VIDES Mission Camp 2023

VIDES:  Kalakbay ng Kabataan sa Pagbangon

 Volunteerism shines brightly!

 After so long, VIDES Philippines held its come back annual Mission Camp last September 3, 2023 at the Mary Help of Christians College Gymnasium, Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna. The heavy rainfall did not dampen the spirit of approximately 38 generous volunteers.  It was a day filled with joy as we hosted over 200 wonderful Oratorian-beneficiaries from the Oratory youth centers of three FMA Laguna communities: 110 from Sitio Buntog, Sitio B-Uno and Sitio Locomotive (Mary Help of Christians College), 50 from Brgy. Halang and San Cristobal (FMA Aspirantate), and 40 from Brgy. Silangan (FMA Novitiate).  Twenty mothers were also invited as beneficiaries of free livelihood training and free dishwashing kit grants.  

This incredibly packed and fun-filled day kicked-off with the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Jayson David, SDB.     VIDES’ newly donated multi-cab for the use of Busina Mo, Dunong Ko was likewise officially blessed. 

 In the morning, kids learned about resiliency through an engaging group workshop, while the parents got crafty with dishwashing liquid soap-making. In the afternoon, everyone enjoyed a fair-themed extravaganza with photobooths, talent shows, art expression, and a quiz show booth – a picture of the Filipino traditional barrio fiesta, and indeed, a true celebration of togetherness!.   

 The event was further enriched by the presence of Provincial Superior, Sr. Teresita C. Padron, FMA, whose inspirational message made the occasion even more memorable and meaningful.  

The VIDES Mission Camp was not just about helping others; it was first of all an experience of God’s Divine Providence that made things possible through generous individuals, families,  and that of Charity for Love organization whose benevolence reached many homes.   For the volunteers it was about reconnecting bonds which they missed during the pandemic, and reigniting the fire of volunteerism that seeks to sow good stewardship and solidarity with the poorest youth. To the beneficiaries, it was about enjoying the surprises and blessings of the Mission Camp. VIDES Philippines once again proved that nothing can stop our community from coming together and making a difference the lives of others.

 Here's to many more successful volunteer activities ahead, rain or shine!

#VIDESMissionCamp #OneForOthers




Big thanks to Charis and ACTS Singapore for making VIDES Pinoy a conduit of blessings during the Christmas season.

Grocery packs were distributed to VIDES Communities in Trece Martirez (Cavite), LRTA General Trias (Cavite), and San Roque (Quezon City). Staff and teachers from Hugo Perez Elementary School, beneficiaries from Guadalupe Parish (TMC, Cavite), beneficiaries from Pope Pius Friday Friends, staff and maintenance personnel of the FMA Community in Pansol, Laguna, and fire victims from Barangay San Roque also received the rice and food items.


VIDES Pinoy General Assembly 2023


Inviting all VIDES volunteers to this year's General Assembly.
Let's kick off 2023 with an online fellowship, formation, updates on programs and activities, and the election of VIDES Pinoy's Board of Trustees.
See you on Sunday, 22 January 2023, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
Please check our FB group and group chat for the meeting link.


Love in Action: VIDES Pinoy Brings the Joy of Christmas to Sitio Monicayo

Three years after holding their traditional annual Christmas party with the Aeta community, 120 VIDES volunteers made their way to Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat, Pampanga last December 4, 2022 to bring the message of God’s love and the joys of the Christmas season.

The event commenced with a Holy Mass celebrated by Rev Fr. Elmer B. Salonga followed by a short program organized by the volunteers. In her welcome remarks, Sr Lyn Yap, FMA, VIDES Treasurer and Directress of the Mary Help of Christians School of Mabalacat, extended her gratitude to VIDES for choosing to hold its early Christmas celebration with the aeta community and the indigent families of Sitio Monicayo. On behalf of the volunteers, Sr Paz Bandalan, FMA, VIDES Delegate, expressed the group’s excitement to once again be with the residents of the area to share the happiness of the blessed season. She said that the volunteers came from as far as Metro Manila, Cavite, and Laguna for the special day.

VIDES volunteers then greeted the residents with a lively dance number which was reciprocated by the local youth with equally engaging dance presentations.

After the short program, the VIDES Perya, which showcased different interactive learning booths on children’s rights were opened. The kids enthusiastically demonstrated their talents at the Gilas Kids Booth and showed off their art skills at the Ako at ang Aking Pamilya Booth. Fun games were featured at the Laro Tayo Booth. The children also eagerly exercised their brains by solving math and word problems at the Edukasyong Pangkaunlaran Booth, learned more information on kids’ rights at the Ligtas Kabataan Booth, and posted their messages at the Ako ay Naniniwala Freedom of Expression Wall.

Both kids and adults enjoyed brandishing their poses and big smiles at the Ako ay Pilipino Photo booth. At the VIDES Salon, volunteer hair stylists offered haircutting services to the residents. Parents participated in the Gawa ni Inay Booth where they made Christmas decors using recycled items. They also listened to the informative talk on mental health at the Malusog na Kaisipan Booth which was facilitated by a VIDES volunteer who is licensed psychologist.

The half-day activity ended with the distribution of grocery items, gifts, and snacks to more than 150 families and 270 residents. The beneficiaries happily went home, grateful for the blessings and enriching experience they received. The VIDES volunteers on the other hand had their hearts filled with joy, inspiration, and passion to serve.

After the event, the volunteers gathered at the Mary Help of Christians School of Mabalacat for a fellowship lunch and a short bonding session.

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