The Laura Vicuña Technology Center (LVTC) commencement exercises were held at the Don Bosco Grounds, Sta. Mesa, Manila on April 23, 2017. Twenty (20) graduates earned their diplomas, 10 from Electronics and 10 from Office Technology. Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta, the guest speaker was a former scholar of Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) from elementary to college. She is now employed at LVF as an in-house teacher. Some of the graduates were also recognized for their outstanding overall academic performance. One of those awarded was another LVF scholar Angelina Tan. It was so touching having one of the Board of Trustees, Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA pinning the award on her. Guests, family and friends attended the ceremony to share in the success of the graduates. Sr. Felicidad Boado, FMA and Sr. Catherine Urgello, FMA were also present during the ceremony and had the honor to give the awards to other deserving students. The Salesian Sisters and the LVF staff wish all the graduates success in their future careers.
Twenty-four (24) parent leaders coming from the Child Protection Clinic (CPC) areas and the oratory centers of the Salesian Sisters attended Laura Vicuña Foundation’s (LVF) PRAISE (Parents Reject Abuse, Ignorance and Sexual Exploitation) Training on April 1 and 2, 2017 at the LVF Building, Cubao, Quezon City conducted by Sr. Aleth Evangelista and Ms. Joy Hugo. The training will help them become parent advocates to their fellow parents in the communities. They will help the LVF Team and the Salesian Sisters to continue the work they have been doing for the past 26 years.
Sr. Marivic, the Managing Director of Laura Vicuña Foundation was invited as the resource speaker during the Second International Congress in Psychology at the De La Salle University (DLSU), Dasmariñas, Cavite on April 3, 2017 to share varied interventions to Psychology students of DLSU on “Issues and Interventions for Children and Adolescents at Risk”.
The CPC on Wheels visited Iloilo, Panay Island and Occidental Mindoro last April 3-6, 2017. Two hundred fifty-three (253) attended the sessions in Barangay Man-it, Passi, Iloilo (52) on April 4, 2017; Barangay Tagudtud North, Bugasong, Antique (163) on April 5, 2017; and Mary Help of Christians School, Calapan, Oriental Mindoro (38) for its advocacy sessions on child trafficking. This was conducted by Ms. Mercedes Carla Juncia assisted by Ms. Lhiza Palajorin.
Fifty-five (55) children and fifteen (15) mothers were the recipients of LVF’s Easter gift-giving at Pinamana Site, Barangay Napindan, Taguig City on April 12, 2017. The people of Pinamana were able to embrace God’s perspective more deeply by their appreciation of what LVF has given to them this beautiful season.
Last April 28, 2017, two of the resident girls in Cubao Shane Yap and Remilyn received their First Communion during the community mass presided by Fr. Bobby Roxas, SDB. They were prepared by Sr. Rufina Garcia, FMA. Before the Mass, they received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Shane and Remilyn were radiant and beaming after they received Jesus for the first time and they promise to love Him and obey His commands.
Ph Educating Community Gratitude day
The Provincial House (PH) Educating Community celebrated their Gratitude Day on March 4, 2017 with the theme “Pamilyang Pilipino, Buong Siglang Nagpapasalamat.” Nearly two hundred fifty (250) attended the celebration which including the Vicunians, Mothers’ Club Group, Trainees, Sisters and the PH Administrative staff. It started with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Fr. Bernardo Carpio, SDB. He said that we should not only thank God for the gift we have received in the person of our animator Sr. Marivic but we should treasure her so much in our life. As Sr. Fely said, “There are 3 M’s that Sr. Marivic has. They are maalalahanin (thoughtful), matulungin (helpful/generous) and madasalin (prayerful) which made her more endearing to us. A short play regarding a festival in the village was portrayed by the PH Educating Community like Santacruzan, Sinulog, Harana, etc. Everybody felt they should not miss this chance of saying thank you to Sr. Marivic who has been very supportive to their aspirations in life. A sumptuous dinner was served afterwards to everybody’s delight.
Confirmation Rites at DBS
Ten (10) from the PH Educating Community which include the Vicunians, LVTC students and PH personnel were confirmed by Bishop Broderick Pabillo at the Don Bosco School grounds on March 4, 2017. They affirmed their Christian belief and are now full members of the Catholic Church.
