Category Archives: Advocacy

Rise Against Hunger Team Up with Foodpanda Philippines Fight Hunger

Rise Against Hunger team up with FoodPanda Philippines and Department of Health . The meal packing event started around 10:00am by Hershey chocolate volunteers and FoodPanda Philippines volunteer group past 2:30pm at the Department of Health compound, near the San Lazaro chapel held last July 20, 2017.

Hershey Chocolate volunteers

FoodPanda is the world’s leading online food ordering and delivery platform, a relevant mobile app for most of us today, while Rise Against Hunger helps a lot of countries fight hunger.

The Philippines have the highest prevalence of food inadequacy among Asia’s ” tiger club” economies’ from 2005 to 2012.

chicken arroz caldo meal packs

RAH Executive Director Jomar Fleras said that their personal mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

media, online writers and foodpanda philippines representative

The meal packaging program event is hosted by the Department of Health Manila Head Office and gathered almost 2,000 meal packs for the indigenous communities in Candelaria, Zambales and Porac, Pampanga provinces.

We are very happy to have been part of the meal packaging program and according to the project coordinator based from Candelaria, Zambales- We have help at least 50 pregnant mothers. They gained weight because of the schedule feeding program.

 

 

 

Project Silya at D’ Cup of Coffee Republic

Tito Lorete Alcalá is a nephew of the world re-known cartoonist Mr. ” Lauro” Larry Alcala , his family hails from Legazpi , Albay province.

The event started about past 4:30pm which was held at D’ Cup Coffee Republic located at the second floor of the Pioneer Street Market in Mandaluyong City.

Programe

The program started a little bit late with the invocation and welcome remarks of Ms. Rezzhel Sanchez ( Operation Manager ) and Ms. Elaine V. Antolin ( Artistshop Managing Director)

A glass plaque was given to Ms. Adette O. Purto ( chairman of D’ Cup Coffee Republic)

The coffee shop is one of the places where senior citizens can relax and they are never a side issue .

Tito Lorete Alcala and Ms. Ms. Adette O. Purto

The place had a sitting capacity of about 70 to 80 people and a function room which can hold at least 100 people . This are used to be selling area for shoes and dress. Until it was converted into a coffee shop around 10 months ago.

Advocacy

His mother celebrated her birthday last May and turned 87 years-old , while his father is 88 years-old. He observed that his parents were the source of his advocacy. They are eager they were to step out of their comfort zone and see new places.  But within minutes of strolling in the mall, the elderly couple would ask to be seated in a more comfortable seats.

A simple request that was not always possible in the often-crowded shopping area. Sometimes the seats are not that comfortable or there was simply not enough seats.
He had just retired after 25 years in the advertising , marketing and design business as managing director of  The Artistshop Company, Inc., an advertising design agency he founded in 1984 with two other UST Advertising Arts majors and friends with a mere P3,000 capitalization.  The business had been good to him and it was time to give back.

What does S.I.L.Y.A. means?

SILYA stands for Sa Iyo Lolo at Lola, Yantok aming Alay, His simple advocacy involves naming his chairs to his loved ones and people who would like to help in his advocacy . His group had donated over 500 silya ( rocking chairs ) from Luzon ( Baguio ) , Visayas and ( Davao and Cagayan de Oro) in Mindanao.

To Thank – to thank the partners , friends and people , To Honor – To honor his parents and old people who imparted a lot of knowledge and To Inspire to this generation.

This is its 5th year and the group is aiming for more projects and partners.  There were about a dozen participants from Mandaluyong City senior citizens and a heavy downpour

 

Synergy Session at East Wood

SYNERGY SESSIONS : Fire, Flow Arts & Drum Community Gathering is back! On July 01 2017, The event will take place at Eastwood Mall in Libis Q.C. from 3PM onwards! FREE flow arts workshops, drum workshop and drum circle lead by the Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community, an open fire and lights sunset jam, DJs and fire performances by some of the best of Flow Arts Philippines community.

For those who have been itching to jam or learn – here’s your chance! Don’t miss it!  ADMISSION IS ABSOLUTELY FREE! Please share and tag your friends!

Booth Sponsors:

Salinlahi Lifestyle Clothing
We DO: Dumingag Organics
The Hoop Experience
420Philippines
Planet Zips
World of Patterns
Dyandi Percussion- Djembe Provider
Iba’t Ibang Abubot Nina Laya at Lito
TWO Boutique PH

PROGRAM:

3:00 – 6:00PM Free Workshops/ Lessons (Poi, Hoop, Staff, Juggling, Drum, Capoeira, Lightsaber and many more)
*4:00 – 5:00PM Capoeira Angola with ECAMAR Philippines
*5:00 – 6:00PM Capoeira & Open Roda with EBC Philippines
*5:00 – 6:00PM Acroyoga workshops c/o Acroyoga Manila

