Forty-nine (49) students which include the following: Senior High School (SHS-17) and trainees (32) graduated during the 18th TVET and 1st SHS Commencement Exercises at the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC) gym on October 30, 2018 with the theme: “Quality Graduates: Ready to face Life’s Challenges with Sure Job and Sure Future”. Their guest speaker is LVWDTC’s past pupil Ms. Haney Ecraela, chef of Diamond Hotel. Ms. Ma. Teresa L. Asidoy, Public School District Supervisor of Victorias North Elementary School and principals of other public schools assisted in the distribution of diplomas, medals and certificates. The day prior to their graduation, SSS Victorias manager Mrs. Brenda Cruz explained Social Security System (SSS) benefits to the graduating students.
Sr. Mel with Miss Ilya Flores went to Alacaygan Elementary School, to meet the grade 6 students on September 14 and 21, 2018. Miss Flores gave the Children’s Rights and Trafficking in a workshop style. Mrs. Minerva Mirasol, a parent oratorian also shared on child work and children in conflict with the law to parents. The school offered lunch after the seminar. Then on October 7, 2018 the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC) oratory welcomed these Alacaygan students at the LVWDTC gym, Hacienda Malihao, Victorias City. There were thirteen (13) of them who came in one tricycle. They were the ones whom the Salesian Sisters have encountered during their trafficking and children’s rights advocacy this September.
Ten packs of groceries were given to the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center during the National Salesian Family Encounter held at the Don Bosco Technical Institute, Victorias City. Families of ten (10) oratorians were the recipients of this outreach program last October 20, 2018. Different members of the Salesian family assigned in Malihao distributed them after a short catechesis.
After 5 Saturdays of intensive football training and practice, thirty-five (35) of LVF’s children (27 CPC Taguig boys and 8 LVF girls) were prepared for the 9th Kopa ng Pagsilang/Miguel G. Dizon Football Festival held last October 28, 2018 at the Philippine Navy Grounds, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. They did not win but they learned the skill to work as a team and the determination to keep on trying until the end. This festival is held annually in memory of Miguel G. Dizon, the deceased son of LVF’s Vice President, Mr. Francisco Dizon, who was an avid football player during his schooldays ADMU.
LVF’s representatives Social Worker Ms. Joy Hugo and child Hannah Babes Yap attended a 2-day Planning and Learning Session on Making PACT’s Gender Policy Inclusive at Robbinsdale Residences, Quezon City on October 23 and 24, 2018. They listened to the talk about the LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and that they too should be given protection.
Sr Mel, Sr. Phebe and Sr. Yvonne together with the SYM leaders and with the whole parish of St. Joseph the Worker with motorcade and yellow flaglets braved the hot and warm weather to welcome His Excellency Patricio Buzon, Bishop of Diocese of Bacolod for his pastoral visit on September 8, 2018. All religious organizations, people from their houses, young and old went out to meet and greet him. The following day, Bishop Buzon celebrated the Holy Eucharist in the chapel of Binanlutan full packed of young people, fathers, mothers and local government officials. The Bishop was very fascinated because of the active participation of an overflowing crowd. He was also gratified by the attentiveness of everyone when they responded and joined the choir composed of the oratorians in singing. He suggested that every family should have their own Bible at home. After the Mass, potluck lunch was served in the Cuaycong covered court. He proceeded to the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC) where he was warmly greeted by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. He toured the school and recommended to take care of the marginalized, the learners of the Alternative Learning System. Briefly, he met the Sisters and congratulated the work they are doing in the periphery. He went straight to Don Bosco Technical Center for the encounter with young people where 24 of the LVWDTC students are delegates.
MORNESE, HOUSE OF SPIRITUALITY was the venue of the 2-day retreat of the 22 LVTC trainees’ batch 2018, facilitated by Sr. Analyn Guerrero, FMA. The retreat was a moment of reflection on where they come from, what they can say about their families, and how their life is. They were also guided to see the deep meaning of life and death. Moments of silence, prayer and personal talk with God were provided. Indeed, the retreat was a moment of pause to see one’s journey and to continue to face the challenge of life and to strengthen one’s resolve to follow Jesus’ way of life. On the other hand at Malihao,Victorias City, Sr. Mel gave an hour recollection to the ALS learners last September 19 and reflected on how blessed they are for the gift of their families and to value life because life is so short and temporary.
On October 5, 2018 as part of celebrating WORLDS TEACHERS DAY, LVTC trainees pay tribute to their teachers. It was a simple celebration wherein the trainees gave their best to imitate the gestures and looks of their teachers through a show entitled “MINI ME”. They also presented a song and dance number to lighten up the day and at the end of the program they gave an appreciation certificate for each teacher. The celebration ended with a shared lunch. The Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center on the other hand celebrated this year’s Educators’ Day on October 9, 2018. This is a day of thanks given by the LVWDTC’s students, trainees and ALS learners to all their teachers.
120 Parents and learners from Laura Vicuna Center- Palawan gathered for the 4thFamily Formation with the theme: “Pamilya, Binhi ng Bokasyon at Pananampalataya.” One of the parent leaders, Mrs. Ritchel Chavez, served as the facilitator for the day. A film showing entitled “Seven Sundays” was shown to them to see the realities and dynamics of Filipino family and reflect their own situation. Sharing by family followed on how they felt while watching the film and the lessons learned which they can apply with their own families. Sr. Aleth Evangelista gave an input on Pope Francis’ letter to families, Amoris Laetitia. Kwentong Bokasyon followed after lunch where the different sharers told their vocation story- Bro. George Visitacion on Priesthood, Sr. Erlinda Soriano on Religious Life, Mr. & Mrs. Mario and Sanita Recorte on Married Life and Ms. Sofia De Guzman on Single Blessedness.
2018 SYNOD on the young ends and we are one with Mother Church as 70 young people gathered last October 27, 2018 at San Ezekiel Moreno Parish church for the Follow God’s Dream Youth Encounter. After orienting the young on what a synod is and showing a glimpse of the ongoing Synod in Rome, Fr. Flor Manlongat, parish priest, gave a biblical reflection on God’s call citing Samuel’s account in the Old Testament. The talk was followed by the vocation talk “Kwentong Bokasyon” of various sharers: Fr. Flor Manlongat on Priesthood; Sr. Erlinda Soriano on Consecrated Life; Mr. & Mrs. Mario Recorte on Married Life and Ms. Sofia De Guzman on Single Blessedness. The encounter ended with a one hour silent adoration, each one invited to listen attentively to Jesus’ voice: “COME FOLLOW ME.”
One hundred twenty (120) children and mothers from Barangay Pinagkaisahan and Judge Jimenez celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary by the praying the rosary together with the LVF girls, staff and Sisters on October 7, 2018 at the Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) Building, Quezon City. The mothers also had a formation session with Sr. Gloria Agagon while the children with Sr. Clara Alacapa. They ended the celebration with some games, ukay-ukay and distribution of snacks. Then the LVF girls together with the Sisters also participated at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral’s Living Rosary Crusade on October 25, 2018. Likewise, the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center students and some parents from Hacienda Cabuyawan and Malihao started the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary during this month of October.
