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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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