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T h e Of ficial Publication of the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc.

HAVEN A Home Of Refuge

January - May

Volume 2 No. 1 2015


TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE COVER

The Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) lives up to its name of giving joy to abandoned, orphaned and neglected children of the Philippines. Their joy is the foundation’s treasure. Photographer: Nestor Perasol

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Grandest Burst of Birthday Joy

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Dell chooses CJFI for multi-million grant anew

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CJFI to aid Nepal quake victims

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A trip to Museo, Osmeña Park

Esclamado, Tesiorna bag NCD photo, video awards CJFI Best NGO National Finalist

Mobile Comlab Powers Youth in Yolanda stricken Tacloban Editor-in-Chief Marianne S. Abalayan Writers Riene L. Tagupa Melody L. Rabino Mineheart B. Tantoy Rondet D. Roncesvalles Marian L. Ambrocio Avovenjan A. Baruel Hannah Jane B. Calderon Princess Joem A. Perida Christian B. Garcia Neala C. Tagupa Melody N. Lavandero Photographers Jaime B. Ofamen John Michael C. Young Rondet D. Roncesvalles Mineheart B. Tantoy Breana P. Mijares Production Head Maritoni L. Saberon Lay-out Artist John Michael C. Young

16 CJFI Scholars Shine Defying Limits – A success story of CJFI Scholar

CJFI Laguna, QC receive certificates of accreditation CJFI Laguna gets enchanted 3 shelters, 1 summer camp Unlimited reading at floating bookstore CJFI joins art reach program CJFI’s top bowlers bared Put smile on every child’s face First of its kind

Editor’s Note WORTH THE WAIT

HAVEN, the official publication of the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI), is coming out with its first issue this year. It took a long while to produce this one but the wait is worth it. Most stories and events tackled in this issue transpired from January to May. Stories as simple as CJFI children beneficiaries’ trip to a museum or playtime at the park in Davao City or a fun-filled adventure at the Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna; to a grand birthday celebration during the Disneyland-themed 10th National Children’s Day dubbed as the Grandest Burst of Birthday Joy or the historic groundbreaking of CJFI’s first-of-itskind three-storey Child Care Residential Home in Indangan eyed for Level 3 accreditation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Dell Philippines’ new grant to CJFI, the modern computer laboratories, a scholar’s Magna Cum Laude feat and assistance to Nepal quake victims are also among the topics in this new Haven edition. The entire editorial staff thanks CJFI founding president Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy for believing in the capacity of every member of the team to give his/her best to produce this all-new Haven, myriads of life molded into words. Enjoy reading!


DISNEY PARADE. Thousands of spectators, children and adults alike, are dazzled during the parade of Disney characters. Michael Li

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By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan, Melody N. Lavandero and Joem Perida

VER 10,000 children from poor barangays, non-government organizations and distinguished personalities from various sectors in the community took part in the 10th National Children’s Day (NCD), dubbed as “The grandest burst of birthday joy”, held April 25, 2015 at the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Compound in Catitipan, Davao City.

The annual event also celebrated the 65th birthday of Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy who is the founding president of the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. Quiboloy, in his speech, greeted all children participants a happy birthday. He went on saying that the National Children’s Day was also celebrated simultaneously all over the country. “NCD is expanding every year. It started from my heart. Ten years ago, I realized how many of our Filipino children are going to bed without food. In short, there are indigent kids, poorest of the

poor. I have seen the plight of the children. So I prayed to the Father that should he bless the ministry, I will help the poorest of the poor children in the country. Our desire is to be able reach the farthest corner of the Philippines where there are children. Our intention is to help children out of poverty in every way we can,” Quiboloy said. Thus, NCD was born. Pastor Quiboloy said April 25 is the culmination of the year-long help that they extend to these children. Celebrating his birthday with destitute, abandoned, neglected and orphaned children has become a much-awaited tradition every year as kids who haven’t been to a birthday party were treated to the biggest and grandest birthday spectacle they could ever imagine.

FUN-FILLED Pastor Quiboloy knew that not all children are fortunate enough to experience a birthday celebration. Others don’t even have the chance to blow a candle on a cake nor experience that an ice cream is cold.

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The NCD more than lived up to expectations as children and adult guests were dazzled by the Disney characters who came to life and paraded at the KJC Compound. A grand dance production then followed that was greeted by resounding applause as spectators were brought to their feet, just admiring what they’ve seen. After the parade, the children went to Sonshine Land where they were treated to free rides such as the Ferris Wheel, Octopus, Caterpillar and many more. Children enjoyed the unlimited food among other freebies that were given to them. CJFI executive director Rosemarie Dimagnaong, in an interview at her office, said: “The children would cherish their NCD experience for the rest of their lives. It’s like going to Disneyland, seeing princesses and different characters found at the Disney Channel. At the compound, wherever they went, there’s food. It’s always been like that with NCD - food, bread, candies, ice cream, pop corn, juices and toys. McDonalds also provided food. Aside from the loot bags gi-ven to the children, toys were also given as pri-zes in different booths at the Sonshine Land.” Dimagnaong also said that the addition of Frozen in the regular roster of Disney characters during the parade spiced up this year’s edition of the NCD as well as side events that were held for the celebration. She added that holding the ACQ Cup Invitational Basketball Tournament and Photo/Video Contest also allowed other sectors of the society to enjoy the NCD what with whopping cash prizes given away to the winners. The Media Night last April 23, according to her, also introduced the NCD to the media. Media practitioners were given the rare opportunity to enjoy the rides at Sonshine Land after the photo and video contest briefing prior to the NCD celebration on April 25 where special guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet at the KJC Cathedral while musicians entertained them.