Board of Trustee Celebrated Her 70th Birthday @ LVF
Ms. Vicky Cuisia, Board of Trustee of Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) had her 70thbirthday celebration held at the LVF Building on September 29, 2018. A hundred and forty(140)closest friends, LVF Board of Trustees, LVC Sisters, children and staff responded to the invitation of Mr. Jose L. Cuisia to celebrate this milestone in her life. The day started with a Thanksgiving Mass officiated by His Most Reverend Fr.Vic Apacible followed by a buffet dinner and a program emceed by Crae Sehwani, her grandson and Mr Enrique Moran, her son-in-law. Sr. Marivic presented the LVF to the guest. Many had showcased their talents to the delight of the birthday celebrant. Sr. Gloria Agagon, FMA sang the Italian version of “Ave Maria” and Elvis Presley’s “Rock and Roll”. As to the LVF girls, they beautifully sang LVF’s theme song “Children of the World”. Mr Bobby De Ocampo serenaded the celebrant with a song while the famous artist, Mr Jose Mari Chan rendered two captivating songs. A heartwarming finale was when Mr Jose Mari sang with the LVF girls “Christmas In Our Hearts”.
This is one of Mrs Vicky Cuisia’s four innovative fund-raising endeavours to help provide and sustain the needs of the children and the LVF. Indeed, Mrs Cuisia's 70th birthday is a Celebration of celebrations: of a life which gives life; of being loved and valued by friends; of friends embracing her advocacy and supporting LVF’s work; of being serenaded and wished by Jose Mari Chan and joined by all for Joey and her LOVE to LAST for a Lifetime .
Protective Behavior Learning Session at MHCS Cebu
A total of 320 Grades 7 & 8 students participated in the Protective Behavior Learning Session conducted by Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA on September 14th at Mary Help of Christians School, Cebu City. To feel safe all the time is the main lesson learned during the session. Students were also able to identify their feelings when they get scared of someone or something. They learned the touch continuum: Safe, Unsafe and Confusing touch. Hopefully, through Protective Behavior, young people may be able to build their confidence and trust in themselves and that they will make sure to exercise their right to be protected as well as their responsibility to ensure safety among the people that surrounds them.
Follow Your Dream in QC Schools
Two hundred (200) students were given the Follow Your Dream seminar-workshops in 2 private schools in Quezon City namely: Systems Plus Computer College (150) on September 6th and ACTEC (50) on September 20th. The advocacy is so timely because of Pope Francis’ Synod 2018 “On young people, the faith and vocational discernment”. How the students appreciate the 4 activities! Discovering God’s beautiful plan for their lives and discerning His will regarding their career path and vocation gave them joy. They were happy that the Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) has chosen their schools for the seminar workshops. For them they were truly blessed. They hope that LVF will continue inspiring and motivating more people in the realization of their dreams.
Media Literacy Seminar Workshop in LVC Palawan
The National Council for Children's Television or NCCT headed by Ms. Desideria Atienza, NCCT's Supervising Administrative Officer along with her team conducted an Orientation on Smart Television Parenting dubbed as "Katuwangsa Mapanuring Panonood" or KASAMAPA last September 2nd among 200 parents and adult guardians of the learners and parishioners of San Ezekiel Moreno Parish. The program includes definition and development of media through generations; Media's societal issues and concerns; Standards of CFTV (Child Friendly TV) according to Republic Act 8370 and NCCT's CFTV; Responsible media parenting; and developing an action plan per community.
TELEBIBO Media Literacy Seminar Workshop for the learners of Palawan
After the parents' one day seminar, the learners participated in TELEBIBO, a three day media literacy seminar workshop for children from September 3-5, 2018. They were given inputs and workshops on Media and the Children's Media World; Key concepts in media literacy and creating a child friendly media product. At the end of the seminar, the children created their own media production using child protection as their platform for advocacy. Two speakers- child psychologist Dr. Jose Francisco of Lyceum College and media expert Professor Evelyn Katigbak of UP Diliman helped facilitate both seminars for parents and children. Let us continue to accompany our children and young people by ensuring a child friendly media world for them!
24th Commencement Exercises of LVTC
The Laura Vicuña Technology Center (LVTC) held its 24th Commencement Exercises on September 2nd with the theme “Go forth and Set the World on Fire”. Thirteen trainees graduated on Business and Office Technology – a two year course with Dual Training System and the study now pay later program. Ten trainees graduated with NC III Bookkeeping Certificate. The event started with the Eucharist presided by Fr. Ferdinand Camilo SDB. He encouraged the graduates to become good Christians and to continue following their dreams. Ms. Mychaella Castillo, general manager of I-PROMOTE PEOPLE ENTERPRISE – one of the partner companies graced the graduation rites as guest speaker. She challenged the graduates to be resilient and persevering in pursuing their dreams and not to forget those people who have help them to achieve their dreams.
Holy Mass @ LVF
The Salesian Sisters, LVF girls and staff were thankful to Fr. Dennis Soriano, new parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Parish Cathedral who took time to visit the Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) and celebrated the Eucharistic Liturgy with them on September 20th together with the Family Rosary Crusade group. He encouraged everybody to take the initiative of being generous with their time and talent and helping others realize God’s presence in their lives.
Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, FMA Visits to LVF Different Centers
Sr. Lucy Rose, FMA Visiting Councillor from Rome made a short visit to the FMA Philippine Province as a prelude to her official visit in our country in 2020. The LVF Centers were blessed with her visit. On August 10, she met with the LVF Board of Trustees at Rockwell Club, Makati. Later in the afternoon, she visited the Laura Vicuna Center in Quezon City. She was welcomed by the Sisters, staff and LVF girls with a prayer service, then an encounter with the Sisters, followed by an agape with heartwarming songs, dance and a short video presentation of their facilitation of Follow Your Dream. Sr. Lucy Rose congratulated the girls for being missionaries of joy and hope to their peers and told them, “To dream, be happy, be great, set your priorities in life, continue to inspire others!”
On August 13, Sr. Lucy Rose visited the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.
On August 20, Monday, was the visit of Sr. Lucy Rose at the Laura Vicuna Center in Palawan. She was welcomed with much joy and affection by the Sisters, staff, parents, volunteers and learners. The visit started with the Eucharistic celebration followed by the program of the learners. Sr. Lucy Rose encouraged the young and other members of the EC to continue to be happy, to learn from their daily experiences of life and respond to God's holy will. The encounter with the sisters in the community followed. Thank you Sr. Lucy Rose for your short yet very meaningful visit. Your presence is God's manifestation of His love and Mary's maternal care for us!
LVF’s Social Worker elected as Vice Pres 2 @ the PECCG General Assembly
Sr. Clara Alacapa, FMA, LVF social worker- Ms. Carla Juncia and LVC girl-Tricia Nadine Velasquez represented the Laura Vicuna Foundation during the Provincial Educating Community Core Group General Assembly (PECCG) on August 17th and 18th at the Mornese Center of Spirituality, Pansol, Calamba City, Laguna with the theme: “Forming families to be seedbeds of the faith and of vocations.” Sr. Lucy Rose in her message to the PECCG said that we should continue to encourage those involve to be life giving channels. Sr. Debbie Ponsaran talked about “A Family Ministry Response to Generation Y and Z and Vocational Discernment. She quoted what Pope Francis said to be builders of the world and protagonists of change. Families as pastoral agents should take part in children’s accompaniment and vocational discernment. After these inputs, members per community met on their goals and tasks.. At the second day, by-laws were ratified and a Vice-President 2 (VP2) was added to represent the communities. What a surprise for Ms. Carla Juncia to be elected as VP2. This is a new responsibility, a bigger mission –not only to serve LVF but to a larger extent the FMA Educating Community.
