Highlights of the VIDES Philippines' 25th Anniversary Celebration

 Since 2019, VIDES volunteers have been planning on how the silver anniversary of VIDES Philippines will be celebrated. A lot of ideas have been suggested and were included in the planning. But as all of you know, all the initial plans were scratched out because of the unexpected challenges that we have encountered since the last part of the first quarter of 2020.

Come November 22, 2020, on the day of VIDES Philippines Silver Anniversary Celebration, more than 60 volunteers, both local and international, joined the online get-together of VIDES volunteers from the different parts of the Philippines and the world. The activity began with a mass which was presided by Rev. Fr. Andy Peter Lubi, Rector of Saint Augustine Major Seminary (SASMA) located in Tagaytay. Fr. Andy has been very generous in providing his service and accompanying VIDES Philippines – together with its volunteers and communities – in their journey all these years.
It has been an exciting, joyful and challenging 25 years for all us! Even though we were only able to meet virtually, it was really nice to see a lot of volunteers and some of our dear FMA Sisters. It was a wonderful day, as we were able to push through with the gathering and to also celebrate and reminisce the events and activities that all of us were able to join throughout these years.


Prayer for Frontliners

 Watch the video prepared by VIDES Philippines dedicated to our brave frontliners.  Let's pray for the safety of everyone, especially those who serve at the frontlines. 


Announcement: We're Improving the VIDES Pinoy Webpage

We are currently updating and improving our website. Please stay tuned for the launch of the new interface of our webpage this 2020.  Meanwhile, please visit our Facebook Page to see our recent  activities and ongoing initiatives.  You may also read and enjoy the posts and articles on this site.  

Have a great day and keep safe!

VIDES Webinar on Resiliency: Staying Strong and Succeeding Through This COVID Crisis

Despite the implementation of a community quarantine, VIDES Phililppines continues to conduct formations and learning sessions for its volunteers and beneficiary communities.
Last 29 May 2020, Learning Just Made Better (LJMB) Consulting conducted a free webinar entitled, "Resiliency 2.0: Staying Strong and Succeeding Through This COVID Crisis," for VIDES volunteers.

CEO & Chief Consultant Louie Banta of LJMD facilitated the online seminar participated by 57 volunteers and VIDES friends. The interactive and enriching online learning session and discussion centered on the characteristics of resilient people and seven (7) ways to frame a crisis.


VIDES: Giving Hope and Sharing God's Words in the Time of the Pandemic

In March 2020, the National Capital Region and provinces in Luzon were placed under community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel and activity restrictions were enforced, VIDES Philippines had no choice but to temporarily cancel its regular literacy and formation sessions in the areas it serves and assists.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, VIDES Philippines continues to fulfill its mission of bringing the good news of God’s love and salvation, especially to those in the peripheries. In these trying times, accompanying others, especially the youth, has become even more pressing. As people experience physical, mental, economic, and spiritual difficulties, the need to provide not just material assistance, but also moral and spiritual support, is highlighted.

The volunteer organization takes advantage of technology and social media to reach out to the volunteers and communities. Despite the physical limitations, VIDES Philippines is able to continuously conduct formation and evangelization activities.

One best practice is Sr Mel David’s sharing of the daily gospel to VIDES volunteers, staff, and beneficiaries using an online messaging application. Members of the VIDES Pinoy community are able to reflect on God’s words, pray together, and interact with one another through the use of social media. Using the references sent to them electronically, kids and mothers in the different communities that VIDES Philippines ministers to also regularly get together to read bible verses, share reflections, and conduct learning sessions.

To make information and materials more accessible to the volunteers, livestreams of eucharistic celebrations, videos of religious events, schedules of church activities, and relevant references are also posted at the VIDES Pinoy Volunteers’ Facebook Group. Videos and gratitude cards which offer prayers and appreciation to medical personnel, other frontliners, and donors are also produced by volunteers and beneficiaries.

As the world continues to feel the negative impact of the pandemic, the entire VIDES Pinoy family continues to pray as a community, show solidarity, and stay true to the motto of being “One for Others.”