CONFETTI SHOWER. A girl exclaims amidst a shower of colorful confetti. Vincent Canda

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In attendance were Department of Welfare and Social Development (DSWD) officials Precila Y. Nitafan, DSWD National Head Office Division Chief, Standard Bureau; DSWD Region XI regional director, Priscilla N. Razon, Field Office III regional director


Gemma B. Gabuya, Regional Field Office III Head of Institutional Development Division Armont Pecina, Regional Field Office III Standard Unit head Robert V. Gatmaitan, Regional Field Office 4-A regional director Leticia T. Diokno, Field Office 4-A administrative assistant III Angelina V. Opleda and Regional Field Office11 Standard Unit head Alfredo Sy. Haven for the Elderly Center Head Ricky A. Bunao and wife Gladys also graced the event along with Dell Philippines Senior Program Specialists Cherry Maliwag and Ganter Lim and CJFI Manila regular sponsor Emily Chua with friend Grace Parungao. Pastor Quiboloy thanked all the kingdom full-time workers, volunteers, friends of the ministry, media, administrators, friends in military, government, the DSWD, private individuals and business sector “for giving joy to the children”. He also cited Dell Philippines, Del Monte, Unilever and private individuals co-sponsoring the children not only on April 25 but all-year round.

“Once you have shown love and kindness to a child he will never forget it until he grows old,” the birthday celebrant said.

BIGGER

Dimagnaong said the 10th NCD was a great success as all CJFI centers in the country including Pampanga, Project 8 in Quezon City, Cavite, Laguna, Cebu and General Santos City, which recently opened, also celebrated.

“Although the celebration in other centers didn’t have a parade like we had in Davao, a significant increase in the number of guests was also noted. Children and adults in these areas also enjoyed free rides and freebies,” she said. She also said that next year will be a bigger celebration as Pastor Quiboloy wanted to have a wider area for the parade. “Ingon ni Pastor gusto nya mas mudako ang lugar sa parada aron dili madasok ang mga bata. Gusto nya ma-expand ang area aron ang mga bata dili ingon ana kalayo ug makaduol pajud sa mga karakter (Pastor wanted a bigger area for the parade so the children can get nearer to the Disney characters),” she added. Pastor Quiboloy also promised to hike the cash prizes at stake in the NCD photo and video contest.

ICE CREAM LOVIN’. Young girls strike their poses while enjoying their ice cream. Jason Nierra

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PASTOR’S CHOICE. Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) executive director Rosemarie Dimagnaong awards the grand prize to Jose Marie Esclamado whose photo entry emerged as Pastor’s Choice of the 10th National Children’s Day photo contest. BREANA MIJARES

Esclamado, Tesiorna bag NCD photo, video awards By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan

JOSE Marie Esclamado and Ben Jason Tesiorna bagged the top honors of the 10th National Children’s Day 2nd Photo and Video Contest 2015. Both received their cash prizes during the awarding rites held May 27 at the Jose Maria College (JMC) Lobby. Esclamado who was hailed grand winner and Pastor’s Choice Awardee in the photo contest romped away with a whopping P150,000 cash and plaque from Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. CJFI founding president Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy also graced the event. Also present during the awarding rites were Kingdom of Jesus Christ chief administrator Ingrid C. Canada, national administrator Nelida L. Lizada, JMC administrator Nelia Q. Canada and 2010 Catholic Mass Media Awardee in Photojournalism Revoli Cortez who served as Chairman of the Board of Judges for the photo contest. Esclamado, who hails from Buhangin, bested Anthony Luna, Joseph Lawrence Garcia and Charwin Acebuche who placed second, third and fourth, respec-

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tively. Luna received P100,000 while Garcia claimed P50,000 and Acebuche settled for P25,0000. Over 200 photo entries were submitted then organizers trimmed the number to 125 to come up with the top 20 finalists. “Pinakalipay ko nga isa sa akong mga entries ang napili ni Pastor, dakong blessing jud sa Amahan (I’m so happy that one of my entries was chosen by Pastor Quiboloy, it’s indeed a great blessing from the Father),” Esclamado, official photographer of JMC Yearbook Harvest, said in an interview with Haven. He didn’t expect as he submitted all his five entries late. Esclamado also said that he only thought of propagating the cause of Pastor Quiboloy through the NCD when taking the winning photo, adding, “Ang mga bata na pobre na ma feel nila ang happiness and then mapalaganap o makit-an sa mga ubang mga nasod og ubang mga kabataan na naay isa ka tao na gigamit para ang mga bata ma feel ang kanilang birthday (The poor children would feel the happiness and for everybody else to see, especially the youth, that there’s somebody who just want-


ed to make them feel a real birthday celebration.” He plans to give his tithes and offerings and buy new lens to prepare for next year’s photo competition with his prize money. Luna, purchaser at Cortez Printing Press, said he nearly lost hope when names of winners were being called. “Pag-abot sa mga times na wala pa ko natawag murag nawad-an na ko og pag-asa. Wala ko kabalo hangtod na niabot na pagtawag sa first murag nabigla ko ba (I really thought I wasn’t going to make it that’s why I was surprised when I was called for the first place).” The 27-year-old Luna, who submitted five entries, thanked the organizers for giving them a venue to showcase their photography skills.