LVF PALAWAN’S 4 in 1 Celebration
August 12 is a day filled with joy for every member of the educating community of Palawan. It was a 4 in 1 celebration of the regular parents' formation, Institute Day, Nutrition Day and Araw ng Wika with the theme: "KOMUNIDAD NG LVC PALAWAN.... MAKADIYOS, MAKAKALIKASAN, MAKABAYAN at MAKAPAMILYA" Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA, reviewed to the parents the basic and important teachings of our Catholic faith - the richness of the Creed, the demands of the Ten Commandments, the grace of the Seven Sacraments and the beauty of the prayer Jesus Himself taught us, the Our Father. Holiness is a universal call and God never failed to manifest His great and unconditional love. After the input, the induction of parent leaders followed. Finally, before the nutritious lunch was served, the learners performed and greeted everyone a happy institute day through their songs and dances.
LVF’s Past Pupil now a Professional Teacher Shares @ the Past Pupils Congress
Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta, a past Vicunian and now professional teacher of Laura Vicuna Center, was one of the speakers during the Past Pupils’ Congress on August 19th at the Shangrila Plaza, Mandaluyong City. All of the Past Pupils’ Speakers imparted beautiful messages to the attendees on how they had become missionaries of joy and hope. As for Ms. Rona, she had shown to the Past Pupils her pictures with some anecdotes of her beautiful memories with the Salesian Sisters at the Laura Vicuna Center which made the audience laugh and teary-eyed at the same time. It was the first time everybody heard her speak with courage on her journey to wholeness. Her sincerity, gratitude to the Salesian Sisters and transformation captivated their hearts.
The TVET sector made up of teachers, students, and the Sisters met on August 9thand 10th at the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center, Had. Malihao, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. It was convened by the TVET in charge, Sr. Aurora Roble, FMA. Clarification of roles of the School Directress and Technical Directress were delineated at the meeting.
POWER MEET UP 2018
The Laura Vicuna Foundation and the FMA Provicial Economer Staff were privileged to have attended the Power Meet Up 2018 Captain of the Industry and Trailbazers Forum at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura Taguig last Aug. 11, 2018 from 9:00 to 1:00 noon. Ms. Vicky Cuisia, member of the Board of Trustees of the LVF and the organizer of the said event made it possible to have put together the ‘captains of the Philippine Industry, Fernando Zobel of Ayala Corporation, Hans Sy of SM, Joey Concepcion of RFM Corporation and Riza Mataring of Sun Life and the Trailblazers Haidee Enriquez, Stephanie Sy, Carlo Delantar and Paco Sandejas. Dr. Bernardo Villegas (Phil. Economist) and Quintin Pastrana (Entrepreneur, Financial Expertand ANC Anchor) served as moderators.
It was indeed an educative experience not only on how to be successful in ones chosen field but in making success happen in the lives of people and our society. These Captains and Trailblazers of Industry ‘bared’ their own and their families’ secrets to victory, that is, the traditional value of hard work, patience, dedication and perseverance combined with common sense and practical intelligence and wit. They also emphasized the importance of ‘inclusivity’ that as the economy grows, every Filipino must feel in truth that their economic life improves. In the end, when everything is said and done, we need to have a ‘power heart’ to lift once again the ‘sick man of Asia’ to be the ‘hub of development and process’ our dear Philippines. Mabuhay!
Sessions Given to LVTC Trainees
On August 24, 2018, Ms. Josielyn Hugo, a Social Worker from Laura Vicuña Foundation Inc, gave a session on “Protective Behavior” to the 2018 Batch of LVTC trainees. The session gave informative lessons on how to defend and protect oneself regarding possible abuse. Trainees were able identify the different kinds of abuse as well as the proper behavior to avoid incidents that may place them in situations that will endanger themselves. They were also given information to whom they will seek help and support if they will be facing problems regarding this.
Aside from that, Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta together with the 3 Vicunians Tricia, Hannah and Jessica gave the 18 trainees of LVTC a training on how to conduct the Follow Your Dream seminar-workshop at the Laura Vicuna Technology Center on August 24th.
FOLLOW YOUR DREAM ROADTRIP 6
Nineteen thousand sixty (19,060) students in 23 schools in Iloilo (7,465) and Negros Occidental (11,595) have been reached by Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) for its Follow Your Dream Seminar Workshops Roadtrip 6 on June 29-July 25th. Sixteen (16) LVF girls together with 4 Salesian Sisters, 3 staff and 1 volunteer facilitated these sessions.
Iloilo: Passi City
Seven thousand four hundred sixty five (7,465) students were given the sessions in 8 schools in Passi City namely: Man-it Integrated School (300) on June 29th Agdahon National High School (300) on July 2nd; Passi National High School (4,355) on July 3rd, Passi National High School-Sablogon Ext. (300) on July 4, 2018; Salngan National High School (1,100) and its Annex Ext. (300) on July 5th; Agdayao Integrated School (200) and Efraim Santibanez National High School (610) on July 6th. For the Passi schools, LVF is in partnership with the Department of Education-Passi City.
Negros Occidental: Talisay City
LVF served nine hundred twenty-five (925) students of Dr. Antonio Lizares Memorial High School on July 13, 2018 for its seminar workshop.
Negros Occidental: E.B.Magalona
Three thousand (3,000) students of E.B. Magalona National High School were reached by LVF’s advocacy on July 18 and 19th.
Negros Occidental: Victorias City
Four thousand nine hundred sixty (4,960) were given the sessions in 7 schools in Victorias City. The following schools are given the sessions: Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center (150) on July 12th; Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias Integrated School (1,000) on July 17th ; Victorias National High School (1,880) on July 20th; Victorias National High School-Canetown Extension (250), Brilliantes National High School (200) and Don Alfonso Sta. Ana Memorial High School (690) on July 25th; and the Don Bosco Technical Institute (790) on July 24th.
Negros Occidental:Cadiz City
Two thousand seven hundred ten (2,710) students in 6 Cadiz City schools were given the sessions this July. The following are the schools given the Follow Your Dream seminar workshop: Dr. Vicente Gustilo National High School (900) and Villacin National High School (40) on July 16th; Caduha-an National High School (200) and Caduha-an National High School-Luna Extension (570) on July 24th; Mabini National High School (800) and Sped National High School (200) on July 25th.
Schools in Talisay City, E.B. Magalona and Victorias City were in partnership with the Department of Education-Negros Occidental while the Cadiz City schools were in partnership with the Department of Education-Cadiz City.
The students had an opportunity to hear from some inspiring young women regarding their personal testimonies on how they were able to live their dreams amidst their life’s difficulties. The activities in the workshop became a venue for meaningful sharings with the participants regarding their experiences, the persons they admire most, their personal strengths and weaknesses, what they want to achieve in the next five-years and 5 stepping stones in the pursuit of their goals.
