|Posted on February 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM|
Missing limbs and disfigured faces are just some of the qualities of Leprosy victims. Although these ancient disease is now curable, the victims are still being haunted by their misfortunes. Leprosy victims were more often ostracized by their communities, even their families. They are the poorest of the poor and they are the most likely to be hopeless and feel their lives as meaningless.
Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation or PCCF wants to give them hope, PCCF wants to give them dignity and meaningful life. PCCF are donating the funds to build them homes through ANCOP or Answering the cry of the Poor organization. Last January a group of PCCF officials led by EVP Rosemer Enverga with Miss Philippines Canada Caitlin Pantaleon, Mrs. Philippines Canada Chona Stinson and Little Miss Philippines Canada Anjali Pathmanathan visited the site at Tala, Caloocan to meet the recipients of the first ten houses. Another ten houses were pledged to complete the village. The delegation was greeted by performances from the children and adults. Later on that day, the pageantries distributed four balikbayan boxes of backpacks donated by the Pantaleon Family, full of school supplies to children and bags full of candies and other goodies.
It was truly an experience of a lifetime for the PCCF delegation, most especially the pageantry for indeed their hard work has paid off, they made quite a remarkable difference to other peoples' lives. They are giving hope and dignity to the leprosy victims, they are even bringing their families together by living in their own homes. One of the recipients quoted, " they are not only beautiful outside but also beautiful inside". PCCF president, Romy Rafael declared, "We can only help if our events like Pinoy Fiesta and the pageantry are successful , we have to work harder, we need everyone's support, we have to be united to be able to help the poorest of the poor, we have to have fun and help at the same time."
|Posted on January 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM|
The winners of the 2013 PCCF Beauty Pageants were excited to claim their prize and travel to the Philippines! Here are just some of the highlights.
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January 15th, 2014 - Visit to the ANCOP Village in Tala, Caloocan
The PCCF entourage including Little Miss Philippines Canada 2013 - Anjali Pathmanathan, Miss Philippines Canada 2013 - Caitlin Pantaleon, Mrs. Philippines Canada 2013 - Chona Stinson, representing Little Mr Philippines, Edward Jones together with their families and Senator Tobias Enverga and PCCF members - Rosemer Enverga, Ron & Cheryl Pantaleon, Kriss & Gemma Jones (Sena Flores & Gloria/Phillip Rafanan) were warmly welcomed by the ANCOP beneficiaries. Through the success of PCCF's events, a new village will rise in the Philippines to support families who have been affected by leprosy. Let us continue to help our kababayans!
January 17th, 2014 -
MISS PHILIPPINES CANADA GUESTS AT EAT BULAGA , RYZZA MAE SHOW!
Ate Katelyn: Im from Canada but I'm a Filipina
Aleng Maliit: Oh, I'm from Pampanga and I'm a Filipina!
Pagaling na ng pagaling si Aleng Maliit, Congratulations po sa ating Dabarkads!
It was quite an experience for the current Miss Philippines Canada 2013 Caitlin Pantaleon, she was chosen to be the guest at the Ryzza Mae Show. The interview by Ryzza was a blast, the audience was full of laughter all throughout the exchange of pleasantries and questions like are you Canadian or Filipino which Caitlin answers she is both a Canadian and a Filipino, which Ryzza replied by saying she is both from Pampanga and a Filipino, to everyone's laughter. Caitlin partly performed her best in talent performance in the show, got a big round of applause from the audience. To see full video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cM04PI55CU&feature=youtu.be
Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation or PCCF delegation was on hand to watch the show, Mrs Philippines Canada Chona Stinson and Little Miss Philippines Canada Angeli Patmanathan...were also both well acknowledged within the crowd and on international TV. A truly experience of a lifetime indeed. If you or you know anyone one who wants to have an experience of a lifetime call Bing 905 472 3194, Fe 416 456 4891 or Ethel 416 423 4753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.philippinecanadianfoundation.com
If you or anyone else you know is interested in joining Little Miss Philippines Canada 2014, Little Mr. Philippines Canada 2014, Miss Philippines Canada 2014, Miss Teen Philippines Canada 2014 or Mrs. Philippines Canada 2014. Contact us now! E-mail email@example.com
|Posted on January 11, 2014 at 12:20 AM|
Through the successful appeal of Father Ben Ebcas, individuals and communities from all faiths and cultures united to help the millions of Filipinos impacted by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda last November, 2013. Special thanks to the Canadian Government of who doubled all eligible donations to this worthy cause, the volunteers of the Our Lady of Assumption Church, Rosemer Enverga chair of the Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Missions (AFCM) and to the community!
