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RECAP: Bigay Puso sa Pasko 2020 (The Pandemic Year)

During a year marked by challenges and setbacks, Bigay Puso sa Pasko pushed forward

This December marks the 10th year of Bigay Puso sa Pasko. We received our largest amount in donations for a single Christmas in Bigay Puso history, and distributed Jollibee meals, grocery packages, toys, and school supplies for 450 students in our usual communities in Payatas and West Fairview in Quezon City on December 12, 2020, as well as in our new community in the remote mountain area of Sitio Culasisi in Antipolo, Rizal on December 21, 2020.

Since we couldn't hold our traditional Christmas celebration this year, we had to adapt to the government's quarantine restrictions in light of the pandemic and for the safety of the kids, volunteers, and the greater community.

Bigay Puso sa Pasko originally began in 2011 at Lupang Pangako (English translation: The Promised Land) Elementary School, which is located in the middle of the infamous Payatas dumpsite in the northeastern district of Quezon City. This year, we distributed the gifts to the parents of 300 Lupang Pangako Elementary School students from Grade 1 during the school's weekly module distribution and retrieval schedule. Lupang Pangako is among the schools in the Philippines that have adopted modular systems of learning since most students don't have access to mobile devices or wi-fi.

Thanks to the increasing support from our donors, Bigay Puso sa Pasko grew during the last few years to include the community of West Fairview, also located in the northeastern district of Quezon City. 100 students from Grade 1 and Special Education at West Fairview Elementary School also received their gifts through their parents this year. For the first time in Bigay Puso sa Pasko history, senior citizens and PWDs (Persons With Disabilities) also participated in our program. They were assisted by the PWD Department from the local barangay and received meals, grocery packages, toys and school supplies for their family members, and hygiene kits.

We are sad to report that Jollibee did not make its annual appearance this year (another first in Bigay Puso history) due to the pandemic, but we're hopeful that Jollibee will return to see the kids at next year's celebration.

The kids still received their usual chickenjoy meals from Jollibee, as well as grocery packages from SM Supermarket, and toys bought from Divisoria (Metro Manila's largest shopping center and wholesale district). We opted for toys that encourage learning, so each student received a Connect 4 board game and Lego set. We were especially excited about this year's addition of school supplies to the Christmas gifts. Students in the Philippines have been forced to shift to distance learning from home in the wake of the pandemic. In light of the circumstances, many students' families lack the resources to buy them needed school supplies. The large amount of donations we received this year provided 450 students with a set of basic school supplies to help them as they continue to receive their educations from home.

Bigay Puso sa Pasko also expanded once again this year to a new community in the remote mountain area of Sitio Culasisi in Antipolo, Rizal. Although Sitio Culasisi is located just outside Metro Manila, most members of the community have never left the area since it is isolated and transportation is costly for them. As a result, many of the kids are still illiterate because they are unable to attend school due to the distance.

On December 21, 2020, we brought Bigay Puso sa Pasko to Sitio Culasisi and distributed Jollibee meals, grocery packages, toys, and school supplies for 50 kids in the community. We were also surprised to learn that most of the kids had never tried Jollibee (the most popular fast food chain in the Philippines) before. The kids were really happy to receive all their gifts and especially loved their Jollibee meals.

Thank you once again to our donors who make this all possible every year with their consistent generosity. We would also like to thank the volunteers behind Bigay Puso sa Pasko - the dedicated teachers from Lupang Pangako Elementary School and West Fairview Elementary School.

We have many things planned for the upcoming year, so please join our mailing list and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated.

Maraming salamat po at Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat!

Bigay Puso sa Pasko 2020 Donors

Adrian & Melissa Padiernos

Alan Bisnar

Albert Sarno

Althea Oaminal

Andrew Bisnar

Anjolie Upright

Antoinette & Leighton Ong

Armi Prisara Morales

Babs & Lito Bisnar

Bjorn San Pablo

Bryant Palacio & Family


Carla Sison & Borgy Manotoc

Chariebelle Pacis

Chris & Liz Dimaano

Chris Gayomali

Clairose Retino

Corvin Macapinlac

Cristalle Sese

Daby Bautista

Debbie Heald

Desiree Lapira

Dro Espiritu

Elaine Gomez

Emilie Arnau

Erika Lim

Erwin Ong

Eunice Manzano

Florinda Carlos

Geoffrey Pascual

Glen Dalida

Grace Sim

Grant Van Peski

Harmony Cruz

Henry Oaminal, Jr.

Ilene Gama

Jackie Khai

Jamie Antonio

Jan Jeruel Victoria

Jane Victor

Janice Blanco

Jassie Jimenez

Jay Bernabe

Jeffrey Jumarang

Jennifer Lee

Jessica Chiang

JJ Villanueva

John Steven Ilagan

Josef Naval

JP Lazatin

Julia Vargas

Karlo Soria

Kat Farnam

Kate Obgedeagu

Kathleen Salon

Kenneth Varona

Lauren Nestler

Lawrence Parreno

Lim Family

Liza & Allan Manangan

Lizzy Richardson

Maia Reyes

Marco Bisnar

Mayor Ando Oaminal

Marky Ercillo

Marlo Ramos

Marni Ortega

Meme Gomez

Michelle Marquez

Moonyeen Natanawan

Nancy & Tony Bautista

Nikki Bartolome

Noah Henderson

Omar Cara

Pat Palacio

Pauline Vitug

Rachel Gutierrez

Ramona Matias

Raney Rex Balbuena

Ren Acosta

Ria Huelgas

Ritzelle Clarke

Ryan Teng

Sallie Manongdo

Samantha Duenas

Sonia Park

Stephanie Deguzman

Summer Slim

Tiffany Anthony

Val Meneses

Vicky Faicol

Vivian De Zuzuarregui

William Le

In memory of Ninyo Frias


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