“Sa tinuod lang, first time nako mag-apil diri sa photo contest so ang masabi ko lang karon is perfect kaayo. Gwapo kaayo ang pagka organize. Daghang salamat! (This is my first time to join a photo contest, it’s really perfect. The NCD was organized well. Thank you very much),”

Christian Ababa, Gerardo Madrazo, William L. Chin, Roland Jumawan, Paul Rodney Arbiol, Edward John Villapaz, Vincent Canda, Michael W. Li, Richard Besara Pascua, Ian Ceasar Evangelio, Marie Frances Longakit, Jed Lemuel Jone, Arjoy M. Ceniza, Lloyd Bisquera and Nestor Perasol. Tesiorna, meanwhile, pocketed P30,000 for beating his rivals in the video contest. Runner-up Aldie Garcia got P20,000 while third-placer Mark Lustre went home with P15,000. A total of 175 entries were registered for the video contest. The number was cut to 20 before the final 10 were identified. Tesiorna, who works for CNN Philippines, said: “Of course I’m happy. Automatic naman na yan, happy. So, it is unexpected, nevertheless.” He only submitted one entry to the video competition. “Syempre I’ve been working with TV naman. This is the first time they opened a video contest. Last year kasi photo contest only so I decided to join this time kasi video nga,” Tesiorna added. He also said that it was his first time to capture beautiful moments of children beaming with joy with the lavish birthday treat given to them by CJFI and Pastor Quiboloy.

Luna added. Consolation prize of P3,000 and certificate were each given to Maisi Book,

All entries were numbered so judges did not know who the owners of the entries were. WITH REPORTS FROM BREANA P. MIJARES AND HANNAH JANE B. CALDERON

VIDEO CHAMP. CNN Philippines’ Ben Jason O. Tesiorna receives a plaque and cash prize from Kingdom of Jesus

Christ national administrator Nelida Lizada for topping the video contest. JOHN MICHAEL YOUNG

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Dell chooses CJFI for multi-million grant anew DELL International Services, Inc. chose Children Joy Foundation, Inc. for another multi-million grant as part of its Powering the Possible Youth Learning Program, now on its third year of implementation. The new grant will provide computer laboratories to other CJFI Residential Care Centers including two mobile computer laboratories to accommodate children in Luzon and Mindanao areas. Components include one additional center-based computer lab for Indangan using Dell Thin Client Solution consisting of 20 monitors, 20 wyse terminals and one server; two mobile computer laboratories with 20 XPS or Vostro laptops each; and Amazing Edu Apps for all centers. Dell International Services, Inc., the maker of Dell computer products and ranked as one of the top five computer brands globally, first awarded CJFI in August 2013 more than P2 million worth of computer and IT products to establish computer laboratories. These computer laboratories or ComLabs were set up in the Child Care Residential Homes of CJFI in Project 8, Quezon City and in Davao City. The project was in line with Dell’s Powering the Possible for Youth Learning Program geared at providing children and the youth an access to computer facilities, increasing their knowledge and skills, and guiding them to become productive in their own personal undertakings that will help them contribute in nation building. Checaina Seno or Ina, a CJFI beneficiary and an academic awardee, said that the presence of ComLab in the Residential Home

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By Neala Robbi Chiong Tagupa

From left to right. Mr. Riene L. Tagupa CJFI deputy for operations officer, CJFI executive director Rosemarie N. Dimagnaong, Dell Philippines ongoing president Mr. Richard Teo and incoming Dell Philippines president Mr. Venky Bobba strike their poses. CJFI Laguna

of CJFI in Quezon City helped in her studies especially in doing research, school projects and assignments. She said, “Other children and

I are so blessed because the computer units are just within our reach, that every time we have assignments, we have the ComLab to answer our needs. Also, Dell has periodic mentoring activity using computers that greatly helps us improve our skills.�

Ina was awarded top seven among 300 Grade 8 students at Toro High School. Dell further intends to reduce the IT divides among children and youth. It has been observed that there is a big gap of knowledge and skills among school children in government schools compared to

school children in private schools particularly in the third world or developing countries. In the Philippines for example, 60% of the public schools have at least one computer unit while the other 40% of the public schools have no single computer unit at all. This is often true in far-flung and depressed communities in the country. CJFI thanked Dell for the project as it has made a significant impact among school children, aiding them in their assignments and projects. Their knowledge and skills on computer applications such as MS Word and MS PowerPoint are also being enhanced. Meanwhile, a farewell party is set for Dell Philippines president Richard Teo on June 17 in Manila. He has been instrumental of Dell grants to CJFI for the last two years. He will move to Singapore but will still oversee the operation of Dell Philippines.


