VIDES Philippines Welcomes New Board of Trustees

Last July 18, 2021, VIDES Pinoy welcomed its new Board of Trustees, composed of seven (7) FMA community animators and seven (7) volunteers.  It held its first meeting presided by the new VIDES Delegate, Sr. Maria Socorro Bacani, FMA.  This historical meeting, held via Zoom, marked the beginning of a new organizational structure for VIDES Philippines which is aligned to the VIDES International model with FMA sisters and lay volunteers. They are committed to walk together sharing the one vision and mission of VIDES.

Chaired by Sr. Socorro, FMA, the newly mandated Board is composed of the following:

The 7 FMA animators from seven communities in Luzon and the Visayas: Sr. Catherine Urgello, FMA (LV Palawan); Sr. Arlene Rafaela, FMA (MHCS Minglanilla, Cebu); Sr. Guia Asparen, FMA (LV Malihao, Victorias, Negros Occidental); Sr. Lyn Yap, FMA (MHCS Mabalacat, Pampanga); Sr. Nancy Esmero, FMA (MHC Agri-Tech. Center, Mindoro Or.); Sr. Ma. Teresa Lorenzo, FMA (MHCC Canlubang, Laguna); Sr. Debbie Ponsaran, FMA (DBS Manila).

The 7 lay volunteers:  Lezeil Ebdane, Marian Belarmino, Mariciel Estacio, Engr. Lordinel Adarlo, Cindy Pura, Jennilyn Pequit, and Zarah De Guzman.

Sr. Josefina Carrasco FMA, VIDES International BOD member, was invited to welcome the new Board and give them a special message.  She encouraged them and stressed the importance of working together to fulfill the mission of accompanying the youth and helping the poor. She affirmed the potential and much opportunities of VIDES to be truly ONE FOR OTHERS more than ever in this time of pandemic.

Guided and inspired by Mother General Yvonne Reungoat’s dream for VIDES, an election was a priority in the agenda in order to adopt the BOT model of VIDES Internazionale to VIDES Philippines.  Two (2) lay volunteers and two (2) FMA Sisters were elected to the Executive Board.  

The BOT members engaged in a lively discussion on VIDES Pinoy’s programs, projects, activities, and future plans.  VIDES Office staff and coordinator of VIDES community in Cavite, Ms. Amy Suzara, was invited to present an updated report on the organization's initiatives and recent accomplishments.

In her good night talk, Sr. Tita Padron, FMA FIL-PNG Provincial Superior,  lauded the good work being done by VIDES in spreading God’s good news and serving the underprivileged.  She drew insights from this day’s Gospel wherein Jesus invited the apostles to “come away to a deserted place and rest awhile” after their busy day helping many people in need.  So busy were they that they even had no chance to eat.  Similarly, Sr. Tita encouraged the Sisters and volunteers, no matter how busy they are, to also take time for self-care and rest awhile in Jesus, the Good Shepherd, whose heart was filled with compassion for all.  

Sr. Socorro led the community praying of “Shepherd us, O Lord” which capped the inspiring, enriching, and meaningful virtual encounter.


Thank You and Welcome!


Last July 10, we bade farewell and welcome to FMA sisters who are very dear to our hearts.

Thank you, Sr Mel David FMA, for leading VIDES Pinoy during a very challenging time. Because of your guidance, we have found opportunities in the midst of crisis. We were able to accomplish a lot despite the global pandemic   We wish you good luck in your new assignment. We will surely miss you!

Welcome back, Sr Jojo Carrasco, FMA, VIDES Pinoy's previous delegate, and now an elected member of the VIDES International Board of Directors! We missed you and we are very pleased to see you again. We look forward to seeing more of you.

We are excited to welcome you back, Sr Sue Bacani, FMA! We look forward to a meaningful VIDES journey with you as our VIDES Pinoy Delegate.  We missed you and we are delighted that you're back.


#VIDESPinoy #OneforOthers


Snapshots of the VIDES Pinoy General Assembly with Sr Teresita C. Padron FMA

Thank you to our dear FMA sisters and volunteers who have attended our short assembly last July 10, 2021. Hope you were all inspired with Mother General's dream for VIDES.

