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RECAP: Bigay Puso sa Pasko 2021

Bigay Puso celebrates its biggest Pasko to date and expands to a new community in Mindanao

With the help of our supporters and partners, Bigay Puso sa Pasko continues to grow steadily each year and reach more underserved communities throughout the Philippines. We traveled to the Davao region on the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines (the second largest in the archipelago), known for its distinct culture, rich resources, and unique natural beauty, to bring our Bigay Puso sa Pasko program to the kids of indigenous families there for the first time in Bigay Puso history.

A total of 500 kids from our communities in Payatas (Quezon City), Sitio Culasisi (Antipolo), and our new community of Indigenous Peoples in Sitio Kibulacan (Malita, Davao Occidental) participated in our annual Bigay Puso sa Pasko program and received Jollibee meals, grocery packages, and toys this Christmas.

PAYATAS (December 18, 2021)

We returned to the Payatas community where Bigay Puso sa Pasko originally began 11 years ago, located in the middle of the infamous Payatas dumpsite in the northeastern district of Quezon City. In light of the current guidelines in Metro Manila, we were restricted once again from holding our traditional Christmas gathering with the kids. Instead, we distributed the meals and gifts to the parents of 250 Grade 1 students from Lupang Pangako Elementary School.

ANTIPOLO (December 19, 2021)

Last year, Bigay Puso sa Pasko expanded 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 never leave the area due to its isolated location and the high cost of transportation. As a result, many of the kids are unable to attend school due to the distance and cost.

On December 19, 2021, we brought Bigay Puso sa Pasko to Sitio Culasisi for the second year in a row and distributed Jollibee meals, grocery packages, and toys for 50 kids in the community. The celebration was held at our Mountain View Free Learning Center, which we began developing after last Christmas.

The Mountain View Free Learning Center has seen significant progress throughout the past year - we were able to build a mini library for the kids and purchase many materials and supplies to support the kids' literacy and feeding program. Construction for the learning center's restroom facility is also scheduled to begin early next year.

DAVAO (December 29, 2021)

The beautiful island of Mindanao is home to a substantial portion of the Philippines' indigenous population, with many of the tribes being native to the Davao region in particular. We partnered with our friends at Malyab Farm to bring Bigay Puso sa Pasko to the indigenous community of the Tagakaulo tribe in Sitio Kibulacan, located in the hinterlands of Malita, the capital of the Davao Occidental province.

The celebration was held at Pedro Geverola Lucero Elementary School - Culaman Extension, which was newly formed by the Department of Education (Region XI - Division of Davao Occidental) to accommodate indigenous learners living in the isolated area (the school itself is located 5 km away from any main road). 200 kids from indigenous families received Jollibee meals (many having never tried Jollibee before), grocery packages, goodie bags, toys, and ice cream during our Bigay Puso sa Pasko event.

Special thank you to Daby Bautista of Malyab Farm, Romnick L. Gildore (Teacher-In-Charge at Pedro Geverola Lucero Elementary School - Culaman Extension), and our ice cream sponsor Angelic Garcia. Our organization also signed a formal Memorandum of Agreement with the school and we are looking forward to supporting its development and future projects.

Thank you so much to our donors for their unending support and generosity and to all the teachers and volunteers who keep Bigay Puso sa Pasko going year after year.

We have many things planned for 2022, so don't forget to join our mailing list and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated.

Maayong Pasko ug Malipayong Bag-ong Tuig sa tanan! Daghang salamat <3

Bigay Puso sa Pasko 2021 Donors

Adele Joven

Adrian & Melissa Padiernos

Aimee Abad

Alan Bisnar

Albert Sarno

Allison Vicencio-Nguyen

Althea Oaminal

Anne-Marie Cajigas

Arlene Aficial

Armi Prisara Morales

Barbara Bisnar

Bjorn San Pablo

Brian Madrigal

Brian Rosales

Bryan Villagonzalo

Bryant Palacio & family

Caity Weaver

Carin Avila

Cassandra Corrales

Christopher & Elizabeth Dimaano

Christopher Gayomali

Christine Kim

Cindy Pacia

Clairose Retino

Dennis Besana

Edith Reyes

Erika Lim

Fay Antoinette de Leon

Geoffrey Pascual

George Balobalo

Glen Dalida

Harmony Cruz

Ivy Ocampo

Jamie Antonio

Jane Victor

Janice Blanco

Jason Bueno

Jay Salao

Jeffrey Jumarang

Jeniffer Hsu

Jennifer Laygo

Jenny Valles

Joanna Santos

Joanne Tagorda

JP Lazatin

Justin Valles

Justine Hsu

Kate Obgedeagu

Karlo Soria

Keena Vasquez-Laurel

Kenneth Santos

KR Banaag

Kristofer Biscocho

Lauren Nestler

Liana Navarro & family

Maia Reyes

Marco Bisnar

Marni Ortega

Melissa Salvatierra

Meme Gomez

Michelle Varona

Miggy Encarnacion

Nancy Bautista

Pauline Vitug

Raizel Go & Wham Bacabac

Ramona Matias

Raney Rex Balbuena

Ritzelle Clarke

Ryan Teng

Sabrina Calayan

Samantha Duenas

Stephanie Lapez

Stephanie Chan

Stephanie Deguzman

Sunny Hwang

Tiffany Anthony

Valerie Meneses

Vazken Elinzano

William Le

Xandy Mancao

In memory of Ted Advincula & Percy


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