What a great and satisfying feeling when you help others and not expect anything in return but only goodwill and brighter life.
We recently received invitation from our blogger friend Rain de Ocampo to attend and meet up with Caritas Manila’s celebrity ambassador in the loving person of Heart Evangelista-Escudero. I like and admire her for her acting prowess and soft spot for going out her way just to help.
She would freeze her busy schedule to spend time with the hardworking people behind Caritas Manila led by Fr. Anton CT Pascual.
Caritas Manila will hold its second Celebrity Bazaar on October 18, Thursday from 1 to 10pm on the 2nd level of the Mega Atrium of SM Megamall. Entrance fee is P500 per person.
The bazaar will feature pre-loved luxury items up for sale from generous celebrity donors Heart Evangelista, Alden Richards, Ruffa Gutierrez, Dr. Vicki Bello, Scarlet Snow Belo, Cristalle Bello, Bang Pineda, Teacher Georcelle, Toni Gonzaga, ZsaZsa Padilla, Vice Ganda, IzaCalzado, Divine Lee, JinkeePacquiao, Manny Pacquiao and premier designers Michael Cinco and Cary Santiago.
Heart Evangelista is this year’s Event Ambassador.
If you are lucky enough, some of these celebs might show up, mingle with their supporters to help generate more funds for the beneficiaries.
Proceeds from this year’s bazaar will benefit the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) of Caritas Manila.
The program sends and supports less fortunate but deserving students nationwide to their college or university of choice.
Dr. Vicki Belo for example has donated some of her loved signature shoes among others to this bazaar so the proceeds can help send CM children to school.
The first Caritas Manila Celebrity Bazaar was held 2 years ago with former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach as Event Ambassador. The bazaar earned enough funds to support 5,000 YSLEP Scholars.
At any given time, there are between 3,000 to 5,000 YSLEP scholars nationwide. Figures show that providing a youth a college or vocational degree gives him a 98 per cent chance of helping his family overcome poverty.
Some pre-loved items will be auctioned while some will be sold at low, low prices from the original pegged amount like this Sequoia mini cube bag Heart held in the picture and according to her she just used this bag once during a photoshoot.
“We at Caritas Manila are so grateful for the generosity and enthusiasm of these celebrities to help YSLEP scholars,” comments Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Caritas Manila Executive Director.
Their assistance will go a long way in proving education and support can help realize the potentials of our future leaders coming from the ranks of the poor.”
I was able to ask Heart how she is able to keep up with all the schedules and tasks she does?
"I am very grateful to have a very loving and supportive husband in Chiz. He knows and understands all these things because of my background. Plus having a positive outlook in life and being thankful to Him for all these blessings and opportunities to help others." Heart shares.
Way to go Heart! No wonder you are loved and respected by the industry. I wish and pray you good health and many more successful projects to come your way and blessings to your family. #heartheart pa more to U!
Caritas Manila is one of the biggest non-profit organizations in the country led by its chairman, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.