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C2C: National Agenda Setting and Advocacy Planning

on November 5, 2017


Children Talk to Children is a child led coalition of 20 organizations, represented by a Project Team. It monitors the implementation of United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child through making a report base on the situation of children here in our country and by participating in government policy lobbying and program planning.

Two of the beneficiaries of Open Heart Foundation namely Joshua and Crystal Joanne are active Project Team member of Children Talk to Children. Last November 3-5, 2017, Children Talk to Children organized National Agenda Setting and Advocacy Planning at Ciudad Christhia Resort, San Mateo, Rizal. They consolidated the C2C Children’s Report to be submitted to the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of the Child, by identifying emerging issues of children here in the Philippines, the positive and negative impacts of the government’s legislations, and by formulating recommendations for the improvement of children’s situation here in Philippines.

Their representation provide them opportunities and experiences that raises the voice of children in the Philippines, making them responsible, self-directed, creative and productive members of our society.

Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator

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Safeguarding the Children’s Rights

on October 29, 2017


Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. is one of the NGOs actively promoting and monitoring the implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) through its different programs. As part of advocating UN CRC, Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. also participates in different consultations to review the status of children’s rights here in our country, Philippines.

On October 26-29, 2017, the Civil Society Coalition on the Convention on the Rights of the Child Inc. (CRC Coalition) conducted a Luzon Island wide consultation to CSOs and Children at Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City in preparation for the Alternative Report to be submitted to United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Alternative Report is passed after the State has reported to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. It highlights good practices, identify gaps and underline challenges in the implementation of legislation, programs and policies in connection to UN CRC, and can provide information that is not included in the State report, such as information that they feel is missing but would be important for the Committee to know about.

Crystal Joanne is a beneficiary of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. and a member of Children Talk to Children (C2C) Project Team facilitated the consultation with children from different NGO here in Luzon. Other four CYDP Beneficiaries from Quezon City, namely Joshua, Anna, Jeanne, and Jeremy also participated in the said consultation.

Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator

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Fun Games for children victims of fire in Malate

on October 21, 2017


The weather was fair and good when Open Heart Foundation conducted a fun day with the children-victims of fire in Malate, Manila on October 21, 2017.

This activity was planned by the Open Heart Youth Movement after they heard about the fire and learned that some of their fellow beneficiaries and other children in the community were affected. They discussed how they could extend help to those affected. After several brainstorming, the group came up with a decision to conduct fun games for children. This is timely learning for them when the Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary to conduct psycho-social activity for the victims in order to ease the stress/fear that they experienced.

Each area from Binan, Manila and Quezon City were all represented by their respective officers. There where 30 chosen children who joined in the activity.

A short orientation on the purpose of the activity was facilitated by the youth leader from Binan. Games followed which was facilitated by the different officers of the youth movement. The volunteers from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde who were there for their NSTP were also present and joined in the games.

Everyone who witnessed the activity really had fun. Winners in the different games had prizes which made them happy. Foods were also served. Children showed priceless smiles on their lips and could not hide the happiness and excitement they felt. After the activity, each one willingly waited for their gift packs.

It was tiring but very fulfilling activity. Sharing is indeed showing that we care.

Thank you Open Heart Youth Movement! Way to go! Thank you to Open Heart Foundation! For supporting this endeavor of the OHF Youth Movement. Thank you Commander Group of Companies for sharing your blessing to these wonderful children.

Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager

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Community Outreach for Malate Fire Victims

on September 23, 2017


Last August 18, 2017, a huge fire went ablaze in barangay 704, Malate, Manila; a community where some of the beneficiaries of the Open Heart Foundation reside. A heartbreaking scenario for all those affected! No words could express how they felt since all their belongings turned into ashes.

Based on the data from the barangay, there were 102 legal owners whose houses were burnt, 385 families and nine hundred 900 individuals affected.

The Open Heart Foundation staff immediately responded by visiting the place and extended support; both morally & financially to its beneficiaries.