Dream It, Be It at Nazareth School
Around one hundred twenty five (125) participated in the Dream It, Be It conference workshop at Nazareth School on March 11th. One participant shared that poverty was not a hindrance to one’s dreams. “Just be positive,” she said. Then she added, “Many will benefit from success in one’s life.” At the end of the session everybody prayed for one another's goal ladder.
The Laura Vicuña Technology Center held its HOLY RETREAT at Negros Occidental last March 23 – 27. A total of 37 trainees attended with 4 LVF staffs and teachers. It was facilitated by 2 FMA Sisters. The retreat is part of their Spiritual journey before they graduate. Each day consisted of different activities that gave them the opportunity to know themselves and each other and most especially for God’s beautiful intentions for all. They were also given the chance to visit some places in Negros such as Bacolod Cathedral, Angry Christ Church, The Ruins and Gawahon Eco Park at Victorias City. Indeed, the retreat was a success. The joy, gladness and the feeling of being relieved were present to trainee’s faces. They were full of hope. Memories and learning that won’t be forgotten.
Twenty-seven (27) Vicunians from PH Sta mesa participated in the Read Along at the Daily Inquirer . They were able to listen to 3 stories read by 3 celebrities ; Ms. Anne from Sophia School, Ms. Bianca Manalo and Ms. Yra Mariano. They act as role models for these kids and encouraged them to read.
Tour of CPC on Wheels in Negros
After a year based at Mary Our Help Technical Institute for Women-Minglanilla Cebu; our Child Protection Clinic (CPC) on Wheels traveled to Negros Occidental on March 23rd. It went to several places in Victorias City namely Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias, Colegio de Sta. Ana Integrated School, Don Bosco Technical Institute-Victorias, Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center- Hda. Malihao and the City Hall of Victorias where (LVF) advocacy sessions were given.
Advocacy Sessions in Negros Schools
We have reached far-flung schools for sessions on human trafficking. Nine hundred fifty-six (956) students attended the sessions in the following schools: Malanog Elementary School, Calatrava; Mabini Central Elementary School, Escalante; and Toboso National High School, Toboso. They realized they need to speak up and take action, to focus on their studies and to make others aware of the evils of human trafficking. The CPC on wheels van also went also to Zone 3, Barangay VI, Victorias City which is an adopted community of Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias (CSAV). One hundred twelve (112) children attended the advocacy session. This is in partnership with CSAV.
# i am great
In observance of the National Child Sexual Abuse and Awareness Week (NCSAAW) the Laura Vicuña Foundation launched the #I am GREAT Program on February 9, 2017 to two hundred seventy-one (271) girls. GREAT stands for Girls Reject Exploitation, Abuse &Trafficking. Ninety-six (96) Grades 9 and 10 students of Sta. Cecilia School Foundation, Inc. attended the session on the advocacy against child trafficking conducted by Ms. Mercedes Carla A. Juncia and Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta.On February 13, 2017, one hundred seventy-five (175) students attended the session on Protective Behavior for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse conducted by Ms. Joy Hugo assisted by Ms. Mercedes Alba Juncia.
LVC FAMILY DAY: ISANG PAMILYA TAYO
Around eighty (80) attended the LVC (Laura Vicuña Center) Family Day: IsangPamilya Tayo with the theme: “#Minahal, Nagmahal, Nag-Family Day” on February 12, 2017. It is the sixth year for LVC of bringing the families together. Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA in her message to the families of the Vicunians said: “Let us make our homes a school of life and love. Let us support one another. In this way, your children will have a better future. The LVC Family thanked Mr. Precious and Mrs. Alice Andam for sponsoring and making this event possible.
Walk for Life
The Laura Vicuña Foundation of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians which include the Vicunians, staff, Sisters and volunteers went to Quirino Grandstand Parade Ground in Manila last February 18, 2017 for “ WALK FOR LIFE”. LVF participated in the prayer rally to stand up for life. “Walk for Life” was organized by the Council of the Laity of the Philippines. It aims to oppose drug-related killings, the reinstatement of the death penalty, and other measures labeled as “anti-life”.
