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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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