TOP NGO. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 11 head Alfred Sy, third from left, with Leah Genson, left, hands the plaque of recognition to Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI), represented by its execu-

tive director Rosemarie Dimagnaong, fourth from left, Rene Boy Binondo, second from left, and deputy operations officer Riene Tagupa, right, as among the national finalists of best non-government organization (NGO) in the country. Rondet Roncesvalles

CJFI best NGO national finalist By Rondet D. Roncesvalles

THE Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) added a feather on its cap having been hailed as national finalist of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Salamat Po Award for Best Non-Government Organization (NGO). The department gave a plaque of recognition to CJFI during the 15th Anniversary of the Area Based Network (Absnet) Region 11 held March 30, 2015 in Pulong’s Restaurant in Tagum City. CJFI executive director Rosemarie Navallo-Dimagnaong, said in an interview,

“CJFI was best NGO in Region 11 in 2013. In 2014, we became na-

tional finalist. Being top three or top five in the nationals is already a feat. We really didn’t expect to bag the top award because we are just new in the limelight. It’s enough the we got nominated.”

CJFI has given its full support to Absnet’s activities that contributed to significant rise in the number of active members of the cluster. From less than 10 members, it currently has 30 active members.

The said event began with a motorcade from Davao City Hall that was participated in by different NGOs and government organizations (GOs) The Salamat Po Award was all throughout Region 11. conducted to recognize different stakeholders who have Dimagnaong and CJFI staff given support and contribu- joined other participants in a tion to the implementation of courtesy visit to Panabo City DSWD’s programs and projects. Mayor Jose Silvosa Sr. be-

fore proceeding to Tagum City. DSWD Field Office 11 has three Absnet clusters in the region. One Sy urged all Absnet of the clusters is currently headmembers to contined by CJFI executive director Rosemarie Navallo Dimagnaong. ue helping others in need. 9


Mobile comlab powers youth in Yolanda-stricken Tacloban

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By Maritoni L. Saberon and Mineheart Tantoy

HE Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) and Dell Philippines joined efforts in bringing computer literacy to the Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) victims in Tacloban through the Powering the Possible Youth Learning Program. The partnership, now on its third year, aims to offer free computer lessons to at least 1,000 children and youth in its first year of implementation using the mobile computer laboratory. Initially, 38% of the target beneficiaries of this project are comprised of the direct users or the children who are officially enrolled in the CJFI-sponsored day care centers.

The remaining 62% are the indirect

users or the children and youth in the host barangays who are enrolled in other public schools including the out-of-school youth. A total of 269 indirect users were registered in the program in four barangays, namely, Barangay Fatima; Barangay Nula-Tula; Barangay Bislig, Tanauan; and Barangay Sabang Danguitan in the Municipality of Dulag. It is expected to increase with the schedule of visitation in other barangays set before the end of June. These barangays include the locations where the three additional day care centers sponsored by Global Giving will be built beginning June 10: Barangay Cabuynan, Tanauan, Barangay Poblacion, Tolosa, and Barangay Danao, MacArthur. The project will also be implemented in Barangay V & G, Tacloban City and Barangay Tinawan, MacArthur.

MOBILE COMLAB. Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc.

beneficiaries and their parents pose in front of Dell’s mobile computer laboratory.

Mineheart Tantoy

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FREE. Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) beneficia-

ries queue before entering the mobile computer laboratory in Barangay Sabang, Municipality of Dulag. Mineheart Tantoy

TRANSFORMING LIVES The air-conditioned blue mobile computer laboratory showcases 12-16 Dell XPS 13 laptops, a Dell interactive projector, a white board and colorful chairs that are expected to set the children’s mood for learning.

subject when we were in elementary. Computer lessons were only given to the students in the special classes but not in regular sections. I really took this rare opportunity. At last, I would learn how to operate a computer.”

It’s interesting to note that in one barangay, children cried when they entered the modern facility so their parents were allowed to accomBarangay Tinawan secretary Narciso Tisapany them inside. The new experience scared them but when they get accustomed to the set- do, in an interview, said they are very fortunate ting, they started to enjoy the computer sessions. to be one of the recipients of the computer literacy program sponsored by CJFI and Dell A boy commented that it was his first Philippines. He also said that they have been time to see a classroom similar to a re- looking for avenues that would enhance the frigerator because of its cold temperature. talents and skills of the youth. Opportunities, however, are limited due to inadequate funds. Marivlyn Soledad, 13, also exThey are grateful of the program, pressed her gratefulness for the opporadding: “It’s an answered prayer to all tunity to at last use a computer for free. the local people of Barangay Tinawan, Municipality of Mac-Arthur Leyte”.

“The program is a big help for the students here in our barangay. We did not have a computer

The program accommodates the day care centers during school days while the youth are scheduled on weekends.

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CJFI to aid Nepal quake victims By Riene Tagupa FINDING temporary housing for hundreds of thousands of people in areas worst hit by the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes in Nepal remains top priority before monsoon rains begin anytime this month, according to an Associated Press (AP) report on June 2. While the United Nations appealed for $423 million to cover key emergency sectors for three months, Nepal announced a $2 billion earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation fund with the government contributing $200 million as the remainder will be sought from donor agencies and nations. The AP report also said that Nepal government is set to hold an international conference next month to seek financial aid. The 7.8 April 25 magnitude earthquake and another quake on May 12 killed nearly 8,700 people, injuring 16,800 others to date including children. Thus, Chidren’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI), compelled by love and compassion for the hapless victims, will conduct relief assistance to Nepal as approved by the CJFI management and Board of Trustees. CJFI project leader for Nepal Shishir Khumar Bhandari will leave on June 11 to start negotiations for a housing project that will benefit 60 people in Kathmandu. He will coordinate with the Nepali Government for the feasible location of the housing project that will benefit earthquake victims in worst hit areas, gather people who will work on the construction, prepare the costing of materials that will be used and identify the beneficiaries of the housing project with the help of local authorities. Initial budget for the housing project is P1 million or 2.2M Rupees but the amount is expected to balloon due to rising cost of materials and labor in Nepal. CJFI executive director Rosemarie N. Dimagnaong will also leave for Nepal to finalize the negotiations and oversee the start of the construction.