Thank you so much to our Salesian sisters, especially to our new Provincial Superior--Sr Tita Padron, FMA, for sharing their time to meet our active volunteers.

Congratulations also to Sr Jojo Carrasco, FMA for being part of the VIDES International Board of Directors!

And most of all, thank you very much to Sr Mel for the wonderful years of being VIDES Pinoy's delegate. 🥰❤️

Welcome [back], Sr Sue!! 😁❤


VIDES General Assembly with Sr. Teresita Padron FMA

Join us this Saturday, 10 July 2021, for our General Assembly and get to meet the newly installed FMA Philippines & PNG Provincial Superior, Sr. Teresita C. Padron FMA!
See you there!


VIDES Pinoy: Committed to Being One for Others in the Time of Pandemic


Watch the snapshots of VIDES Pinoy's projects and activities from January to June 2021. Despite the persisting challenges brought about by the pandemic, we continue to adhere to our commitment to serve and be one for others. You will also get to see a preview of our upcoming initiatives!


VIDES International: Promoting Fraternity, Solidarity, Justice and Peace


This is the video produced by VIDES International in connection with the 2020 Global Education Pact held in October 2020.

It presents the programs and activities of VIDES International related to peace building. Representatives of VIDES groups from different continents also answer some questions about peace and citizenship. VIDES Philippines Vice President, Ciel Estacio, who is also a member of the VIDES International Board of Directors, presented the programs and initiatives of VIDES Philippines.


VIDES Philippines: 25 Years of Being One for Others

 Let's take a trip down memory lane and witness how VIDES Philippines started and has grown into the dynamic organization that it is today.


Pope Francis' Video Message on the Laudato Si' Action Platform

The Laudato Si' Action Platform towards integral ecology was launched today. In his message, Pope Francis underlined that we need a new ecological approach: "An integral human ecology that involves not only environmental questions but also mankind in his entirety, that becomes capable of listening to the cry of the poor and of being leaven for a new society".

Please see the English translation below:


2021 Strenna of the Salesian Rector Major

 Watch the video presenting the 2021 Strenna of Salesion Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, S.D.B.

Your may read the English commentary here.


VIDES Philippines: Service in the Time of the Pandemic

See how VIDES Philippines continues with its mission to give hope and share God's in the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Meeting of VIDES Asia Delegates

Sr Annecie Audate FMA, VIDES International Director General, presided over the virtual meeting attended by delegates of VIDES groups in Asia on 16 January 2021.

In her opening remarks, Sr Runita Borja FMA, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, underscored that "what the young people ask of us and expect from us, and not only in this pandemic time, is presence and closeness. Not just any presence, but rather a presence of listening, a presence of dialogue and sharing, a presence of hope."
Mr Guido Barbera, VIDES International President, highlighted the effects of the global pandemic to the way of life of the people and to the implementation of the projects of the different VIDES groups. He stressed the need for flexibility and readiness to adapt to the changing realities so that VIDES may effectively carry out its mission to accompany the youth. He also gave his insights in relation to the selection of candidates for the upcoming election of the VIDES International Board of Directors in July 2021.
The delegates from VIDES Japan, South Korea, Thailand, India, and the Philippines gave an overview of the current situation in their respective countries, the challenges they are facing, and updates on their activities.
Sr Annecie led a beautiful prayer asking the Lord's guidance as VIDES groups undertake volunteering activities that cross all ideological, racial, cultural and social barriers. The prayer also asks for strength to accompany young people, to limit the damage that politics and man have caused, and to bring simple smile and express the meaning of true solidarity.
The Director General of VIDES International also highlighted the importance of engendering the culture of reciprocity and of having intercultural and intergenerational discussions so VIDES would be more responsive to the needs of the young people. She
urged the delegates to think about the structure and the direction that the VIDES governing body must have to further the said agenda.
VIDES Philippines Delegate and Chairperson, Sr Mel David FMA, represented the Philippines in the said meeting. VIDES International Board Member and VIDES Philippines Vice President, Ciel Estacio, was also invited to participate in the event.