Solicitation of over $230,000 that was sent through Sharelife, matched dollar for dollar by the Government of Canada. In two weeks time, the total donation to the affected areas reached over 16 million pesos. A great work indeed by everyone who donated and volunteered to make a difference for the community.
|Posted on December 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM|
DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team) arrives at CFB Trenton airport on December 19, 2013 after a successful mission in the Philippines in efforts to aid victims of Typhoon Yolanda or Typhoon Haiyan.
Members of the Filipino Community including PCCF Members and Senator Enverga welcomed home these heroes! This was an especially meaningful event for Michelle Veloso (Miss Philippines Canada runner-up 2013) and her family who were in Leyte during Typhoon Haiyan but have since arrived safely back home to Canada.
L-R Fe Taduran, Michelle Veloso, Gladys, Rebecca
|Posted on December 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM|
On December 7th, 2013 your favourite Filipino priests performed once again in front of a full house at the Our Lady of Assumption Church. The ALAY Concert 2 featured our favourite Filipino singing priests! This was a collaborative effort with religious and civic organizations from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, Philippines. Proceeds from this event were donated to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Thank You!
Special acknowledgements to Father Ben Ebcas, our talented Priests, the OLA/AFCM Volunteers, Rosemer Enverga, Joey Abrenilla, Zeny Uy, Pors Canlas, the performers, event organizers and to everyone for your support!
|Posted on November 27, 2013 at 10:50 PM|
"As we approach Christmas, I encourage Canadians to keep donating to registered Canadian charities, and our government will match eligible donations, dollar-for-do...llar, right up to December 23, 2013."
November 27, 2013, OTTAWA - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, concluded a trip to the Philippines where he witnessed the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan first-hand. He also met with local government and United Nations officials, as well as with international and Canadian humanitarian organizations working to respond to needs in some of the hardest-hit regions of the country.
The magnitude of the destruction across many regions of the Philippines is nearly impossible to comprehend," said Minister Paradis. "I am truly proud to have witnessed the compassion and dedication shown by Canadian humanitarian workers who have travelled to the Philippines to help those in the worst of circumstances."
Minister Paradis visited some of the hardest-hit areas of the country. In Ormoc, he toured the Canadian Red Cross field hospital, which is working closely with local hospital staff and other emergency health care providers to ensure that more than 100,000 people have access to a wide variety of essential health services, including surgery, medicine, maternal and child care, and outpatient services. The Minister also met with members of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which has been deployed to Roxas City to contribute to relief efforts by providing clean water, medical assistance and logistical support.
“From the onset of this tragedy, Canada has played a leadership role in providing humanitarian assistance where it is needed most," added Minister Paradis. "As we approach Christmas, I encourage Canadians to keep donating to registered Canadian charities, and our government will match eligible donations, dollar-for-dollar, right up to December 23, 2013."
While in the Philippines, Minister Paradis also met with local government and United Nations officials, as well as with Canadian non-governmental and international humanitarian organizations, to discuss the ongoing challenges in delivering humanitarian assistance on the ground. The typhoon and subsequent storm surges have severely damaged local infrastructure, including roads, ports, and airports, which is impeding access to many areas.
Photos and video of the Minister's trip to the Philippines as well as of the Government of Canada's humanitarian assistance and relief efforts are available at http://www.forcesimages.ca/
|Posted on November 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM|
PCCF has coordinated with AFCM to aid in the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts aka Operation Tulong. Thank You to Father Ben Ebcas for these updates.
OPERATION TULONG/TABANG- FOR TYPHOON YOLANDA VICTIMS IN THE PHILIPPINES
UPDATE # 4
As of Nov.20, 2013, on our 10th day of Relief Operations, here are our updates:
1. Financial Assistance, as of 6:00pm today, our total collections $150,869.80. We are still receiving cash donations. Thanks to our generous donors. There are several persons who don't even demand a receipt but we still provided for ...record purposes. Our books are open for you to search your name and donations. If you have donated a certain amount in cheque or cash and you don't find your name in the list, I will take personal responsibility. We are transparent. We do our best to protect your donation because you worked for it and it comes from your heart. Thank you for sharing your blessings. As mandated by the Archbishop, we shall submit the money to the Archdiocese this week or next week so they can send it immediately to the Bishops of the Philippines via Caritas Philippines, the charitable arm of Pope Francis I.
2. Donations in kind. We shall load and ship our boxes tomorrow morning in two 40ft container trailers bound for the Philippines. I shall monitor the journey of these donated goods until they reach their intended beneficiaries c/o Archbishop John F. Du, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte; Bishop Leonardo Medroso, D.D., Diocese of Tagbilaran; Archbishop Jose Palma, D.D., Archbishop of Cebu; Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, D.D.; Archdiocese of Jaro; Bishop Abarquez of Diocese of Calbayog, Bishop Barquez, Diocese of Borongan. If needed, I will go home to accompany the Bishops as they claim these goods and get their acknowledgment.
