Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT PSAC


Last month, Pusong Pinoy was proud to be a part of "Paskohan 2012", the annual Christmas celebration of Parish Social Action Committee (PSAC) at Banay Banay, Batangas, Philippines.  PSAC has been a Pusong Pinoy recipient since 2009. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in the Philippines, not only by helping them with their needs, but encouraging a positive outlook on life.   Thanks to PSAC's President LIZA DE JESUS and all the volunteers for their tireless acts of kindness and generosity to the underprivileged kids in their community. 
Pusong Pinoy donated 400 pairs of slippers, food items, clothes, shoes, toys, and miscellaneous items to PSAC for this event. We could not have done this without the support of the following HEROES.
SARAH ENCINA (Philippines) - bread & food items worth P20,000
SHIELA LORENZO (Australia) - 15 pairs of slippers
RCU (Philippines) - 60 pairs of slippers
SHIELA DIONISIO (USA) - 32 pairs of slippers
ARNEL & CHINKY FRANCISCO (USA) - 40 pairs of slippers
HAZEL JOY DESAMITO (USA) - 48 pairs of slippers
LUZCEL TUAZON-MIRANDA (USA) - 64 pairs of slippers
ONE HEART FOR HOPE FOUNDATION (USA) -141 pairs of slippers

A BIG THANKS also to all our HEROES who have donated clothes and miscellaneous items in the past. Boxes of clothes/shoes/toys and miscellaneous items were also distributed to the residents of Banay Banay, Batangas during PSAC's Christmas celebration.
MABUHAY KAYONG LAHAT, HEROES!

Monday, December 24, 2012

SEASON GREETINGS FROM PUSONG PINOY

IMAGE BY PP TEAM LEADER DAN PASAMONTE

WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF PEACE, LOVE, AND HAPPINESS, HEROES!  Thank you for being a part of Pusong Pinoy and for your contribution to our cause. You have enabled us to reach out and provide a glimmer of hope to thousands of kids in the Philippines. Together, we have truly made a difference. Pusong Pinoy exists because of you.
 
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We would like to share this video entitled "UNANG PASKO" (First Christmas) from our heroes at LA STYLE PRODUCTIONS of Los Angeles, California, a reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season.
 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

AETA COMMUNITY IN TARLAC RECEIVES LOVE FROM PUSONG PINOY

PHOTO CREDIT: PAUL RANDEE KIMAYONG of TEAM INJURY

Pusong Pinoy believes that no child should be left behind and advocates literacy for every child. It takes a clear stand, when it comes to its support for the Millennium Development Goal 2 (MDG 2) which states the universal importance of primary education. It strongly supports the international initiative on "Education for All" launched in 1990 in Thailand by making an effort to reach remote communities which have children of indigenous origin.

The Aeta community in Sitio Dueg, Maasin, San Clemente in Tarlac, is one of the many resettlement areas created by the Philippine government to accommodate the Aeta tribes which were left homeless after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. The people have lived in the mountains of Sitio Dueg since then. Dueg Resettlement Elementary School was built to cater to the education of the Aeta children in the community.

On December 15, 2012, as part of PP's Christmas project, Pamasko ng Pusong Pinoy 4, PP Pasig Team Leader JENNY OLIVA together with volunteers from TEAM INJURY, a Manila-based mountaineering group, delivered 500 storybooks and 198 pairs of slippers to the teachers and school children of this community.

To reach the site, the group traveled three hours from Manila to the San Clemente Municipal Hall and another one and a half hours in a dump truck to the eastern slope of Zambales mountain which is a part of Maasin, San Clemente.

The teachers either walk for hours or ride the same dump truck to school every Monday. These teachers also contribute a portion of their meager salary to provide a feeding program for the pupils. Apparently, many of the children come to school hungry and weak.

Team Injury, likewise, prepared gift packages for the teachers and children. The teachers received packs of manila paper, 8 boxes of chalk, 3 dozen permanent markers and 1 Webster’s Dictionary. The children, on the other hand, received the following: - 250 apples - 189 gift packs containing: - school supplies (pad paper, pencils, sharpener, eraser, crayons, pens, pencil case, ruler) - toiletries (face towel, a toothbrush, shampoo, toothpaste, bath soap) - snack items (juice, cupcake, chocolates)

Thank you to all the HEROES who supported this project! Special thanks to Pusong Pinoy USA Team Leader CARL BERNARDO for providing 198 pairs of slippers and to Team Injury for all the gift surprises provided. You have brought tears of joy and wide smiles to their faces!

