Category: People We Serve

Nice to see you again, ReyJohn
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Nice to see you again, ReyJohn

One year ago, ReyJohn was a hungry, unsmiling boy who couldn’t stop eating Mingo Meals (four in one sitting as you can see). We’re back in ReyJohn’s village of Glab in Zamboanga del Sur with a fresh supply Mingo Meals. We don’t know if it’s to us he gave his biggest grin, or if it...

July 27, 2019November 4, 2019by
What does the face of hope look like?
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What does the face of hope look like?

There’s no need to describe it in words. Here are photos of faces of hope. Conrado, Carmelita, and their family of eight children, whom we found sleeping on the sidewalks of Bacolod six months ago, have become new persons with the acquisition of a 60-square-meter lot on which their house will soon be built.  If...

September 10, 2019November 4, 2019by
Artisans of Hope launches the Hanapbuhay series
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Artisans of Hope launches the Hanapbuhay series

In its new art series that uses a mix of Nespresso capsules, ceramic tiles, scrap fabric and acrylic paint, NVC’s artisans tell the story of industrious men and women who use their skills to earn a living for their families. The fabric was donated by Sepia Designs, which specializes in women’s clothing in Bacolod. The...

October 21, 2019November 4, 2019by
Mariel graduates from malnutrition
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Mariel graduates from malnutrition

Meet Mariel, our four-year-old friend from Brgy Dolores, Ormoc. We first met her when she was a severely underweight little girl about to start on her daily protocol of Mingo Meals. We recently checked on her, and found that Mariel has climbed over to a normal level weight condition after three months on Mingo. We...

October 18, 2019November 4, 2019by
Reunion with Remy and Ruby Salmorin, Peter Project recipients
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Reunion with Remy and Ruby Salmorin, Peter Project recipients

We happened to spot those familiar Peter Project boats on the shores of Carles, Iloilo. These were some of the 150 boats sponsored by Ayala Foundation, Inc., which we turned over to fishermen as replacements to what they lost to Typhoon Yolanda eight years ago. We had a quick reunion with Remy and Ruby Salmorin....

October 20, 2019November 4, 2019by
Happy Birthday, Joven!
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Happy Birthday, Joven!

Happy birthday, Joven! His mother isn’t sure whether Joven turns five or six today, but after having given birth 14 times (with eight children surviving) and living on a husband’s daily income of Php 180, we can’t blame her if she can no longer keep track. We first met Joven in Davao Occidental when he...

The Mercado family rises from the ashes
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The Mercado family rises from the ashes

For the Mercado family, rising from the ashes is not a figure of speech. It’s literal and real. We first met this family in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, when we enrolled one of the kids in NVC’s Mingo Meals nutrition program. The family only lived off the few scraps that Reynaldo could gather and sell,...

Meet the Dellosa family: survivors of a fire that gutted 215 homes
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Meet the Dellosa family: survivors of a fire that gutted 215 homes

Fire hit 215 family homes in the coastal barangay of Banago in Bacolod City on June 10, 2019. Within the day, NVC’s Food Shuttle, Mingoy, was at the site to serve Mingo champorado and pan de sal to all the affected residents.  Among the families we met were the Dellosas. As Ruel pointed out his...

Noelito’s catch of the day
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Noelito’s catch of the day

We chanced upon Noelito, a Peter Project fisherman and it was a happy reunion because he had just caught a mix of fish that would bring him at least Php 1,590 for the day. Each time we meet one like him, we always remember to whisper a prayer for blessings and graces upon the 4,947...

Update from the Village of Glab
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Update from the Village of Glab

Sometime last year, we read the story of a boy who died of malnutrition in a village called Glab in the far reaches of Zamboanga del Sur in Mindanao. We set out to search for the area, difficult and challenging though it was, because we knew that if there was news of one malnourished child,...