Virlanie Foundation: Bayanihan Sa Paskuhan 2018

I was invited to bear witness to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites, an Accor hotel.¬† Every year,¬† they invite the Virlanie Foundation. Virlanie’s ojective is to bring Saya, Kaya, Laya and Pamilya (or Happiness, Livelihood, Freedom and Family) to the urban poor families of Manila. By empowering them, the Virlanie Foundation gives them a chance and freedom to live and be happy in this lifetime.

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Joy Nostalg 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting
Virlanie Foundation, Virlanie Street Children, Virlanie Choir, NGOs in the Philippines, Manila Charity Org, Charity Orgs in Philippines, Accor Hotels CSR, Joy Nostalg CSR
Christmas Tree Ornaments from Recycled Magazines

They have initiatives like “Likhaya” by Virlanie, which promotes sustainable livelihood among the urban poor through arts and crafts. They teach mothers useful skills like sewing to increase their value, allowing them to produce items that cost more (ex. from PHP 40 to PHP 400 per unit). Viralie’s theme for the year is “Bayanihan sa Paskuhan” or “Heroism in Christmas”. Tondo mothers use Eco Materials like reused magazine pages to create “ningning” (Christmas tree star ornaments) and accessories.

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Accessories from Reused Magazine
Virlanie Foundation, Virlanie Street Children, Virlanie Choir, NGOs in the Philippines, Manila Charity Org, Charity Orgs in Philippines, Accor Hotels CSR, Joy Nostalg CSR
Joy Nostalg 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting

To show support, I bought 5 purple bracelets with beads made of recycled pages from old magazine at PHP 100 per piece. I absolutely adore them!

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Likhaya by Virlanie

Virlanie Foundation focuses on the different facets of daily life, and their wholistic approach ensure success: Street, Community, Residential, Health and Psycho-social, Education, Integration and Advocacy. As part of the advocacy, Virlanie Foundation organized¬†Virlanie Voices, a choir that gives a voice to the children of Tondo, who are at risk of being silenced by today’s society. They sang beautifully as Joy Nostalg’s Christmas Tree lit up.

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Virlanie Choir

Personally, I think what Virlanie does is great, and Joy Nostalg’s long-lasting support for the cause is commendable.

More Information on Virlanie Foundation

Website: www.virlanie.org
Facebook: /virlaniefoundation
Instagram: @likhayabyvirlanie
Twitter: @virlanie

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