“We will also have feeding and stress debriefing not just to children but also to families affected by the disaster,” Dimagnaong said. The foundation plans to register CJF in Kathmandu, Nepal and eventually establish a residential care home for destitute children in the area. CJFI is seeking for donors to further boost the relief efforts in Nepal. You may donate online through childrensjoyfoundation.org via U-Share.

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A Nepalese woman fills drinking water from a well in front of damaged houses one month after the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, May 25, 2015. Two powerful earthquakes devastated Nepal on April 25 and May 12, killing nearly 8,700 people and injuring 16,800 others. The quakes and aftershocks also triggered many landslides in the Himalayan nation, which boasts eight of the world’s highest mountains gets about half a million tourists every year, with many coming to trek the Himalayan nation’s scenic mountain trails. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)


Graduates. Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. founding president Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy poses with CJFI scholars

who graduated during the 13th Commencement exercises Rondet Roncesvalles last March 25, at JMC Lobby.

16 CJFI scholars shine By Marian L. Ambrocio

CHILDREN’S Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) is likened to a proud parent as 16 of its scholars graduated with flying colors and received honors for their outstanding academic performances in School Year 2014-2015. Hereunder

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CJFI’s

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Mark Hares Montero - Grade 5, 2nd honors Angela Bogais - Grade 5, 2nd honors Wilfred Sumayang - Grade 7, 2nd honors Princess Alota - Grade 7, 5th honors Marian Ambrocio - Grade 8, 5th honors Andrew Adajar - Grade 8, 10th honors Avovenjan Baruel - Grade 9, 9th honors Neala Robbi Tagupa - Grade 9, 10th honors Philip Kiamco III - 4th year, 2nd hon. mention Angeli Joy Sun - 4th year, 4th hon. mention Hannah Calderon - 4th year, 7th hon. mention Regine Agcito - BSA , Magna Cum Laude Mary Jane Barro -BSA, Cum Laude Dana Baranda - BSA, 3rd honors, Dean’s list Eunice Ambrocio -BSA, 2nd honors, Dean’s list Joem Perida - BSIT 3rd honors, Dean’s list

tor Apollo C. Quiboloy, during Jose Maria College’s 13th commencement exercises held March 25, said: “Excellence is always our principle. Unless it is excellent, we have done nothing. As the founding president of JMC, I always believe that education is an ennobling force to enlighten and transform individuals towards a progressive society. Thus, our aim is to produce excellent JMarians through an Assured, Consistent, and Quality (ACQ) Education.”

along the way, thus, they have to stand firm on the values and principles that JMC taught them and nurtured them with. Success, according to him, means a life of blessings but this does not mean a life without hardships and trials.

“Blessings mean that you will overcome every problem, every trial, every obstacle and every hardship. My dear graduates, that is the meaning of blessings. I pray that the Almighty He also said that earning a degree Father bless you wherever takes a lot of diligence, persever- you may go after graduation.” ance and hard work as well as sleepless nights, unrelenting determination, unconditional sacrifices and unlimited lesson from every failure.

The foundation also congra“Earning a degree takes cotulates the 88 graduates from ping with the highest standard the shelters of Laguna, Pampanof excellence,” Quiboloy said. ga, Davao and Cebu, also vowing to continue supporting the He, however, reminded the gradeducation of its beneficiaries. uates that success doesn’t mean comfort as challenges will come CJFI founding president Pas-

Tesda Region 11 director Gaspar S. Gayona was the commencement guest speaker during the graduation rites also graced by the JMC Board of Trustees, school officials headed by Ingrid C. Canada, Nelida L. Lizada, JMC administrator Nelia Q. Canada, Dean of College Dr. Maribel S. Lanticse, program heads and faculty members. WITH MARIANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN

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Defying Limits A success story of a CJFI scholar

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by Hannah B. Calderon

HO would ever think that a girl born to a poor family in Bukidnon will be the star of Jose Maria College’s 13th Commencement Exercises last March 15, 2015 at the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Cathedral? Regine Agcito, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, said during her valedictory speech: “My dreams could have remained fictional and imaginary without the help of so many people. Thank you for being the real root of my success today.” She said that poverty made them transfer from one place to another as they have no permanent house. They move so often that she couldn’t even count with her fingers the times they transfer from one house to another. The family’s income was not enough to send Regine and her brother to college. So she availed of the academic scholarship that was offered by an academic institution to poor but deserving students. Crawling her way to college though had never been easy. In her last years in school, expenses bloated that her scholarship cannot support her completely. She felt helpless. That’s when Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) came to the rescue. “CJFI just came when life challenged me once again. I did not have to worry about my school fees and other expenses anymore. I was able to focus on my studies”, she said smiling. Regine thanked CJFI and its donors for helping her and other students to fulfill their dreams. She is currently reviewing for her CPA Board Exams.

