Monday, January 16, 2017

Center for Possibilities Promotes Inclusion Through The Arts



The Center for Possibilities (CFP) Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to be a sanctuary for children with special needs. It supports education plans that gives children with disabilities their right to education, potential economic, social and human development.

And on January 28, the Center for Possibilities Foundation (CFP) will be staging a back-to-back event at the RCBC Plaza in Makati.

“Samantha” Art Auction

Samantha is  half-Swiss artist who makes beautiful Flipino-themed artworks. And she has been chosen as one of 8 Filipino artists to present their paintings on piña silk for the Fashion Arts Autism Benefit (FAAB) in New York on April 7.  At the said fair, her art will  be translated into clothing by featured designers Patis Tesoro and Anthony Legarda. She is set to attend the World Autism Awareness Day at the UN on April 3 as well.

The Center for Possibilities (CFP) Foundation is arranging this auction fundraising event  to  Samantha raise funds for her trip to New York in time for the Fashion Arts Autism Benefit (FAAB) on April 7, 2017.  FAAB is meant to showcase the artistic talents of children with special needs.

“Samantha” will consist of around 40 artworks, some on fabric to be used as fashion accessories and others on canvas for wall hangings. arranging With the proceeds of her auction, . “Samantha uses a wide variety of media for her work and we wanted to show the gamut of her abilities. She works primarily on piña silk using silk paints plus acrylic paint on canvas,” explains Samantha’s mother, Mitzi.

“She has a consistent style with a lot of edges and lines, her artworks can be very linear. She also has this certain way of giving shapes to her images which aren’t necessarily realistic but are more cartoonish,” describes Samantha’s father, Martin.



Concert

The Manila Symphony Orchestra’s “Soundtracks and Symphonies” will be conducted by Prof. Arturo Molina and annotated by Jeffrey Solares. Included in their repertoire is a John Williams tribute as well as pieces from greats such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.

The concert is for the benefit of Special Education (SPED) Centers that have been the focus of the Center for Possibilities’ recent efforts. To act as a venue for learning of indigent persons with special needs, each SPED Center is operated by a teacher trained in the SPED division of Reach International School.

The Sagada SPED Center has been up and running and will be enhanced with a series of livelihood and vocational programs that will be teaching skills for income-generating activities. “Caring for special kids is very taxing because it’s usually just a one-income household so we also need to help the parents improve their finances,” explains CFP founder, Dolores Cheng.

In Norzagaray, what they have right now is just the building itself. A fence, a water tank, and a playground are still needed. “We are also in the process of doing our due diligence by determining the number of special children in all the barangays relevant to Norzagaray. Next will be an orientation for all the parents within the community. We are subsequently planning for the provision of testing, diagnosis, and analysis for the children with special needs,” Cheng adds.

Enrolment in the SPED Centers is free so it helps alleviate the family’s cost of taking care of special children. If you would like to extend assistance, you may reach CFP at http://centerforpossibilities.asia/ or (02) 723-1242 / (0918) 888-1759.

“Samantha” and “Soundtracks and Symphonies” will be on January 28, 2016, 5:30pm at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium of the RCBC Plaza, Makati City.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

7 Individuals made it through the BEKO Kick-Off Challenge


Last January 14, 2017,  twenty participants came in to try their luck at Beko Philippines' qualifying round  at Sparta Philippines  in Mandaluyong City.  The mixed crowd were drawn in by Beko Philippines Facebook Contest that ran from December 1, 2016 to January 7, 2017,

The gathering of amateur and professional sports enthusiasts underwent two play-off rounds. Each one was given three (3) attempts under one (1) minute per try to kick a ball through the mock-up washing machine goal from a 20-feet distance.  The next phase requirred the top 10 participants to  make the most number of goals under time pressure.



The top qualifiers were able to shoot 3 points as the highest, while the rest of the qualifiers had one goal. Out of around 30 participants, around 10 qualifiers emerged to compete again for second elimination round.

Kianna Subido was the first participant to qualify to the final round. Two more female contenders made their way in shortly.

Seven contestants were finally named and they  move-on to the Final Round on February 10, 2017. And since the contestants who qualified for the Final Round were short of 3 contenders,  BEKO Philippines decided to choose 3 wild card participants from the roster of 1-point scorers in the knock-out phase. These wild card contestants will compete again come February 10.  Then the top 3 contenders will advance to the Final Round together with the initial 7 qualifiers.

Grand Qualifiers of the Kick Your Way to Barcelona Football Challenge will all compete against eacj other on February 10 for a chance to watching Leo Messi and FC Barcelona Team Live in Spain!




