Few months ago, together with a network of solidarity NGOs called ASIN (Alternative Solidarity Initiative Network) we visited the island of Mambacayao (dako) island, in Bantayan, Cebu to assess and afford rehabilitation response. We saw the plight of the community and individual families. We tried to document their stories of poverty and struggles, all of them are helpless. Typhoon Haiyan’s (Yolanda) devastation on the island community was ruthless, almost destroyed the only homes they have. Even after more than hundred days in the aftermath of Continue reading →
The Commission on Social and Ecological Concerns – Recoletos of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno organized the HEARTanonymous.org “Caravan of Solidarity” as a way of continuous response for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Tacloban from March 9-10, 2014. The organizers distributed 750 relief packs (educational supplies, food, t-shirt and slippers) to the 750 elementary and high school students of Holy Trinity College in Alang-alang, Leyte and St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban, Inc. in Tacloban City. Fr. Miguel M. Miro, OAR, Prior Continue reading →
Climate Change is real “The sea water is eating up the shoreline in a fast pace” said Fr. Aron Buenacosa, parish priest of St. John the Baptist Parish Pandanan, Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Just within this year, more than a meter of the area’s shoreline sand is lost. Climate change experts predicted a sea level rise in every five year period, but not as really felt along the fishing community of Sagay City.Climate change is real, it can be felt all around the country, truly real Continue reading →
HEARTsolar: solar energy set for the residents and Typhoon Yolanda victims in Mambakayaw island, Bantayan, Cebu.
St. James the Greater Parish – Old Sagay Parish Priest: Fr. Erwin Magnanao Sto. Niño Chapel, Brgy. Taba-ao Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, Banquerohan Barangay Pasil, E.B. Magalona HEARThaus Beneficiary: Leonardo & Lanilyn Tagalog Continue reading →
February 11, 2014: Blessing of Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel (St. James the Greater Parish, Purok Rosas, Old Sagay, Negros Occidental).
Call of the moment With a mandate from the Prior Provincial to help the families of the religious and make a difference in the name of the Church to bless the dead; four religious agreed to travel to the typhoon ravaged Province of Leyte. Calling ourselves as “spiritual marines,” adopting the military-style term of “search & destroy” operations, this time we will search and help the way we can. Of the four who volunteered, three religious pursued the mission: Fr. Charlie Orobia, Fr. Glynn Ortega & Continue reading →
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – Buenaventura “Nonoy” Jarabelo lives along the coastal area of Cadiz City. He makes his living by assisting fishermen arrange and repair their fishing nets. Nonoy said he survived two tragedies in his life. First, he is a survivor of the 1985 Escalante Massacre, which claimed 20 lives. He was part of the organized youth group who participated during that welga ng bayan. Nonoy was lucky enough to have survived with only a scar of an armalite bullet on his back. Second, he survived the Continue reading →
A cool evening in the midst of sugarcane fields, almost 200 members of the Gagmay na Kristianong Katilingban (GKK) Basic Christian Communities, Sitio Linuthangan, Brgy. Mabini in Escalante, Negros Occidental gathered in an evening Mass and Blessing of their newly reconstructed community chapel last December 19, 2013. The area was also hit by the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda, the chapel was put to the ground. “Wala na tawon mi balay alampu-anan” (We have no place for prayer) said Butch Ondoy, a GKK leader in the area. Part of HEARTanonymous.org solidarity Continue reading →
HEARTanonymous.org with the help of Gagmay na Kristianong Katilingban of the Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, DIHON artists, UNO-R Community and Carmelites is finishing the HEARTchapel in Brgy. Cervantes, Escalante. A Christmas gift to the community. Blessing of the chapel will be on December 19, 2013.