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In School Year 2014-2015, CJFI served 158 more disadvantaged children in seven child care residential centers in the Philippines through its program that includes the provision of food, basic supplies and free education. Majority of these beneficiaries are still in elementary level. Scholarship grants are also given to poor but deserving students in the communities.


FIELD TRIP. A 28-member Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) Indangan delegation during a field trip held at Museo Dabawenyo and Osmeña Park.

A trip to Museo, Osmeña Park By Avovenjan A. Baruel

A 28-member Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) Indangan delegation held a field trip at Museo Dabawenyo and Osmeña Park in Davao City last February 21, 2015. Upon arriving at the Museo Dabawenyo, the kids were oriented with the do’s and don’ts inside the Museo. They were then toured by a guide inside Museo and were amazed to see portraits of national heroes as they were also keen to learn the history of the city. Next stop was at the newly-refurbished Osmeña Park where the children enjoyed the playground with swings, slides and monkey bars. The staff also taught them how to paint using charcoal. They also played parlor games where winners claimed prizes. Jose Maria College (JMC) freshman High School student Charlyn Cabrubias, 13, said: “We have been looking forward to this kind of activity because we are inspired to do good deeds. We learned the history of Davao City and how

this activity affect the life of the residents positively through their exposure and learning visit. The memories that we had were life changing, providing us new perspective that life is full of possibilities and can transpire change if we are guided accordingly.” Her younger sister Henrelyn, 12, a Grade 6 student at JMC, for her part, said, “I’m very happy for this activity. We really enjoyed it. CJFI fulfilled the rights of the child to play, fun and leisure.” Center head Marichel U. Eyog said the activity was aimed for the children to learn the history of Davao City, gain knowledge in their origin and establish camaraderie with other children in the park. Social worker Maria Luteria Dalisay also said the field trip served as an intervention activity that promotes education and recreation to the children which are vital in their developing years. 15


CJFI Laguna, QC receive certificates of accreditation By Melody L. Rabino At last, Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) Laguna and CJFI Quezon City residential centers received their certificates of accreditation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) last March 2015 for satisfactorily complying with the First Level standards in implementing Residential-Based Program and Services for the Children in compliance of Section 23, Republic Act of 4373, An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for other purposes. The Certificate of Accreditation Level 1 has three years validity period. What are the benefits of an organization with DSWD Accreditation? As mandated by DSWD Administrative Order No. 15 Series of 2012, all DSWD Accredited Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) that receive DSWD Accreditation has an automatic extension of the validity of the registration and license certificate as well as: Level 1 Accreditation - Documentation

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practices and success stories; - Endorsement of project proposals; and -Other benefits and privileges may be provided from time to time as deemed appropriate by the Department. Level 2 Accreditation - Plaque of recognition and amount of cash incentives shall not be lower than ten thousand pesos (Php10, 000.00) - Paper presentation abroad, depending on available opportunities; and - Nomination for travel local and abroad to participate in relevant training/conferences as part of the Philippine delegation Level 3 Accreditation - Plaque of recognition and cash incentive of a minimum of twenty thousand pesos (Php20, 000.00) - Recognized as a model SWDA and laboratory for trainings and research; -Authority to undertake training on their expertise and charge corresponding fees; and -Recommendation for a seat on appropriate councils in areas where expertise is required. Since the re-construction of CJFI

last 2011, the management strived to recognize its operation through renewal of Registration and License by the DSWD, a vital step towards the attainment of the recognition and a separate process of application. In February 2013, CJFI received its renewal and prepared all centers in application for DSWD accreditation. One by one, the centers across the country received accreditation. The DSWD Accreditation signifies that the CJFI Program and Services have been certified with competency, authority and credibility. CJFI was also recognized in developing and maintaining the standards of high performing, proactive and supportive partner of the government in the delivery of social welfare and development programs and services. Finally, this will call for everyone in the management and implementing staff to strive not only for maintenance but aiming for higher level of standards which will eventually lead CJFI to become globally competitive in the social welfare field.

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FUN TIME. Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) Laguna and Cavite’s beneficiaries and staff spend a whole day

of fun and adventure at the Enchanted Kingdom.

CJFI Laguna

CJFI Laguna gets Enchanted By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan and Avovenjan A. Baruel CHILDREN’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) Laguna and CJFI Cavite’s 35 children and 12 staff were given a rare outdoor treat at the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last February 27.

CJFI kid Clifford said, “Ang ganda ng Enchanted Kingdom, ang sarap sumakay sa airplane. Gusto kong sumakay sa Extreme kaya lang natatakot ako baka mahulog. Sana pag malaki na ako sasakay ako dyan.”

CJFI Laguna center head Josephine A. Perida said Blue Reyna III sponsored the 47 complimentary tickets for the rides of the children and the staff. Perida said park head manager Jim Glover sponsored the snacks and meals for the CJFI delegation.

Lyka, for her part, shared: “Sa Up, Up and Away para talagang lumilipad. Ang taas ng lipad namin.” Princess also reminisced, “I can’t explain what I felt when I rode the “Disc O’ Magic”. It feels like I’m soaring in the wind, I can see people staring at us and they were amazed.”