LVC GRATITUDE DAY for sr Aleth
On February 14, 2017, the Laura Vicuña Center (LVC) celebrated their Gratitude Day for Sr. Aleth with the theme: #Minahal, Nagmahal, Nagpapasalamat”. Around seventy (70) were present during the celebration which include the children and mothers from the 2 CPC (Child Protection Clinic) areas, LVC girls, Sisters and staff. The day started with a Holy Mass officiated by Fr. Bobby followed by an Agape and the dance presentation of the CPC area together with the LVC girls. In her inspirational message Sr. Aleth said, “We are loved by God. Because of what He did to us we should love Him in return and thank Him for the gift of families. With God’s grace, there is forever in marriage.” Fr. Bobby in his homily said, “LVC is our home. It is where we feel safe. We should encourage others and appreciate everything they have done for us. Reconcile if we are not in good terms with them. Lastly, there should be thanksgiving.”
Gratitude Day Celebration for Sr. Mabel
Vicunians from Quezon City and Manila joined the 62 Provincial Educating Community (EC) Gratitude Day celebration for Sr. Mabel Pilar, FMA (Provincial Superior of the Fil-PNG Province and LVF President). It was held at the Don Bosco School, Sta. Mesa, Manila on February 18, 2017. The theme of the celebration is “One Family, One Faith, One Thanks”. This year’s celebration started with a Eucharistic Celebration followed by the production numbers of the different communities in Luzon. Interschool ball games and food booths to the delight of the educating communities’ participants followed.
Valentine’s Day Celebration with LVF Kids
Ms. Monica Concepcion, daughter of LVF Trustee, Marissa Concepcion, along with 14 of her friends had a post-Valentine’s Day celebration with twenty-one (21) Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) kids aged 7 to 9 years old in the Laura Vicuña Center (LVC), Cubao, Quezon City last February 18, 2017. They taught the children how to make cards for their parents, played with them and gave them post Valentine treats, cards and gifts. The kids enjoyed their afternoon with these young people. Thank you Ate Monica and to friends for spending the afternoon with us.
Follow your Dreams
Six hundred seventy (670) Grades 9 and 10 students of Victorino Mapa High School attended LVF’s Follow Your Dreams seminar workshop on January 13, 2017. Thirty (30) youth leader advocates, four (4) staff and two (2) Sisters facilitated the day’s sessions. The students shared that to achieve their goals they should focus to their hearts’ desire and not lose the fire burning in them. They should persist and persevere to achieve their dreams.
Laura Vicuña’s Feast Day
@ PH Sta. Mesa
Two hundred (200) children, mothers, staff and Sisters gathered together as the Provincial House Educating Community to celebrate Laura Vicuña’s Feast Day on January 22, 2017 at the PH grounds, Sta. Mesa. They started the celebration with a Holy Mass at the Don Bosco Chapel. The PH Vicunian girls beautifully choreographed the Gloria in the Mass. This was followed by some games, raffle draw, prayer service and Agape which made the day fun and memorable. Sr. Marivic’s good day emphasized the three (3) virtues of Laura Vicuña: love, purity and sacrifice which are to be emulated by members all the Educating Community.
Ninety (90) children and mothers from the 3 Child Protection Clinic (CPC) areas went to the Laura Vicuña Building to celebrate Laura Vicuña’s feast day. Sr. Aleth narrated the story of Blessed Laura Vicuña followed by the Doxology of LVC girls. A stage play regarding Laura’s life was also dramatized by the girls which gave more meaning to the celebration. Games and Agape followed to the delight of those present.
LVF Conducted Positive Discipline @San Pedro, Laguna
Fifty (50) mothers and one hundred (100) children were the recipients of LVF’s positive discipline session conducted at Barangay Laram, San Pedro, Laguna through the invitation of Mrs. Dhildhak Bandalan in celebration of her 10 years apostolate in feeding children known as “Isang Bata, Isang Tasa”.