To find out how you can help communities like this and be a part of Pusong Pinoy's ongoing projects, please visit our website at www.pusongpinoy.org. Unleash the HERO within you!  Be a PUSONG PINOY HERO!  ♥

AN AETA COMMUNITY IN TARLAC
RECEIVES LOVE FROM PUSONG PINOY

PHOTO CREDIT: PAUL RANDEE KIMAYONG (TEAM INJURY)

Pusong Pinoy believes that no child should be left behind and advocates literacy for every child. It takes a clear stand, when it comes to its support for the Millennium Development Goal 2 (MDG 2) which states the universal importance of primary education. It strongly supports the international initiative, launched in 1990 in Thailand, on Education for All, by making an effort to reach remote communities which have children of indigenous origin.

The Aeta community in Sitio Dueg, Maasin, San Clemente in Tarlac, is one of the many resettlement areas created by the Philippine government to accommodate the Aeta tribes which were left homeless after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. The people have lived in the mountains of Sitio Dueg since then. Dueg Resettlement Elementary School was built to cater to the education of the Aeta children in the community.

On December 15, 2012, as part of Pusong Pinoy’s Christmas project, Pamasko ng Pusong Pinoy 4, Pusong Pinoy Pasig Team Leader JENNY OLIVA, together with volunteers from TEAM INJURY, a Manila-based mountaineering group, turned over 500 storybooks and 198 pairs of slippers to the teachers and school children of this community.

To reach the site, the group traveled three hours from Manila to the San Clemente Municipal Hall and another one and a half hours in a dump truck to the eastern slope of Zambales mountain which is a part of Maasin, San Clemente. The teachers either walk for hours or ride the same dump truck to the school every Monday. These teachers also contribute a portion of their meager salary to provide a feeding program for the pupils. Apparently, many of the children come to school hungry and weak.

Team Injury, likewise, prepared gift packages for the teachers and children. The teachers received packs of manila paper, 8 boxes of chalk, 3 dozen permanent markers and 1 Webster’s Dictionary. The children, on the other hand, received the following: 250 apples and 189 gift packs containing school supplies (pad paper, pencils, sharpener, eraser, crayons, pens, pencil case, ruler); toiletries (face towel, toothbrush, shampoo, toothpaste, bath soap); and snack items (juice, cupcake, chocolates).

To the Dueg Resettlement Elementary School principal, teachers and pupils, it was a Christmas day on December 15!
Thank you to all the HEROES who supported this activity! Special thanks to USA Newport Beach Team Leader CARL BERNARDO for donating 198 pairs of slippers and to TEAM INJURY for all the Christmas surprises provided to the kids.  You have brought tears of joy and wide smiles on their faces!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

PROJECT PAMASKO NG PUSONG PINOY 4
(Christmas Gift-Giving Project of PP)

UPDATE: PAMASKO NG PUSONG PINOY 4 is officially OVER! Woohoo! Thank you HEROES & SUPERHEROES for helping us over and over again. Because of your generosity, 2,299 kids and over 1,000 adults will have a MERRIER Christmas this year! Click HERE to see the PPP4 donation list.

PHOTO CREDIT:  ARNOLD MELORIN

It’s the SEASON OF GIVING! For the past three years, Pusong Pinoy has helped spread hope and cheer to thousands of Filipino kids at Christmas time. This year, we are doing it again! Please join us as we aim to spread joy this yuletide season. We promise that any amount you donate will surely find its way to the heart of a child. Merry Christmas!

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2012 PROJECT PPP IV RECIPIENTS
DAMASCUS FOUNDATION (Bulacan)
VILLAGE OF HOPE (Bohol)
DE LA SALLE LIPA/PP SCHOLARS (Batangas)
BESONG-SADDLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Benguet)
DUEG RESETTLEMENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Tarlac)
KABUYAO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Benguet) 
LUBAO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Pampanga)
PARISH SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE (Batangas)
PINALPAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Pangasinan)
TAGUMSUR NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (Bohol)
7 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (Bohol)

