggers were invited to the event

CARITAS, which means love in perfection. Through our programs and services, we aim to concretize the love of God among 52 percent of Metro Manila’s population who are poor, the “least, last and lost” among us. Caritas Manila, then known as Catholic Charities, founded on October 1953 by the late Archbishop of Manila Rufino Cardinal Santos.

products from less privilage communities

He conceived it to be “a social welfare program with the purpose of uplifting the spirit of the unfortunate members of our community, to assist them in all their needs, and to bring the help of God in their miseries and distress.”

The concept is almost similar with other charitable organizations  like Salvation Army in the United States or Beautiful Store in South Korea. However , Caritas Manila is a Catholic church initiative and not just a mere dole-out projects but teaching one community on how to make a living.

art work from sun rays done by inmates

What Jesus taught about how to get a fish was:
Matthew 7:7: Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Beautiful Store:

Salvation Army :


A volunteer helps shorts the items

Segunda Manas

Segunda Manas term  is different from the layman’s term “Segunda Mano”  -( Second Hand) because the real meaning and term for the said name is based on the word “MANA” or “ Inheritance” which means, something that is important or precious to the person who is giving certain product , things , possessions, property or commodity for that matter.   However the public is encourage to donate items which can still be use .

Social Entrepreneurship

Caritas Manila is also helping a lot of communities like the prisoners of the National Penitentiary , Urban Poor communities and People with disabilities – The products that the communities create are being sold at a low prices . These help the community get their daily allowances can living. Saw a lot of potentials in their product range , they are beautiful , handcrafted items which are export quality and at par with products that are found commercially .


The organization had a scholarship project for the underprivileged children of the community .

Difference between  Caritas Manila and Caritas Health Shield

Caritas Manila  is an NGO, non-stock and non profit church based organization that cannot be confused with Caritas Health Shield which sells premium health insurance and hospitalization bills . Another big difference is the logo with two hands and a family  and  color blue .


60 years of Social Mission

There are many ways to help the organization, One can volunteer their time,  donate in kind, donate cash .

There will also a 3 day Exposition this coming November 30 to December 3 at the Activity Area of Trinoma, Quezon City !

Contact Information:

Telephone: (632) 564-0205; 562-0020 to 25

Fax: (632) 563-93-06; (632) 564-6678 ;

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