Saturday, January 21, 2017

United for Healthier Kids Advocacy launches Hangry for Hunger Platform to address Malnutrition in the Philippines

An estimated seven million children across the Philippines experience hunger and malnutrition. This public health problem is largely driven by inadequate access to nutritious food, lack of nutrition education, and poor health and sanitation services.

In relation to this, the United for Healthier Kids (U4HK) advocacy led by Nestlé Philippines hosted a forum on malnutrition at Green Sun in Makati City that highlighted the need for sustained interventions in providing access to food and strengthening nutrition education among kids, their parents, teachers, and community leaders.

The forum featured Senator Grace Poe, Director Mario Capanzana of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, and Dr. Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz of the Nutritionist-Dieticians Association of the Philippines, who all shed light on the multiple facets of malnutrition. Moreover, the panelists pointed out the need for concerted multi-sectoral efforts to ensure that no Filipino child goes hungry and that they all get adequate amounts of nutrients.

In her keynote speech, Senator Poe stated, “A generation of Filipino children are already hindered from reaching their full potential if they are hungry and deprived of the nutrition they need to learn in school and stay active. We must collectively work together to take care of our children and ensure that they are able to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.”

U4HK also recognizes the power of the private sector in helping address malnutrition. “A challenge as big as malnutrition is not the responsibility of just one sector of society. Businesses have the resources and technical knowledge to help address malnutrition,” added Mercado. “The possibilities for interventions from the private sector are vast—from employee engagement and collaboration with communities to reimagining more inclusive supply chains and supporting technological innovations to address access to food and the quality of food on the dining tables of Filipino families.

After malnutrition forum, the U4HK portal, a repository site designed to inspire and move young Filipinos to share, donate or volunteer for programs of non-government organizations addressing malnutrition in different communities throughout the Philippines was unveiled.

“For the Philippines to combat malnutrition and achieve its full potential, we need to adopt a more systemic approach to reducing hunger and malnutrition. We need to bring together organizations with expertise in various subjects, from access to food, nutrition education, water, sanitation, and hygiene, to nutrition in disaster. We need to harness the energy and ideas of young people, who have demonstrated their will and capacity to shape the Philippines into a country whose people are able to lead prosperous and healthy lives,” said Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Jacques Reber.

The U4HK portal will include a malnutrition heat map that shows the severity of the problem across the Philippines. Clicking on a particular region will feature the percentage of malnourished kids in the area, along with the activities that are being done to fight malnutrition. Housed on the volunteer page would also be a list of initiatives that the U4HK partners plan to implement over the next couple of months as well as details on how people can donate, volunteer, or share.

Nestle’s brand ambassadors next shared their insights on the challenge of malnutrition to spur action among the Filipino youth. Actor Gerald Anderson immersed himself by consuming meals that are most common among Filipino families, such as boiled saba. Such dishes are the primary sources of nutrients of Filipino families.

“Everybody knows that malnutrition among children is a serious problem, but people to tend to put it aside because it has persisted for the longest time. Sa atin kasi, basta nakakakain at nabubusog, ok na ‘yon. Hindi natin iniisip kung sapat ba ang nutrisyong nakukuha natin mula sa ating kinakain. If we show everyone the real effect of malnutrition, doon magbubukas ang mga puso’t isipan ng mga tao to do something about the problem at mas marami pa tayong mga batang matutulungan na magkaroon ng mas magandang kinabukasan. There is so much we can do to help them,” said TV host and volleyball player Gretchen Ho.

Launched in 2014, U4HK is a multi-sectorial advocacy focused on creating public awareness to drive action toward addressing malnutrition among elementary schoolkids.The advocacy tackles the need to provide these children with adequate access to nutritious food, nutrition education, nutrition in distaster, safe drinking water and sanitation, and proper hygiene.

The event was capped with a video message from Vice-President Leni Robredo, who shared her confidence on what the country can achieve if all sectors of society work together to address malnutrition.

“We believe that the first freedom that has to be won in our country is the freedom from hunger. As part of our advocacy, we have been focusing on maternal, neo-natal, and child health and nutrition, especially in the prevention of stunting. Ultimately, we must focus on the nutrition of our children, for they are the key to our future. This would be a good chance for you to make the first step in making our country better for all Filipinos,” Vice-President Robredo stated.

Visit to learn more about U4HK and its partners.

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.


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 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 to know more about Beko Philippines promotions and updates.

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