Lastly, most of the students and teachers remarked, “Congratulations to LVF on the success of your advocacy. We do hope that the Follow Your Dream seminar-workshop will continue so that many students will be able to chart their life plans and translate them into reality.”
ALS Students Graduated
Eleven (11) ALS students attending classes in Malihao graduated from Sagay on July 26th where 4 of them got 7 medals like best in English, Mathematics and from other subjects. Some of them are now enrolled at La Salle-Victorias and Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center while others are working already. Those who are in school are under the scholarship of the City of Victorias.
It is the Lord! As Dauntless as the Disciples,
Thirty (30) LVTC –Sta. Mesa trainees had their CAMP RETREAT in Itogon, Benguet last July 26 – 29th. Three Salesian Sisters facilitated the camp retreat; namely Sr. Ana Guerrero, Sr. Teresita Saludares and Sr. Janis Aguirre. Peter Marc Albaira, a Mary Help of Christians College Student, also graces the retreat by assisting the sisters and portraying the Icon, John the Beloved. Father Favie Faldas, SDB, instituted a very special kind of Eucharistic Mass – The Washing of the Feet, which led the campers to know deeply the value of being humble servants of GOD. The camp retreat focuses on the Millennial’s YES – their discernment in choosing their own vocation. The campers were also taught about Mental Health Awareness. The trainees were also given the chance to experience some tourist’s spots in Baguio City such as Burnham Park, Mines View Park, The Mansion, Lourdes Grotto and The Cathedral. They also visited the “La Trinidad Market” and Strawberry Farm in Benguet.
LVF MEET 2018
Last June 17-18th LVF Sisters, staff and teachers gathered for the LVF Meet. Sr. Ma. Victoria P. Sta Ana, LVF's Managing Director welcomed the group and facilitated the two- day encounter. Important and urgent inputs concerning the youth at risk were tackled. Sr. Marivic gave very solid inputs on Issues and Interventions for Children and Adolescent at Risk. A short understanding of the millenials and other generations' characteristics was necessary to discuss in order for us as service providers to intervene properly among the youth under our care. The Synod on the Young and the Preventive System were also important topics discussed during the two-day meet. After the inputs, each of the LVF center made their short evaluation and plans through the use of the Appreciative Inquiry tool 4Ds- Discover, Dream, Design and Deliver. The group ended the encounter with a one- hour adoration at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral adoration chapel especially praying for peace in our country.
Follow Your Dreams conducted in Man-it, Iloilo
The Child Protection Clinic (CPC) on Wheels Mobile Van returned to the Visayas area for the Follow Your Dreams Seminar-Workshop, Roadtrip 6. The 16 Laura Vicuna Foundation girls accompanied by 3 Sisters, 2 teachers and a volunteer were transported by the CPC van to the Visayas area via To Go Ferry on June 27th arriving at Passi City. Man-it Integrated School was the first school the LVF girls had the Follow Your Dream seminar-workshop on June 29th. Three hundred (300) students were reached for the session. They realized that poverty is not a hindrance to reach one’s goal in life. What is needed is giving importance to one’s self and putting the Lord at the center of their life.
World Day Against Child Labor
On June 23rd the Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) participated in the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) in the Philippines which carried the theme “Ligtas sa Paggawa, Malusog na Batang Malaya” at the San Andres Sports Complex Manila. This year’s WDACL shines a spotlight on the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers to end child labor. The LVF girls provided a dance performance. Aside from that, one of our girls was interviewed by the National Child Labor Committee Knowledge Chair Mr. Julius Cainglet regarding these 2 questions on why should children not be allowed in hazardous work and why should a Batang Malaya need to be healthy? She confidently answered , ”I was a former child laborer. I know it was harmful to my health and endangered my life when I worked before in hazardous work. I believe it is my right to be healthy by eating nutritious food, have enough sleep and not be allowed in hazardous work.” The LVF girls were accompanied by Sr. Clara Alacapa, Sr. Sarah Robas, Sr. Catarina, Ms. Ivy Gantuan, Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta and Ms. Mercedes Juncia.
LVF PALAWAN CELEBRATES POPE’S DAY
Last June 29th the Solemn feast of Saints Peter and Paul was also Pope's Day. The learners from LVC Palawan celebrated the day through various group games, quiz bee, cheering and the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The day ended with a special prayer for all the intentions of the Holy Father Pope Francis.
WORD OF GOD SHARING
Every Saturday night is a special date with the Lord for the Sisters and learners of LVC Palawan. After supper, there is a celebration of the Word of God and after reading the Sunday gospel and moments of silence, group sharing follows. The celebration is indeed a deep encounter with God, the Living Word!
Junior High Completion Rites
After some days of sleepless nights because of the final exams and thesis defense, the seventeen (17) learner-completers, in their formal attire and joined by their beloved parents/guardians, marched the aisle with much pride and joy last May 6th for their Moving Up Junior High Completion Rites. The Laura Vicuna Center Palawan is most grateful to UST Angelicum College through the REAP program for its unwavering support for the education of these young people. The celebration was witnessed by the Angelicum teachers. After receiving their certificates of completion, the completers thanked everyone with their song rendition of “Journey”. A simple agape was shared by all.
On the other hand, Sheila Navarro, one of the girls from LVF-Cubao also completed her Junior High on May 28th. Sr. Sarah Robas, her fellow Vicunian Arlene de Guzman and her family were there to witness this important event in her life. A simple salu-salo followed. It was also very memorable for her as she was reunited back to her family.
Congratulations and Good Luck on the Journey Ahead !
LVF-SYM in Baguio
LVF-Salesian Youth Movement in Baguio? How exciting this is for the Vicunians, Sisters and LVF staff! Yes they pitched camp in Baguio for a 5 day SYM session from April 30 to May 4th. Four SYD campers: Arlene, Tricia, Nicole and Hannah echoed what they had learned during their SYD Camp in Canlubang. Sr. Phebe Lacse also gave additional inputs on Pope Francis’ call to Holiness. After that the Vicunians were able to beautifully dramatize the qualities of the 3 young Salesian Saints they need to emulate: Dominic Savio, Francis Besuco and Michael Magoni. Sr. Marivic gave anEaster Recollection to the staff. They pondered on their vocation as Shepherdess of the Young and shared on their reflection on her input on 1 Cor:13 verse about the attributes of love and shared how they can grow in their holiness via their LVF journey.
The first-ever Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children was officially launched on May 9th to kickstart plans to reduce violence against the children and youth in the country. The girls from the Laura Vicuna Foundation were invited by the Council for the Welfare of Children to lead the opening prayer. They danced and sang to the music of “Heal the world” by Michael Jackson. Accompanying them are their choreographer Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta, Sr. Phebe Lacse, Sr. Clara Alacapa and Ms. Mercedes Juncia.
Home visitation in May
Families of our learners feel blessed to be visited by the Sisters in their own homes. During the month of May which is the vacation month, the Sisters in Palawan took time to go to the learners’ homes to get to know the families better, see their realities in their respective communities and to bring the love of God in their families. The sharing of the goodness and providence of God is commonly valued among them. Amidst their poverty, they never failed to offer what they have as we shared meals together, enjoyed the beauty of nature around them and they even let us bring the fruits of their labor when we leave their homes they would offer us sacks of bananas, citrus, pomelo and coconut. For them, our homevisit is the very visit of the holy family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, into their homes.