People take longer time to recover from this kind of disaster; hence, the Foundation did not cease to seek help from other organizations. With the Foundation’s strong partnership with De La Salle College of St. Benilde-Center for Social Action through Benildean Operation Sagip, we were able to extend help to the victims of this calamity. One hundred families were identified and received three different packs which include rice, canned goods and hygiene kit. Usable clothes were also given. The distribution of goods transpired at Bahay Bulilit beside the 704 barangay hall. Present during the distribution were the National Service Training Program (NSTP) students/volunteers of DLS-CSB. Barangay officials were, likewise, present to witness the distribution.

Kudos to the Open Heart Youth Movement officers who also extended their help! To all the staff present… thank you! The presence of our Executive Director, Ms. Rosalinda T. Perez, is highly appreciated. We hank you for setting a good mark to inspire us more to extend our effort and time unconditionally.

God Bless Open Heart Foundation!

God Bless De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde.

Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager

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OHF @ 25: Celebrating the Legacy of Robert LeGore.

on August 5, 2017
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The Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. celebrated its 25th Founding Anniversary on August 5, 2017, Saturday at the Ciudad Christia Resort, Brgy. Ampid, San Mateo, Rizal. It was attended by almost 250 participants from all over the Philippines where the foundation operates.

At the onset upon registration, each participant was given a token/giveaway item which contains an OHF-printed ID lace with whistle and flashlight as Big One survival kit.

The program started with opening preliminaries: Opening dance number and national anthem from the CYDP beneficiaries, doxology from ECCD pupils, and welcoming/acknowledgment of guests. A warm welcome speech from one of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Marlyn Fernando, marked the formal opening of the occasion.

One of the highlights of the program is the viewing of two audio-video presentations showing the OHF agency profile and the story of Robert LeGore’s journey to Manila. It was followed by another breakthrough of the foundation which is the book launching. OHF Executive Director, Ms. Rosalinda Perez, announced the launching of the book authored by the foundation entitled “Pursuing Dreams, Transforming Live”. The book articulates the path traveled by OHF in its 25 years of serving the Filipino children.

Mr. Ramil Manzanilla, a representative from the Department of Social Welfare and Development under the office of Honorable Undersecretary Hope Hervilla gave his message of inspiration. Two OHF graduates, Raul Menor and Misael Camposano, also shared their life testimonies from being ordinary kids, their experiences as beneficiaries of the foundation until they graduated from college, and now having good paying job capable of helping their own families and others.

Another highlight of the program is the awarding. Recognitions of service award were given to Ms. Rosalinda Perez on her five years of undaunting and exemplary leadership as Executive Director to the foundation; and to Mr. Nemencio Maloles for his 10 years of dedicated service. Ma’am Linda Perez gave a message of inspiration after the awarding.

The foundation also acknowledged partnership and expressed its appreciation to 45 network agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals by awarding them certificate of recognition. Certificates of recognition were also awarded to the OHF members of the board of trustees, Ms. Marlyn Fernando and Ms. Lilet Bermejo, for their unwavering support for they have been helping the foundation fulfill its vision, mission, and goals.

A presentation on Disaster Risk and Reduction Management was also demonstrated thru a role play which performed by the CYDP beneficiaries. The role play showed the importance of being prepared in times of emergency and disaster.

The first half of the program has ended and a sumptuous lunch was served. During free time, everybody enjoyed the camaraderie and the photo booth.

On the second half of the program, learning sessions on Child-led Disaster Risk Reduction were conducted. The sessions covered five topics: Basic First Aid, Climate Change Adaptation, Child Protection in Emergencies, Participatory Community Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, and Psychosocial Intervention for Children in Emergencies. The resource speakers from different organizations spearheaded each session with the aim of building the capacity of the children/youth in times of emergency and disaster.

The Basic First Aid was done in a plenary session while the other four topics were done thru breakout sessions. Afterward, the entire group went back to the plenary hall for the closing program.

Ms. Lilet Bermejo, the Secretary/Treasurer of the OHF Board of Trustees, gave her powerful closing charge for the youth participants and for the adult guests to continue the legacy of Robert LeGore.

To encourage the participants be accountable to what they have learned on the sessions, a pledge of commitment was pursued. Participants were asked to write a statement in a sheet of paper as their commitment to practice what was learned in the breakout sessions. One by one, the participants post their written commitment on the stage.

In closing, the entire group posed for photo opportunities and class pictures.