National Child Labor Committee Planning Session @ LVF
On the feast of Don Bosco on January 31, 2017, the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC)-Knowledge Management Sub-Committee Planning Session was held at the Laura Vicuña Center in Quezon City. There were twenty-two (22) participants from government, Non-government Organizations, Labor Organizations. Attendees of the multi-sectoral network planning of the National Child Labor Committee are the Department of Labor and Employment, Federation of Free Workers, International Labour Organization, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Department of Justice, Council for the Welfare of Children, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation, National Council for Children’s Television, World Vision, Occupational Safety and Health, Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc., National Youth Commision and Laura Vicuna Foundation. They thanked Sr.Marivic and Sr. Aleth for hosting the national network planning session. At the end, a tour was done so that the participants can see the new LVF six-storey building.
18,452 YOUNG PEOPLE SERVED by LVF IN 2016
Eighteen thousand four hundred fifty-two (18,452) young people were served by the Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) in 2016. Of this 18, 452, sixteen thousand forty-five (16,045) were served in the different advocacies on a one time basis : Advocacy on Human Trafficking 11,160; Follow Your Dreams 3,090; Protective Behavior 610; Dream It Be It 450; Family Congress from non-CPC areas 184; Past Pupils’ Homecoming 76; and the Parti-han from non-CPC areas 475. Two thousand four hundred three (2,403) were served on a regular basis: Child Protection Clinic On Wheels, served 1,307; PES formation program 317; residential program 28; group home 5; TVET program 174; and COME program 576.
A CHRISTMAS ADVOCACY
On December 10 Human Rights’ Day celebration, LVF holds its 26th Annual Christmas Partihan with the theme on the family, “Ngayong Pasko, Ikaw ang Pamilya Ko!” Around one thousand five hundred (1,500) street and urban poor children were gathered together at the Don Bosco School, Sta. Mesa, Manila. It commenced with a Eucharistic Celebration. The Christmas booth fair (food booth, game booth and photo booth), the acrobat show and the presentations of the different communities made it a day full of fun and surprises. Our male youth advocates launched BRAVE (Boys Reject Abuse Violence and Exploitation) to their fellow youth. The party ended with the distribution of pails of groceries, toys and other giveaways coming from the Board of Trustees and faithful benefactors to the delight of the children, making them feel important on Jesus’ birthday.
New Areas Served in Visayas
Three hundred forty-eight (348) were given sessions in 2 new areas in the Visayas: Bantayan Island, Cebu and Toboso, Negros Occidental by Ms. Mercedes Carla A. Juncia and Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta. These areas were chosen because they are the poorest barangays. Human trafficking is an issue in these places because foreign child molesters take advantage of the poverty situation of the people. The following were given the sessions: Mojon Integrated School, Barangay Mojon, Bantayan, Cebu (63) on December 1st; Toboso National High School (202) on December 7th and Barangay Tabun-ac (83), Toboso, Negros Occidental on December 11th.
LVF ACTS Roadtrips in the Visayas
Seven hundred seventy-eight (778) attended the Advocacy Against Child Trafficking in 4 public schools in the Visayas conducted by Ms. Mercedes Carla A. Juncia and Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta. The schools were: Punta Princesa Night High School (242), Punta Princesa, Labangon, Cebu City on December 3rd, Col. Griffin National High School (208), Minapasok, Calatrava, Negros Occidental on December 6th; Begonia Elementary School (86), Central Manapla, Manapla, Negros Occidental on December 8th and Escalante National High School (242), Escalante City, Negros Occidental on December 14 and 15th.
LVF Christmas Day Out
Around one thousand five hundred (1,500) watched the greatest show of Le Grand Cirque of Las Vegas live at the Araneta Coliseum last December 24th. The show was breathtaking and unbelievably amazing. It really captivated the audience. Thanks to Mrs. Judy Araneta Roxas for this wonderful Christmas day out.
Breaking the Guinness Record of the Longest Pencils
In Celebration of the 24th National Children’s Month, about 100 Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) participants composed of children, youth and parents joined the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the kick-off celebration with the theme: Isulong: Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata” (Forging Ahead: Quality of Education for all Children) last November 5th at SM MOA by the Bay. Highlight of the celebration was the launching of One (1) Million Lapis Campaign and Guinness Book of World Records longest line of pencils. The Philippines was able to beat Germany with their longest line of pencils with more than eight hundred thousand meters while the lapis campaign reached three million three hundred thirty seven thousand five hundred twenty one (3,337,521) pencils. This One (1) million Lapis campaign aims to support the quality education of the disadvantage students in the Philippines who do not have the opportunity to continue schooling.