Monday, December 3, 2012

FILMS CHARITY HIKE 2012 IN HONG KONG
FOR THE BENEFIT OF PUSONG PINOY


Pusong Pinoy is honored to be the beneficiary of the

FILIPINO MOUNTAINEERS SOCIETY
CHARITY HIKE 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012 
Meeting Time:  9:00 a.m.
Meeting Point: Exchange Square (Bus Terminal 6) 
Mark your calendar and get ready for this once-in-a-lifetime event that will touch your heart and help others this holiday season. Come and join FILMS' second charity hike for Pusong Pinoy.  The best part is that proceeds of this event will benefit the disadvantaged children in the Philippines. 
This event is organized by FILMS in partnership with AM1044 Metro Plus Radio, Pinoy Tayo Sanman (PTS), and Hong Kong News.  This year, FILMS will hike the easy loop trail at the Tai Tam Reservoir.  So regardless of your mountaineering skills, this will be an  enjoyable and memorable experience!
HIKING SPECIFICATIONS:
Tai Tam Reservoir Country Trail
 Difficulty: 1/5
Duration: 2 Hours
 Distance: 4 Km (Easy Pace)
Terrain: 80% Tarmac & 20 % Modified Trail

 LOGISTICS: 
10L - 15L Hiking Pack
500ml - 1L Water (Or Energy Drink)
Reasonably warm clothing (Winter Season in Hong Kong)
Proper Hiking Shoes (or footwear with good spikes underneath) 
Power Bar / Snack - Hiking Pole (optional)
Personal Meds 
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For more information, please contact:
JOEL BUHIA, FILMS Director/Founder
(M) +85253456767 

ANGEL 'JAY' MARTINEZ
(M)+85297727279 

Thank you, JOEL, and to all the heroes of FILMS!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ASHLY CAREL'S 7th BIRTHDAY
THE PUSONG PINOY WAY!

BY PP TEAM LEADER CAROL VEGA

The Pusong Pinoy's sense of heroism transpired again in Little Lights Ministry. I have been with this organization for three years starting as one of the Vice Team Leaders in Hong Kong.  
 
There are many ways to support this non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for everyone we call "Heroes" to help disadvantaged kids in the Philippines, and, one of them is to celebrate birthdays in a meaningful way.  That's why on the 7th birthday of my daughter, ASHLY CAREL, she celebrated this special day the Pusong Pinoy way!
 
Since I live in Hong Kong, this is a new experience for me and my family in capturing this wonderful event. On October 7, 2012, we accompanied Ashly to celebrate her birthday with about 100 disadvantaged children of Little Lights Tawi-Tawi at the Tramo Multipurpose Hall in Pasig, Philippines.
 
Little Lights Ministry is a children's outreach of the Kerygma Apostolic Ministry Asia - a non-profit organization dedicated in helping the less privileged Filipino children and their love ones to have a better way of life.
 
Thanks to sister JENNIFER ZAMUDIO for guiding us to our destination and volunteers of Little Lights for their warm welcome.  Arriving at Little Lights with the birthday cake, it was so exciting as they sang a birthday song in unison as we enter the multipurpose hall, where the party took place. 

Ashly was a bit shy; however, the kids were very friendly that, at no time, Ashly joined in the fun! The children were amazing!  They gave thanks to our Lord for the wonderful day. They had spaghetti, sponge cake, and fresh orange juice at the party. Cameras flashing, Ashly's playing with the children and everyone was chatting away with fulfillment in their eyes.
 
Ashly's birthday celebration was a success! Time flies fast when you're having fun at Little Lights, but  it was time to go after all the excitement. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone in Little Lights for making Ashly Carel's 7th birthday celebration a truly wonderful experience that she'll cherish and never forget.


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If you would like to celebrate your birthday the PP way, please email CTL Jay Martinez or TL Carol Vega at pusongpinoyorg@gmail.com.

Click HERE to see past Pusong Pinoy's birthday celebrations.

Friday, November 16, 2012

FEATURED HERO: JONG HERRERA

BY PP TEAM LEADER FLORENCE O. TEMPORAL


At the first ever Pusong Pinoy Summit held in Manila last July 21, 2012, volunteers and guests alike marveled at ventures of the young man holding the microphone. They listened intently as he recounted all the daily challenges he faced as a mobile teacher in the mountains of Palawan. They were moved by the photos he shared of his young students. He revealed that he used to be obese but not anymore. His regular hikes up and down the mountains of Palawan led to his dramatic weight loss. He then proceeded to show his stretch marks as proof, much to the delight of the crowd. At the end of the young man’s sharing, there was applause and great admiration from the Pusong Pinoy audience.
 
