A dynamic and unified group of socially-oriented, committed individuals
working in solidarity with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco
for the promotion of social justice and peace.
To protect the rights and provide the well-being of women and children at risk;
To enable the children to become Christ-centered, with strong moral and
spiritual values carried in them in their interaction with others.
To develop and mobilize young professionals as volunteers and advocates thus
creating a nurturing environment for others in need of life support services.
To establish viable alliance building with similar organizations, networks,
groups and individuals supportive to the vision, mission and goals of the
Solidarity At A Distance…………………...…21
Message from VIDES Chairperson…………..1
Mission Camp 2008…...……...………….22-23
From the Editor….……….………..………..2
Volunteers’ Christmas with Aetas…………...24
VIDES receives DSWD license…….………..3
National Volunteers’ Month….……………...25
NPC Christmas Party for BMDK Kids………..4
San Roque Parish Fiesta…………………....4
Children’s Artwork & Beadwork……………...27
From the children………………………...28-29
“Eat & Meet” Fund-raising….…………...…5
Straight from the heart of Volunteers….…30-31
Tribute to Sr. Alice………………………...…32
VIDES Phils in 9th VIDES Int’l Congress….7-9
Advocacy on Volunteerism………...............33
Volunteers’ Formation on the GEM………..10
Donors’ Point of View….....………………….34
Volunteers’ Annual Recollection…………..10
List of Donors……………………………..35-36
Seminar on Human Rights…….…………..11
2009 Calendar of Activities…………………..37
“Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko”………..……….12-13
Where we serve………….....……………….38
“Busina Mo, Dunong Ko”…………......14-16
Donations / Pledges
NSCB Cohort survival rate………………...18
National Children’s Month Celebration…...19
quot;Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow—perhaps it all will.quot;
Message from VIDES Chairperson Sr. Ma. Socorro T. Bacani, FMA
Dear VIDES Volunteers,
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of
Children, we are “narrating” the story of how VIDES Philippines has proclaimed,
promoted and defended these rights through its various programs in this Annual
One is invited to read beyond all the data, and see more profoundly the reason
that gives meaning to all these endeavors. To be members of VIDES Philippines
you are called and challenged to be men and women who believe in a cause that is greater than
yourselves because it is rooted in the very Person of Christ whose mission is to bring life in all its
abundance to every child of God. Allow yourselves to be drawn to commit yourselves more decisively to
His cause no matter the cost!
So in this message allow me to articulate the CREDO of VIDES inspired by the Social Doctrine of the
We believe in the dignity of every human person, created in the image of God, in whom our origin,
meaning and destiny is found.
We believe in the power of whatever is good and worthy of the human person, and uphold it wherever
it may be found because it is a reflection of God’s transcendence.
We believe in the gift of freedom with which every human person can choose what is good, because
freedom to love is the highest sign of the divine image in us.
We believe in the Gospel of Christ as the answer to the basic questions about the meaning and
purpose of human life, liberating the dignity of the human person from changing opinions and ensures
the freedom of men and women as no human law can do.
We believe in the prophecy of togetherness that overcomes individualism and isolation, translating
the spirit of the Beatitudes into concrete creative gestures of solidarity, thus contributing to build
structures of solidarity in order to overpower structures of sin.
We believe that what will save us is not a formula or a programme, but a Person and the assurance
that he gives us: “I am with you!” And with Him, we can overcome evil with the power of good.
On the cover: N
[Top photo] VIDES Volunteers
reflected on the eyes of an Aeta child
looking intently at the camera.
[Middle] Children tracing their hands
DSWD Certificate of Registration — NCR-2008-R-140
to symbolize their God-given talents.
DSWD License to Operate — NCR-2008-L-014
[Bottom] BMDK kids pointing
towards heaven where God lovingly
cares for them. Complete story on Page 3
“The time is always right to do what is right.quot;
Martin Luther King Jr.
From the Editor
The year 2009 marks the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on
the Rights of the Child (UN CRC). This instinctively makes us recall the
initiatives and steps that have been taken so far by the State parties. In the
September 2005 report of the Committee of the UN CRC regarding the con-
cluding observations they had on the Philippines, we find the following state-
ment in item no. 14:
“The Committee also notes with deep concern that the State
party’s debt servicing takes up more than 30% of its national budget and
that insufficient attention has been paid to sufficient budgetary allocation
for children and to article 4 of the Convention regarding budgetary alloca-
tions to the implementation of the economic, social and cultural rights of
children to the maximum extent available.”
With the present global economic crisis, this situation is expected to worsen, unless…
through our simple and little way, we give our constant share in addressing
this issue by strengthening and revitalizing our mobile education program
known as the “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” (BMDK);
more volunteers would sacrifice their weekends for the sake of the children
attending the BMDK Program; and
more generous people would willingly share their time, talents, skills, wealth
and resources by supporting our various works for our urban and rural poor
women and youth-recipients.
It is not enough to say that education is every child’s right. We cannot just sit back and
tell everybody that since education is free in all our public schools, it is already a common good,
one which is readily available, common and accessible. In order to go to school, children need
allowances for food and transportation, too. We spend for the education of our children because
we are investing in our future, hoping that this will redound to the benefit of our society – to the
Common Good. We need to act, and not simply to act, but to act with faith.
It is when we act with much faith in God, in ourselves and in others that we become able to
make things happen. It is only when we have done our part in this great task of social and
spiritual transformation that we will be able to sincerely tell the world that “Education is a child’s
right that truly promotes the Common Good.”
- Sr. Maria Josefina S. Carrasco, FMA
Delegate, VIDES Philippines
Publication and Communications Team 2008
Editor-In-Chief - Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco, FMA
Managing Editor - Raymund Zapanta
Associate Editors - Maya Manocsoc, Vanessa Vargas, Farah Chavez
Contributors - Girlie Amarillo, Rosylyn Arnigo, Jinjo Bautista, Joy Hugo, Paolo Icasas,
Togs Inosanto, Jun Pimentel, , Amy Suzara, Syra Suzara, Riza Villavi-
ray, Ian Velasco, Rudelyn Yaon
quot;This News Magazine is published annually and serves as an Annual Report of VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc.quot;
quot;Little kindnesses will broaden your heart, and slowly you will habituate yourself
to helping your fellow man in many ways.quot;
VIDES receives DSWD License to Operate
V IDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation Inc. officially received from the
Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital
Region the License to Operate and the Certificate of Registration at the
awarding ceremony held last November 24, 2008. VIDES Chairperson Sr.
Ma. Socorro Bacani, FMA, on behalf of VIDES Philippines, received the
certificates from Mrs. Patricia B. Luna, the Assistant Regional Director for
Programs of DSWD-NCR.
Through this Certificate of Registration, VIDES’ activities in the
development of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged sector of our society
are officially recognized in the Registry of Social Welfare and Development
Agencies of the DSWD.
VIDES Philippines filed its Application for Registration on September
5 , 2008 and participated in the orientation-seminar for NGO-applicants on
September 19. Mrs. Juliet C. Alair from the DSWD conducted the interview
on the programs of VIDES last October 7 with VIDES staff Ms. Syra Liza
Suzara RSW, Mr. Jovito Braga and VIDES delegate Sr. Maria Josefina
The License to Operate was given to VIDES Philippines for having satisfactorily complied with
the requirements to operate a Social Work Agency implementing Community-Based Programs and
Services for children, women, families and communities.
1. you know …
1. The DSWD was created as early as 1915, but was known then as the Public Welfare Board.
2. It was only in 1987, through Executive Order No. 292 signed by President Corazon C.
Aquino, that the name “DSWD” was established.
3. There are currently 1,040 NGOs registered with the DSWD.
quot;…[I]n serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity.quot;
300 VIDES kids receive Christmas gifts from the National Press Club
ast December 24, 2008, 300 VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko kids from
L Gamban St., Riverside, Pasay City, took part in the Christmas gift-giving
organized by the President of the National Press Club (NPC), Mr. Benny D.
Antiporda. This was held at the Bulwagang Plaridel, 4th floor of the National Press
Club, Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila. With him were his family and the
officers and members of the board of the NPC. VIDES volunteers Raymund
Zapanta, Elisa Pieralice, Romina Mazzotta, and Simone Lalli witnessed this
initiative with great awe and wonder.
This event gave mutual joy to both giver and recipient, making the presence of Jesus Christ deeply felt
in their sharing. Kids were smiling from ear to ear upon receiving their gifts of brand new toys, cash,
and Noche Buena package. With hearts filled with gratitude, they rendered a well-prepared, beautiful
Christmas program for their donors, guided by VIDES youth leader Jennifer San Juan. Kuya Benny
delivered his Christmas message for the children about God’s graciousness, blessings and goodness,
which they, in turn, wish to share with their little brothers and sisters. Sr. Jojo, FMA, VIDES Delegate,
warmly thanked the NPC on behalf of the Foundation.
San Roque Parish invites BMDK Kids to Annual Festivities
Last August 15, 2008, Rev. Fr. Joey Tuazon invited VIDES to join the annual
celebration of the feast of San Roque, their patron saint. The well-organized
cultural night enabled all the parish-mandated organizations to come together
and share their talents in music and dance. The BMDK Choir “Voice of VIDES”
performed a special song of gratitude entitled “Salamat”.
TOPS2 Volunteers distribute school supplies to BMDK Kids
As part of their commitment to reach out to the needy youth and children,
members of the volunteer organization Time-out for Professionals and Students
Services (TOPS2) under the leadership of Atty. Sonia Em presented school
supplies and other educational resources to more than 300 BMDK kids in Pasay
last September 6, 2008.
Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself.
It's what you do for others.
VIDES Volunteers in the Philippines host “EAT & MEET”
ast June 13, 2008, VIDES Volunteers in the Philippines organized a
L dinner-for-a-cause dubbed “Eat & Meet.” Over a hundred tickets
priced at Php500 each were distributed to friends and relatives of VIDES
Volunteers in order to raise funds for the August 2008 annual mission camp
in Negros Occidental. 2,000 kids are being served by the VIDES Volunteers
in this formation camp. Proceeds from this fund raising event were intended
for the purchase of rice and school supplies for the children of laborers at
the sugar cane plantations of Victorias City, Negros Occidental.
International and local dishes were prepared by the volunteers
themselves. Filipino chefs Ted Dimson, Jovet Braga and Tony Espinosa
cooked Egg and Corn Soup, Bicol Express, and Kare-Kare, respectively.
German VIDES Volunteer Marie Luise Morgenstern prepared German Potato
Salad while Italian VIDES Volunteers Kathleen Bertotti and Luana Giardinelli
served Bruschetta, Melanzane alla parmigiana, Spaghetti and Crostata della
Nonna. Lezeil Ebdane, Filipino VIDES Volunteer, prepared the beverages, which include Starbucks
coffee and Tazo Passion Ice Tea. Kaspar Ng, VIDES Volunteer from Canada, assisted the Italian
volunteers in the preparations.
Filipino VIDES Volunteer, Jun Pimentel, who chairs the Socio-
Cultural Committee, organized the program, designed the layout of
the event, and provided all the decorations and effects (spotlight,
candles, flowers, cloths) which lent a special touch of elegance and
art to the affair.
