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ACTS in Manila (mini mission)

updated 6 Feb 2012

ACTs PH - 6am mass daily at Shrine of the Sacred Heart
ACTs PH - Aetas community baptism at Mabalacat
ACts PH - Aetes post baptism party
ACTs PH - Cooking Class Mothers Club in Manila
ACTs PH - felt craft session with vicunan kids in Manila
ACTs PH - Job search class with LVTC yr1 girls
ACTs PH - LVTC n IBM
ACTs PH - LVTC Year1 girls Sr Dolor ACTs team
ACTs PH - Oratory Canlubang
ACTs PH - Packing goodie bags
ACTs PH - snacks for kids n moms at Canlubang oratories 1
ACTs PH - snacks for kids n moms Canlubang Oratories 2
ACTs PH - Sr Beth with ACTs team Mother Mazzarello
ACTs PH - Sr Sarah ACTs Team n Mothers Club
ACTs PH - vicunan kids Sta Mesa Manila
ACTs PH - vicunans with their new school bags and goodies
ACTs PH -visit to Montalban with ICPE Esther Fong
  

25 NOV - 2 DEC 2011 

This was the first ACTs Philippines mission trip.

 

 

A group of 7 adults mainly from OLPS parish headed to Manila and Laguna for a week of outreach to several oratories, a vocational school and evening student centre for children. All are under the care of the Salesian sisters of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians order.

 

ACTs PH - Sr Beth with ACTs team Mother Mazzarello   

Sr Beth with ACTs team Mother Mazzarello

The ACTs team with Sr Beth in front of a Statue of their founder Saint Mary Mazarello.

ACTs PH - Oratory Canlubang  

Oratory Canlubang

We visited 4 oratories in Canlubang which are under the care of the Sisters. An oratory is a gathering of children and mothers, usually on a Sunday. The Sisters spend time with them in catechism and group activities.

ACTs PH - snacks for kids n moms at Canlubang oratories 1  

Snacks for kids n moms at Canlubang oratories 1

ACTs, with the support of the Srs and students from their school, and through the generosity of the OLPS Family Life Ministry gave 490 children and mothers a meal and goodie bag of essentials.

ACTs PH - snacks for kids n moms Canlubang Oratories 2  

Snacks for kids n moms Canlubang Oratories 2

Daniel Ong and Penny Lee giving out a meal of spaghetti to the children.

ACTs PH - LVTC Year1 girls Sr Dolor ACTs team  

LVTC Year1 girls Sr Dolor ACTs team

The ACTs team spent three half days with the year 1 students from the Laura Vicuna Technical College, running classes that would prepare them for the real working world. Everyone enjoyed themselves with the games organized by Patrick and Dolly, and the classes and interviews prepared by the rest of the team.

ACTs PH - Job search class with LVTC yr1 girls  

Job search class with LVTC yr1 girls

The ACTs team ran classes on job search, resume writing and preparing for an interview. As homework, the girls had to select a job and attend a one-to-one interview with the ACTs bosses. They were very stressed!

ACTs PH - LVTC n IBM  

LVTC n IBM

Dolly Chua invited her local IBM office to give a career talk to the students. It proved to be a hit, as the IBMers were inspiring in sharing their own personal experiences and giving advice to the students on working life. The students also received IBM memorabilia.

ACTs PH - felt craft session with vicunan kids in Manila  

Felt craft session with vicunan kids in Manila

Vicunans is a name given to the kids who come daily to the Provincial House for group activities – sports, games, music lessons and tuition. The ACTs team spent an evening with the kids, teaching them to make felt hearts, crosses and cars. We also sponsored them new badminton rackets, volleyballs and basketballs.

ACTs PH - vicunans with their new school bags and goodies  

Vicunans with their new school bags and goodies

The finale of our time with the vicunans was an evening of song, dance and music presented by the children, followed by our contribution to them of their favourite spaghetti dinner and a goodie bag. Through the generosity of the OLPS Family Life Ministry, the vicunans  will continue to receive an evening sustenance of a snack or a full meal for most of 2012.

ACTs PH - Cooking Class Mothers Club in Manila  

Cooking Class Mothers Club in Manila

Daniel Ong giving a cooking lesson to the Sta Mesa Mothers Club. He taught them ‘easy to make’ kaya and pan fried cassava (tapioca).

ACTs PH - Sr Sarah ACTs Team n Mothers Club  

Sr Sarah ACTs Team n Mothers Club

The ACTs team, Sta Mesa Mothers Club and Sr Sarah Garcia (on the extreme left), Provincial head of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians order in The Philippines.

ACTs PH - Aetas community baptism at Mabalacat  

Aetas community baptism at Mabalacat

On one of our days in Manila, it happen to be a public holiday. We were invited to visit the Aetas indigenous community in Pampanga Province, 3 hours Northwest of Manila. It was a special day for them, as there was a community baptism of over 60 people, from toddlers to parents. Whole families were baptized!

ACts PH - Aetes post baptism party  

Aetas post baptism party

The community baptism was followed by a party at the school open space, which doubles up as the village square. There was dancing, singing and a free-flow meal of pasta soup and bread for all. We were invited to join in the festivities of the day - helping to give out the meals and present a young goat to each family.  In this photo is Laurence Koh in the foreground, surprising everyone by picking up a goat for a photo opportunity.

ACTs PH -visit to Montalban with ICPE Esther Fong  

Visit to Montalban with ICPE Esther Fong

On one of our free days, we joined ICPE, a lay missionary group, to a community that they look after. ICPE is headed by Singaporean Esther Fong, who works with a team of long term volunteers. The place we visited was Montalban, a relocation site, where the urban poor of Manila were relocated to.  It is about 1.5 hrs hours out of Manila, in an isolated area. We learnt a lot from our morning with ICPE and their community through our observation of their activities and planning session with the mothers group, as well as catechism given to the teenagers.

ACTs PH - 6am mass daily at Shrine of the Sacred Heart  

6am mass daily at Shrine of the Sacred Heart

The ACTs group made it a point to start the day by attending 6am mass at a nearby church – Shrine of the Sacred Heart. Mass was followed by breakfast, then a full day of work in the Provincial House of the Sisters.

     

 

 

 

 


Article contributed by Audrey Leong