REUBEN "JONG" HERRERA graduated with honors with a degree in Secondary Education major in Mathematics. He taught in the local public high school for a year before he acquired a permanent position at the Department of Education (Dep Ed) Alternative Learning System (ALS). One of the programs of the ALS is Basic Literacy for the katutubo (tribe members also called Pala’wan). Because of this, Jong had no choice but to subject himself to the physical rigors of his new job. There was much concern from his superiors because Jong is asthmatic and has in fact battled asthma all his life.

He recounts that as a child, he always missed his classes and important school events. He would be absent for long stretches. His asthma attacks came often and were so severe that nobody expected him to live through high school. One anecdote that he shared was when he was in sixth grade, he was absent for a month because of a prolonged asthma attack. He and his family were surprised when one day his classmates arrived at their home laden with flowers and monetary donations because they all thought he had already passed away! But such was the validity of the concern his superiors had for him as a mobile teacher. How could a bona fide asthmatic like him scale the mountains of Palawan? But he did, and how!
  
Jong relates that he has visited and taught in many communities where the katutubo dwell. He expresses his frustration that nobody from among them pursued further education. After they learn the basics of reading and writing, they move on and look for work. As much as they want to stay in the program, they don’t have the money to buy even the cheapest pencil and paper. But when Jong was assigned to the communities of Bolnok and Magagong, he saw that many of the young ones were interested to learn. He made a firm resolve that he will not leave these communities until he actually sees someone graduate from high school. He immediately set in place his own programs for learning but he quickly realized that these programs will not last if he cannot provide for the basic school needs of the katutubo. Thus began Jong’s quest for sponsors.

Thanks to Facebook, Jong discovered Pusong Pinoy. He took a chance and asked for help. In June 2011, his communities received 400 children’s books and assorted school supplies from the heroes of Pusong Pinoy. In that same year, it was a happy Christmas indeed when they again received books, school supplies and food from Pusong Pinoy! At the recently concluded Pusong Pinoy summit, Jong was given seed money by PP partner group, PUSO AT DIWANG PILIPINO, to make school desks for the children of his community. He cannot stress enough how these donations have improved the lives of the katutubo. They treasure the books most of all especially because some of the children have learned to read not only Pilipino, but English text as well.

Currently, Jong is successfully managing three areas under his stead and he divides his days visiting these areas. One area at the Bayan (town) is for out of school youths and adults ages 13 to 43, another area is in Bolnok which is about 20 kilometers by motorcycle ride then an additional 30 minute hike. Here, he handles learners ages 5 to 37 years old. The third area is in Magagong, which is situated above Bolnok. It takes a back breaking 2 ½ hour hike from Bolnok to Magagong. In this third area, Jong handles learners 6 to 21 years old.

His dreams for his students are simple - to see at least some of them graduate from high school or even college and for their learning center to be a formal elementary school so that the children will have the benefit of a teacher who will be with them from Monday to Friday. For Jong, these are but dreams but the odds have always been in favor of this idealistic young hero who has overcome poverty, obesity and illness. With this young man championing their cause, the students of Magagong and Bolnok have a fighting chance. 
 
BEFORE
(Jong's students did not have any desks)
 
AFTER
(Jong's students writing on their new desks)

Friday, November 2, 2012

FEATURED PUSONG PINOY HERO:
CLARIZZAH MACATUGAL OF CALIFORNIA

BY USA-EAST COAST CHARTER TEAM LEADER IVY ANTONIO


Give-and-go, in basketball, is “a maneuver in which one offensive player passes the ball to another, then runs toward the basket to take a return pass.” Clarizzah Macatugal knows all too well how to execute this maneuver on the court. After all, this Pusong Pinoy hero and basketball aficionado has been shooting baskets since the tender age of eight.
 
Now 18, she continues to profess her love for the sport. Despite her busy schedule as a college freshman, Clarizzah strives to keep a healthy balance between studying her lessons and getting her basketball maneuvers down pat. Without question, her passion for basketball parallels her dedication to education. Her appreciation for the educational opportunities available to her in the United States truly runs deep. “I take my education seriously and I think everyone deserves to have a good education,” she said.
 
Born in Makati, Philippines, Clarizzah and her family immigrated to California when she was five. She reckons that her family escaped poverty when her parents made that fateful decision to seek a better life in the United States. Even as a little girl, she was always driven by a strong desire to help children mired in poverty. When she was barely out of high school, Clarizzah took this belief and passion to a whole new level by performing community service.
 