LVF Roadtrips in Visayas
Four thousand eight hundred two (4,802) students were given sessions on the Advocacy against Child Trafficking in Schools (LVF ACTS) conducted in 3 provinces in the Visayas namely Cebu, Leyte and Samar by Ms. Mercedes Carla A. Juncia and Ms. Cendy Rona Deluta. Two thousand nine hundred fifty-five (2,955) were given sessions in 2 areas in Cebu: Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School (2,731), Guadalupe, Cebu City and inmates in Lapu-Lapu City Jail (224). One thousand seven hundred ten (1,710) were given the sessions in 3 schools in Leyte: Sta. Mesa National High School, Dagami (740); Palo National High School (736) and San Joaquin National High School (234) in Palo. One hundred thirty-seven (137) were given the sessions in 2 schools in Marabut, Samar: Canyoyo Elementary School (59), Barangay Canyoyo and Legaspi Day Care Center (78), Barangay Legaspi, Marabut. The students committed to disseminate information on the horrors and evils of trafficking.
LVF Roadtrips in Luzon
Follow Your Dreams
One thousand three hundred (1,300) Grades 9 and 10 students were given the Follow Your Dreams workshop on November 22nd by 25 LVF youth leader advocates with 6 lay workers and 3 Salesian Sisters in Mataas na Paaralan ng Neptali A. Gonzales, Mandaluyong City.
Seven hundred (700) students were given sessions an Advocacy against Child Trafficking in Schools on November 18th by Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA in Mary Help of Christians School, Mabalacat, Pampanga.
Four hundred sixty (460) students were given sessions on Protective Behavior on November 18, 2016 by Ms. Joy Hugo in Mary Help of Christians School, Mabalacat, Pampanga.
2016 past pupils homecomming
A Hundred Past Vicunians of the LVF of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians were welcomed at the New LVF Building in Quezon City for the 2016 Past Pupils Homecoming last November 20. Vicuians from the different Laura Vicuna Centers from Negros, Sta. Mesa and Cubao gathered together for a sharing of testimonies of Vicunians now professionals: Ms Charleen Tabunan (advertising assistant); Engr. Jan Vincent Arcan (registered Engineer) and Ms. Ivy Gay Gantuan (registered teacher). Theirs are stories of HOPE GIVEN A HOME rendering them to lead meaningful and productive lives.
LVF Family on pilgrimage
The LVF Family composed of the children, trainees, staff, trainers, Social Workers and Salesian Sisters of the Provincial House Commmunity, the Laura Vicuna Technology Center and the Laura Vicuna Center made a pilgrimage together to the Jubilee Churches in the Archdiocese of Manila on November 10th in the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Sr Marivic Resource Speaker on child protection policy to DSWD social workers
LVF’s Managing Director, Sr. Marivic P. Sta. Ana, FMA, was one of the Resource Speakers at the Capability Building on the Deinstitutionalization Process of Children in Residential Care from Nov. 7-11. She facilitated on November 10 the Child Protection Policy(CPC) presenting the Laura Vicuna Foundation’s CPC to 40 DSWD’s Social Workers working in Residential Centers in Luzon.
# I Am Brave
#I AM BRAVE
Real boys don’t cry.
Real boys play with cars and guns.
Real men drink liquor and smoke.
Real men had early sexual experience.
ARE THESE STATEMENTS REAL?
Generally, in cases of sexual abuse, men/boys are the perpetrators or abusers and women/girls are the victim-survivors. Most of the programs and services of various organizations and network agencies are geared towards the helping intervention on the victim. It might be the “missing link”, that the root cause of the problem is not being addressed, which are the abusers. What could be the scenario if these perpetrators or abusers were sensitized on their Dignity? Rights? Gender? Responsibilities? and Purpose in Life?
The Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. launched its BRAVE program – Boys Reject Abuse, Violence and Exploitation last October 15-16th where 49 boys coming from our Child Protection Clinic outreach areas gathered for the Gender Sensitivity Training at the new LVF building in Quezon City. The Seminar workshop began with the Welcome remarks of Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA where she made great emphasis on the DIGNITY of the human person, that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, male and female He created them equally. Mr. Elino Bardillon, Communication Officer of the Council for the Welfare of Children gave a general orientation on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Ms. Jean Enriquez, Executive Director of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Asia Pacific (CATWAP) together with her staff Ms. Clydie Pasia guided the participants to discover their identity as the male gender. They also drew from the boys their perspectives, views and sensitivities on gender issues patriarchy, productive and reproductive work, power, violence in conflict resolution . It was a very experiential, paradigm shifting process for the boys. The speakers based from the participants' sharing have inculcated in them the important concepts of Gender Equality, their roles and responsibilites as men, the right notion on Women, Sex and Prostitution, non-violent and peaceful dialogue in conflict resolution.
Sr. Ma. Victoria P. Sta Ana, FMA, LVF Managing Director, in her closing remarks congratulated the boys and welcome them as LVF Brave advocates to their peers. She also encouraged them to know God's beautiful plan for them, accept oneself, value and respect differences and complementarity and to use their free will to be BRAVE all the time and become agents of a culture of peace and protection especially women and Children. Listen to their voices.
#I will not abuse girls/ women! I AM BRAVE!
#I will not patronize pornography in the social media! I AM BRAVE!
#I will not allow myself to engage into premarital relationships! I AM BRAVE!
# I will not patronize prostitution! I AM BRAVE!
#I will respect all women and girls! I AM BRAVE!
#I will avoid peers who influence me to violence and abusive talks and behavior! I AM BRAVE!
#I will advocate for the stop of all abuse, violence and exploitation! I AM BRAVE!
These commitments of the boys clearly show how BRAVE they are!
BRAVE boys are REAL men!
A day out for LVF at SM Cinema
150 people-LVF children, trainees, parents, lay personnel and Sisters watched the movie, “Oops! Noah is Gone” last October 8th at SM Megamall. This is a 3D animated adventure film which brings a light-hearted twist to the classical biblical story. Our sincerest thanks to the following: SM Cinema in partnership with SM Cares for the free movie screening for families and also to our partner, the Council for the Welfare of Children who provided the slots for the LVF family.
Sr Marivic in TALAKAYAN PAMBATA
Sr. Marivic Sta. Ana, FMA, the managing director of the Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) was invited to be one of the resource speakers for the Talakayang Pambata in its episode about Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children on October 13, 2016 with its host Mr Julius Cainglet at the TV Studio of St. Scholastica’s College. This is a 10-minute web-based anti-child labor talk show series that aims to serve as a platform for discussing child labor issues and the interventions being undertaken toward Child Labor prevention and elimination undertaken by the National Child Labor Committee Network led by the Department of Labor and Employment.
*LVF Team wins 3rd at the Futsal Miguel G. Dizon Cup*
LVF Team composed of boys from Taguig and girls from Quezon City joined the October 23 Miguel G. Dizon EUROKA 2016 at the Don Bosco Makati, They won Third in the Competition. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Dizon who pays for their coaches at their every Monday training in Brgy Pamana, Taguig.
lvf Mission house & Office blessing in Cavite
After two years of hosting child protection activities in Heneral Uno, Gen. Trias a new Laura Vicuña Foundation’s (LVF) Mission House and Office was blessed on October 14th. Mr Lynn Sy invited LVF to establish a basic ecclesial community among 2,365 low-income migrant families at the socialized housing project of SHDC under SM Land Property as well as its neighboring communities. The blessing was attended by over a hundred persons: residents of the area, 7 Salesian Sisters, LVF staff , children & Atenean volunteers and the officers and engineers of SHDC of the SM group. The blessing was followed by an Agape, a thank you message and songs rendition by the LVC CPC kids of Heneral Uno, of Quezon City and LVTC Trainees of Sta. Mesa.
32nd PASWI BIennial Convention @Clark
Five (5) Social Workers of Laura Vicuña Foundation: Sr. Marivic, Sr. Aleth, Ms. Joy Hugo, Ms. Karla Torino and Ms. Mercedes Carla Juncia joined 950 participants of the 32nd Biennial Convention of Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc. (PASWI), held last October 19-21, 2016 at Royce Hotel, Freeport Zone Clark, Pampanga. The theme this year is “Local and Global Realities: A Call for Social Work Development and Competencies”. Sr. Ma. Victoria P. Sta. Ana, FMA opened the Convention with a prayer. The DSWD Secretary, Honorable Judy Taguiwalo is the Guest of Honor during the 3-day convention. She commended Sr. Marivic on her opening prayer which highlighted the Social Workers mission for the least, the lost and the last.