During the Final Round on February 10, 2017, the top 10 participants shall be given three (3) attempts within one (1) minute each to try and kick the ball into the goal. The participant with the most goals shall be declared the grand winner. In case of a tie, the shoot around with 3 attempts and one minute limit shall be repeated until one emerges as the grand winner.

The winner will receive a plane ticket for one (1) to Barcelona, Spain, a ticket to an FC Barcelona match to be held at Camp Nou, hotel accommodations, and city tour.

Alongside this activation, BEKO Philippines also runs the “Witness the Victory 2.0!” Experience Camp Nou and Enjoy Barcelona for Free promo. Now on its second year, the raffle promo runs from November 15, 2016 until January 31, 2017 and is open to all buyers of BEKO products.

Two (2) winners will be drawn and each will enjoy a trip for two (2) to Barcelona, Spain to watch an FC Barcelona match live in April 2017. The tax free prizes include Two (2) Round Trip Tickets to Barcelona, hotel accommodations with breakfast for 2, Barcelona City Tour, and Two (2) La Liga Match Box Tickets.

Alongside this activation, BEKO Philippines also runs the “Witness the Victory 2.0!” Experience Camp Nou and Enjoy Barcelona for Free promo. Now on its second year, the raffle promo runs from November 15, 2016 until January 31, 2017 and is open to all buyers of BEKO products.

Two (2) winners will be drawn and each will enjoy a trip for two (2) to Barcelona, Spain to watch an FC Barcelona match live in April 2017. The tax free prizes include Two (2) Round Trip Tickets to Barcelona, hotel accommodations with breakfast for 2, Barcelona City Tour, and Two (2) La Liga Match Box Tickets.

Visit the website at www.beko.ph to know more about Beko Philippines promotions and updates.




Saturday, January 7, 2017

Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc. is Rising Up to the Challenge

While the Philippines is famous for its hospitable people and 7,107 beautiful islands, it is also known for being the fourth most disaster-prone area in the world. With a vision and commitment to promote humanitarian causes, the MVP Group of Companies established Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc. (AKFI) in 2011, which became a fully-operational non-stock, non-profit organization in May 2012.

AKFI aims to provide a helping hand to least-served families during times when disasters beyond their control make things difficult for them.

AKFI steps in when floods, landslides, and armed conflict displace people and render them beyond help. It focuses on 4 main areas: disaster preparedness, disaster response, recovery and medical assistance/relief. Since 2012, 161,893 families and 45,120 individuals have been provided assistance through relief efforts, soup kitchens, and psycho-social and stress debriefing programs by the organization, including the victims of Yolanda, Pablo, the Bohol quake, and the Zamboanga conflict.

The foundation also runs several medical missions aimed at street dwellers, people who have no proper documentation that makes it hard for them to ask for government medical assistance, as well as other disaster response and preparedness programs and several rehabilitation programs, especially in schools inside conflict- and disaster-stricken areas, including in Zamboanga, Surigao, Samar and Leyte.

AFKI’s programs are planned and conceptualized to be engaging both to the beneficiaries and to the network that AFKI uses: the Tulong Kapatid group, which is the MVP CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Council composed of PLDT Smart Foundation, One Meralco Foundation, Maynilad, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Smart Communications, De Los Santos Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, Asian Hospital, and Cardinal Santos Medical Center, among others. The program makes use of best practices in its efforts like responding within 24-36 hours of the calamity, integration of the efforts of the different partner companies with one streamlined and efficient direction, minimal use of plastic and maintaining partnerships with several government agencies to aid in relief efforts.

This coming 2017, AKFI plans to continue its focus on disaster response, recovery, and rehabilitation and deliver help where it is needed the most. As a way to encourage more partners to join in the organization’s humanitarian efforts, these programs will be featured on a television program “Alagang Kapatid”, an extension of the AFKI, on the MVP group’s flagship television station TV5.

“I am inviting everyone – corporations, groups, and individuals – to be a part of AKFI’s drive to make a difference in the country,” said TV5’s President and CEO, Vincent “Coach Chot” Reyes.

Aside from the regular support from Tulong Kapatid, AKFI has also partnered with other businesses such as SL Agritech, Unilever, RiteMed, civic organizations such as The Latter Day Saints Charities, and National Bookstore Foundation. With this, AKFI is hoping to have more corporations and groups help them provide help that is fast and effective where it is needed the most



In the recent AKFI event held in Pasug City last December 9, 2016 3.5million worth of rice was pledged in by SL Agritech for 2017. Foton pledged to donate a disaster relief truck, Unilever came up 5 million worth of hygiene products while PHAP Cares promised 1 million worth of medicines to support AKFI's noble undertakings.

You may send in your pledges to alagangkapatidfoundation@tv5.com.ph or call 68931000 local 45191 / 45192 to know more how you can partner up with Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

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