During her senior year, she seized the opportunity to put her thoughts into action by way of her APN (Alternative North Program) class. Since she had always wanted to give back to her home country, Clarizzah decided on a project that would benefit disadvantaged children in the Philippines.
 
The decision to choose a beneficiary for her school project came easy for her. Clarizzah and her family, especially her dad, Jovito, have been generous supporters of Pusong Pinoy over the years. “I really like how Pusong Pinoy puts such an emphasis on education. I really commend Pusong Pinoy for making learning a top priority,” she avered.
 
Through her “senior project,” she was not only able to help spread the word about our cause but she also donated the proceeds of a bake sale she ran to Pusong Pinoy which was used to purchase a sack of rice; two cans of evaporated milk and two packs of ramen noodles for our Food for Thought project completed earlier this year.
 
Moreover, she collected several boxes of used clothes, toys and 87 children’s storybooks to benefit our recipients. She definitely scored huge points with us for her outstanding off-court performance. Pusong Pinoy also gave this young hero some bonus points for giving a whole new meaning to the concept of give-and-go.

Monday, October 22, 2012

JEAN TSE'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT PSAC

BY CHARTER TEAM LEADER JAY MARTINEZ


This reminds us of a Britney Spears' song, "Oops, I Did It Again!", because this is exactly what our hero, JEAN TSE, did for the 3rd consecutive year!  She celebrated her birthday the Pusong Pinoy way organized by the Parish Social Action Committe (PSAC). 
 
Jean said, "The best gift is to share the blessings I have received and to be able to see the smiles this gift has created".  Her birthday party was attended by over 100 children enjoying a fun-filled day of games, prizes, dance show, and delicious snacks.  
 
So to our hero, JEAN TSE, thank you for celebrating your birthday with Pusong Pinoy once again. May you be blessed for your kindness and generosity!  Special thanks also goes to PSAC's President, Liza de Jesus, and the amazing PSAC volunteers for making this happen!
 
For information on how to  celebrate your birthday the Pusong Pinoy way, please email CTL Jay Martinez or TL Carol Vega at pusongpinoyorg@gmail.com.
 
Click HERE to see past Pusong Pinoy's birthday celebrations.

Monday, October 1, 2012

2012 PP'S DAMASCUS SCHOLARSHIP

BY GREENHILLS TEAM LEADER FLORENCE O. TEMPORAL

LAST YEAR'S DAMASCUS SCHOLARS

The Filipino child is very close to the heart of Pusong Pinoy. As an organization, Pusong Pinoy’s mission is to provide assistance to various public schools and organizations with effective programs designed to advance the well-being of disadvantaged children in the areas of education, health care, and social services. Our primary focus is to promote literacy through reading.
 
The organization is currently supporting several local groups, one of which is the DAMASCUS FOUNDATION by way of a scholarship and feeding program. Damascus founder, Robert Tiangco, relates the story of how the scholarship program evolved. Damascus began as a drug rehabilitation and reformation center based in Bulacan. Some six years ago, they decided to embrace a bigger role in the community by helping the poor children in the area. It all started with a desire to give proper nutrition to the children who would drop by the center daily to barter pieces of fruit or vegetable for food, often for rice.
 
Robert surmised that since the children have made the effort to travel a long way to the center, they might as well feed them to help stave off their hunger. Thus, the feeding program was born. After a while, Robert decided that since the children already visit on a regular basis, they might as well put up a learning center for them. Robert says that this is Damascus’ way of giving the children of their community a fighting chance at surviving poverty and have a glimpse of a better future. In these children, Damascus sees only pure potential. They could be our future leaders and future heroes who will make it their mission to give back what they have learned and received from Damascus. But as much as they want to help as many children as they can, it is financially difficult for Damascus to do so.
 
Enter the worldwide heroes of Pusong Pinoy. Through the help of its donors and supporters, Pusong Pinoy was able to help 14 Damascus scholars last year. And this year, all 15 of these awesome children will be given the gift of education. Robert says he is so amazed by the swift reply of so many people in the fundraising for the scholarship program. In his words he says, “we feel God’s loving hands touching us through the wonderful people of Pusong Pinoy. You give us strength and resolve to continue this mission that God has given us.”
 
Perhaps to the hero who donated a few dollars or a few pesos, it is just a kind act done from the heart. But to these scholars, that kind deed has opened so many doorways to promising opportunities. Thank you HEROES for making the Damascus story a success story!   Click HERE to read more about this project.
 
