Caritas EXPO 2013 : BUY , SHARE and GIVE

Trinoma Mall activity center, Quezon City-Philippines

Trinoma Activity Center

Caritas Manila Expo 2013 had opened its doors to people who want to buy affordable and quality products for the Yuletide season.

tarpaulin poster

There are donation boxes for Typhoon Yolanda aka ( Haiyan) .

There are different array of products which included paintings, knotted rosaries, and bags made of recycled paper by the inmates; footwear made of dried water lilies by a community in Cupang, Muntinlupa City; bags made of recycled denim, tarpaulin, jute, and katsa by a community in Tondo, Manila; stuffed toys made by the same community; and home cleaning products by Caritas Youth Servant Leaders, as supervised by a volunteer chemist.

Caritas Manila : Buy and Share Expo 2013 at Trinoma Mall

BUY and Share EXPO 2013

Caritas Manila will be holding its anniversary expo this coming November 29 to December 1, 2013 at the Activity Center of Ayala’s- Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. This event aims to raise funds to help sustain the pro-poor programs of Caritas Manila.  This season will be perfect time to buy unique products for Christmas giveaways and company parties.

With the theme, “Celebrating 60 Years of Living Faith in its Social Mission”, this year’s anniversary exposition is showcasing products made by social entrepreneurs via Caritas Manila’s own social enterprises—Caritas Margins and Segunda Mana.

There will be about 50 social enterprise booths during the exposition .  Aside from the social enterprise booths , there will be a  fashion show, daily livelihood seminars, a cooking demonstration during the 3-day event.

Among the celebrity endorser of the event is basketball , entrepreneur , model and television host Mr. Chris Tiu .

Social Enterprise Center

For every product you BUY, you actually GIVE to someone in need. You help build better lives . Unlike any trade fairs, there is NO ENTRANCE FEES !

hand -made bags

Here are the Reasons:

For every item you purchase , one community of  a less privilege sector earns. You give hope to Caritas Margins while saving lives every day by ensuring their job and income generation activities. Low-income families will be able to break cycles that keep them from healthy meals on the table daily.

different kinds of products from indigent communities that Caritas Manila supports will be for sale during the expo

Environmentally safe products like home care items, dish washing liquids, detergents, hand liquid soaps, recycled items made from water hyacinths , straws, soft drinks bottles, tetra packs and among others.

Part of the Sales will help sustain Caritas Manila’s pro-poor programs, specifically on Skills and Livelihood Training, Youth Servant Leadership and Education Programs, Scholarship projects , Inmates , in helping  people acquire skills and training is necessary to feed their families. You help empower them towards self-sufficiency.

Buying a product for oneself or for someone else to appreciate is fostering goodwill. Either way will serve you best.

Caritas Manila is also looking for volunteers and organizations which can partner with them in their causes.

Program for the 3-day Event

Day 1 – Opening – November 29
        Ribbon-cutting
        Meet & greet with celebrity guests/Press Con
        Healing Mass
        Showcase of Caritas Margins Products, talents c/o modelling agency
Day 2 – November 30
        Cooking with Chef Jessie
        Variety Show
        YSLEP Performers
        Healing Mass
Day 3 – December 1
        YSLEP Performers
Please visit the links:

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

2002 Jesus Street, Pandacan-1001 Manila-Philippines

Cardinal Rufino Santos

History:

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: http://www.beautifulfund.org/eng/sub07/04.jsp

Salvation Army : http://www.salvationarmy.org/

Projects:

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 .

Scholarship

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 .

Link: http://www.caritashealthshield.com.ph/

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

Emailcm@caritasmanila.org.ph ; segundamana@caritasmanila.org.ph

Website and Links:

Caritas Manila: http://www.caritas.org.ph/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caritas-Manila-Inc/150905756630

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