4Th LVF FAMILY CONGRESS
It’s family time! To commemorate its 26th anniversary, LVF organized its 4th Family Congress with the theme “Amoris Laetitia” or Joy of Love. About 500 participants from the Child Protection Clinic communities and Parents’Clubs of the oratory centers of the Salesian Sisters attended the 4th LVF Family Congress at Don Bosco School Sta. Mesa, Manila on September 18, 2016.
Sr. Mabel Pilar, FMA, President of LVF in her welcome remarks said that the image of the family should be centered on the Nativity Story wherein the models are Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Sr. Marivic P. Sta. Ana, FMA, Managing Director of LVF gave an overview of Pope Francis Post- Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Family Life, Amoris Laetita in the Filipino Context. Sr. Marivic emphasized that families, being the first school of socialization and evangelization, should be strengthened and supported. There should be open communication among family meals and prayers together.
Communication is the key to solving difficulties confronting the family. Love is forever contrary to what media presents. They should always be available for each other, an ear that will always listen and a hand that will always reach out. There should be an element of surprise to veer away from the daily routine. Their social responsibility should bring them closer to their families and not far from them. The Sacrament of Matrimony should not be just a luxurious gathering but a gift of love that bonds two people. Every person should be given importance and not be treated as material objects to be used, thrown away and exploited. The family should be a place of hope where moral values are first acquired. The focus should be on the mission on evangelizing family members on God’s great love for man and forging stronger connections. Respect for one another, quality time and putting God as the center of their lives are needed to make their relationship stronger and for keeps. Lastly, they should learn the 3 magic words like Please, Sorry and Thank You. It is because the right words spoken at the right time will protect their unity and nurture love.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray and Gem Dalucapas of Familia Community were the sharers. They emphatically shared the importance of family life, the different attacks against the family and some tips on how to keep the family strong and steadfast by sharing their own family life experiences. Children must feel they are esteemed, accepted for who they are and avoid calling them degrading names. They emphasized on being a blessing not a curse by praying to the Holy Spirit for simple miracles and thanking God for them. They also said to have a personal relationship with the Lord and being persistent in one’s prayers in case problems come their way.
The following were the panel of reactors: Ms. Beth Salviejo, Ms. Charito Pinalas and Ms. Nenita Asuncion. They said that families can surpass the crises in one’s life if there is love and sacrifice. Fr. Edwin Soliva in the Eucharistic celebration said a simple thing done extraordinary well will help the family. Imagine the effect to a family if many good things will be done by each member. As for the sharings, one young girl from Laguna said, she should embrace the pains and be firm that they will be able to overcome the problems in their family’s life. Change should start from within before changing others. Putting God as the center of the family, doing ordinary duties extraordinary well and striving for the best will give joy to loving. Another sharer, Mr. Dennis Cabuang said, in reality it is difficult to carry out what he has heard once trials come in one’s family. But he said putting God as the center of one’s life and never surrendering in doing good will help in the fulfillment of one’s dream. Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA, a Trustee of LVF in her concluding remarks said true joy can only be experienced if you love your family. The Congress ended with the Prayer to the Holy Family and the participants’ singing of “Only Selfless Love”.
FIAT FORUM AT DE LA SALLE-ZOBEL
Laura Vicuña Foundation was invited by Mrs. Vicky Cuisia,(An LVF Trustee) to an interactive forum entitled “Restoring Faith in the Rule of Law” on September 10, 2016 at De la Salle-Zobel Auditorium, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City. The guest speaker was Ms. Conchita Carpio Morales, a recipient of the the Ramon Magsaysay Award
LVF ACTS IN METRO MANILA
LVF conducted counter-trafficking sessions for 350 high school students of Elpidio Quirino High School in Manila and Culiat National High School in Quezon City last September 21 and 27,2016 conducted by Ms.Mercedes Carla Juncia and Ms. Joy Hugo. This awareness session is being done regularly by the Foundation to different public secondary schools in Metro Manila and the Visayas Region to educate the students about human trafficking, including its manifestations, prevalence, and consequences. The students committed to participate in the fight against this modern- day slavery by reporting cases immediately, obeying their parents, being aware of the issues of trafficking, making wise decisions, preserving one’s dignity and not trusting strangers.