“Mr. Blue visited us while we were eating our dinner and asked us if we enjoyed the trip. We were very much pleased with his gesture especially when the kids approached him and held his hand to bless. He told us that we can return to Enchanted Kingdom if we wish,” Perida said.

Perida said, “The purpose of this activity is to give happiness to our children and make them feel that they are special. For the kids, going to Enchanted Kingdom is just a dream because they cannot afford to buy ticket and other expenses inside the park. We also invited the clients The children couldn’t contain of Cavite Center so they were able to the joy of being able to experience dif- mingle with their fellow beneficiaries. ferent rides at the famous theme park. They also won friends.” POSE WITH THE WIZARD. CJFI kids pose with an Enchanted Kingdom character. CJFI Laguna

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SUMMER COOLIN’. Beneficiaries of Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. from Laguna and National Capital Region centers enjoy swimming during the summer camp. CJFI Laguna

3 shelters, 1 summer camp

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By Marian L. Ambrocio

The kids then enjoyed endN Laguna, nothing more less laughters and jokes during beat summer heat than fun plus competition. the “Fun Night” until 9 p.m.,

Cavite, Laguna and the National Capital Region (NCR) may be hours apart, but with dozens of activities, games and prizes awaiting them, the three hours of travel went like a breeze for the CJFI beneficiaries.

PARLOR GAME. A girl beneficiary competes in the sack race event.

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It’s Cluster Encampment again! Armed with their banners and props, teams from Cavite and NCR cheered as they set foot on their camping site at the Laguna shelter. Laguna, the third team, cheered back while waving their flags and signboards. In the afternoon of May 11, participants 12 years old and below plunged into a pool party at 4 p.m. but by 5:30 p.m.the “bulilits” gave way to their “Ates” and “Kuyas” who also shook off the scorching heat until 6:30 p.m.

giving them a time to fellowship with other participants before ending the day. The next day, action began in the morning as participants competed in basketball, chess, badminton, swimming, dama, scrabble and slogan and poster making. Highlighting the sportsfest was the cheering competition as each team performed the best choreography and chants they could muster to bag the championship. Winners reaped the fruits of their labor during the awarding held May 13. Participants, winners and losers alike, learned to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. The spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie still prevailed, making everybody a winner with rich experiences they can forever treasure in their hearts.


MV LOGOS HOPE, the world’s largest floating bookstore.

Unlimited reading at floating bookstore By Marian L. Ambrocio The world’s largest floating bookstore welcomed Children Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) beneficiaries. As part of its annual plan, CJFI Cebu treated 17 beneficiaries to a one-day visit to the MV Logos Hope last May 15, 2015. The kids enjoyed free reading of different books that range from science, sports, cookery, arts, medicine, language, philosophy and short stories. Apart from books, the children also enjoyed a tour around the captain’s deck, giving them a view of the vessel’s automated machinery. Photo opportunities at the ship’s deck capped the activity. CJFI believes that the activity will further help its beneficiaries to value books and its importance. The world’s traveling floating book store holds up to 800 visitors with capacity to accommodate additional 700 guests in the Hope Theatre and Logos Lounge. MV Logos Hope carries about 500,000 books in its decks and there are 5,000 titles to choose from. Its crew are all volunteers from over 45 different countries. MV Logos Hope’s mission and vision is to “bring knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world.” To manifest its mission and vision, the money produced from the book sales are used for giving free check-ups for people diagnosed with HIV, charitable donations and for helping building orphanages.

Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. beneficiaries of Cebu scout for toys while others check on the books at the bookstore.

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CJFI joins Art reach By Avovenjan A. Baruel

HARVARD Uy de Baron together with his hundreds of volunteers organized an Art Reach program held at the volleyball court of Quezon City Circle last May 16, 2015. The event aimed to enhance the knowledge of children about art. Some 150 kids from eight residential facilities in the Metro gathered to take part in the event. With the assistance of Carol Dantog and Daisy Valenzuela, Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. (CJFI) Manila reached the venue. CJFI was represented by five boys and seven girl beneficiaries who gave their natural artistry a boost. Participants learned about paper folding, face painting, stone art painting, clay molding, stone painting, finger puppets, photo ops props, accessory making, and balloon art making. The kids were also given tote bags with their collections before taking their lunch.

A boy paints on a staff’s face during an art reach program that also features rockpainting , among other arts, in Quezon City.

Parenting, orientation on child protection held By Marian L. Ambrocio

THE Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) conducted a “Basic Parenting and Orientation on Child Protection Policy” last February 11, 2015 at the CJFI Indangan shelter in Davao City. Social worker Luteria Dalisay

“The best way to protect children is to empower them to protect themselves.” said

during

the

seminar,

Dalisay also underscored the importance of discipline and effective punishment. “Effective punishment is not about punishment, it is based on the quality of a child’s relationship with the

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care provider. Children need love and care to gain trust, deep attachment and sense of being. It is for the foundation of good behavior and effective discipline,” she told participants including shelter staff and house parents. Dalisay said caregivers must take notice of a child no matter how busy they get, saying, “It leaves them a message that they are worth your time. They will learn to trust and respect and develop mistrust when you ignore them.” She tackled the three Fs -- Firm, Fair and Friendly, which she said are the most effective ways to establish positive relationship with children. Firm is to discipline the child by using reward and punishment while Fair means to

be just and reasonable. Being friendly is to give assurance and security in the process of disciplining children. She also discussed “Positive Reinforcement” to “model the right behavior”. Center head Marichel Eyog, for her part, re-oriented the staff on the Child Protection Policy including its importance and different laws and sanctions embracing it. The activity closed with the participants singing the song, “Isa Kami ka Panimalay”, a song that depicts the roles of family members. The CJFI staff and house parents concluded that proper application will help them improve in their parenting skills to shelter kids.