To mention, OHF would like to thank special people who helped the foundation in making this event a success. To the members of the board of trustees, staff and organizing committee as the main driving force behind the event, to our respected guests and participants from all over the Philippines, to Christopher Corro and Rogine Domin for excellent job as the masters of ceremony, to CYDP beneficiaries for showcasing their talent thru the opening number, national anthem and DRRM role play, to RSCC pupils for the doxology, to ECCD teachers who supported at the registration and served as ushers/marshals, to CYDP alumni for the tshirt donations, to AJ Alconaba and Chy for the stage tarpaulin, to Kenny Roger for image design/layout for tarp and souvenir program, to Jayson Tapong, Dexter Rabida and John Paul Cedrick Garcia for the stage decorations, to Julia Kamenzin for her helping hands, and to all the Volunteers who supported in numerous ways. Big thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly for this celebration.

Mabuhay and God bless the Open Heart Family!

Article by: Susie Bedia, Admin Officer

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World Day Against Child Labor

on June 17, 2017


On June 17, 2017, the Open Heart Foundation joins the yearly celebration of International Labour Organization (ILO) in World Day against Child Labor (WDACL) to give attention to the child labour and to call action and efforts to eliminate it. The local theme is “Sa armadong tunggalian, sakuna o bagyo, iligtas ang bata sa trabahong mapang-abuso”

Part of the program are tour around Rizal Park and Art Painting Workshop. The Art Painting Workshop is in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment – Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (DOLE-BWSC) and Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC). The workshop gives opportunity to the participants to learn new skills about painting. After the workshop, the organizers conduct a mini art painting competition and the beneficiary of Open Heart Foundation, Jayson Tapong, won and got the Best Painter award.

Jayson’s painting represents the children who are blinded by the poverty and have no choice but to work and which should be given hope and enabling environment for them to experience the conditions they should enjoy. His painting calls for the attention and promotion of children’s rights especially those who are caught up in child labor.

Article by: Saleah Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator

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Children’s Power: Children Talk to Children Project Team Meeting

on May 31, 2017


Two beneficiaries from Quezon City namely, Joshua Dacuyan and Queye Kim Zaragoza, participated in Children Talk to Children (C2C) Project Team Meeting held in Cocoon Boutique Hotel last May 28, 2017 to May 31, 2017.

The C2C is about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) Project, a joint initiative of child-led organizations which aim to strengthen the meaningful participation of greater number of children in CRC monitoring and campaign.

The topics tackled during the meeting were Universal Periodic Review briefing, Positive Discipline Bill, and Martial Law. Consulted with the children are the recommendations of different countries affecting the issues of children, given in the Universal Periodic Review session of the Philippines. There are also children representative who were sent in the Senate briefing regarding Positive Discipline Bill to share their CRC monitoring data in corporal punishment. The participants were also educated about how the martial law is being passed, evaluated its negative and positive impacts.

The two beneficiaries shared their thoughts and opinions during the meeting which is very important, giving them the chance to share their own data in CRC monitoring and campaign.

News Article by Saleah Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator

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OHF… Empowering Lives in Romblon

on April 30, 2017


The Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. operates in different parts of the country including Romblon. The Executive Director and three staff of Open Heart Foundation together with a book writer went to Romblon for a monitoring visit last April 25 to April 30, 2017.

The team was welcomed by the Open Heart beneficiaries from Romblon State University together with their parents. Former beneficiaries of Open Heart who are already employed and successful in their chosen careers were there too. Ms. Wilhemina A. Molo, Guidance Counselor of the University and the Vice President of Romblon State University, Dr. Emelia B. Ramos, were there as well.

We were given the chance to pay our courtesy visit to the incumbent Mayor of San Fernando, Hon. Salem R. Tansingco, who expressed his thanks for the continuous support OHF has been extending to college beneficiaries.

A new set of 17 applicants were also interviewed for validation and may be given the chance for educational assistance. The team also conducted a learning session attended by 10 applicants and 6 student assistants from Romblon State University, tackling the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children and Leadership orientation. The learning session conducted is a stepping stone towards the Foundation’s advocacy on promoting the rights and protection of children, and empowering them to be self-directed, responsible, creative, and responsible individual. The participants enjoyed the session and were enthused to elect their officers for OHF Youth Movement in Romblon. The OHF Youth Movement officers were excited to conduct activities in the community and become responsible OHF Beneficiaries serving their communities to promote an OHF culture of service.