500 PAIRS OF SLIPPERS FOR LVF FROM HANDS ON MANILA
Laura Vicuña Foundation Inc. (LVF), one of the partner community of Hands on Manila Foundation Inc. was the beneficiary of the “tsinelas design” on the occasion of its 15th anniversary celebration at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City last September 24, 2016. Two hundred fifty kids coming from the 4 areas; LVF Sta. Mesa, LVTC, LVC and CPC Bacood were the first recipients of the slippers and another two hundred fifty will be distributed to 8 more CPC areas like Taguig, Judge Jimenez, Hillcrest, Culiat, San Andres, Masambong, Marikina and Cavite. Ms. Marissa Concepcion, one of LVF's Board of Trustees, linked the foundation to Hands on Manila. Special thanks to Hands on Manila Foundation for the colorful slippers which brought smiles to LVF Kids.
1ST PH EDUCATING COMMUNITY GATHER
Two hundred fifty members of the Educating community of the Provincial House (PH) in Sta. Mesa which include the parents, Vicunians, LVTC students, staff and Sisters come together for its 1st Educating Community Gather at the PH Grounds on September 6, 2016. As one family, we celebrate in advance the birthday of our dear SPIRITUAL MOTHER, the woman we affectionately call “Mama Mary.” The Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Ferdie Camilo, SDB. Agape and Fun followed soon after.
Sr Vilma Tallone's Visit
On the 144th anniversary of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sr. Vilma Tallone, the FMA’s Economer General came to the Philippines as Delegate of Mother General Sr. Yvonne Reungoat. She went to several houses including the Laura Vicuña Center (LVC). Sr. Vilma helped procure funds for the construction of the new LVF building from the Conferenza Episcopale Italiana (CEI). LVC happily welcomed Sr. Vilma and she admired the LVC girls for being courageous in spite of all they have been through in life. “This building is built for you. We are really thinking about you when we were building this home. The Sisters, teachers and staff will be there to help you achieve your goal and dreams in life. She told them, I know you are very brave and have endured everything. You will not be here if you are cowards.”
Laura Vicuna Technology Center Batch 2016-2018
The Laura Vicuna Technology Center (LVTC) welcomed 43 students for this school year. 25 second year trainees were placed in industry for their on-the-job-training while 18 new trainees began school year 2016-2018. LVTC employs the Dual Training System. The instructors are Ms. Felina Narvaez the LVTC- OIC, Sr. Ana Guerrero, FMA, the co- curricular coordinator, Ms Abigail Nol and Ms Charina Tolibas.
A Visit to LVC
Seventeen Sister students of the St. Scholastica’s College Women’s Studies Department came to Laura Vicuña Center last July 22, 2016. Women’s Studies is designed to address issues of women and gender as they affect Philippine society in general. It expects praxis in terms of networking, renewal, personal empowerment and social change. These Sisters were oriented regarding LVF’s programs and services by Sr. Fely Boado, FMA; Ms. Joy Hugo and Ms. Karla Casandra Torino. They became acquainted about LVF, had the opportunity to discuss networking and how to strengthen collaboration.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF MS. CARMEL ALOG
Two hundred twenty LVF children attended the birthday celebration of Ms. Carmel Alog last August 27th at the Provincial House. The Sta. Mesa children provided a special presentation to their Ate Carmel and Kuya Perry with their 4 children which made the celebration more meaningful and memorable for her and her family. The event was concluded with a hearty meal and distribution of giveaways.
Twenty-two children from LVF’s Child Protection Clinic on Wheels Bacood attended the Special Read-Along Session at the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Office last August 27th to commemorate National Heroes Day. Celebrities were able to capture the attention of the audience with their humorous narration of some tales of courage, selflessness and sacrifice. Stories read had this unifying message- everybody can become a modern-day hero. It is just doing ordinary things with diligence and commitment without expecting anything in return.
LVF ACTS in Punta Princesa, Cebu City
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