The gathering kicked off with a solemn singing of “The Prayer”
followed by the Philippine National Anthem. Vice Provincial of the
FMA Philippine Province, Sr. Maria Socorro T. Bacani, FMA gave her
Welcome Remarks, thanking those who came to support this project
and expressing her appreciation for all the VIDES Volunteers’ efforts
in making this project a success. Guest singers Marie Puyat and
Jeffrey Suzara entertained the diners with their beautiful singing. Ms. Cosette Fedele, wife of the
Italian Ambassador, Ms. Happy Andrada, fashion designer, and Ms. Monina Manapat, Chairman of
the Board of Examiners for Social Work are among the special guests invited. Banker-friends from BPI,
UCPB and RCBC also came to support this fund-raising feat. Halfway during the program, diners were
invited to express their feedback about “Eat & Meet.” All who spoke congratulated the VIDES
volunteers for this very creative fund-raising initiative. Spontaneous singing ensued and at the end, all
the volunteers helped in the aftercare, washing dishes, stacking the chairs, and sweeping the floor. It
was truly an “Eat & Meet” event. Mabuhay ang mga VIDES Volunteers!
For more photos, please visit:
Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received –
only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. Page 5
Saint Francis of Assisi
About VIDES Internazionale
How we are organized:
The structures of the association are:
- International volunteerism
- The Assembly of Members
association inspired by the
- The Board of Directors
Salesian education project
- The President's Council
- NGO with consultative
- The Formation Commission
status with the United
The Assembly of Members meets every year and
- NGO associated with the
convenes all the members (groups or national
DPI (Department of Public Information) of the
associations) to study the annual regulations and
approve the report and budget of the previous
Origins of VIDES:
Every four years the Elective Assembly is held to
- Began its work in Europe in 1987
elect or renew the Directive Council.
- Constituted in 1990
The Board of Directors (15 members) regulate the
- On April 23, 1991, it became an “International
decisions made in the assembly and meets at least
Non-Profit Association ” (NGO) according to
two times per year.
Belgian law (AISBL n° 16990/91)
At its internal election the President’s Council
members (President, General Director, Treasurer,
VIDES is promoted by:
Secretary, Advisor) meet with frequency to monitor
The Institute of FMA
the enforcement of the regulations. They act
through the central operative office, located in
VIDES is present in:
- 14 countries in Europe
- 8 countries in Asia
The groups and associations , effective members of
- 2 countries in Africa
VIDES, are organized at local levels to respond to
- 13 countries in North America and in Latin
the concrete demands of the territories on the
educative level and to encourage voluntary service
And operates through local groups and the
experiences from youth.
international head office.
The Formation Commission is charged with the
formation of the volunteers and meets to share the
- For the defense of human rights, particularly of
children, women, and youth
- For the promotion of voluntary service at the
Source: VIDES Internazionale website
local and international levels
- For the support at a distance of children and their
- For the promotion of youth as active and
Did you know…
The UN member states (including the Philippines)
created and committed to set a quantifiable,
Who are members:
measurable and time-bound development goals and
- Individuals (youth volunteers and collaborators of
targets for global human development, called the
Millennium Development Goals, to be achieved by
- Associations and groups that share the goals of
(Shown below are the 8 Millennium Development
VIDES is a member of:
- DPI (Department of Public Information Non-
- EAPN (European Anti Poverty Network)
- FAIB (Fédération des Associations Internationales
de droit belge)
- Forum permanent de la Societé civile
- WIDE Network (Women In Development Europe)
- FMA (Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice)
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.quot;
Page 6 Henry Ford
IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
VIDES Philippines joins IX International Congress,
facilitates the English workshop
ast October 27, 2008, five representatives of VIDES
L Philippines went to Sassone, Rome, Italy for the IX VIDES
International Congress. They were VIDES Volunteers Ms. Mariciel
Estacio, Mr. Paolo Icasas, Mr. Jun Pimentel and Mr. Raymund
Zapanta and VIDES FMA Delegate Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco. This
gathering of 230 VIDES Volunteers and FMA Delegates worldwide
dwelt on the theme: “Common Goods and Human Rights: A
Patrimony and a Commitment for Youth,” in connection with
this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
VIDES General Director, Sr. Leonor Salazar FMA, formally opened the Congress on October
31 and welcomed the guests and volunteers from the continents of Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
VIDES International President, Mr. Guido Barbera, presented the objectives and proposals of the
Congress and challenged the volunteers to continue what was started 20 years ago.
Below are the topics discussed by the keynote speakers during the Congress:
Report on Human Rights
Human Rights: Common Good and/or Common Goods
- Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin
Director, Research and Right to Development Department
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Report on Culture and Spirituality
Culture and Spirtuality: Goods and Rights, to Foster and make Grow
- Helene Yinda
World YWCA Programme Director for Africa and the Middle East
Report on Peace and Inter-culturality
Human Rights’ Respect: Open Door towards Peace
- Flavio Lotti
National Coordinator of the Peace Table
Report on Environment and Common Goods
Human Development and Environment: Possible Harmony?
- Riccardo Petrella
International Committee President for World Water Agreement
Report on Common Goods
Common Goods and Human Rights: A Commitment for VIDES
- Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo, FMA
Human Rights Executive Officer in Geneva for the FMA Institute and
VIDES International permanent representative for Human Rights in Geneva
quot;May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of
others with kindness and compassion.quot; - Thomas Jefferson
IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
Debates were conducted at the end of each of these reports. To further
deepen the inputs received, six simultaneous workshops with different
topics were conducted in four languages: English, Italian, Portuguese
and Spanish. VIDES Philippines prepared and facilitated the English
workshop entitled: “Education as a Human Right that promotes
the Common Good.” Forty-six participants coming from the countries
of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Congo, India,
Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United
Kingdom, USA and Vietnam greatly enjoyed the “lively, creative,
informative and interesting” workshop. This group was graced by the
presence and active participation of resource person Ms. Maria
Francisca Ize-Charrin and some of the Board of Directors of VIDES International: Mr. Joe Washington, Sr.
Bernadette Sangma, FMA and Sr. Runita Borja, FMA.
At its conclusion, the workshop conducted by VIDES Philippines was able to achieve the following
to deepen Church and international documents pertaining to Education, Human Rights and the
to appreciate how the right to education serves the common good
to share local and international initiatives of VIDES for the education of women and children
to realize the importance of networking with government organizations, non-government
organizations, faith-based organizations and people’s organizations
to discover new ways that will strengthen and sustain the education of women and children and
to intensify our commitment as VIDES volunteers to the education of women and children.
Drawings at the Workshop — courtesy of Paolo Icasas, VIDES Volunteer
quot;Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation
of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life...quot; - Jimmy Carter
IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
Other activities during the Congress included the meeting of the FMA delegates with Sr. Leonor
Salazar and Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo regarding the formation of VIDES Volunteers and the programs of
VIDES; the nightly opening of the Solidarity Table where the volunteers put up for sale some of their
country’s products in view of supporting the convention costs of the other participants; the daily
celebration of the Holy Eucharist with various liturgical initiatives; the traditional assembly for the “Good
Night” and last but not least, the most exciting “Festa del Popolo” or Cultural Night where the volunteers
showcased their respective traditions, dances, songs and costumes.
Group picture of English Workshop— 46 participants
The solemn presentation of the Final Declaration of VIDES International by Mr. Guido Barbera
before Rev. Mo. General Yvonne Reungoat and the assembly of VIDES Volunteers, FMAs and guests
marked the conclusion of the Congress which was held at the Generalate of the FMA in Rome. Since
VIDES operates within the ambit of the Commission on the Salesian Family of the FMA, the newly
elected Councillor-in-Charge of the Salesian Family, Sr. Luisa Miranda, FMA, was introduced to the
VIDES Volunteers and Delegates. The celebration of the Eucharist graciously capped the IX VIDES
Commitments in lantern
“Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom”
14th Dalai Lama
Salesianity Annual Recollection
Volunteers value the GEM of the FMA Volunteers experience the love of God
wenty-three VIDES Volunteers took
“G od willed it that we are here today. He
T part in the 4th quarter formation wants us to be here. He has a message for
conducted by Sr. Nora U. us.” These were the opening words of Rev. Fr.
Hernandez, FMA, member of the FMA Titus Mananzan, SVD who facilitated the
Provincial Council and formator of the recollection of the VIDES Volunteers last April 6,
congregation of the Daughters of Mary Help of 2008 at Puerto Galera, Calapan City, Oriental
Christians. This was held at the new audio-visual Mindoro. Inspired by the theme “Experiencing the
room of the Don Bosco School-Manila, on Love of God,” Fr. Titus invited the volunteers to be
October 18, 2008 from 7:30PM to 9:00PM. The open and docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
topic requested by VIDES Delegate Sr. Maria His talk dwelt on the Image of God – whose mercy
Josefina S. Carrasco, FMA was on the GEM, or is infinite; who cares for His children; who is ever-
the Guidelines for the Educational Mission present; who is “The Life.” He encouraged the
of the FMA. volunteers to read the book entitled “Doctor on
Sr. Nora focused on the essential Calvary” because it presents God as He is.
elements of the GEM. As VIDES Volunteers
directly engaged in the mission of educating
“I am accepted by God as I am — as I
children in especially difficult circumstances, the
am, and not as I should be. Faith is the
GEM affirms what they have been doing for the
VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko kids, such as:
courage to accept that God loves me.”
inculcating in them the value of life as gift and
task; teaching them about the Catholic faith Fr. Titus underlined the value of faith and
through catechesis; reaching out to the poorest scriptures, which answer the deepest longings of the
young people in Pasay, Manila, and Quezon City human heart. He says that of all forms of loving, it
through the mobile education program; holding is the ‘love of acceptance’ which is very basic and
no barriers by welcoming non-Christians in the important because it gives a person a feeling of self-
BMDK activities; extending the Baboy Mo, respect and makes a person believe “I’m
Buhay Ko livelihood program to the Aetas; worthwhile.” The opposite of love is indifference,
expanding networks in order to pursue the which gives the person the feeling that “I don’t
Foundation’s programs and projects for the good count.” He emphasized the fact that each of us has
of the children; and above all bearing the mark a choice, that is, to love or to be indifferent. If ever
of a Salesian manifested in their dedication in we feel dejected, let us remember what the
forming the young to be good Christians and theologian Paul Tillich says: “I am accepted by God
honest citizens following Don Bosco’s way of as I am - as I am, and
exercising reason, religion, and loving kindness not as I should be. Faith
- pillars of the Preventive System of Education. is the courage to accept
that God loves me.”
After his talk, Fr.
“We evangelize by educating. Titus gave the volunteers
We educate by evangelizing.” time to group themselves
by triads for the sharing.
Two points were given: (1) How have I experienced
Sr. Nora stressed the importance of that God accepts me for who I am?; and (2) In what
volunteerism among young professionals, which way have I experienced the need for courage to
enables the FMA to widen their reach in terms of accept God’s will? The soft breeze rustling the
coverage and at the same time open up an leaves and the sound of the rippling brook nearby
avenue that provides young people in search of provided the solemn ambience during the sharing
life’s meaning an opportunity to be of service to moments of the volunteers.
other youth, especially the most needy. She In the afternoon, Fr. Titus received the
thanked the VIDES Volunteers for their valuable volunteers for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and
contribution to the mission of evangelization of spiritual direction. He presided the celebration of the
the FMA in the Church, citing the motto: “We Holy Eucharist, animated by the well-prepared liturgy
evangelize by educating. We educate by of the volunteers.
evangelizing.” This day of recollection is truly grace-filled!