6:00 – 7:00PM Drum Circle/ Open Roda/ Sunset Fire and LED Jam

7:00 – 9:30PM Flow Arts Demo/ Performances
*Angelo Atutubo (diabolo)
*Kim Co (hoop)
*Sabering Pinoys (lightsabers)
*Balbino Santos (contact juggling ball)
*Rain Tan (rings)
*Escola Brasileira de Capoeira EBC Philippines (capoeira)
*Matthew Servado (fire poi)
*Matthew Nichols (dragon staff)
*The Flowjammers (multiprop)

9:30 – 10:00PM Band Performance (Ja Quintana + ALPAS)

10:00 – 10:30PM Band Performance (Manila Sky)

10:30 – 11:00PM Band Performance (Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community)

11:00 – 1:00AM DJ D.B. Tembrevilla

 

Organic Urban Gardening 102 Seminar at Cedarhills Garden Center

Organic urban  gardening is getting popular in the country . One of the place that conducts a monthly seminar about organic gardening is Cedarhills Garden Center located along 57 Mother Ignacia Street , Quezon City.

This garden center is located near Saint Mary’s College, ABS-CBN channel 2 , Fisher Mall and is located just at the back of Capitol Medical Center.

some of the basic materials and hand-outs

Cedarhills Garden Center is fairy accessible to all modes of transportation. Must say that i am one of the regular ” suki” of the center. I have blogged and wrote a couple of articles which features this center.

tillandsias

This is a one stop shop for those interested with a plant, pots, orchids, tillandsias, cactus, garden supplies , organic mix, fertilizers and even cut flowers from some tenants like Waling Orchids by Puentespina.

The garden center is also known for spreading organic gardening . One can convert ordinary kitchen waste into organic compost material.

 Seminar Topics

Cedarhills Garden Center had several interesting topics that are offered to the general public , gardening enthusiasts and those who wanted to know the basics of growing plants.

1.) Organic Urban Gardening 101 – a 4 hour seminar /workshop with hand-on training on how to prepare organic fertilizer EM, seed soaking and germination, short power point lecture, seedling preparation and plating in seed bedding. This comes with hand-outs, hands-on planting and some free seedlings.

power point presentation

Kuya Gerald Sioco – seminar / workshop facilitator

2.) Organic Urban Gardening 102- a 4 hour seminar/ workshop which is an upgrade on the first module. This comes with lecture and talk, EM ( EMAS) technology preparation, seed soaking , sprouting , seed planting, benefits, planting in containers, transplanting, cutting, bed planting, composting, fertilizer application, pest management, plant ailments, transplanting. There is also a short tour of the facilities and identification of plants.

3.) Basic Cactus and Succulent Workshop – a 4 hour seminar / workshop with introduction to cactus and succulents, pest and diseases , plant classification and dish garden preparation with hands-on demonstration.

planting box

All the seminar/workshop have hand-outs, free snacks and certificate of participation.

Since the seminar area is not big, their minimum number of participants is just about 12 to 20 participants per workshop.

benefits of growing your own produce

soil ph level and types of plants and produce which are compatible

old toy truck is transformed into an interesting planting pot for ornamental plant

begonia planted on an old car tire

planting box with planted herbs , kangkong seeds and pebbles for decoration.

vertical garden using soft drink bottles 

 Seminar/ Workshop Flow

1)    There are exclusive of about 12  participants which were composed of online writers, media, students and interior specialist.  The workshop area has 3 tables, so that makes 4 participants in each table.  Each table has an assistant that will help participants during the workshop. Seminar schedule are normally posted at their FB page. Due to limited area, the maximum participants per session is just 20.

2)   Innovative presentation- Power point presentation, hand-outs , kits and hands-on activities.  This workshop is 80% to 85% hands on.

3)  Participants can borrow gardening kit .  Everything you need during the hands-on activities are provided. dio-it-yourself EMAS,  soil compost , water, soft pots, plant label , seed packet, plant box, seedlings and pebbles.

4)   Attentive to the participants needs.  Cedarhills Garden Center Apron (so we won’t get dirty), OFF Lotion (so mosquitoes won’t come near us), bag container (so our things are safe and won’t be dirty).

5)    Take home kits.  All the things we did in the workshop were given to us to take home.  Try to bring virus free USB portal, if you want to get free copy of the power point presentation . If you forgot to bring USB portal- an active email will do.

6)  Snacks and Other Perks – No one will get hungry since snacks are provided to the participants( part of the workshop package) . Participants must be attentive to details as a short Jeopardy q and a portion contest by the facilitator. Lucky participants can win exciting herbs or plant.

7.) Post-Workshop Assistance.  One can send an sms or an email for questions at their hotlines.

Father’s Day Promotion

Father’s Day Treat

For those interested with the workshop 926-2707 or 0907-ORGANIC to register.
*Up to 20 slots per session. Reservation applies upon payment.

How to Commute:

1.) From Quezon Avenue southbound – There are jeepneys which ply the Quezon Avenue ( route Fairview to Quiapo). ( Capitol Medical Center) try to cross the foot bridge toward Scout Magbanua street and then turn left  short walk toward Mother Ignacia street.

2.) From Quezon Avenue northbound- There are jeepneys which ply the route – take off at Scout Magbanua street ( Capitol Medical Center) and then turn left  short walk toward Mother Ignacia Street.

