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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VIDES Advent Recollection 2022

 [Advent Recollection]

We invite you to attend the VIDES Online Advent Recollection to be facilitated by Sr. Cynthia Calabig, FMA. The event, with the theme, "Renewed in Strength", will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2022, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.


Thank You, VIDES Volunteers!


Love in action. That's what VIDES volunteers personify!

Truckload of gratitude to the selfless, dedicated, and committed VIDES volunteers who made our recent Christmas Outreach Activity for the Aeta Community in Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat, Pampanga a resounding success.

Thank you for actively participating in the program, coming up with enjoyable games and experiential learning activities, dancing, singing, providing haircutting services, packing and hauling goods, and sharing your skills, talents, and resources.


Thank You, Donors & Sponsors!

Our heartfelt gratitude to our donors & sponsors who supported the VIDES Hatid Saya sa Pasko Outreach Activity for the Aeta Community of Sitio Monicayo, Calumpang, Mabalacat, Pampanga. Thank you for helping us bring the joy of Christmas to 150 families composed of 270 individuals. God bless your generous hearts!


VIDES General Assembly 2022

Thank you to everyone who have attended this year's General Assembly. We hope you were inspired by the Strenna for 2022. As St. Francis de Sales said, "Do all through love, nothing through constraint."

We, especially the new faces in the Board of Trustees, are excited to journey with you this year. And of course, under the guidance of Sr Paz Bandalan.
Hope to see you again and have your support on our future events and projects.
Here's to a more fruitful 2022.

Sr. Paz Bandalan, FMA, our new VIDES Pinoy Delegate, welcomed everyone and started the event off with a prayer. 

The Strenna of the Rector Major for 2022 was shared.  The Strenna's theme for 2022 is a quote from Sr. Francis of Sales: "Do all through love, nothing through constraint."

Former BOT President, Lezeil Ebdane shared the programs lined up for 2022. This includes: Volunteer Formation, Lenten Recollection, Spiritual Accompaniment, Advent Recollection, Grand Kumustahan, National Conference in preparation for the: International Conference of VIDES Internazionale.

The International Conference will be in July, hosted in Poland. Hence, for preparation, VIDES Pinoy will have its National Conference in May.

Meet our Board of Trustees!

From left to right, top to bottom): Sr. Paz Bandalan, VIDES Pinoy Delegate; Sr. Catherine Urgello, FMA (LV Palawan), VIDES BOT Councilor; Sr. Lyn Yap, FMA (MHCS Mabalacat, Pampanga), VIDES BOT Treasurer; Sr. Debbie Ponsaran, FMA (DBS Manila); Sr. Guia Asparen, FMA (LV Malihao, Victorias, Negros Occidental); Sr. Arlene Rafaela, FMA (MHCS Minglanilla, Cebu); Sr. Ma. Teresa Lorenzo, FMA (MHCC Canlubang, Laguna); Sr. Nancy Esmero, FMA (MHC Agri-Tech. Center, Mindoro Or.) 

From left to right, top to bottom:

Ciel Estacio, the new VIDES BOT President; Marian Belarmino, new VIDES BOT Secretary; Lezeil Ebdane; Zarah de Guzman; Jennilyn Pequit; Leonorico "Jun" Gorantes; Ericka Quilos


VIDES General Assembly 2022


Happy New Year, everyone!
Looking forward to a great year with you.
Join us on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 1:30PM to know what's up and what's next for the organization.
See you there!