“Let us Educate with the Heart of Don Bosco, for the integrated development of the life of the young,
especially the poorest and most disadvantaged by promoting their rights”
Seminar on Human Rights
Volunteers update themselves on Human Rights
I n line with this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, the formation of the VIDES
Volunteers for the 3rd quarter of 2008 dwelt on the topic: “Human
Rights and Common Good: A Patrimony and a Commitment for the
Young.” The input was given by Atty. Liezl Parajas,
representative of the Commission on Human Rights of the
This formation session was held last July 26, 2008 at the
FMA Provincial House in Sta. Mesa, Manila and was also offered to
the FMAs and other members of the Educating Community because
they are likewise engaged in the promotion and development of
women and children. All in all, there were 34 participants.
A simple prayer service, with special citations from the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of
the Church, set the tone for the day’s discussion. Even the walls of the conference room were
decorated with quotations pertaining to the defense and promotion of human rights and the
importance of the common good. Among these are:
“To ensure the common good, the government of every country has the specific duty
to harmonize the different sectoral interests with the requirements of justice.”
– Art. 169 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“The principle of the common good, to which every aspect of social life must be related
if it is to attain its fullest meaning, stems from the dignity, unity and equality of all
people.” – Art. 164 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
In her talk, Atty. Parajas gave a comprehensive background on the work of the Commission
on Human Rights of the Philippines. Her main input dwelt on the Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She expressed her appreciation for this initiative
of VIDES of increasing the awareness of the participants regarding women’s and children’s rights.
She reports that in the Philippines, women are becoming more and more empowered due to the
advocacy being conducted by various GO’s and NGO’s. She graciously accommodated the questions
posed to her during the thirty-minute open forum which ensued.
On behalf of VIDES Philippines, Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco expressed her gratitude to the
Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines for allowing Atty. Liezl Parajas to conduct this very
enriching seminar for them.
(Atty. Parajas is a graduate of the Far Eastern University, with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in
Political Science and Bachelor of Laws. She took her postgraduate studies at the University of Hong
Kong where she earned her Master of Laws in Human Rights Law.)
Did you know…
1. On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all
Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and quot;to cause it to be disseminated, dis-
played, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without dis-
tinction based on the political status of countries or territories.quot;
2. The UDHR or Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the first international statement to use the
term quot;human rightsquot;, and has been adopted by the Human Rights movement as a charter. It is
short, and worth reading in its entirety -- a summary would be about as long as the document
quot;Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where
the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.quot;
14th Dalai Lama
“Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko (BMBK)
T his is VIDES Philippines’ livelihood program originally launched
in August 2002 in Negros Occidental during the Annual Mission Camp.
The main goal of this initiative is to uplift the socio-economic condition
of people suffering from poverty.
How it works:
1. The FMA Community recommends the prospective recipient family.
2. The Social Worker conducts an assessment based on the set criteria.
3. VIDES donates a piglet to the qualified beneficiary-family.
4. The beneficiary takes care of the piglet in view of hog-raising and/or fattening.
5. For sustainability purposes, VIDES receives a piglet or its monetary equivalent and passes this on to
the next qualified beneficiary.
Since its inception, a total of 111 families from Negros Occidental, Oriental Mindoro, Laguna and
Pampanga have already benefited from this project. Earnings from the program have helped them provide
food, education, and shelter for their family members.
You cannot hope to build
a better world without
improving the individuals.
To that end, each of us
must work for our own
improvement and, at the
same time, share a
general responsibility for
a l l h u m a n i t y, o u r
particular duty being to
aid those to whom we
think we can be most
-- Marie Curie
1. you know…
1. It takes at least 6 months to raise a piglet so that it could grow to a size fit for
selling in the market.
2. Filipinos are relatively large consumers of pork and are known to generally
prefer pork to chicken or beef.
3. One of the cheapest type of feed is “darak” coming from rice which is
approximately P200/sack (50 kilos) and could last for a month.
4. A piglet costs only P1,500. Affordable? Why don’t you sponsor a piglet?
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Last 16 February 2008, a group of VIDES volunteers went to
4th Launch of BMBK the Aetas community in Mabalacat, Pampanga for the 4th launching
of the “Baboy Mo , Buhay Koquot; Livelihood Program. This was a very
meaningful encounter for the volunteers because this livelihood assistance was extended to the under-
privileged families of Aetas, our brothers and sisters in the indigenous people (IP) sector who have less
opportunities to generate their own resources and sometimes suffer some discrimination in our soci-
ety. Before the turn-over of piglets to the families, a simple program was held to officially document the
rites. Briefings and basic information about the livelihood program were also presented to community.
Residents were elated with the said project and have promised to take care of the piglets so that they
can produce another piglet each for the next batch of beneficiaries. (Joy Hugo with Rude Yaon)
Some highlights in the 4th Launch of BMBK in Mabalacat, Pampanga
Sr.Jojo and BMBK OIC Tony
handing out piglets
An Aeta mother signing some
Joy, VIDES volunteer, explaining
documents while holding her
the mechanics of the program
Mission Camp 2008
In the annual Mission Camp held in
Hda. Malihao in Victorias City, Negros
Occidental, it has been a tradition to hand
out piglets to impoverished families as a
means of livelihood to augment their
meager income since August is the leanest
season in the sugar cane industry and
there is no work. Last August 24, 2008,
10 piglets were once again distributed to
the selected beneficiaries. The funds came
from the remitted money coming from
previous beneficiaries who were able to
raise the piglets successfully & sell them
Awarding of piglets during the 2008 Mission
at the market.
Camp in Victorias, Negros Occidental
(See photos on the right.)
quot;One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people. quot;
Busina Mo, Dunong Ko (BMDK)
Mobile Education Program The guitars donated by the friends of Ms.
Josie Aliwalas, VIDES
Board of Director,
S ince its official launching in
were put to their
May 2006, the Busina Mo,
maximum use with
Dunong Ko mobile education
the establishment of
program of VIDES Philippines has
the BMDK “Jamming
been reaching out to impoverished
communities in Pasay City, Manila,
take turns in
and Quezon City. Five days a week, VIDES
teaching the children
staff and volunteers implement the BMDK
the chords and strumming techniques.
Skillful and artistic volunteers taught the
The BMDK is VIDES’ education-on-
children livelihood skills. The combined efforts of
wheels program for street and urban poor
Eyen Corro, Paolo Icasas and Raymund Zapanta
children, providing informal education to both
enabled the children to make their first attempt at
in-school and out-of-school children and youth.
silk screen printing on t-shirts. For the volunteers,
Reading sessions, mathematical exercises,
this is a potential entrepreneurial activity for kids
who cannot make it to college due to poverty.
Children with special interest and talent in
arts were set apart for an
intensive drawing session with
volunteer artist Paolo Icasas.
part of the
During the 9th International
Congress of VIDES Volunteers in
Sassone, Rome, some of the
children’s drawings, used as
designs for accessory buttons,
formed part of the products for
games make learning easy and fun for the kids.
sale at the Solidarity Table.
Books are lent out on a weekly basis in order to
give them access to worthwhile educational
Another livelihood project
materials. This is also a good strategy in
is the beads craft of volunteer
helping them develop the habit of reading. The
Vanessa Vargas. Dubbed as
BMDK mobile library is likewise equipped with
“Kikay” project, this introduced This mobile library was donate
multi-media facilities which contribute greatly
the BMDK girl-children in making Mitsubishi L300 closed van wi
to the learning process. On top of these, a
accessories using beads. With equipped with audio-visual equip
regular feeding program is conducted at the
much patience, she enabled and other school supplies. Both
end of every BMDK session.
them to develop their creative can be opened wide by 180 de
skills in designing necklaces, white board. The cartoons printe
For this year 2008,
c e l l p h o n e Michael Toribio, a past pupil
the operations of the Busina
Some of the Technology Center.
Mo, Dunong Ko Program was
children’s finished products were
financially supported by the
sold during the VIDES fundraising activity “Eat and
donor of the mobile library -
Meet” – a
Jo Tankers - represented by
dinner for a
Capt. Rene D. Kruidenier.
Mrs. Marissa O. Concepcion, VIDES
Vice-Chairperson, provided for the year’s
weekly snacks made up of Sunkist juices and
Swift hotdog sandwiches for 250 BMDK kids.
“When I am in your company, I not only learn more about you, I LEARN more about myself.”
Page 14 Maya Angelou
The Parent As a PMO, the
Effectiveness Service VIDES children’s choir
Seminar for the “Voice of VIDES” was
mothers of Pasay has given the role of
started last July 9, animating the liturgy
2008, followed by four every first Saturday of
consecutive each month. On special
Saturdays. Thirty feasts and occasions,
mothers actively participated in the five- the VIDES Dance
Saturday seminar. Troupe joins the Voice of VIDES with their
choreographed liturgical dances.
This seminar was designed into four modules
incorporating modern-day concerns of Filipino On August 15, 2008, the BMDK Kids
parents. It aimed to provide parents with performed for the first time in the annual celebration
updated information on the emerging issues of the feast of San Roque, patron of the parish. This
involving young adolescents, as well as grand event gave them the opportunity to know and
provide them with parenting skills. meet the other PMOs.
The main speaker of the said seminar was
In August and September, forty-five (45)
Prof. Girlie E. Amarillo, a VIDES Volunteer. He
children regularly attended the series of catechism
was assisted by Ms. Rosylyn M. Arnigo, who is
classes in view of their reception of the Sacrament of
also a VIDES Volunteer.
the Holy Eucharist. Last October 12, 2008, all of
them received their first Holy Communion from Rev.
Mr. Rosylyn, who recently
Fr. Joselino Tuazon.
joined VIDES, volunteered to
October 18, 2008 was a very memorable and
mobilizatyion for the parents in
meaningful event for all the BMDK kids. 400 of them
Pasay. She has formulated a
gathered at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife for
module for this activity, which
the celebration of the National Children’s Month.
includes the basic concepts on
Prior to this assembly, Ms. Syra Liza Suzara, VIDES
how to start organizing a
Social Worker, prepared the children by providing
community, techniques in
them adequate information on the UN CRC – United
approaching the community,
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
and the basic functions of the
organizers, among others.
Last December 7, the BMDK kids had another
d by Jo Tankers. It is a Participants have been very reason to be together. It was the Paskong
th a custom built body , receptive and cooperative.
Pasasalamat, their day of gratitude for all the donors
ment, and a lot of books,
and sponsors of
eft & right sides of the van It is noteworthy that effective
the BMDK, where
grees and be used as a April 2008, VIDES is already
d outside was designed by officially recognized as a Parish
the talents and
under the Laura Vicuna Mandated Organization (PMO)
skills they have
by the San Roque Parish in
honed during the
Pasay City. In the February
year because of
2008 meeting of the
the material and
PMOs, Rev. Fr.
of these generous
Parish Priest, invited
Sr. Maria Josefina
highlight of this event is the Jamming Circle’s
Carrasco and the
performance on the donated guitars. The education
VIDES volunteers to
to gratitude especially among the young is a legacy
talk to them about
of Don Bosco, founder of the congregation of the
the programs and
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
activities of VIDES.