Click HERE to read about our 2011 Damascus Scholarship Project.
 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DAMASCUS SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT II

In only two weeks, we raised P75,000 for our DAMASCUS SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT.  This was supposed to be completed three months ago, but unfortunately, it got delayed due to the unexpected intensity of our CDO and Luzon Relief Projects.  Special Thanks to our Arizona Team Leader, Jocelin Olivier, for spearheading this project!

On its second year, this scholarship helped 15 financially challenged, but truly deserving scholars with uniforms and daily meals/snacks for an entire school year.  These scholars are graduates of the Damascus Learning Center who are now attending an accredited public school. Thank you to the following sponsors who donated P5,000 for each scholar for one school year:

Scholar 1:  Myra Escutin Salvacion (Arizona, USA)
Scholar 2:  Shiela Lorenzo of (Australia)
Scholar 3:  RJ Gumatay (California, USA)/Debra Bunnell (Indiana, USA)
Scholar 4:  Sarah Encina (Philippines)
Scholar 5:  Sarah Encina (Philippines)
Scholar 6:  Sarah Encina (Philippines)
Scholar 7:  Bernardina Kimmerle (USA); Purplelady (USA); Rafael & Michelle Tuason (USA)
Scholar 8:  Purplelady (USA)
Scholar 9:  Ispikikay (Singapore)
Scholar 10:  Marc & Jocelin Olivier (Arizona, USA)
Scholar 11:  Caroline Zarate-Boyle (Colorado, USA)
Scholar 12:  Michelle Leus (Philippines)
Scholar 13:  Michelle Leus (Philippines)
Scholar 14:  Michelle Leus (Philippines)
Scholar 15:  MMM of Sienna College
 
Damascus Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit organization located in Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan in the Philippines. It provides a home for recovering drug dependents, street children, and individuals with behavioral problems. It caters to charity cases and youth who have been victimized by the drug menace in the Philippines.  Its holistic approach to rehabilitation gives hope and provides opportunities for a normal and functional life by providing these children with physical, mental, and spiritual development.

The foundation's mission is also to nurture health and educate undernourished children in the town by way of the Damascus Learning Center. The children come from far-away barrios who do not have access to preschool or kindergarten education.

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A LETTER FROM ONE OF OUR DAMASCUS SCHOLARS
 "Pusong Pinoy, I am Raiza Mae E. Castro, thanking you for helping and supporting me with my studies.  I will study hard for you and for my parents.  May God bless you so you can help more kids.  Thank you."


Monday, August 27, 2012

2012 LUZON TYPHOON RELIEF PROJECT

The recent typhoon in the Philippines displaced many families in Nasugbu, Batangas, and Sta. Cruz, Laguna. In partnership with the Parish Social Action Committee (PSAC) of San Vicente Ferrer Parish, Pusong Pinoy donated 5,000 packs of ramen noodles; 4,000 cans of sardines; 2,000 liters of water; and 15 sacks of rice to 500 displaced families.
On August 16, 2012, PSAC delivered food and water to 350 displaced families in Nasugbu, Batangas. Eight days later, they set sail on flooded waters to distribute the remaining 150 relief packs to flood victims in hard-to-reach areas in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Despite intermittent heavy downpours, smiles abounded as PSAC volunteers delivered relief goods donated by Pusong Pinoy heroes. Some of the flood victims were moved to tears over the kind gesture of our amazing volunteers. 

Thank you to all the HEROES for stepping up to make a donation for this project!  Click HERE for the list of donors and items donated.

Huge thanks to PSAC for their dedication and willingness to help those affected by the recent flood. Special thanks to the military personnel that ensured the safety of PSAC volunteers.  Our deepest gratitude to PSAC President and PP Liaison, LIZA DE JESUS, and to the following volunteers who distributed the relief goods despite the heavy rain:

EDITH KLIENFELDT
NAIDA & RONALD GALURA
RYAN MARAMO
FE MONTAOS
LETTY BOLANOS
KEYNET CLERIGO
SONIA SOQUILLO
CELSO FABREGAS
JOY FAMARIN
JOY VILLAPANDO
NATY BOSITA
LITA FIESTADA
LOLIT ARELLANO
EMERIN & FRANCIS IBAROLLA
REX DIMAGULANGAN
DELMA
OBET VIDAL  

To all the HEROES who were involved in this project, THANK YOU! Without your help, we would not have been able to successfully complete this project.  ♥

Click HERE to read about other Pusong Pinoy's Relief Operations.  