Of the five hundred (500) SYD campers, nine (9) LVF children composed of 4 girls from LVC Cubao, 2 from the CPC area and 3 from the Sta. Mesa Formation Program joined the other children from the different Salesian schools and oratory centers for a 4-day Salesian Youth Day (SYD) Camp entitled: “The Millenial Yes: Dauntless, It is the Lord” It was held last April 26-29th at the Mary Help of Christians College, Canlubang, Laguna. After days of reflections, sharings, inputs and group activities, they are now dauntless in heeding and responding to God’s call. Like the prophets of old and Jesus himself, they are ready to face life’s battles with their faith and commitment as Salesian youth. LVF’s Managing Director, Sr. Marivic P. Sta. Ana, FMA was one of the resource speakers of the concurrent sessions during the camp where she delivered a talk on the reality of the youth-at-risk, their issues and proper interventions that can be afforded them.
PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOR IN 2 SALESIAN SCHOOLS
Three hundred fifty-eight (358) students from two Salesian schools were given sessions on Protective Behavior by Ms. Joy Hugo assisted by Ms. Mercedes Juncia. The 2 schools were Mary Help of Christians College, Canlubang, Laguna (36) on April 5th, and Mary Help of Christians School, Mabalacat, Pampanga (322) on April 10th. The students are now more aware that if they feel the early warning signs the place is not safe for them anymore. They should be responsible in protecting themselves. Awareness is a great factor in building a culture of protection and prevention from all forms of abuse and exploitation.
The LVF Staff, Vicunians and Sisters attended the Jesuit Communication’s Easter Recollection at Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 8th with the theme “We have seen the Lord. Seeing the signs of the times.” The Recollection Master was Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. He spoke about our personal conviction in seeing the Lord. Our lives will become predictable if we enslave ourselves with money, routine and technology. Being fearful will also make us bias to surprises. Showing respect in calling names, keeping our faith and letting God rule our life are the surest ways we can acknowledge God’s presence in our lives. Our special thanks to Ms. Judy Araneta-Roxas for giving us this chance to attend this Easter Recollection.
SENIOR HIGH GRADUATION
Two (2) girls, Chelsea Salera and Judith Cuadro from Laura Vicuna Foundation graduated at Actec School’s Senior High on April 20th. They are the first graduates of Senior High School with Technical Vocational Strand. Both of these girls graduated with honors. After the ceremony, the Sisters, staff, Vicunians and relatives celebrated their victory with a simple party at the LVF Building.
MO. GENERAL’S GRATITUDE FEASTDAY
On April 26th LVF had a simple celebration to commemorate Mo. General Yvonne’s Gratitude Feastday which was held this year in the Province of Paraguay. LVC community started the feast with a Holy Mass attended by the Sisters, vicunians and staff followed by a simple salo-salo.
RENOVATION OF LVWDTC
Renovation of the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center in Malihao, Negros Occidental started last second week of March. The Japanese friends of the Salesian Sisters sponsored the repairs of the gutters and the painting of the roof. Nine weeks are needed to complete the make-over.
110th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PAST PUPILS
The Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center, Malihao, Negros Occidental celebrated the 110th anniversary of the Past Pupils Association on April 8th. Around twenty-five (25) past pupils attended which started with a recollection given by Ms. Mary Jane Nizol. The other activities were the following: business meeting, shared lunch and Holy Mass at the Mary Help of Christians Church. Their next meeting will be on June as agreed upon by their president Ms. Jonalyn Ayolat. The LVF's Vice-President Mr. Francisco Dizon donated 10 used computers to LVWDTC for the use of LVWDTC’s students.
The Senior High and Vocational students and trainees of Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC), Malihao, Negros Occidental had a culminating activity service entitled Salesian Youth Group (SYG) Touchdown on April 17th at the Home for the Aged, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Hacienda Inez and Hacienda Caridad. Although they were poor, they had saved money for this outreach program. They wanted to share their blessings by giving joy to these people.
LVF ACTS in the Visayas
Two thousand two hundred sixty-one (2,261) students were given advocacy sessions in 3 areas in the Visayas: 17 schools in Escalante City (2,090) on different dates, St. Augustine Catholic School in Dumangas, Iloilo (101) on February 23, 2018 and Tangub community in Bacolod City (70) on March 4, 2018. The 17 schools in Escalante City were Libertad Elementary School (100) and Escalante National High School-Libertad Ext. (65) on February 15, 2018; Magsaysay Elementary School (134) and Escalante National High School-Magsaysay Ext (57) on February 19, 2018; Japitan Elementary School (115) and Buenavista National High School-Japitan Ext. (145) on February 20, 2018; Dona Rosario Valdivia Elementary School (75) and Mabini Elementary School (129) on February 21, 2018; Mercedes Alemany Parreno Elementary School (75) and Langub Elementary School (82) on February 26, 2018; Binaguiohan Elementary School (98) and Tamlang National High School-Binaguiohan Ext. (86) on March 1, 2018; Buenavista Elementary School (159) and Dian-ay Elementary School (104) on March 2, 2018; Paitan Integrated School (243) on March 5, 2018 and Malasibog Elementary School (252) and Buenavista National High School (171) on March 6, 2018. The Escalante schools are very remotely located. Ms. Mercedes Juncia, the Social Worker, who conducted the advocacy against child trafficking had to pass rough roads, ride a motorcycle as the only means of transportation and during rainy season had to pass muddy and slippery roads but her efforts were not wasted. The responses of the students were overwhelming. They committed to do the following: Go to school and study very well, be modest in the way they dress, be aware of illegal recruiters, don’t trust strangers, stop watching porno movies, take action and report cases of human trafficking. Advocacy in Escalante schools is in partnership with DepEd Escalante while the Tangub community was in partnership with the Negros Occidental Medical Society.
CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN MINDORO
The Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) celebrates International Women’s Day. LVF Teachers, Ms. Rona Deluta and Ms. Hazel Ramos, conducted advocacy sessions against child trafficking to trainees of Mary Help of Christians School, Calapan, Mindoro on March 8, 2018.
LVF JOINS MARCH 8 CELEBRATION IN ESCALANTE
LVF also celebrated International Women’s Day with a partner agency, the DepEd Escalante through LVF’s representative, Social Worker Mercedes Juncia who was invited as one of the resource speakers to teachers on “How to Build a Caring and Protective Environment for Filipino Children” during its Division Echo-Training for designated school child protection specialists from March 8 to 10, 2018 at Gabriela Hall, Escalante City.
SESSION ON PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOR
The young trainees of Laura Vicuna Technology Center, Sta. Mesa, Manila were given lessons on Protective Behavior by LVF’s Social Worker Ms. Joy Hugo on February 15, 2018.
The Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) was invited by the National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT), an attached agency of the Department of Education on its research forum on children’s television at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas on March 16, 2018. LVF was represented by Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia. LVF Manila, Cubao and CPC areas became NCCT’s partner during the conduct of Telebibo (a media and television literacy seminar-workshop for children) and KaSaMaPa (Katuwangsa Mapanuring Panonood which is a day forum for parents, guardians and educators aiming to build a community of vigilant and critical television audience) held in LVF Cubao, Quezon Cityas well as LVWDTC in Negros held at Colegio de Sta. Ana last May 2017.