“Give a smile to one who’s low, May do more that you could know,
Take some time to lend an ear, often words of faith and cheer”
Beverly J. Anderson
Other highlights of the year included Our BMDK program at Recto (formerly
the following: Oroquieta) caters to Christians and Muslims alike.
Invitation of the Knights of Columbus to The National Service Training Program (NSTP)
the BMDK kids to join the contest “Wish Ko of UP College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP)
Lang”, whereby they submitted their Christmas – Manila, under the leadership of NSTP Coordinator
wish to the K of C for evaluation and screening. Ms. Gay Jordan, has brought around sixty (60)
At the awarding ceremonies, the Voice of VIDES students volunteering in the BMDK activities. Their
and the VIDES Dance Troupe performed two encounter with the children educates them to
intermission numbers. BMDK kids bagged the service, especially among the urban poor.
grand prize as well as the 2nd and 3rd prizes.
Our BMDK in Del Pan is noted for the kids’ 70%
Graduation of two (2) BMDK boys, Jesus improvement in personal hygiene.
Baculi and Ronald Baquero, from Don Bosco
Technical College through the assistance of
VIDES Volunteer Ms. Lynnie Lacse and the
financial support of some very generous VIDES
Enrolment of BMDK teen, Roger Basila,
with Datamex, a computer technology center,
through the financial support of one of our
VIDES volunteers. Roger is now in his second
Three (3) out-of-school youth from Del Pan are
now able to read, under the professional assistance
of their teacher, volunteer Ms. Binky Manalastas.
The BMDK Program is moving forward.
Thanks to all the generous people who give
their constant share in making this possible.
Each tiny piece in the puzzle is necessary and
meaningful. Each contributes to the formation
of the whole picture.
In South Triangle, Quezon City, the BMDK
kids from Sct. Tuazon were combined with
those of Mo. Ignacia due to the existence of
other similar programs being conducted by
other faith-based organizations.
Reading skills of Grade 2 pupils from South
Triangle, Quezon City have improved. Before
the BMDK, they could not yet recognize the
letters and pronounce the sounds very well.
The number of participants in San Roque,
Quezon City has increased by 46%.
“Stretch out your arms to someone in need;
Lend them your shoulder. Help them plant a seed”
Page 16 Lori I. Batcheller
BMDK Breakdown Per School level
I. South Triangle IV. Recto (formerly Oroquieta)
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Kinder N/A N/A N/A 15 18 33
Kinder 31 29 60 11 5 16
Grade 1 N/A N/A N/A 16 27 43
Grade 1 20 35 55 17 12 29
Grade 2 N/A N/A N/A 11 14 25
Grade 2 20 24 44 10 10 20
Grade 3 N/A N/A N/A 18 10 28
Grade 3 21 18 39 17 10 27
Grade 4 N/A N/A N/A 10 17 27
Grade 4 8 15 23 8 10 18
Grade 5 N/A N/A N/A 10 12 22
Grade 5 6 12 18 10 9 19
Grade 6 N/A N/A N/A 9 10 19
Grade 6 10 14 24 3 3 6
High School N/A N/A N/A 8 8 16
High School 4 12 16 7 3 10
Total N/A N/A N/A 97 116 213
OSY 0 1 3 4
SPED 1 1 2 1 1
Total 121 160 281 85 65 150
Note: Regular participants per week averages 25 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 30 children.
II. San Roque V. Del Pan
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Kinder 77 71 148 69 73 142
Kinder 5 19 24 35 40 75
Grade 1 60 50 110 35 52 87
Grade 1 5 6 11 35 52 87
Grade 2 33 32 65 54 43 97
Grade 2 14 19 33 27 12 39
Grade 3 30 30 60 37 42 79
Grade 3 2 9 11 17 18 35
Grade 4 37 34 71 15 13 28
Grade 4 14 22 36 14 17 31
Grade 5 35 17 52 19 25 44
Grade 5 6 16 22 6 19 25
Grade 6 19 18 37 20 13 33
Grade 6 13 10 23 11 9 20
High School 23 24 47 21 14 35
High School 4 7 11 8 2 10
OSY 4 9 13 7 4 11
Total 63 108 171 153 169 322
Total 314 276 590 277 279 556
Note: Regular participants per week averages 80 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 250 children.
III. NIA Road VI. Pasay
2007 2008 2007 2008
School Level Total Total Total Total
Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male
Kinder 4 13 17 14 20 34 Kinder 0 0
Grade 1 6 17 23 21 22 43 Grade 1 19 12 31 19 12 31
Grade 2 3 9 12 19 25 44 Grade 2 19 13 32 19 13 32
Grade 3 4 13 17 21 20 41 Grade 3 25 25 50 25 25 50
Grade 4 15 14 29 8 14 22 Grade 4 20 6 26 20 6 26
Grade 5 4 6 10 19 15 34 Grade 5 11 14 25 11 14 25
Grade 6 3 9 12 8 7 15 Grade 6 14 13 27 14 13 27
High School 2 5 7 5 9 14 High School 42 40 82 77 83 160
OSY 4 4 Mothers 35 N/A 35 45 N/A 45
Total 41 90 131 115 132 247 Total 185 123 308 230 166 396
Note: Regular participants per week averages 60 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 350 children.
As a community-based organization, it is a general rule to include in the records all participants
regardless of their presence in the weekly activities since they have received the service conducted by
VIDES’ BMDK program. The challenge for VIDES is how to be able to deploy more volunteers to attend to
the needs of the children and make them come back regularly.
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches
but to reveal to him his own.”
NSCB Study on Cohort Survival Rate
Cohort survival rate at Cohort survival Cohort survival rate at the ele-
the elementary level rate at the elemen- mentary level increased in SY
will increase to 73.0% tary level 2006-2007 and target is likely
in SY 2005-2006 and to be attained
78.0% in SY 2010- Source: DepEd
Cohort survival rate at the sec-
Cohort survival rate at Cohort survival
ondary level experienced huge
the secondary level rate at the secon-
increment in SY 2006-2007
will increase to 68.0% dary level
and clearly exceeding the tar-
in SY 2005-2006 and
get ahead of schedule
71.5% in SY 2010- Source: DepEd
Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/stats/statdev/2008/Education/Chapter_Education.asp (National Statistical Coordination Board)
Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtulong sa akin
dahil lagi po akong may baon sa pagpasok ko araw
araw. Sana po lagi kayong nasa mabuting
karamdaman, para lagi ninyo kaming matulungan.
God bless you all. Richard C. Orsal
Nagpapasalamat po ako at ang aking mga magulang
dahil sa walang sawang pagtulong at suporta ninyo sa
akin. Ipinangangako ko po sa inyo na pagbubutihin ko
po ang aking pag-aaral. Rose Mavic Baquero
Reflection from a beneficiary
Source: NSO website http://www.census.gov.ph
quot;It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try
Page 18 to help another without helping himself.quot; Ralph Waldo Emerson
National Children’s Month
400 kids flock to QC Wildlife
8 October – To celebrate the National
Children’s Month, VIDES Philippines
made up of
gathered about 400 children-representatives
from the six areas being served by the Busina
Mo, Dunong Ko program: Del Pan, Recto ,
Pasay, NIA Road, San Roque, and South
Triangle. This gathering aims to assist the
children in deepening the NCM theme and at
the same time provide them the opportunity to
The children, grouped into tens and guided by the
explore the wildlife.
volunteers, tackled the two major activities of the
day. The first one was called Malikhaing mga
Accompanied by the volunteers and assistants,
Kamay. Literally translated, it means Creative
the children marched through the Ninoy Aquino
Hands. This activity showcased the children’s rich
Parks and Wildlife, bearing their colorful
imagination as they drew images, using the
banners and greeting fellow park-goers.
outlines of their hands, of their understanding of
the NCM theme “Bright Child: Sa tamang
Upon arrival at the Grotto,
pag-aaruga, kinabukasan ay maginhawa.”
the children settled down in
order to actively participate
The second activity, Sabit-Talino, was anchored
in the holy mass presided by
on the belief that children have values and
Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, SDB,
abilities that they are able to contribute for the
under the cool shade of
development and success of their family and of
huge, imposing trees. The
their larger communities. These characteristics
park’s lagoon also served as
were written down on colored paper and stapled
a beautiful background.
on long lines of straw and then displayed like
Fr. Veloso delivered a thought-provoking and
festive flaglets around the Grotto.
inspiring homily on the care and love of God,
especially for children. He honored the VIDES
At the end of the program, the children gathered
Volunteers present because in their task of
as one to learn the action song “My Heart is in
educating, they also fulfill the role of being
You Lord”, taught by the volunteers and Sisters.
“parents” to the children.
Finally, it was time for the Wildlife Tour. The
At the program, VIDES Chairperson, Sr. Ma.
children eagerly surveyed the various inhabitants
Socorro Bacani, FMA, welcomed everyone. She
of the Park. From the hawks and eagles (and the
shared her thoughts on the importance of
colorful birds in between), to the deer, snakes,
taking good care of the kids by forming them to
and wild pigs, the children inspected them all.
become good Christians and honest citizens.
Indeed it was an education outside the four
The children then showcased their talents
corners of the classroom.
through song numbers, raps and dances.
“Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others”
Day of Gratitude of VIDES Busina Mo, Reflection: by Jinjo Bautista, VIDES Volunteer
Dunong Ko Kids
alamat. It is such a simple word that most
hildren have their own ways of thanking the of us take for granted. We are all oblivious
C people around them. to the fact that it can ripple through time and
through the heart of people. It is a word that can
Last December 7, 2008, the VIDES Board of make little random selfless acts worth doing over
Directors, Salesian Sisters, Benefactors, and and over again. It has such a lot of weight that
Volunteers experienced how it was to be thanked lets itself be felt by every human heart and soul.
for by some 500 VIDES “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” This was experienced first hand by the
children coming from Quezon City, Manila and volunteers and sponsors of VIDES during their
Pasay. “PASKONG PASASALAMAT.” It was a Gratitude
Event organized by the volunteers of VIDES for
The event, aptly called Paskong Pasasalamat, the youth of selected urban poor communities in
took place at the Apelo Cruz Elementary School in Metro Manila. The program was held at the Apelo
Pasay City. The children expressed their gratitude Cruz Elementary School, Pasay City last
through a musical skit, guitar playing, lively December 7, 2008 where 500 kids from NIA, San
dances and creative raps. Roque, Delpan, Oroqueta, South Triangle and
Pasay took center stage. It was simple event for
Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, most of us but it was grand for all these kids.
SDB, the first SDB Everybody had their own reasons for
VIDES Philippines showing up. Some kids were waiting for the food
volunteer, presided the that they would get. Some were anxiously waiting
Eucharistic Celebration for their turn to showcase their talents on stage.
and witnessed the No matter what their intentions were,
solemn Prayer of everyone came to have a wonderful time.
Commitment of 44 The event started with a mass celebrating
VIDES Volunteers. the presence of the donors and volunteers and
the blessing of their time that they share with
The event acknowledged the presence of Ms. these less fortunate kids amidst their busy lives.