VIDES Pinoy YouTube Channel

In celebration of our 25th founding anniversary, we have recently created the VIDES Pinoy YouTube Channel. You may watch VIDES videos and share them to your family and friends through various social media platforms. Spread the word and please don't forget to subscribe to our channel!


VIDES Pinoy 1st Quarter 2020 Medical Mission

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Join the our 1st medical mission for 2020!  Volunteer and get to know the people of LRTA Homes Brgy. Santiago, General Trias, Cavite.

Visit this link for more information.


VIDES Volunteers' Summit 2020: A Big Success!

We had a blast at the 2020 Volunteers' Summit!
Thank you to the 117 attendees who made the event enriching and engaging.
Grazie mille, Sr Annecie Audate FMA, VIDES Internazionale Director General, for gracing the event and for taking time to hear the ideas and hopes for the future of our volunteers, especially the youth. Thank you for teaching us a fun song.
Our gratitude also goes out to Ms Joeanne Marie Jomalesa for sharing her expertise on Mental Health and Psychological First Aid. We've learned a lot from the discussions. Thank you for urging us to be mental health advocates.
We are also grateful to the VIDES BOD members and staff who explained the programs of our organization and shared their inspiring journey as VIDES volunteers.
Thank you, Sr Mabel Pilar FMA, Provincial Superior, for your constant support to the VIDES Pinoy family.
Salamat po, Sr Mel David FMA, for being the wind beneath our wings for this event.
Grazie mille, Sr Jojo Carrasco FMA, and DBS Sta Mesa for allowing us to use the school facility.
A big thanks to everyone who attended the event and to the people who worked hard to make sure that the Volunteers' Summit would be a resounding success.


VIDES Volunteers' Summit 2020

VIDES Philippines will hold a Volunteers' Summit with the theme "Be Engaged. Be Involved." this Satuday, February 8, 2020.

Learn about volunteering opportunities in the Philippines and other countries, meet local and foreign volunteers, and participate in the discussion on the issues that affect the youth and how to help address the same.

Keynote speaker is Sr Annecie Audate FMA, the Director General of VIDES Internazionale.

A licensed psychologist will talk about Mental Health and Psychological First Aid.

Selected VIDES volunteers sent to Geneva, Switzerland and Italy to render internship and participate in international conventions and United Nations Side Events shall also share their experiences.

Free snacks and simple lunch will be served!

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Ms. Amy Suzara at 0915-9094723. You also sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vides-volunteerssummit-tickets-92520361893

See you there!

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VIDES Philippines Joins Relief Operations for the Victims of the Taal Volcano Eruption

VIDES Philippines staff and volunteers joined the relief operations led by the FMA Provincial House for the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption last 23 January 2020.  They were delegated to go to the Parish of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Dagatan, Taysan Batangas to meet 97 families who evacuated from their towns affected by the recent Taal eruption. They met each of the families in their respective foster homes and some in small barangay evacuation centers located in five different barangays for the intake interview and the distribution of food packs. 

Strenna of the Salesian Rector Major 2020

Watch the Strenna 2020 given by Salesian Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.

In the Strenna 2020, the Rector Major emphasizes that “as a Salesian Family we must be attentive to the great human challenges of our world, such as honesty as people, living as a committed citizenship that seeks the good, making the Church’s social Doctrine present in everyday life, the option for the most disadvantaged, ensure that Christians and our young people are at the service of the people, through the service of politics, special attention to the encyclical Laudato Sì, the focus on climate change and care for Creation and, of course, the firm defense that the Salesian Family must have with regard to human rights and, in particular, the rights of children who tend to be the most fragile. With these approaches we want to propose the two great pillars of Don Bosco’s education and make them current.”

Read the English version of the strenna here:


VIDES Pinoy 2020 Calendar of Activities


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Block your scheds coz the official calendar of activities for 2020 is now here.
Be engaged. Be involved. Be one for others.

Watch the preview of activities here!

P.S. We have surprises in store if you attend many of our activities. 😉


VIDES Pinoy General Assembly 2020

Get ready to know all the volunteer opportunities this year.
Be informed of our organization's goals, know what activities you can join, and meet new volunteers.
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Join us this January 25, Saturday, for our General Assembly.
You can invite your family and friends, too!
See you there!