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Friday, November 13, 2009

Children's Haven - Pilipog, Cordova

Last weekend, instead of the usual routine of strolling around the malls and wasting money (hehehe!), I spent my entire Sunday afternoon with the little angels of Children’s Haven in Pilipog, Cordova. A friend of mine is a member of “Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon - Mactan” and one of their outreach programs for this month is to visit an orphanage in Cebu. It was actually the birthday of one of the members and she celebrated it uniquely by spending it with the children :)

The orphanage is situated right next to one of Mactan's luxurious resorts, the Alta Cebu Village Garden Resort.

Here are pics of their houses. One of them is called the “Berlin House”. The orphanage is actually founded by a German named Albert Schweitzer of the Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation Philippines, Inc (ASFFM). It is currently managed by ASFFM Social Worker, Ms. Martiniana D. Mercado. As of this writing, the orphanage has a total of 58 kids, two of whom are in the college level.


Here’s a pic of their mini playground with the slides. This is where the little kids play during their break time.

Here are the kids listening to their ALNP "kuya".


A little close-up to those who were listening intently, heheheh! :)


And to those who were quite not, LOL!


This one's taken at one of the parlor games. This kid brings her comb everywhere, LOL!


A one-on-one with the kids. They get shy when we ask them questions :)


But got their guts back when it was time for snacks! :)


Mmmmmm!!! Savoring every bite :)


The ALNP ates and kuyas sharing the celebrant's cake with the kids who were also celebrating their birthdays on the month of November.


As a way of saying "thank you", the kids prepared a little presentation for us and I must say, they are really talented!!

The guys dancing to the tune of "Nobody" :)

Finally, it was already dark when our party ended. ASFFM Social Worker Ms. Martiniana D. Mercado gave the closing remarks :)

It was indeed a heartwarming experience to share our time with those little angels. It made us all realize that the greatest joys in life are not found in superficial stash of material wealth, but in simplicity and innocence, like those of the little children. :)

Till next post you guys! muwah!


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29 Comments:

gracia said...

A very noble endeavor.. nice blog pretty girl

donadzku said...

They look so happy there...It is really the heaven for the children. God bless you, success and enjoy ur day

hanzsapitan said...

Wow.. you really have a big heart.. go girl!

eden said...

That is so nice of you and your friend to spend sometime with those children who are less fortunate. I did one time visiting orphanage in Cebu City and it was a great feeling seeing the kids happy

veronica said...

thanks guys! :)
@eden, yeah it's indeed a great feeling to see those kid's happy faces :) it's like having a unique sense of self-fulfillment :)

PinoyApache said...

beautiful. i love your post. parties are a waste of money. why not channel it to endeavours like this and make a lot of children happy. their self-esteem is being slowly repaired.

Life Moto said...

that is a great move you did. IT reminded me of my classmate that few month back he celebrated his birthday with the street children in their local area.

bangz said...

ate veron

mamats po s pag rate skin s bnp

kaw ang first hahaha

mamats tlga!!

wla atang mrrrting bloga ko haha

tnx poh

McCoolot said...

Nice one!

burn said...

Lingaw jud kau sila... Nice post veronica

Caliente Mamma said...

This is truly heart warming. And for Sanjo's birthday, we will do something like this too. But only when he's old enough to remember. So that it will be instilled in him the value of compassion. :)
Sis, i miss your presence!

Bambie dear ★ said...

wow this is inspiring. I hope I can spend my birthday too in an orphanage or silver home someday. I always think about it but I nver did it yet. That's one of my aim, sana magawa ko. Thanks for this post

Anonymous said...

Kudos!

odds and ends said...

It is really nice that you had spent a portion of your life with such kind deed. My cousin wanted to have spent her birthday last September in an orphanage; but our schedule does not let it happen. Maybe next year.

Belated Happy Birthday to your friend:)

Rico said...

What a way to spend a day! I say kudos for choosing to do what's right.

Anne said...

Gurl, nia nako agoy manggubot nasad dire heheh! hoi, ka nice aning imung mga post, kahinumdum ko sa akong dagway adtong bata pako , murag mao lang gihapon karon akong face ehhehe! wala mausab... murag bata gihapon ug panghuna-huna ehhehe! pero guwang na dagway.

Oi na bitaw nihapit lang jud ko ha? ingat kaw always... pag ika wmo post gurl, harus jud hehehe!

bubuwit said...

nice! wala daw bang problema i-post ang pictures nila? may pinuntahan kasi ako dati na orphanage na hindi pwedeng kunan ng litrato ang mga bata...

peenkfrik said...

This is time well spent. Great job. I missed our team's visit to the orphanage but I hope to make up through other ways.

Take care!

A.M.I.N.A said...

Glad to know that there are still good people who care for those unfortunate one.:) Keep up the good work!

veronica said...

@bubuwit, yup! okay lang naman na mag post ang pics nila :) wala namang problem :)

NLE RESULT NOVEMBER 2009 said...

Merry X-mas to u

Life Moto said...

Hi Ark Merry blessed Christmas to you and your family. May you have joy and peace always in your heart !

fROM tHe Dessert oF Saudi Arabia!...

Gorgeous MUM said...

I am 2 days late, but still . . . Merry Christmas!

Good on you for sharing! God bless!

RICO DE BUCO said...

buti ka pa patravel travel nalang hahaha me ganun hehehe

ang cute nung mga bata..

Goryo Dimagiba said...

Nakaka-touch naman ang post na ito.. Mabuhay ang mga may puso para sa mga bata... =)

punky said...

makatats jud.. keep up the good work! hehe

dwell said...

wow great thing n job you have there.....share the happiness for everyone......have great day for you there


Best regards
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Pretsel Maker said...

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lisa Doctor said...

I have just been 'matched' to adopt two little angels from this very orphanage after almost 4 years of waiting. My husband and I would appreciate any information you might have that would be helpful for us when we travel to complete our family.

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