Marissa Concepcion, Vice-Chairperson and donor The mass focused on the value of gratitude and
of VIDES Philippines who came with her husband how a simple thank you and salamat can really
and children. Capt. Rene Kruidenier of Jo spark good will among the community and
Tankers, donor of the Mobile Library, along with hopefully someday, the whole world.
his wife and mother also graced the occasion. The value of gratitude can never be
neglected since it is already in the heart of these
VIDES Chairperson, Sr. Ma. Socorro Bacani, FMA kids. Learning to say thanks can really go a long
congratulated the children for their performances way. It can make us appreciate things better by
and thanked the volunteers for their untiring and giving us a whole new perspective on how the
dedicated commitment in educating the kids and little blessings can be such an enormous gift from
The event was a perfect picture of Don
Bosco’s amazing formula of the preventive
education system. With this simple gathering,
hope was given to these kids who have gone
through a lot in life.
Through all their struggles, there is always
hope. Hope that can come from people with
ordinary lives doing selfless things expecting
nothing in return... people who can be surprised
and thrilled by the simple SALAMAT of the
children they minister to.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to
Page 20 utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Solidarity at a Distance (SAD) 2008
This is an educational program that
currently benefits underprivileged
children in Manila, Pasay and Negros
The fund aims to partially cover the
educational needs of student-beneficiaries. The
fund does not assume full educational
requirements for a student based on the principle
that the education of children is the primary
responsibility of parents. Instead, VIDES partners
provide assistance to parents so that they are
able to send their children to school.
For the year 2008, the program assisted 100 Translation in English:
student-beneficiaries. VIDES International gave Dear Sponsor,
school supplies and daily allowances to Thank you for your financial assistance,
beneficiaries from Pasay and Laura Vicuña Center and the things that you’ve given me like
(LVC). VIDES Italy gave lump sums to individual shoes and socks.
beneficiaries in Malihao, Negros Occidental for It’s really good that you came.
their school supplies and uniforms. Finally, VIDES Because of you, we’ve realized that poverty
Japan-Tokyo shouldered 50 % of the tuition fees is not a hindrance in studying.
of the beneficiaries studying at the Laura Vicuña Thank you so much for the support.
Training Center (LVTC). Karen Salgado
The late Sen. Raul Roco used to profess
that having at least one college graduate
in a family would surely get it out of
poverty, and thus stressed the critical
importance of widely accessible
education up to the tertiary level. For
those who can afford it, a concrete way
of helping, then, is to support a
promising child of the family through
school all the way to the tertiary level,
whether college or vocational/technical
training as appropriate.
Source: No Free Lunch column by Cielito Habito,
Philippine Star February 2, 2009
“Illiteracy and innumeracy are a greater threat to humanity than terrorism”
Nobel prize winning economist
MISSION CAMP 2008
Hda Malihao Victorias, Negros Occidental
taguyod ang Buhay sa Katuparan ng Pangarap (Uphold life, Achieve Goals)…” is the theme
“I chosen by VIDES Philippines for the 13th Annual Mission Camp held on Sunday, August 24, 2008
among the 2,000 children of sugarcane laborers in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. For
families working in the sugarcane fields, the month of August is the leanest, when the milling season
goes off and planters are waiting for the sugarcanes to grow. Jobs are scarce, stealing becomes
rampant, and the cupboard is left empty. For this reason, VIDES has generously committed itself
these past years in annually celebrating “Christmas in August”, through the Mission Camp, by sharing
their time, talents, resources, and their very selves — providing the children with food, clothing,
school supplies and toiletries, offering them free haircutting and medical services, distributing piglets
as means of livelihood, and organizing contests where the children and mothers could showcase their
skills in art, music, dance, drama and cooking and at the same time deepen the chosen theme.
“Uphold life, Achieve Goals” is primarily based on the foundation
of all other rights – the right of every person to life — which each
one must protect, defend and uphold at all times. The
simultaneous contests on story-telling, poster-making and cooking
underscored the dignity and value of human life and the
importance of education, gender equality, peace, nutrition, health,
environmental stability and development. Only when life is
upheld can we actually achieve all our other goals. About a
hundred FMA’s and VIDES Volunteers from Korea (18), Shizuoka
(23), Tokyo (3) and the Philippines (53) directly participated in
As an international NGO with a consultative status at the United Nations, this is VIDES’ unique way of
joining the whole world in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and in contributing to the realization of some of the Millennium Development Goals in
this tiny corner of the world. This is a fruit of the encounter of VIDES of Asia organized in Thailand
in August 2007, where the delegates resolved to expand their networks in view of service. An ever-
increasing number of individual and corporate donors pooled their resources in order to gather in a
variety of food items, school supplies, medicines, clothes, shoes and bags for the recipients.
Did you know that…
Some 830,00 children in the Philippines, or 16 percent of all children of school age, are classified as
child laborers, according to the 2007 sub-regional multiple indicator cluster survey conducted by the
NSO and United Nations Children’s Fund. Of this number, about 670,000 children attend school and
work as child laborers at the same time.
Source: Manila Bulletin October 5, 2008
“You see God every day you live, Each time you flash a SMILE;
God’s face is shining down on you, He makes your life worthwhile”
Page 22 Ruth Moyer Gilmour
Confessions From a Coffee Lover by Vanessa Vargas, VIDES Volunteer
truly love coffee; whether it is instant 3-in-1 coffee, espresso, frappe, or what have you.
I I find it amazing how the mix of different ingredients produces a fine and soothing blend.
Coffee has been my relief in times of stress, depression and/or boredom. It has
comforted me through my crying days and had joined me in my laughing moments; thus,
coffee has been a great part of me. Corny and crazy as it may sound, with coffee around, I
know I will always be fine. Surprisingly, I found something more comforting than my coffee
moments, even though I was not looking for one.
It was my first time to attend the VIDES Mission Camp in Malihao, Victorias (not to mention it was my first
time to ride the airplane, which by the way was literally and figuratively breath-taking). I was not really
expecting a vacation as I have already anticipated the work that awaited us for the mission camp.
Nevertheless, the whole experience was a mix of so many beautiful things that I do not know what feeling I
should describe first. It was INDEED an extraordinary experience!
Like Coffee, We Vary
The volunteers who attended the annual mission camp came from different countries and yet despite the
differences in culture, religion, and language, everyone was one in purpose. It was amazing to realize that
despite the diversity, the volunteers came together for one mission: to serve, primarily the children of the
various communities of Victorias. Indeed, it was to be “one for others”. I have never witnessed such perfect
unity in my life and I thank God for making me see that such truly still exist. I find it remarkable how despite
the differences, all volunteers prayed together, sang together, and danced together to any and every tune!
(Souljah boy dance was definitely a hit!) It was one great feeling of acceptance. Despite the fact that each one
of us has our own limitations, we were able to do the tasks to the best of our abilities. The event itself may not
have been perfect, but because every action came from the heart, it was close to perfect, it was close to
Like Cream, We Neutralize the Bitterness
Lack of sleep and restless hours, the heat of the sun, noise and crowded areas –- these were just among the
factors that tested everybody’s patience. But because we loved what we do and we loved the children, every
bit of bitterness and tiredness was washed away. It was tiring but it was also too fulfilling that there was no
more room to feel such tiredness at all. With camaraderie and cooperation, we were able to overcome a
number of obstacles; with helping hands we were able to serve our purpose; and with one heart we were able
to take away other people’s pain.
Like Sugar, We Generate Smiles
Sugar is sweet and so are we. The Sunday event was like Christmas. It was an ultimate gift-giving experience
for everybody, especially for the kids. There is no more joy than seeing the thousand smiles of the children
and of other volunteers. Those smiles are more than enough to compensate for all the comfort we have to give
up for the whole duration of the mission camp. It was not only the gift-giving or the medical mission that was
smile-generating. Every activity has empowered everyone: the masses, the prayer sessions, the bonding
moments, the cultural night, everything was so wonderful and so soul-lifting. For the first time in so many
years, I was singing Christian songs by heart and I am smiling as if I have nothing to worry about when I get
back to Manila.
Like Water, God’s Love Blended Us into One Perfect Mix
Without water, what is coffee? What pleasure would it bring if it were not for the one thing that blended the
ingredients together? Like coffee, the mission camp was a success because of God’s love. It was because He
has given everyone strength, love, courage, blessings and more blessings that we were able to share ourselves
with the kids and with the communities of Malihao as well as with each other. We have been God’s grace to
other people because He Himself has given us the opportunity to be one. With His love we were able to serve
I will never forget my first VIDES Mission Camp and I am looking forward to having more mission camp
memories. I have had a lot of self-realizations from the mission camp and it is with this experience that I
discovered that there is something more rewarding than being served a cup of coffee. And that is making the
coffee out of pure love and serving it yourself without expecting anything in return.
“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap out harvest, if we do not give up”
Celebrating Christmas with the Aetas
December 21, 2008 Mabalacat, Pampanga
nstead of simply partying among themselves, 40 VIDES Volunteers headed to Maganday Nobokah
I Aeta School in Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat, Pampanga last December 21 to hold their Christmas party
with the Aetas. Their selflessness was rewarded by the delightful welcome of the indigenous community.
As everyone settled down, Sr. Alice Fulgencio, FMA, Provincial Superior,
shared some loving words on the essence of Christmas, who is Christ. Then,
it was time for games and entertainment. The children read out loud their
gratitude letters and showcased their talents in singing and dancing. Not to
be outdone, the mothers also wonderfully danced to the music of “Dayang-
Dayang,” a favorite of the community. The volunteers and Srs. Alice and Jojo
gamely joined them stir up the dust on the school grounds with their
thumping feet and swirling choreography.
In between the games and entertainment, three new families received a
piglet each under the Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko Livelihood Program.
Towards the end, bags of goodies were distributed to each who was present.
These were in addition to the wrapped gifts thoughtfully prepared by the
Indeed, as one volunteer quipped, “it was a cool experience on one hot Sunday.”
A look back into history...
The Aeta (pronounced as “eye-ta,”), Agta or Ayta are an indigenous people who live in scattered,
isolated mountainous parts of Luzon, Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to
very dark-brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly hair, small
nose, and dark brown eyes. They are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines,
preceding the Austronesian migrations.
The Aeta were included in the group of people termed quot;Negritoquot; during Spanish colonial rule. Various Aeta
groups in northern Luzon are known as quot;Pugutquot; or quot;Pugot,quot; a name designated by their Ilocano-speaking
neighbors, and which is the colloquial term for those with darker complexions. In Ilocano, the word also
means quot;goblinquot; or quot;forest spirit.quot;
Challenges in the Aeta community
One of the several activities organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) together with
local officials of the province is the program dubbed “Buklod-Serbisyo Para sa Katutubong Aeta”, a
Seminar on Malunggay farming.
The program aims to promote the massive cultivation of the nutritious vegetable to help fight hunger,
poverty and malnutrition in the rural areas.
The program aims to empower the indigenous peoples of the town who can tap their vast ancestral lands,
to make them more productive and encourage these farmers to join the 21st century ‘biotech revolution’
by farming for natural ingredients.
