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A New Lease on Life for the Residents of St. Anthony Care Homes 2, GK Golden Acres Las Piñas

By: Angela Bagadiong

St. Anthony Care Homes 2 GK Village Las Piñas facade

Thanks to Rene & Vangie Acedillo, twenty-four families now have bright and colorful homes that they can call their own. St. Anthony Care Homes 2 at the GK Golden Acres site in Las Piñas is the second village born from the generosity of the Acedillos, following the St. Anthony Care Homes GK Village in Parañaque.

A bright sunny day was only appropriate to reflect a brighter tomorrow for these children.

It was brighter than usual down at the GK village last April 14th.​ ​T​he heat of the summer sun paled in comparison to the warm welcome given by the community. Children waved colorful flags and excitedly greeted visitors to their new homes with “Welcome to St. Anthony Care Homes!”

The program began with a mass offering lead by Fr. Teo Rustia, followed by a blessing over each and every one of the twenty-four new homes. After the mass and blessing, a crowd gathered in anticipation of the performances, with all eyes on the stage. The children and their parents had prepared a little performance for their guests as a way of welcoming and thanking the donors for their support.

The turnover ceremony was held in the presence of GK Head of Las Piñas, Emil Virtudes, along with Councilors Gerry Sangga, Boni Riguerra, RubyMar Ramos, Brgy. Chairman Josie Bumanlag, Kagawads Moral and Tisoy, and Marlyn Importante and Gela Bagadiong of GK Headquarters, among others.

A festive vibe was in the air as everyone continued to cheer on the performers; the community was filled with life and laughter. When the performances concluded, everyone listened intently to donor Vangie Acedillo ​who ​offer​ed​ a few words to the community, saying “Huwag kayo mag-alala. Lahat ng mga problema niyo, pino-problema ko rin. Hangga’t sa makakaya ko, ibibigay ko.” (“Your problems are my problems. I will give as much as I can, while I still can.”)

Vangie Acedillo is presented a Certificate of Recognition for her generous support to the community

She expressed her desire to give more and lamented not being able to expand the size of the homes at the moment. The new homeowners were quick to assure her that ​having their own place was more than enough because th​is was a happy departure from what they’d previously known: ​the harsh reality of dilapidated shanty houses and poor infrastructure. As the program closed with the house key turnover and contract signing, a slow smile began to spread across the faces of all the beneficiaries.

What once was a murky area is now a thriving community​,​ thanks to the generous donations of the Acedillo family and efforts of GK Las Piñas and GK USA. Without the​m, this project could not have come to life.

Now, there is a new hope for the residents of the St. Anthony Care Homes 2 Village. However, there are still twenty families in need of homes in the GK Golden Acres site. We wish to continue to spread the light to the rest of the communities through donors willing to lend a hand, and encourage you to get involved. Your donations can ​transform ​lives.

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Seafood City supports SIPAG

The GK SipaG program is a youth leadership and empowerment program that specifically uses sports, such as football, as a medium and teaching tool to mold leaders among underprivileged youth through the pillars of values formation, life skills, positive communication, and child rights/protection.  Through this program, many children became academic scholars, adult leaders in the community, and have sought sustainable full-time employment.

From June 6-26, 2018, Gawad Kalinga’s Sipag team traveled to Europe to train, learn, and compete in the France international football tournaments namely Hazebrouck International Youth CUP, USVJ Villete D’Anthon tournament in Lyon and Tournoi International Jeunes de Sartilly.

Attending European tournament is already in its 2nd year where GK Europe, together with its supporters, partners, and volunteers in Europe have invited the Gawad Kalinga Football team in the Philippines to compete in football tournaments, participate in educational activities, as well as serve as ambassadors for their communities.  These youths were selected not solely based on their athletic ability, but more so on their potential to contribute to their community as leaders and role models. This year, the players came from GK communities in Mandaluyong, Quezon City and Pasig.

The itinerary of GK SipaG Europe 2018 Trip:

June 6: Depart in Manila

June 7: Arrival in Amsterdam, take a bus to Hazebrouck, France

June 9-12: Stayed in Hazebrouck and compete in the Hazebrouck International Youth Cup

June 13-15: Visit Paris, France

June 15-20: Stayed in Lyon and compete in Villete d’Anthon football tournament

June 20-25: Stayed in Sartillly and compete in Sartilly football tournament

June 25: Fly to Amsterdam for a connecting flight to Manila

June 26: Arrived in Manila

We got our first trophy in Europe – the Europa League Cup at the USVJ Villete D’Anthon tournament in Lyon, France!

The assigned traveling companions and chaperones during this trip were Michael Kevin Goco (Head Coach) , Marlyn Importante (Team Manager), Jun Degayo (Head of Documentation), Zarah Malatbalat (Former SipaG player turned Football Coach), and Aldrin Lufamia (Former SipaG player turned Football Coach).  GK Europe ensured the plane flights, accommodations, food, and transportation of the group. While GK USA, thru Seafood City, sponsored the official uniforms and visa applications.

Thank you to our friends and supporters from GK Europe, GK USA, Air France KLM and Gawad Kalinga Lyon and all the French host families and French volunteers and coaches for this wonderful opportunity to sow hope and build dreams among our young kids and leaders. – Marlyn Importante, Team Manager

 School Immersion

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Highway of Peace #HOPE

 

The 2018 Highway Of Peace Caravan from Iligan City to Marawi City participated by 1,500 volunteers during the Bayani Challenge followed by a #HOPE Forum with the Teachers of Marawi and culminated by a symbolic repainting and beautification of the Km. 0 Marker last June 10, 2018.

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