Friday, August 24, 2012

PUSONG PINOY RECEIVED THE 2012 GAWAD GENY LOPEZ JR. GLOBAL BAYANING PILIPINO AWARD FOR NORTH AMERICA (USA)

CONGRATULATIONS to all the HEROES of Pusong Pinoy who have supported our cause through donations; volunteer work or by providing encouraging words to keep us going. These include our partner organizations, groups and ministries who continue to provide assistance to disadvantaged kids in the Philippines. Our collective efforts have earned us the FIRST 2012 GAWAD GENY LOPEZ JR. GLOBAL BAYANING PILIPINO AWARD FOR THE UNITED STATES REGION.

Pusong Pinoy continues to exist because of your compassion and generosity towards our Kababayans. This award is a testimonial to the power of teamwork and an affirmation that the spirit of bayanihan holds no boundaries. Pagpapatunay na pag pinagsama-sama natin ang tulong, maliit man or malaki, ay marami tayong magagawa para sa mga batang nangangailangan sa Pilipinas. Mabuhay kayo! Mabuhay ang Pusong Pinoy! Watch the awarding ceremony on August 26 (Sunday) on ABS-CBN & The Filipino Channel at 10pm on Sunday’s Best!

Thank you to the ABS-CBN staff for this video!
Executive Producer- Vivian Zalvidea Araullo
Writer/ Producer- Pia Lopezbanos Carrion
Editor- Danny Manansala
Cameraman- Jeremiah Ysip

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On June 21, 2012, Pusong Pinoy received the prestigious 2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino Award for North America. The award ceremony was held at ABS-CBN International in Redwood City, California. Representing Pusong Pinoy were DONNA BERNARDO ROSARIO, Founder/CEO; and Northern California Team Leaders ARNEL FRANCISCO and VANGIE CRUZ-REYES.

 
PP TEAM WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ABS-CBN & UGAT FOUNDATION




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On July 21 2012, Pusong Pinoy was honored again at the Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Award Ceremony held at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN Broadcast Center in the Philippines.  Representing Pusong Pinoy were DONNA BERNARDO ROSARIO, Founder/CEO; SUSAN CHUA, CFO; BING MORDEO-PACCERELLI, COO; and NINGNING C. DOBLE, Philippines Charter Team Leader.


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To all the Pusong Pinoy HEROES - this is your award! Thank you, ABS-CBN Corporation and Ugat Foundation, for recognizing the hardwork and dedication of Pusong Pinoy volunteers who have given their time, energy, and resources to help make a difference.  Maraming Salamat! ♥

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"DIVO & THE DIVAS"
A CONCERT BENEFITING PUSONG PINOY


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HEROES, we would like to invite you to join us on September 2, 2012 at NOYPITZ in Glendale, California for an event to benefit Pusong Pinoy.

It stars DIVO, a talented musician, together with two amazing performers/comedians, POCA & REY KILAY, who will surely make the show worth your while. A portion of the proceeds will go to Pusong Pinoy to help us further our cause! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! THANKS IN ADVANCE HEROES!!! :)

For ticket information, please email pusongpinoyorg@gmail.com. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

PP HERO SEAN JEDI'S BIRTHDAY AT PSAC

BY PP CTL ANGEL JAY MARTINEZ

"SUPERMAN IS WHAT I CAN DO, SEAN JEDI IS WHO I AM"

Just like his favorite comic hero, SEAN JEDI became Superman in real life. Celebrating his 7th birthday, the Parish Social Action Committee (PSAC) organized a birthday bash on July 28, 2012 in Batangas.

Attended by 340 kids, some accompanied by their parents and/or older siblings, they enjoyed a fun-filled and delicious afternoon with spaghetti, bread, hotdog on sticks, juices, and lots of games.  Each kid also received loot bag containing toothbrush, toothpaste, face towel, ballpens, noodles, toys and other goodies! We would like to thank you, SEAN, for celebrating your birthday the Pusong Pinoy way. Thank you, Superman!!!

PSAC's mission is to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in Batangas, Philippines; not only by helping them meet their needs, but also encourage a positive outlook on life. If you would like to celebrate your birthday the PP way, please email CTL Jay Martinez or TL Carol Vega at pusongpinoyorg@gmail.com.

Click HERE to see past Pusong Pinoy's birthday celebrations.