Farming for their everyday food or sustenance is a way of life among Aetas. Usually, Aetas plant root
crops like kamoteng ugat or sweet potato, kamoteng kahoy or cassava, papaya and banana, which they
sell in the market or the town proper. This allows them to earn as much as P100 a day.
Source: Wikipedia & Reports from NAPC & DA Biotechnology Program Office (DA-BPO)
“Touch a soul in need of love, God will bless you from above; and He’ll grant you happy day”
Page 24 Beverly J. Anderson
National Volunteer Month
ecember, being the National Volunteers’ Month (NVM), as mandated under the Presidential
D Proclamation No.55 issued on Decemeber 5 1998, is really one of the busiest months of the
year for volunteers.
“LABANAN ANG KAHIRAPAN: ISULONG ANG BOLUNTARISMO” was the theme for 2008.
A Symposium on Youth Volunteering and HIV/AIDS Prevention was held last December 5, 2008
at the Philippine Normal University and Ms. Syra Liza Suzara and Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco FMA
An Advocacy Run for Volunteerism took place on December 7 at the University of the
Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Mr. Jovet Braga and Mr. Raymund Zapanta, VIDES volunteers,
participated in the 2.5- Kilometre run along with the rest of the runners from the foreign and local
volunteer groups. This event was in partnership with the Executive Runners Club of the Philippines
(RUNNEX). VIDES Volunteers witnessed and supported the event.
Frequently Asked Questions...
Q1: What is volunteerism?
Volunteerism refers to an act involving a wide range of activities, including traditional forms of mutual
aid and developmental interventions that provides an enabling and empowering environment both on
the part of the beneficiary receiving, and the volunteer rendering the act, undertaken for reasons
arising from socio-developmental, business or corporate orientation, commitment or conviction for the
attainment of the public good and where monetary and other incentives or reward are not the primary
Q2: What is the cultural root of volunteerism in the Philippines?
Volunteerism is a social value in the Philippines more popularly known as “Bayanihan” which translates
into “getting into the act of helping, being a hero for the community.”
Bayanihan is oftentimes depicted in the collaboration among community members as they carry on
their shoulders a house to be transferred to another place. Other forms of bayanihan are expressed
during harvest time, mourning and birthing, with service to others and the community as the
Q3: What is the role of government in volunteerism?
The government plays a strategic role in volunteering by providing an enabling environment that will
encourage the promotion of volunteerism and participation of all sectors of society in volunteering.
(more FAQs on page 36)
Source: Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency’s website
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you tryquot;
International Volunteers’ Page
From the Diaries of Kathleen Bertotti and
June 26, 2008
reetings to all!
G In these last days of our volunteer service in
the Philippines, we are given the opportunity to
visit the various houses of the FMAs in the country.
First, we went to Palawan in May, where we also
met Linda Skalski, from VIDES USA. There in
Macarascas, we stayed at the dormitory where the
poor boys and girls coming from the remote barrios
Another contribution of VIDES which is greatly
are being given by the FMAs the possibility of
appreciated is the Solidarity At A Distance, a
furthering their studies through the modules
scholarship program which provides for the
provided by Angelicum.
children’s scholastic needs, food, and
transportation allowance. It was a great joy to
In Cebu, we were able to meet Malou Morgenstern,
see the gratitude mirrored in the faces of all
our youngest volunteer from VIDES Germany.
these children. They were thanking us for what
Together we went to the community of FMAs in
VIDES Italy is doing for them and their families.
Minglanilla, where Luana had her first assignment
as assistant in the technology center for women.
Our last wonderful act together was the “Eat
From here, we proceeded to Punta, Cebu City,
and Meet” fund-raising activity of VIDES
where there were various activities for the youth at
Philippines for the August Mission Camp, where
the parish, such as music, sports, and other
we prepared Italian dishes with the help of
cultural activities at the oratory.
Kaspar Ng, newly-arrived volunteer from VIDES
Canada. Malou likewise prepared her German
After this, we went to Negros, where we stayed
specialty for this event. It was truly fun
with the community of FMAs in Malihao -- at the
working together with the Pinoys of VIDES
heart of the sugarcane plantation. They work for
the promotion and development of women and
“It was a great joy to see the
gratitude mirrored in the faces
of all these children.”
children, especially the child laborers in the
sugarcane fields. The Alternative Learning System
being offered to the children seeks to improve their
lives through education. Parallel to this is VIDES’
contribution via the program “Baboy Mo, Buhay
Ko”, a livelihood project which seeks to alleviate
Kathleen serving food
Luana with Pasay kids
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners
Page 26 who make our souls blossom” Marcel Proust
“While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about”
Angela Schwindt Page 27
From the Children
Dear Knights of Columbus, Good day po!!!
Merry Christmas po!!!
Una po sa lahat, nagpapasalamat po ako Noong nakilala ko ang VIDES, maraming
dahil mayroong programang ganito sa inyo. Kaya bata ang dumadalo tuwing Linggo sa Rodriguez
po sumulat po ako dito sa “Wish Ko Lang this para makinig ng salita ng Diyos kaya nahumaling
Christmas,” dahil mayroon po akong natatanging akong sumama at kaya nakilala ko si ate Amy. Si
hiling ngayong darating na kapaskuhan, at ang ate Amy ay isa sa mga VIDES Volunteers na
kahilingang po ito ay hindi para sa akin, kasi po sa tuwing araw ng Linggo ay laging nandun at
ngayon marami pa pong mabubuting taong nagtuturo ng tungkol sa Diyos at nagtuturo din ng
tumutulong sa akin. gitara.
Ang una ko pong kahilingan ay para po sa Nagsimula akong dumalo sa VIDES noong
aking kapatid. Gusto ko po sanang makahanap ako’y Grade 4 pa, hanggang makatapos ng high
kami ng pera para po sa gagawing operasyon sa school. Nang makatapos ako ng high school,
kanya. Wala po kasi kaming sapat na pera para sa binigyan ako ng pagkakataon na makapag OJT sa
operasyon. Wala po kasing trabaho ang aking ina at hotel sa ilalim ng programa ng LVF at UNICEF. Sa
di na rin po nagtatrabaho ang aking ama. At saka Pan Pacific, nakapag-aral ako ng pagluluto at
nararamdaman ko po na gusting-gusto na niyang paglilinis ng mga kwarto sa hotel. Marami akong
makalakad muli, gusto niya nang makapaglaro nakilalang tulad ko na natutulungan ng Laura
tulad ng nagagawa niya dati. Vicuña Foundation. At nang ako ay makapagtapos
sa pag aaral ay hindi pa dun naputol ang pagtulong
Ang ikalawa naman po ay para sa aking nila sa akin. Ngayon ay pinag-aaral ako ng mga
ama. Sana gumaling na siya. Na-stroke po kasi siya VIDES volunteers sa kolehiyo. Kaya hindi ko ito
kaya po sa ngayon hindi na po siya nakakapag- sasayangin. Ito’y tatapusin ko nang madagdagan
trabaho. Nasasabi po niya na gusto na niyang pa ang tulad kong natutulungan nila.
gumaling para po makapagtrabaho ulit, kasi ayaw Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila, lalo na kay ate
niya pong nakikita kaming nahihirapan at gutom. Amy at sa mga tumutulong na mga sponsors, at
kay Sister Jojo.
Ito lamang po ang aking kahilingan. Alam ko
po na mahirap at malabo po itong matupad, subalit Naaalala ko ang taun-taong Christmas party
naniniwala po ako na magbibigay po si God ng way na inihahanda nila para sa amin. Sa kabila ng
para matupad ito. aming pag-papasaway, sila ay nananatiling
matiyaga at mapag-pasensiya sa amin.
Muli, nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyong
mabubuting puso. Merry Christmas po at Happy Maligayang bagong taon po sa inyong lahat.
New Year din. Nawa’y magtagal pa ang inyong Maraming-marami pong salamat sa inyo. God
organisasyon. bless you po…
Pagpalain po kayo ng Poong Maykapal.
At present, Roger is enrolled in the Computer
Programming Course of Datamex Institute of
Computer Technology in Pasay. He is a scholar of
Jennifer San Juan
Last December 18, 2008, Christmas wishes of three
VIDES Kids were granted by the Knights of
Columbus - Pasay Chapter. Winning entries were
randomly picked from the pool of entries written
by various children and mothers in Pasay. The
above was the actual letter submitted by Jennifer
San Juan who is a VIDES scholar currently on her
2nd year in college taking up BS Nursing at
Pamantasan ng Lungson ng Pasay. She was the
grand prize winner in this contest. Jennifer Roger
“To believe in yourself and to follow your dreams, to have goals in life and a drive to succeed,
and to surround yourself with the things and the people that make you happy – this is success!”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From the Children
First of all, I would like to greet you a
pleasant day and I want to say a million thank
Nakilala ko ang VIDES sa isang simpleng
you’s from my heart and family.
lugar na kung saan nagkakasaya,
nagkakantahan, nagsasayawan patungkol sa
Nagpapasalamat ako dahil sa walang
Panginoon. Nagkaroon ako ng lakas ng loob na
sawang pagtulong ninyo sa akin mula pa lamang
sumali sa kanilang kasiyahan at agad naman
sa simula. Sa pag aaral ko, sa mga pangaral
nila akong tinanggap. Dati pasulput-sulpot ang
ninyo, sa tulong ninyo at patnubay sa akin sa
dating nila hanggang sa nagkaroon sila ng
tamang landas, maraming salamat.
permanenteng lugar at oras. Sa ngayon nasa
simbahan sila ng San Roque tuwing Sabado ng
Kaya sa munting sulat na ito ay gusto kong
hapon, na puno ng mga bata na nakikisaya at
iparating sa inyo ang aking pasasalamat… Hindi ko
nakikilahok sa iba-t-ibang palaro at Katesismo.
man masusuklian ang pagtulong nyo, hayaan nyo
Sa katagalan, dahil sa kanila, nalinang ang
pong ang mga pangaral nyo ang maging daan
aking talento sa pag rap at nakilala bilang si
upang maging mabuting tao at bata ako…
Jesus na makulit at pasaway sa mga ate at
Maraming salamat sa inyo VIDES…
kuya ng VIDES lalo na kay ate Amy.
At ngayon, sa tulong ninyo, ako ay
Tinulungan nila akong makapag-aral sa
nakapagtapos ng kursong Electrician sa Don Bosco
Don Bosco at sa gabay nila nakapagtapos ako
Technical College, Mandaluyong City. Gagamitin
sa paaralang Don Bosco Technical College sa
ko ang aking kaalaman bilang isang mabuting
Mandaluyong City sa kursong Refrigeration and
manggagawa. Matutulungan ko na ang aking
Airconditioning Mechanics. At dahil doon,
pamilya at mga kapatid at pagpapawisan ko ang
ipinagpatuloy ko pa rin ang aking nasimulan,
iipunin kong pagmamahal tulad ng ginawa ng
hanggang natanggap ako sa isang urgent job sa
VIDES para sa pag-aaral at walang sawang
pagtulong sa akin, at hindi lamang sa akin kundi
sa ibang bata.