The Laura Vicuna Foundation’s Educating Community composed of the Sisters, staff, Vicunians, CPC Oratorians and mothers celebrated Gratitude Day with the theme “Pamilyang Nagpapasalamat” on March 18, 2018 at LVF Building, Cubao, Quezon City. The day started with a Holy Mass followed by a simple community lunch. In the afternoon, there was a short skit about the life of a Vicunian who has found the remedies of the problems and ailments of the young which are good education, self-control, honesty, loving kindness, reason, prayer and faith in God. The dance number of the CPC oratorians also added spice to the presentation. What have we to thank God for? It is the gift of persons – especially the presence of our animator, Sr. Ma. Victoria P. Sta. Ana, FMA who has sacrificed so much for us. She has been a gentle light that has illumined our hearts and minds to the great plan of God in our lives. It is also through her that we have found the mission God has entrusted to us.
LVWDTC’S PAST PUPILS
Ms. Haney Ecraela from Diamond Hotel and Mr. Rene Reynaldo Denaque from a cruise ship both past pupils of Laura Vicuna Women Development Training Center (LVWDTC), Had. Malihao, Negros Occidental spent time to share their expertise with the LVWDTC’s Senior High School students and Hotel Restaurant Services this February 2018.
The Laura Vicuna Foundation’s Educating Community which is composed of the lay staff, Vicunians and Sisters attended an annual Lenten Recollection at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Quezon City last March 26, 2018 with Fr. Luciano Felloni as the Recollection’s speaker. He expounded on the readings of the 4 Sundays of Lent.God calls us for a renewal, for a transfiguration of our lives wherein the power of God’s word which brings order to our lives. Our spiritual lives should not be found dry as Lent comes to an end but the forthcoming Easter Triduum bring us inner conversion, transformation and new beginnings.
Special BOT Meeting
The Laura Vicuna Foundation’s (LVF) Board of Trustees (BOT) had a special BOT meeting on February 3, 2018 at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club, Makati City. It was a moment of reflection and enrichmment on LVF’s video documentary on LVF’s best practices. This video documentary was made possible through the consultancy award given by Stars Foundation. In 2012, LVF bested the Stars Impact Award in the field of child protection.Those who were present were the following: Mr. Francisco Dizon, Ms. Vicky Cuisia, Ms.MagSy, Ms. Josie Tan, Atty. Regis Puno, Sr. Cynthia Calabig, Sr. Aleth Evangelista, Sr Nora Hernandez, Sr. Marivic Sta. Ana, Atty. Clemente and the consultant of the project, Ms. Ana Dionela.
1st Pinning ceremony
“Build and rebuild yourselves and grow in relationships so you can build others up. You are faced with a daunting mission ahead as you empower persons, groups and communities use their own resources to resolve their problems. This mission is of God. Pray before acting on any problem. On our own, we cannot solve the complex problems our society is faced with,” Sr. Ma. Victoria P. Sta. Ana, FMA gave these Words of Challenge to the student interns of the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) of Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias (CSAV) on its 1st Pinning Ceremony on Feb. 7, 2018 at the CSAV Integrated School Covered Court, Victorias City. Laura Vicuna Foundation, one of the partner agencies of CSAV will be accepting BSSW Interns this coming school year.
In the morning of February 12, 2018, the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center represented by Sr. Mel David, FMA together with Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) had a meeting with Epson Vice- President and Human Resources people for possible partnership at DBTI. It will be a 10 month in- plant training and employment.
FYD in Macarascas National High School
One hundred twenty-four (124) High School students of Macarascas National High School participated in the FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS SEMINAR WORKSHOP conducted by the Laura Vicuna Center-Palawan led by Sr. Aleth Evangelista and ten learners who acted as group facilitators. Reverend Ralph Javarez (deacon) of the San Ezexiel Moreno Parish also assisted during the session. The students were guided to discover, affirm and plan on how to actualize their dreams through the various activities, sharing and processing during the workshop. They also listened to the inputs of Rev. Ralph on God's dream for each one and man's dignity as created into God's image and likeness. Sr. Aleth discussed to the group certain pressing issues greatly affecting young people that block in following and realizing their dreams. Human trafficking, pornography, bullying, and other forms of child abuse are some concern issues that affect the young. The seminar workshop ended with a short reflection on God's beautiful plan for them and they concretely planned on how to realize their goals in the next five years of their life. The Follow Your Dream (#FYD) Seminar Workshop is a program of the Laura Vicuna Foundation. It is our concrete way of participating in the coming Synod for young people which aims to "accompany the young on their existential journey to maturity, so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realize with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with others, and actively participating in the edification of the Church and if society."
PRAISE Session for the Parents of the Learners
Forty (40) parents of the learners of Laura Vicuna Center Palawan attended the PRAISE Session conducted by Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA last February 11, 2018. The topics tackled were: Child Development, Children's Rights and Responsibilities, Child Abuse and Building Positive Behavior on Children. Parents enjoyed the short skits where they portrayed the different pressing issues concerning children today and on how they respond to these challenges. The session ended with their claim #WE PRAISE! (Parents Reject Abuse, Ignorance and Sexual Exploitation.) This is our participation in this year's National Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week.
LVF ACTS in Escalante
One hundred ninety-seven (197) students were given advocacy sessions against child trafficking in 2 schools in Escalante namely Tamlang Elementary School (120) and Tamlang National High School (77) on February 12, 2018 by Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia. The students committed not to keep silent but to stand up and take action by reporting cases to the police, barangay, local DSWD or ask help from their teachers. Others said that if ever somebody experienced a feeling of worthlessness and being suicidal, they should be there as a peer group for support. This is another participation that we have in this year’s National Child Sexual Abuse and Awareness Week.
Hope is my Home- Best Practices of Laura Vicuna Foundation
Reflection and Enrichment Session
On the occasion of the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuna, the Sisters, staff, volunteers and children gathered at Romulo Café, Quezon City for a day of reflection and enrichment session on the best practices of LVF, dubbed as HOPE is MY HOME!. In the year 2012, Stars Foundation awarded LVF as the winner of the STARS IMPACT AWARD in the Protection Category. Along with the cash prize is a Consultancy Award which LVF utilized only now to reproduce a documentary on the best practices of LVF which eventually it will shareto other organizations working in the field of child protection and empowerment. Ms. Ana Maria Dionela and her team of researchers presented comprehensively the document and video. Everyone was very inspired and overwhelmed with the dynamism of LVF in innovating programs to respond to the plight of children in need of special protection. LVF has truly been a home for thousands of children and young people especially to those at great risk. Indeed, every child can claim, “HOPE IS MY HOME!”
FORMATION OF VICUNIANS TO THANKFULNESS AND SELF- GIVING
Life is beautiful. However, to some children as our Vicunians, life has been cruel. They have found at Laura Vicuna Center (LVC) a home and family that cares for their growth. The Sisters bring them to Jesus to heal their wounds and to count their blessings. The girls are thankful for all the graces and goodness of people of goodwill they experienced at LVC.
Heeding Pope Francis’ invitation to love in action, the Vicunians thought of giving back by:
Follow Your Dreams in Palawan
Fifty-seven (57) learners participated the Follow Your Dreams (FYD) session conducted by Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA last January 8, 2018. The boys and girls were very grateful that through the sessions, activities and inputs, they happily realized God’s dream for each one of them. Obstacles, painful past experiences and difficulties are not hindrances in making their dreams come true.