STAFF of Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) central office in a pose after the bowling tournament held May 30 at the NCCC Mall B3 Center.

John Michael Young

CJFI’s top bowlers bared

A THE CHAMP. CJFI deputy operations

officer Riene Tagupa bowls his way to the top. John Michael Young

By Christian Barreda Garcia

LL work and no play, they say, makes one dull. Thus, hardworking staff of the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) unleashed their bowling skills in friendly games held May 1 and May 30 at the SM Lanang Premier and NCCC Mall Davao B3 Center lanes, respectively,.

CJFI Executive Director-Rosemarie N. Dimagnaong, Deputy for Operations Riene L. Tagupa and other central staff joined the events.

CJFI executive director Rosemarie Dimagnaong struts her stuff, too. Maritoni Saberon

Tagupa claimed the top spot of the May 30 bowlfest, hitting a total of 253 points in two games. He bested web developer John Michael Young, project accountant Aldren Dionson, supervising social worker Melody Rabino and CJFI scholar

Danylyn Rojas who wounded up in the next four spots. Young rolled 241 pins while Dionson garnered 204 pinfalls and Rabino scored 195. Roxas, for her part, made 185 pinfalls. The event was participated by the CJFI staff from Central Office and Indangan Residential Center. Meanwhile, MEDO Rondet Roncesvalles amassed 237 pinfalls to rule the May 1 tournament as Tagupa settled for the runner-up honors with 232. The next three placers were accounting staff Desiree Parane (211 points), IT specialist Jaime Ofamen (208) and Dionson (205).The The participants of the bowling events thanked CJFI founding president Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy for giving them an opportunity to play and bond with each other.

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NCR OFFICE #6 Brown Swiss Street, Project 8 Quezon City, Philippines Tel. No.: +63 (2) 920-3272 Fax No.: +63 (2) 453-1704 Contact Person: Virginia F. Seballos info@childrensjoyfoundation.org Toll Free USA: Toll Free Canada:

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The interiors will be finished by April then we will open in May for assessment as part of DSWD’s accreditation process,” she said. CJFI Canada, represented by Aileen Estilo during the event, is bankrolling the project initiated by CJFI Davao. CJFI founder Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy,

interviewed by Sonshine TV, said: “I’m over-

joyed, thanks to the Almighty Father. This is the realization of our dream to be the first level 3 accredited NGO in the country. We can accommodate more children, investing in their future as they help the country. This is a

Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. founding president Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy is joined by CJFI ambassadors Angelique Canada and David Axel Manaday during the groundbreaking rites.

small endeavor to help these children. I’m very happy. This is only the beginning. This is not the end.” He added that CJFI has other residential homes in the country that will also aim for higher level of accreditation. Quiboloy led the groundbreaking rites. He was joined by Rosemarie N. Dimagnaong, Ingrid C. Canada, lawyer Charmalou Aldevera, DSWD Field Office 11 standard unit head Alfred Sy and CJFI ambassadors Angelique Canada and David Axel Manaday. Sy thanked Pastor Quiboloy for the help he’s been extending to the government in terms of helping the children through the CJFI residential home, giving them happy and normal lives. 23


Perspective of three-storey CJFI Child Care Residential Home in Indangan, Buhangin District, Davao City.

FIRST OF ITS KIND 3-storey CJFI residential home soon to rise in Indangan

[] Project funded by CJF Canada

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AY 14, 2015 marked another milestone for Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. as it held a groundbreaking ceremony for a three-storey Child Care Residential Home at Purok 8, San Miguel Drive in Indangan, Buhangin District, Davao City. CJFI executive director Rosemarie Dimagnaong began the ceremony by proudly labeling the proposed architecture and structural designs of the new shelter. CJFI envisions a three-storey building with the most comfortable bedrooms, furnished kitchen and a wide lounge for celebrations. Plus, a perimeter fence, main gate and a guard house at the entrance so kids can freely wander and play under great security. It will also house the offices of the staff, board

BY Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan and Marian L. Ambrocio

members, sleeping quarters of the beneficiaries, clinic, computer laboratory, dining area, social activity room, conference room and wash rooms, among other amenities. The semi-centralized airconditioned facility will accommodate 60 to 90 beneficiaries who are abandoned, neglected and orphaned. Dimagnaong, in a recent interview, said: “The Indangan shelter will serve as the mother of all CJFI centers since the foundation is also based in Davao. We aspire for a Level 3 accreditation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with this P52 million residential home for children.” She said that the structure and all amenities pass the DSWD standard. Target of completion will be in January 2016 from the contractor. (continued on page 23)

Haven Jan-May 2015 Issue  

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