Sa kasalukuyan ay nagtatrabaho ako sa
HKR Equipment Corporation bilang isang
service technician. At dahil diyan hindi ako
titigil hangga’t hindi ko napapasalamatan ang
After graduating from Don Bosco Technical college
lahat ng tao na sumuporta at gumabay sa akin.
as a VIDES scholar, Ronald continues to do part-
Dahil din sa kanila nabuo ang palaisipang
time jobs in different places in Metro Manila. He
naging daan upang lumaban at tumayo at
hopes to soon find a permanent job to be able to
harapin ang tagumpay. Dahil kapag nakapag-
support his family.
aral ka, may matatapos ka at pag may natapos
ka may mararating ka, at pag may narating ka,
aasenso ka, at pag umasenso ka makakamit
mo ang lahat ng nais mo sa buhay at pag
nangyari yon, doon ko pa lang masasabi ang
God bless you all…
Jesus C. Baculi
Having graduated from Don Bosco Technical
college, Jesus persistently looked for a job. His
determination and interest in fixing things,
coupled with perseverance, finally paid-off
when he finally landed a job as a Service
I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.quot; --Michael Jordan,
Straight from the
AS IN T
Joining VIDES in the Christmas
party with the Aetas is such a
It’s the giving that matters. Let’s worthwhile experience. We had
find out how the new volunteers deferred our usual weekend
felt after the Christmas Party
gimmick to attend this activity.
with the Aetas:
The happiness seen from the
faces of our brother/sister Aetas
I enjoyed the experience in upon seeing us and receiving
Pampanga with the Aetas. I feel their gifts brought us happiness
The greater truth in life is to be
that we are very welcome. as well. Having fun dancing in
awakened by the fact that your
I love the part when I danced disco houses and drinking
existence means giving your
with them to the tune of sessions were nothing compared
hand to others. Helping your
quot;dayang-dayang”. It was really to the joy we felt as we watched
neighbor especially those who
great! I hope to see them again the Aetas sing and dance to the
really need it makes it not only
and be of help again. Surely, I groove and do their funny
fulfilling but gratifying. It served
will treasure that experience. moves together with the other
as a great avenue to help our
Thanks to VIDES. – abie volunteers. It was really a
brothers in need and meet
rodriguez wonderful experience, thanks to
people in a great cause to reach
VIDES for giving us the
out. It was a very quot;feel good
opportunity to be part of it. -
truth experiencequot; that I would happily
ater e peter doloroso
gre b do again and recommend to my
“The ife is to
l friends. I am also thankful to
d by r
in Being a volunteer in the VIDES
awa that you s
have friends who influenced me
outreach program helped me to
fact ce mean o to do a good cause. -niño
reach out to the Aeta
ten and cabredo
exis community in a fun and
rewarding way. It gave me
Cool experience on one hot
some sense of responsibility
Sunday this December -jenny
and it felt great! -edward
quot;The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
Page 30 They must be felt by the heartquot; Marcus Aurelius
We grow together in great harmony
Tiring? Yes, physically it is. But What do you think is the
spending time with the kids is greatest challenge for VIDES What inspired
definitely more than rewarding. for 2009? you to do
Two new volunteers were asked
Rosylyn: The greatest challenge for VIDES?
to share their experiences with
for VIDES for 2009 could be the
VIDES and here are their sincere
strong spirit of volunteerism in Girlie: The
order for us to perform our volunteers. They
duties and responsibilities as inspired me. Ate
What is your most memorable volunteers. May we continue to Amy too, kahit may
experience with the children do things, share our blessings kapansanan siya ay patuloy ang
of VIDES? When? Why? and help the children learn more. kanyang paglilingkod. (even
Additional benefactors to help though she is differently-abled
VIDES in providing for the needs she still continues to serve.
Rosylyn: Celebrating my 33rd
of the children to support them
Birthday with the children of
in terms of materials for their
VIDES in Pasay last April 19,
education and other needs that “Being a volunteer is
2008. I can say that this was
will support the VIDES in their
my most memorable experience also a calling…
programs not only for the
because I felt so lucky and
children but for the less fortunate
fortunate to have that kind of
from the heart.”
opportunity. It was a dream
come true sharing my blessings
Girlie: New trends in community
with the less fortunate.
integration and mobilization, new
Girlie: Yung sa Wildlife
Rosylyn: Being a volunteer is
QC. Why? Kasi have had
also a calling; I said this because
time playing with
volunteerism comes from the
children, talking, at
heart. I am so inspired to do
the issue of
namasyal to see the
volunteer work for VIDES because I
love children and families who are
and of course
(The activity in Wildlife
less fortunate and have dreams of
Quezon City. Why? Because I
their own. I want them to feel that
had the chance to play with
being poor is not a hindrance to
the children, talk with them
and see the animals. I miss
“May we continue to do things, share our blessings and
help the children learn more...”
As a VIDES Volunteer, how karapatan bilang tao.
can you contribute to the (mentoring, assistance in the
realization of “Education as a children’s assignments... Education
is a human right and it serves as a
Human Right that Promotes
good leveler, for the marginalized
the Common Good”?
to have a voice and fight for their
rights as a human person)
Girlie: Community education,
informal trainings for the mothers Rosylyn: Sharing my
and also alay-turo, pagtulong sa knowledge on Human Rights,
paggawa ng mga assigments ng particularly on how to exercise
mga bata.....Isang karapatang them. Lectures and multimedia
pantao ang edukasyon at ito ang exposures are helpful tools.
magpapantay sa mga walang- This is my share in helping
wala sa lipunan para magkaroon VIDES in its mission of
ng boses at makita at education.
maipaglaban ang kanilang mga Page 35
quot;The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.quot;
Tribute to Sr. Alice
Shown below are some messages made by VIDES’
beneficiary children giving thanks to Sr. Alice...
Thank you Sr. Alice!
For the past 6 years,
Sr. Alice Fulgencio, FMA
has served as the
Provincial Superior of the
Daughters of Mary Help
of Christians in the
Philippine Province, which
includes Papua New
Guinea. The whole
VIDES family wishes her
all the best for what
At the same time, we
welcome her successor,
Sr. Sarah Garcia, FMA.
quot;Do every act of your life as if it were your last.quot;
Page 32 Marcus Aurelius
The communities we serve...
San Roque, Agham Road
80 kids (regular participants)
every Thursday 1-3pm
NIA Road near East Ave.
60 kids (regular participants)
*every Tuesday 2-4pm
Recto cor. Oroquieta
30 kids (regular participants)
*every Friday 2-4pm
3500 V.Mapa Ext.
Sta.Mesa, Manila 1016
South Triangle, Mo.Ignacia
25 kids(regular participants)
*every Wednesday 2-4pm
Del Pan (Valderrama st)
250 kids (regular participants)
*every Saturday 9-12nn
“Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko” areas: San Roque, Cabrera st.
1. Mabalacat, Pampanga 350 kids (regular participants)
*every Saturday 3-7pm
2. Canlubang, Laguna
(includes anticipated mass)
3. Calapan, Or. Mindoro
4. Victorias, Negros Occ.
Hope to see you soon...
Note: Map courtesy of BF Homes Properties
“The end of all education should surely be service to others”
Cesar E. Chavez Page 33
From our Donors
My Christmas Wish List
Thursday, December 25th, 2008
Note: The following is an excerpt from the original article that appeared in the Philippine Star
One of the gifts I have received that was quite unique is a plastic bag with three canned goods and a White King
champorado - one of the products we make. It was a pass around gift from a friend. It is to be given to those who
need it more, and see their faces beam with joy. My wife, Marissa, together with our kids spent this season going
around giving gifts to the many street children of Laura Vicuna and VIDES. These are organizations that help street
children. This is one of the traditional things that my wife has done for the past years. This season, they went to about
three sites. I joined them in one of their visits. This is something different, because our children get to see how lucky
they are and they get to realize what they have in life. The children in these foundations and organizations very much
appreciate the presents and gifts that they receive. While we see the level of poverty in our country, we also still see
these children smile.
VIDES donation of guitars and other learning materials
Saturday, December 20, 2008 10:46 AM
Dear AIM classmates (Nina C, Myra C, Jojo M, Jasper T, Harry A, Jene A) and friends (Marlene, Paching, Lebby,
Ching, Cecille, Babes, Angie, Dr. Quismorio),
Pls. allow me to share with you some pictures taken during the Christmas party for the streetchildren beneficiaries
of VIDES Philippines Foundation. It is heartwarming to see the streetchildren from Metro Manila (including Delpan,
Tondo) now play the guitar (and even during Sunday mass as part of the children's choir) where not just a few were
once known as quot;the rugby boysquot;. To the guitar/tambourine donors (you know who you are from my bcc list), our
appreciation. Special thanks go to Marlene Sogono who accompanied me on many trips to different malls just to get
the best deals in guitar procurement.
Out-of-school participants of the quot;Busina Mo, Dunong Koquot; Educational Program were given quot;learning kitsquot; filled with
educational materials and supplies which they use during informal literacy sessions. Taking the streetkids literally off
the streets and giving them the opportunity to achieve an education was made possible through your generosity.
To the donors of musical instruments, encyclopedia sets, books, t-shirts and slippers (Jojo M),we offer our prayers this
Christmas season that your kindness be emulated and amply rewarded by the greatest Giver of all.
IT WAS A PICTURE OF JESUS and THE MULTIPLICATION OF THE LOAVES and THE FISHES
On 11/3/08, Agnes A Gaynilo wrote
More than 200 kids attended the outreach. Everyone was very excited and all smiles. The fun activities started on
time and the volunteers prepared different games for each grade level. While other kids were playing, the others
jumped and cheered for their friends, brothers and sisters and waited for their turn to be called to play. Hay, ang
sayang tignan ang mga ngiti at pakinggan ang mga hagikgik at tawanan ng mga bata!
The volunteers handed out (1) Lactum sack bag, (2) goodie bag, (3) toiletries (4) Sustagen playtents and lastly (5)
their healthy lunch. The number of kids who attended that day was more than the initial list of 180 that we got from
VIDES. Hindi kaya kulang ang giveaways? quot;ang dami pang nakapila pero heto na lang ang natira, ano ang gagawin
natin? Sabi ni Sister Jo, quot;God will providequot;. The volunteers tried to split the goodies and kept on counting the
remaining kids who waited in the line to make sure they have enough and that all of them will be able to bring home
At the end of the activity, we gathered what was left and we were surprised to know that we still have around 6 to 7
goodie bags, Sister paano po nangyari yon?
To all sponsors, donors and volunteers, your support and prayers made these quot;DO GOODquot; activity possible in
Delpan. And to quote one volunteer, quot;it's really nice to see the smiles of these kids.quot;
Maraming maraming salamat po!