I am GREAT
Two hundred ninety-five girl students participated in the Laura Vicuna Foundation’s (LVF) seminar workshops entitled I AM GREAT (GIRLS REJECT EXPLOITATION, ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING) on January 10-16, 2018. The LVF scholars Chelsea from Manila and Joy from Negros conducted the workshops in 2 schools in Victorias City namely Don Alfonso National High School (61) on January 10 and Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias (38) on January 13. The 3 schools in Escalante City for the sessions were Escalante National High School – Washington Ext. (84) and Teofilo Amante Elementary School (59) on January 15 then Washington Elementary School (53) on January 16. The girls committed to be modest in the way they dress and not to go out late at night. They should not go out also with people they do not know and to protect themselves if they feel the early warning signs by saying No, shouting, and reporting cases.
I am BRAve
Two hundred thirteen (213) boy students participated in the Laura Vicuna Foundation’s (LVF) seminar workshops entitled I AM BRAVE (BOYS REJECT ABUSE, VIOLENCE AND EXPLOITATION) on January 10-16, 2018. The LVF scholars Aga from Manila and Ryan from Negros facilitated the workshops in 2 schools in Victorias City namely Don Alfonso National High School (29) on January 10 and Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias (24) on January 13. The 3 schools in Escalante City for the sessions were Escalante National High School – Washington Ext. (48) and Teofilo Amante Elementary School (50) on January 15 then Washington Elementary School (62) on January 16.The boys committed not to watch porno movies, not to harass girls but to respect them and to spread this advocacy through the use of social media.
Fifty-seven (57) students of Escalante National High School – Dr. FloroBongco Extension were given advocacy session against child trafficking in their school on January 12, 2018 by Mercedes A. Juncia assisted by the LVF scholars Ryan, Joy, Chelsea and Aga.
We celebrated different activities last January. In line with the feast day of Blessed Laura Vicuña, we have slogan and poster making contest. The students also have their presentation using the poems they originally composed. We were also invited by Don Bosco Technical Institute-Victorias, to present an intermission number in their program "A Tribute for Don Bosco" and we sent selected students to perform. We also celebrated the community's Gratitude Day with the theme: Together, Forever, Thanks .In connection with the feast of St. John Bosco, we have Boscolympics, where in our students were engaged in different indoor and outdoor sports activities. A "Pose for a cause" photo booth was also installed and it is still under operation until now. The money to be accumulated will be given to the School's Mission Fund.
DOLE Awards LVF
The National Child Labor Committee awards its recognition to Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. as its anti-child labor program partner for its valuable contribution in the prevention and elimination of child labor in the Philippines on December 6, 2017 at Hotel Jen, Pasay City. Sr. Phebe Lacse, FMA accepted the award from DOLEUsec. Joel Maglunsod on behalf of Sr. Marivic P. Sta. Ana, FMA.
27th LVF PARTI-HAN SA EK
The 2017LVF Parti-han is a day to remember for the kids. Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) celebrated its 27th PARTI-HAN SA EK (Enchanted Kingdom) on December 3, 2017 with the theme, “SALAMAT! ANG PUSO NG PASKO.” Seven hundred thirty (730) street kids and urban poor children coming from the Child Protection Clinic on Wheels communities in Taguig, Marikina, Culiat, Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Judge Jiminez, Hillcrest, Brgy Pinagkaisan, Cavite and youth/oratory centers of the Salesian Sisters like Pampanga, Laguna and other parts of Metro Manila together with some mothers, adult volunteers and the Salesian Sisters assisted the kids celebration. The LVF PARTI-HAN is a sharing of blessings of corporations to LVF’s annual gathering of a thousand street kids. Only 10 year old children and above were brought to EK. The smaller ones will be served at the new LVF building in Cubao. Fr. Jayson David in his homily said that we are all rejoicing because Jesus the Son of God was born into this world. His birth brings us joy. The birthday song should be the appropriate song to be sung for this occasion. He even encouraged the children to have a gift for Jesus. On the other hand, Sr. Mabel Pilar, FMA in her Christmas greeting told the audience to be prepared for the coming of the Lord with hope in their hearts. It was the first time for the children to enter EK. EK was open to them from 11 in the morning till 9 in the evening. They were thrilled by the awesome rides. Their magical experience brought them to Cloud 9. How they enjoyed every minute of it! Some of the Board of Trustees were present during the celebration like Mrs. Marissa Concepcion who came with her daughters and Mrs. Marilen Espiritu. They helped Sr. Mabel Pilar in the distribution of goods. The children received a bucketful of food stuffs to share with their families. As they went home their hearts were joyful and grateful for this unforgettable and memorable moment in their lives. A million thanks to Mr. Mario & Mrs. Cynthia Mamon for the free entry to the EK and to Mr. & Mrs. Marissa Concepcion, Mr. & Mrs. Francisco Dizon, Ms. Josie Tan, Ms. Joey Sison and other benefactors for the gift packs that were given to the kids.
LVF VP VISITS LVWDTC, NEGROS
The Laura Vicuna Foundation’s Vice President, Mr. Francisco Dizon surprised the Sisters, teachers and students with his visit to the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Training Center on December 6, 2017. He was happy to see the newly renovated buildings and saw more things still needed to be given attention to. He greeted and gave the good day talk encouraging each one especially students to study hard, obey rules and regulations of the school because that is very important when they go for work and face the real world of work.
IACAT-DAWN SURVIVORS’ DAY CELEBRATION
The Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) was invited by the Development Action for Women Network and Batis AWARE Organization (DAWN) in partnership with Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for a Theater Workshop on December 11, 2017 at Bayview Park Hotel. Ten (10) LVF girls accompanied by Sr. Clara Alacapa, FMA participated in this IACAT-DAWN SURVIVORS’ DAY CELEBRATION with the theme “ Survivors Empowering Survivors”.
LAUNCHING OF SHIELD STORYBOOK
The Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) was invited by the Department of Labor and Employment-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (DOLE-BWSC) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the Launching of its SHIELD (Strategic Help desks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions) against Child Labor Story Book on December 8, 2017 at the DSWD Auditorium. The LVF girls lead the assembly for the opening prayer through their choreographed dance. OIC Secretary Emmanuel Leyco and Asec. Aleli Bawagan have all praises for the LVF girls.
CEREMONIAL Grant SIGNING of LVF with Children’s Hour
The Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. (LVFI) had a ceremonial grant agreement signing with the Children’s Hour Philippines Foundation Inc. at the Ayala Tower One, Makati City on December 15, 2017. LVFI was chosen as one of its recipients for its grants. The LVFI was represented by Sr. Sarah Robas, FMA and Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia.
SHARE A JOY
Since it is the “Year of the Poor”, about fifteen hundred (1500) underprivileged individuals benefited from the series of Laura Vicuna Foundation’s (LVF) gift-giving activities that took place in December: to the following areas:- Pinamana Site, Napindan, Taguig; Barangays Pinagkaisahan, Hillcrest, Judge Jimenez; Heneral Uno, General Trias, Cavite; Bacood; Nanca, Marikina; Culiat; Negros and inmates of Muntinlupa City Jail. The Sisters, staff and LVF girls brought hope to these underprivileged individuals and made them feel the presence of Jesus in their lives. There was also joy when they see the happiness it has brought to these people. Aside from that, LVF came up with its own initiative of raising people’s awareness through a simple talk about trafficking for labor exploitation for Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Hillcrest and Judge Jimenez to provide protective services to prevent these children at risk from ending up as child laborers, abused and trafficked.
