Residents attend a mass as part of the program for the Commencement Exercises of Jose Fabella Memorial School

Gratefulness and starting anew

04 February 2020

An evacuee’s valuable lessons from Taal Volcano When she sees the tricycle in their backyard, she cannot help but remember all the emotions she went through fleeing from their home in San Nicolas, Batangas Province away from chaos of the Taal Volcano eruption. “Nangangatog ang tuhod ko, umiiyak ako, dasal ako nang dasal,” shared Remia […]

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Rising leaders in a temporary community

23 January 2020

Rather than continuously worrying about their home, complaining about their situation and pitying their current state, two mothers have better things to do. Clarissa Quinto and Arlene Del Rosario, both from the town of Talisay in Batangas Province, are among the more than the 140,000 affected individuals by the Taal Volcano eruption. Their families are […]

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‘Bayanihan’ knows no boundaries

21 January 2020

When she learned that her daughter-in-law will volunteer for the repacking of relief goods the following morning, 68-year-old Julieta Samonte expressed her eagerness to help. On January 18, she woke up early and prepared their packed lunch for the day. Together with daughter-in-law Roselie and granddaughter Rheinalyn, they headed to the DSWD warehouse in General […]

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Bright smiles and unending optimism

28 October 2019

A young girl’s small efforts to inspire ‘change’ in people Everyone who knows her speaks of her genuine and radiant smiles. People who are close to her understand these smiles better, though. Fourteen-year-old Alaiza Nabong, a resident of Brgy. Evangelista in Baras, Rizal Province, always wear a smile that radiates her positivity as a child. […]

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‘Not Alone’

22 October 2019

A story of a solo parent from Baras, Rizal For 50-year-old Emilyn Ganapin being the breadwinner of their family while her husband takes care of their children is totally fine. But when her husband started hitting and abusing her physically, she thought it was too much and decided that she had enough of him. “Nilakasan […]

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Seven years of learning

21 October 2019

From simply just about money to everything about ‘life lessons’ When she heard about being included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), she admits saying ‘pera, pera lang ‘to.’ Though it is true that the program has greatly helped their family financially, 42-year-old Gemma Apego, a resident of Brgy. Gimalas in Balayan, Batangas, sees […]

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