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to
Page 34 any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
List of 2008 Donors
Corporate Donors: Ms. Yel Apura Ms. Maria Kristina J. Maralit
2GO Ms. Rosylyn Arnigo Mr. Jojo Marigomen
ACCENTURE Ms. Gina Astilla Ms. Jonah Matucad
Advance Paper Corporation Mrs. Edna Balmes Mr. Titus & Ms. Liza Melo
Apelo Cruz Elementary School Mr. Puring Batin Ms. Ailleen Mendoza
Assumption HS Batch ‘81 Mr. Jinjo Bautista Dr. Angela Mendoza
AUF Biological Science Society Mr. Ramy Belarma Ms. Ditas Molina
Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Inc. Ms. Ma. Lourdes G. Benedicto Ms. Helen Moralejo
CONVERGYS Ms. Tina Bernabe Mr. John and Mrs. Lucille Mower
Corporategifts.com.ph Mr. Rene Borja Mr. Julius Musico
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Mr. Jovito Braga Mr. Kaspar Ng
Don Bosco School – Manila Mrs. Victoria Pimentel Brillantes Mr. Augusto & Mrs. Maria Ojeda
DND Employee Mr. Arlan Brucal Mrs. Imelda Ostrea
DWC San Jose Batch ‘84 Ms. Angie Buan Ms. Karleen Zita B. Palanca
Fahrenheit FX Ms. Lourdes Burgio Mr. Tito Palma
GX International Ms. Sheila Cabral Ms. Jeanette Pantaleon
ICA Students Ms. Heidi Calubaqulib Mr. Melvin & Mrs. Fenie Pascual
JO TANKERS Mr. Garry Caoili Ms. Eden Pedro
Johnson & Johnson Ms. Maria Penelope S. Carrasco Mr. Fernando Pesaliza
K247 Ms. Claudine Carreon Mr. Arnel Pestaño
Knights of Columbus-Pasay City Chptr Ms. Nina Centeno Mr. Al Pile
Krispy Kreme - MOA Branch Ms. Mia Pascual Cenzon Mr. Felimon Pimentel, Jr.
Laura Vicuña Foundation, Inc. Ms. Yvette Ces Ms. Nikki Pimentel
Liquigaz Corporation Ms. Yan Nar Chua Mr. Josue Pineda
MAPUA Cardinals Dr. Ramon L. Clarete Ms. Susan Pineda
Mary Help of Christians Sch–Mabalacat Mr.Joey & Mrs.Marissa Concepcion III Ms. Rowena Portes
Mead Johnson Ms. Fedele Cosete Dr. Melanie M. Pulgar
Merck Ms. Sonia Cueto Dr. Francisco & Mrs. Violet Quismorio
MSI – Role Management Systems Int’l Ms. Nerisse Dadivas Ms. Betsy Ramos & Friends
MCA – PTP TAP – Mngt Systems Int’l Ms. Alona David Ms. Marjorie Hannie Rarugal
National Press Club Ms. Lou David Engr. Boyet and Mrs. Feding Rey Hipolito
Natrapharm Ms. Susan A. De Guzman Ms. Guada Reyes
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Ms. Angie De Vera Mr. Joey & Mrs. Cory Roca
Norwegian Crew Management Atty. Jean P. Del Rosario Mrs. Vilma Sagana
Novartis Ms. Juliana Dela Cruz Mr. Gabby Sagarino
Pfizer Mrs. Paching Dela Fuente Mr. Leano Saklolo
Pharex Ms. Cecille Delos Angeles Ms. Tina Salazar
Philippine Opera Company VADM Ariston M. Delos Reyes AFP (Ret.) Dr. Lorraine Sanchez
Puno & Puno Law Offices Dr. Joyce Dico-Go Mr. Jojo Sanding
RFM Group of Companies Mr. Ernie Ted Dimson Mr. Raymond V. Santiago
San Miguel Foundation Mr. Ian Diwa Ms. Elena Sarmiento
San Roque Parish - Pasay City Ms. Lezeil Ebdane Ms. Lea Serrano
Servier Philippines Atty. Sonia Em & Friends Dr. Catherine Sheng - Young and Friends
Sun Pacific Travel & Tours Ms. Joy Nethercaff Escalante Ms. Marlene Sogono
SV More Mr. Tony and Mrs. Beth Espinosa Ms. Chai Somoza & Family
TOPS2 Volunteers Mr. Danny Espiritu Mrs. Letecia P. Sta. Ana & Family
United Laboratories Ms. Mariciel Estacio Mr. Jeck Surato
Universal Robina Corporation Ms. Pauline Gallano Mr. Jaypee Suzara
University of Perpetual Help Mr. Mark Gamboa Ms.Suzette Suzara
VIDES Canada Ms. Popsie Gamboa Mr. Lynn & Ms. Mag Sy
VIDES Germany Mr. Danny Go Mr. Richard Tamayo
VIDES Italy Mr. Jun Gorantes Mr. Jasper Tan
VIDES Japan Ms. Karla Patricia Gutierrez Ms. Ma. Leny C. Tejon
VIDES Korea Ms. Connie Haw Ms. Elna Teran
VIDES Shizuoka Mr. Herman Hermansen Mr. Matthias Teuchert
VIDES Tokyo Ms. Elena Hong Hon. Mayor Peewee Trinidad
VIDES USA Ms. Pearl Hugo Ms. Susan Tseng Lee
Volunteers of Wave 89.1 Party Mr. Jose Maria Paolo Icasas Dr. Rose Tu-Go
Wave 89.1 Mr. Mitch Incabo Ms. Kirsten Joy Marie Tupas
Westfield Mr. Gerald Inosanto Ms. Cory C. Unas
Zuellig Ms. Jean Ruth King Ms. Shirley Uy-Calibo
Individual Donors: Capt. Rene Kruidenier Ms. Rina Valerio
Ms. Crickette Abello Dr. & Mrs. Butch Leagogo Ms. Vanessa Vargas
Mr. Emilio Jose & Ms. Ma. Veronica Abello Ms. Erica Lee Dr. Rey Vea
Mr. Eric Acosta Mr. Patrick Libihol Mr. Ian Velasco
Engr. Lordinel Adarlo Mr. Chito and Mrs. Rica Limcaoco & Family Ms. Teresa Velez
Mr. Wilson Adarlo Mr. Ricardo Llorin Ms. Judy & Ms. Kit Vergara
Ms. Aurora Adriano Mr. Peter Lugue Ms. Riza Villaviray
Ms. Joyrence Agas Ms. Cathy Luzuriaga Ms. Cheryl Vinluan
Mr. Wilmer Alimagno Mr. Ronald Macalintal Ms. Rude Yaon
Mr. Jene & Mrs. Josie Aliwalas Dr. Ma. Corazon L. Mahilum Mr. Jerry Yap
Ms. Lou Sheryl Alparan Mr. Bong Manalad Ms. Mayette Yogawin
Mr. Cesar & Ms. Alelie Altarejos Ms. Marty Manalastas Mr. Raymund Zapanta
Ms. Happy Andrada Ms. Aissa Manalo Ms. Carolyn Zepeda-Thor
Mr. & Mrs. Benny Antiporda Ms. Maya Manocsoc Ms. Clara Zeta
“He who does nothing for others does nothing for himself “
Rights of Children
Disabled Physically challenged
Mentally retarded Mentally challenged
Ethnic people Indigenous people (IP)
Streetchildren Children in especially
Abused Children Children in need of
Community Organizing Community mobilization
Battered Women Victims of Domestic
Delinquent Children Children in conflict with
the law (CICL)
Frequently Asked Questions…(cont’d from page 25)
Q4: How does the Philippine government recognize and show its support to volunteerism?
The Philippine government has recognized the important role of volunteers in national development.
Particularly, it has included volunteering as a modality in the implementation of priority programs and
projects and sustains a strong linkage with volunteer groups.
Q5. What is the role of PNVSCA as the Philippine government’s coordinating agency for
the volunteer service program?
PNVSCA is the government agency mandated to coordinate the volunteer service program for national
development. Its major functions include policy and plan formulation, coordinating and networking
with and among local and foreign volunteer organizations, implementing platform programs on
volunteering, promotion, advocacy and recognition of volunteers.
Q6. How can a volunteer organization coordinate with PNVSCA?
PNVSCA is undertaking a registration of volunteer organizations toward establishing a registry and
national network that will promote and enhance professionalism, facilitation and recognition for
volunteer service organizations and workers. Foreign volunteer organizations must register and
coordinate the implementation of their volunteer programs in the Philippines with PNVSCA.
Source: Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency’s website
“Go out do and give something to somebody. It will take you away from yourself
Page 36 and make you happy” Joseph Jefferson
2009 Calendar of Activities
18: Volunteers’ Planning for 2009 5: Fund Raising for Annual Mission Camp:
31: Preparation of 2008 Annual Report “Eat and Meet” (Dinner-for-a-Cause)
14: Gratitude Day for Sr. Alice S. Fulgencio, FMA 17: Fund Raising for Annual Mission Camp:
15: Gift-giving at National Press Club for 1,000 Garage Sale
21-22: Volunteers’ Bonding Moments AUGUST
28: 1st Quarter Medical & Dental Mission at 15: VIDES’ Participation in the Annual Feast of
Del Pan - 300 kids San Roque Parish
23: Mission Camp in Negros
MARCH *Includes 3rd Quarter Medical & Dental
3-14: Seminar on Human Rights organized by Mission and Advocacy on Human Rights
VIDES, BICE and IIMA at Geneva, Switzerland
6: Fashion Show for a Cause: “PERYA” by Happy SEPTEMBER
Andrada, with VIDES Philippines as beneficiary 25: 3rd Quarter Volunteers’ Formation:
NGO Seminar on Protective Behavior
25: Symposium on VIDES volunteerism to be
given to Japanese students
27: 1st Quarter Volunteers’ Formation:
♦ First Holy Communion at San Roque Parish
Forum on the Basic Attitudes of Volunteers in
♦ National Children’s Month
handling children in especially difficult circum-
7: 4th Quarter Medical & Dental Mission at Quezon
City - 300 kids
18-19: Volunteers’ Annual Retreat with
20: 20th Anniversary of UN CRC
Sr. Cynthia Calabig, FMA at Mornese Center of
4th Quarter Volunteers’ Formation:
25-26: Summer Camp - Leadership Formation
27: VIDES’ Foundation Day
(as SEC-Registered Organization)
29: 2nd Quarter Volunteers’ Formation:
Forum on Children in Conflict with the Law
♦ National Volunteers’ Month
30: 2nd Quarter Medical & Dental Mission at
6: Paskong Pasasalamat
Pasay - 500 kids and mothers
20: Volunteers’ Christmas Party with Aetas
“Life is a process, not a principle, a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. ”
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“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth
of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others”
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VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation Inc.
Donations & Pledges
Of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
3500 V. Mapa Ext., Sta.Mesa Manila 1016 PHILIPPINES
Yes, I would like to donate the following amount to:
“Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” program
“Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko” program
___ no. of piglets (P1,500 /piglet) US$ ______
Mission Camp 2009 Php ______ US$ ______
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Your name: _________________
Your location: _______________ Your mobile #: _________________
Send this form to our office by fax: +63 (2) 715-6740
Or you can write us an email, and send to email@example.com
I want to volunteer!
Yes, I want to be a Volunteer!
Call Us for more info : + 63 (2) 703-5606
E-mail us : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Volunteer’s Prayer of Commitment
Heavenly Father, you have inspired me to serve Jesus Christ as a VIDES volunteer among the
youth. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may grow in my knowledge of the Preventive System
of Don Bosco and that I may be an educator after the Heart of Christ the Good Shepherd.
Help me, dear God, to remain committed to You as a VIDES volunteer, to be a builder of
communion in our group of VIDES volunteers, and to be truly one for others, especially the
most needy youth of our country. Amen
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.quot;