3.) MRT Quezon Avenue- There are tricycle routes which ply within Mother Ignacia , Panay Avenue and Timog TODA – tricycle drivers will charge -between Php 30 to Php 50 for special fare.

 

 

 

 

 

Advocacy Behind the Missionaries of Charity : Home of Joy for the Sick Children

Missionaries of Charity Home of Joy for the Sick Children is located along 1030 Tayuman street , Tondo , Manila.

Missionaries of Charity Home of Joy for the Sick Children

This was established as a special place which caters to special children, those with down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy , hydrocephalus, children with special needs and even establishing a feeding program to indigent community and homeless that are living within Tondo and surrounding areas.

This is just in front of Manila Cathedral Parochial School or Immaculate Concepcion School and just one ride away from Tayuman LRT station – One can walk or take a jeepney ride from Tayuman with Pritil / Tondo signage for just Php 8.00 minimum fare. There is another compound nearby at the back of the Immaculate Conception Church .

Manila Cathedral Parochial School and Immaculate Concepcion Church

They have a daily feeding schedule for the less fortunate, unfortunately – Due to photography restriction, we were not allowed to take photos except a few snap shots . ( This is to protect the identities of the children and those in the feeding program )

They told us that the children are lucky during Christmas season (charity season) because there are many visitors and donations.  They said that they have less stocks during the lean charity season.

This is not my first time coming to this institution, But what we experience is worth writing, I am also encouraging people who wanted to have a more meaningful birthdays or kind hearted people to donate . In our own personal capacity, we would collect clothes and buy the daily essentials from diapers, biscuits, baby’s dress , toys  and organize some donation drive during the lean season .

Visiting Hours 

Lean season normally falls after Christmas season from February to mid-August, in which there are few individuals , corporate or institutions would give donations to their causes.

One can visit daily from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM except Thursdays

We were met by some sister , volunteers and members of the congregation.  They gave us  prayer leaflets , estampitas of Saint Teresa and gave us a short information and guidelines.

When you visit them,  (Sisters of Charity) will personally allow the people to be with the sick children.  It was really an eye opener for all of us to personally experienced how it is to be with them.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

There were about 75 children with several volunteers or helpers . There are also some homeless people living within the compound. There is also another compound located nearby .

We also saw Brother Peter Francis who is doing his volunteer works, Brother Peter Francis is a French brother from the order of Saint John.

photos of Saint Teresa of Calcutta

When then Mother Teresa of Calcutta was still alive, She visited this place several times – One nun recounted that she personally saw her in 1977, 1978, 1984  and in 1995.

There is also a small chapel, where one can take time praying. Just leave your shoes at the entrance.

Mr. Kaizer Chua is a Filipino-Chinese businessman , philanthropist together with his wife and some friends co-celebrated with some of the children . He wanted to have a more meaningful birthday celebration. His group also donated some medicines and  daily essentials like vitamins and baby diapers.

His group is planning to have at least a weekly donation drive to different parts of the country like Isabela and Cagayan region , where their family resides.

The project have donated more than 10,000 pairs of slippers and school supplies to indigent and needy children in the provinces.

Since, most of the nuns and helpers does not use cellphones and telephone line, it would be wise to personally visit them.

A well-known Fil-Chinese bakery also donates pan de sal and pastries to the institution everyday .

We also learned that some schools like Xavier High School, San Juan would conduct regular outreach projects with the institution.

Here are some of the guidelines posted

  • Taking photos is only allowed at the grounds. Strictly no taking of photos and videos at the ward particularly on the sick children.
  • The institution follow an early schedule starting with an early breakfast, lunch at 10:00 AM, snack at 2:00 PM, dinner before 5:00 PM and lights off at 7:00 PM. This schedule gives ample time for the children to rest early and to save electricity. One must also talk very softly as to avoid disturbing the sick children.
  •  The institution takes care of around 75 sick children and helpers attending to the sick children ( During our visit)
  • The institution also take care of sick but not abandoned children from very poor families who bring their sick children to the nuns. The nuns and helpers take care of them and provide them food and medicines. Parents can have weekly visits and take their kids back home once cured.
  • Coordination is a must to those who wanted to donate items to the institution and the institution observe a strict visitation policy.

Address: 1030 Tayuman street , Tondo , Manila 

Contact :0930 123 6398

There is an informal FB group

 

Freedom Trail 2017

 

Freedom Trail 2017  is the only one of its kind, providing race distances for professional runners with the Ultra marathon up to the family events of fun run distances, its also the only event that supports our dear veterans who fought and died during World War 2, wherein the proceeds of the first run was given to rehabilitation of the Bataan Death March Memorial Markers.

The 4th installment of Bataan Freedom Run will fall under the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Death March.
Given this predicament we are preparing for a full 100 Mile Race and Relay which will be participated by students, teams and individual racers.

RUN with us to help rebuild our Bataan Death March markers and other memorials! To register visit http://bit.ly/PVBFreedomRun-FreedomTrail2017 #BFR2017 #WWII75PH