VISIT OF SR MABEL
Christmas is truly CHRIST's dwelling among His people! Last December 10 to 13, 2017, the Blessed Laura Vicuna Community Palawan was blessed by the presence of FIL-PNGProvincial Superior Sr. Mabel Pilar for her days of canonical visit. They were indeed moments of intense personal and community encounters where the Holy Spirit inspires and guides everyone to greater commitment, zeal and radicality in responding to the mission of Palawan. Sr. Mabel's encounter with the parents, staff, volunteers and learners were also very fruitful where each one felt listened and accompanied towards their journey to holiness through the Salesian Preventive System. Gratitude overflows in the hearts of everybody during these days of visit, indeed, Christ dwelling through the loving presence of His servant leader.
LVC PALAWAN LEARNERS PASSED THE EXAMS
Last December 26-30th four male teachers from UST-Angelicum College Inc. conducted the year end REAP thesis defense and exams among the 57 learners. The learners were very serious in their studies and with the desire to pass the exams, they did their best to achieve the goal. Indeed, everyone passed the exams! Five learners defended their thesis on the last day of exam and they were congratulated by the professors. Their paper needs some revisions though. Everyone was happy and thankful especially to the teachers who forego their Christmas break to come to Palawan for the exams. The learners are now ready to step up to the next level of their modules.
FORMATION OF PALAWAN LEARNERS
God calls us to a mission. The Holy Spirit guides us. Our Holy Mother protects us. When we are called to serve, we go. Sometimes it takes a while to understand what God wants and plans but most often than not, the path is paved for us and the obstacles are overcome.
For three (3) days from November 24-27, 2017, the LVF volunteers, Ms Carol Thor and Ms Sofia DeGuzman, had the opportunity to serve the LVF Palawan Learners at Barangay Macarascas, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. With the guidance of our Salesian Sisters, they were able to share their knowledge, experiences, learning and formation to 57 young people whose ages range from 13 to 18 years old. It was a fulfilling intense 3 days of formation and forum on Children’s Rights, Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem. These young people had the openness of hearts and minds to listen, absorb and hopefully apply in their lives what the volunteers have imparted. Looking at them, being with them, one can feel an overwhelming desire to protect them. The hardship of their lives made some timid, others defensive, and even bitter but what is glaring in them is their desire to be better. They have DREAMS and the LVF volunteers hope to assist them in the best way they can.
The LVF Volunteers thank Sr. SocRetardo, Sr. Zeny, Sr. AilynCayanan, Sr. Aleth Evangelista (who invited them), Angela Mahoney, our VIDES-U.S.A. Volunteer, Sr. Marivic Sta. Ana (for always believing in them), and Fr. FlorManlongat of the San Exequiel Moreno Parish.
The Feast of Christ the King was a great day to remind ourselves and these young people that there is only one King and that is Christ. It is so easy for these young people to be drawn to the pop idols that they see, to be attracted to the glitters that media unabashedly promote as true and beautiful. The LVF volunteers encouraged them to look into their hearts and believe they don’t need their earthly idols and that they are more beautiful. I Am A Child of God, I Am Beautiful.-This is their 'battle cry' as they bravely and sensitively engage each young person to share who they are now and who they dream to be. The volunteers also gave practical tips & lessons to help them with their studies and life. Their last hours with the Palawan learners were made meaningful by their songs, dances and good wishes but most especially by their heartfelt prayers and dedications they offered for them.
Past Pupils Homecoming @LVC on the First World Day of the Poor
On November 19th, Laura Vicuna Foundation, welcomed about a hundred Past Pupils who have come home from the different centers of LVF: CPC & LVTC, Sta. Mesa; LVWDTC, Malihao and LVC, Cubao. It was a great day of sharing among the different batches with the oldest batch attendees of 1997 and the youngest past pupils of 2017. After the words of welcome of Sr. Marivic P. Sta. Ana, they happily reminisced the past and acknowledged as God’s miracles their journeys. How happy they were to be back in the company of the Sisters, former classmates and friends. How grateful they were to the Sisters and staff in not giving up on them and believing in their possibilities. As today the Pope has declared as the First World Day of the Poor, Sr. Marivic also conscienticized the participants with a power point presentation on the Holy Father’s declaration and what can be done as the world is faced with the different faces and forms of poverty. They have to empower themselves to speak up when confronted with social injustice, moral degradation and generalized indifference. Even if they are struggling in their lives economically, no one is too poor to share their blessings.Their faith in God should overflow in their service of the poor, growth in fraternity and solidarity with the poor. Organizers of the 2017 Past Pupils Homecoming are: Ms. Ivy Gay Gantuan, Ms Anna Liza Corro and MsCharinaTolibas. They solicited prizes from among Past Pupils to the delight of the participants. Sr. Ana Guerrero also spoke on the plans of the Past Pupils Federation and invited them for the upcoming General Homecoming on March 19, 2018. Sr. Marivic solicited suggestions for the 30th year Anniversary of LVF in 2020. Agape while raffles of grand prizes followed. Batch 2012 has accepted the challenge to be the organizers the 2018 Homecoming.
The Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) was invited by the Council for the Welfare of Children for the first Southeast Asia (SEA) Prix Jeunesse Children’s Workshop at the Manila Peninsula on November 27-29th. Tricia Nadine Velasquez was LVF’s child representative. She learned visual storytelling from Sir Alex Asuncion and tips on video making from Ms. Livi Zheng. Her work was one of the entries in the photo gallery with a caption of “Every morning is a blessing so we can thank Him everyday.”
VISIT OF MO. ANNA MARIA MATTIUSSI TO LVF
Mo. Anna Maria Mattiussi, FMA, the first Provincial Superior of the FMA Philippine Province visited the Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) on November 6, 2017. Being the Founder of the LVF, Mo. Anna Maria was amazed with the remarkable growth of LVF from its humble beginnings. She marveled at the 6-storey LVF building as it constantly strives to GIVE HOPE A HOME to many children and young people. Ms. Josefina Tan hosted a dinner for Mo Anna Maria at Chef Jessie, Rockwell Club with 12 other Trustees and Members of LVF last November16th . Other Sisters who visited the new LVF Building this November are: Sr. Maria Nieves Reboso, FMA, (General Councillor for Formation) Sr.Sarah Garcia and Sr. Elizabeth Marquez.
PES SEMINAR IN LVF PALAWAN
Sixty parents of the LVF Palawan learners participated the Parents Effectiveness Seminar (PES) conducted by Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA, last November 4th. Substantial, deep and spontaneous sharing of their lives surfaced as well as their realization of their beautiful call and mission to take care of their families especially their children. The parents were teary eyed when they looked back at their own both painful and memorable childhood experiences and the values within their own families which they carry up to now and are trying to inculcate to their children. The session ended with a prayer to the Holy Family for guidance, strength and inspiration as they continue to uphold and love their own families.
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