Thanks to all our volunteers. they have worked day and night. Some worked until midnight to finish some tasks that need to be accomplished. To our generous donors, may God reward you abundantly and keep you always in His care.
We will hold a Thanksgiving Mass for all volunteers on Monday, Nov. 25 @ 7pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
For those who have been very critical of our mission, I prayed for you. Maybe God has other plans for you. Maybe you are experiencing your inner storms that made it difficult to see the many good things happening around you. God bless you always. God bless Canada! God bless the Philippines! Mabuhay!
Update # 3: As of Nov.17, 2013- After 7 days of operation, here are the updates:
OPERATION TULONG/TABANG: TYPHOON YOLANDA VICTIMS
1. Monetary Donations (Cash or Cheque)- as of 7:30PM, total collection $113,395.95. Alleluia! We will still continue to receive cash or cheque donations.
2. Donations in Kind- This week we will be shipping 2 containers of door to door boxes. We have generous sponsors t...o ship our goods for free. We also have standby shipment funds on hand just in case there will be extra boxes to be sent. The mountain of goods and the hundreds of boxes are not problems but blessings. From the management point of view, there was no time we ever doubted if we can send them all. I studied the whole process before we launched it. We had strategies in place. Just implementing the first strategy, everything worked on smoothly. No worries my friends. During the relief operations for Typhoon Ondoy, we sent 800 boxes. Most of our volunteers if not all, are experienced and reliable. Hence, we are so blessed and are profoundly grateful to them.
Thanks again to all our Community leaders, our staff, counters, caretakers, volunteers, our AFCM Ministries, parishioners and all our Donors. May God reward your generosity and benevolence a hundredfold. God bless Canada. God bless the Philippines. Mabuhay!
Update #2 - Nov 16th, 2013
WORDS OF THANKS to all volunteers and parish staff and 2nd UPDATE from Fr. Ben Ebcas, Director of the Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission in Toronto and Pastor of the Our Lady of Assumption (OLA) Church on Bathurst Street on Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts at OLA:
(Nov. 16, 2013, Saturday)- After six days of operation, as of 9:00pm, here are the updates:
1. Monetary Contributions (Cash and Cheque)- Overall Total- $89,620.20 which includes donations for shipment.
2. Donations in kind. We have already shipped more than 200 boxes of goods. We will be sending early next week a 40 ft container van to be filled with 360 boxes. Thanks to our countless volunteers who are so generous and fun to work with. They don't only bring, sort, pack and box donated goods. Most importantly, they bring the goodness of their hearts and manifest the Filipinos' "Bayanihan" spirit. Thanks to all our donors that come to our church doors as far as Peterborough, Burlington, Ajax, Barrie, etc. I am sure God is very happy with your works of mercy. God bless you all.
Special thanks to our Spiritual Leader in the Archdiocese of Toronto, His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins and His Auxiliary, Bishop William McGrattan for visiting our parish twice this week and celebrating the Mass for the people of the Philipppines especially those struck by the Super storm Typhoon Haiyan.
Thanks to all our community leaders, like Senator Tobias Enverga and his wife Rosemer, leaders from Filipino organizations , and our Ministries of Social Action, Temporalities, Worship, etc. Our office staff, caretakers and volunteers that work early morning till late at night are admirable. God is Good. All the Time
As of Nov 16th, 2013, in-kind donations will NO longer be accepted at the Our Lady of Assumption Church. Due to the overwhelming response by the community, the church is now at its full capacity. We would like to THANK YOU ALL for your generosity!! If you have goods that you would still like to send to the Philippines, you may send your donation directly to one of the addresses below.
Bishop Leonardo Medroso
Diocese of Tagbilaran, D.D.
St. Joseph Cathedral
CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City
Archbishop John Du, D.D.
c/o Sts. Peter and Paul Parish
Ormoc City, Leyte Philippines
In Cash donations will be accepted and cheques should be made payable to:
Our Lady of Assumption Earthquake/Typhoon Relief
On the memo: AFCM or Filipino Catholic Mission
***Tax Receipts will be issued by Our Lady of Assumption Church.
Tax Receipts will be issued by OLA and Ottawa will match the donation until December 9, 2013.
"...For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the crisis in the Philippines the government will donate an additional dollar – effectively doubling their contribution."
|Posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM|
PCCF Executive Officers, Alex & Merle Dooc together with Jun Peres helped organize a clothing and food drive through the Bayan Basketball team to collect goods for the Typhoon Victims.
Kudos to all our PCCF Officers / Leaders, and to the Community for all YOUR support! Let us keeping going.