The Open Heart Foundation operates in Romblon and continues to impact on the lives of the youth, families and their community by helping them in their education and making them productive individuals.

News Article by Saleah Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator

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Moving Up and Recognition Day!

on April 20, 2017


MOVING-UP, a term coined to describe an action of leveling up in one’s qualification or position. It is stepping up ahead towards a future goal.

In the Early Childhood Care and Development Program (ECCDP), it is an inspiring sight to see parents guiding their children in the early stages of their education. The unconditional love of parents, their patience and understanding are factors that guide the children through so that someday they will also treat and care for their future families in the same way.

In this stage of their development, children are taught basic concepts of the things they see and feel around them but most of all, they learn some social skills necessary for appropriate interaction with their peers. It is always during the first day of classes when you can see the struggle of the children and parents. Children do not want to be left in a strange classroom without their mothers, and mothers also are hesitant to leave their children behind. But at the end of the school year, the innocent girl/boy leveled up to become a little independent and gain a confidence to be on her own with his/her peers.

Recognizing children’s talents at the end of the school year is something parents’ look forward to. It is during the moving up activity when talented and gifted children showcase their gifts and talents. This is the time of the year when parents free themselves from whatever that keeps them busy because it is their pride to accompany their children go up the stage to receive medals, certificates and ribbons. Teachers are proud as well. Teachers are aware that someday these small children will move-up to elementary, high school and college and become responsible adults in their respective communities. It would be good to look back that sometime in the distant past; these children have been their pupils!

Cheers!!! To all who step-up to reach their dreams and congratulations both to the parents and teachers for the job well-done.

News Article by: Davilyn Fajardo, ECCD Program Manager

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Clean-Up Drive in Quezon City

on April 9, 2017
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Environmental sustainability helps prevent global warming and climate change. One example of environmental sustainability is simply through cleaning. Cleanliness in the environment contributes a lot in maintaining a clean and green surrounding. It is simple yet a helpful way of improving a healthy environment.

As part of the scheduled activities of Children and Youth Development Program for SY2017-2018, the beneficiaries of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. conducted a Clean-Up Drive in Barangay West Fairview, Quezon City last April 9, 2017. The objective of the activity is to bring the beneficiaries together, to work together for a common good which is to promote cleanliness and be active in the community where we are residing.

The activity was attended by five OHF beneficiaries in Quezon City and assisted by Ms. Saleah, an Open Heart Foundation area coordinator in-charge of QC beneficiaries. Right after the activity, we, the beneficiaries donated cleaning materials like broomsticks and dust pans to the Barangay to be used by their cleaning department.

Helping is not a privilege, it is an obligation. Therefore, as youth of today, we are obliged to take care of the provisions God has given us. We are grateful that in our own little way, we could be of help in improving our environment. Thank you also to Open Heart Foundation for teaching us and helping us making a difference.

News Article by Iryll Castillo, CYDP-Quezon City Beneficiary

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OHF joins the campaign against Lowering Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

on March 10, 2017
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Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. is dedicated to the empowerment of children and youth, believing in the inherent worth and dignity of a person. Our founder, Robert LeGore believed that if children and youth were given the opportunities and experiences by which to develop their potentials, they become responsible, creative, and productive members of society. Thus, Open Heart Foundation supports the campaign against House Bill 002 otherwise known as Lowering the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility, joining media forum, subcommittee hearing, and mobilizations.

House Bill 002 is contrary to what OHF stands for: that is the rights of the children to survival, protection, development, and participation. Putting them into jail at a young age will make them as a hardened criminal. Instead, full implementation of RA10630 or Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, which creates a separate justice system for children in the country and is guided by restorative justice, should have been exercised. The JJWA covers different stages of prevention, diversion, and rehabilitation involving children at risk and children in conflict with the law for reintegration. OHF believes that if the children are given another chance and proper intervention is done, they will be responsible members of our society.

News Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator

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CAPCIP Training on Case Management in Handling Cases Involving Children

on February 28, 2017
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The Open Heart Foundation conducted a 2-day training seminar on Case Management in Handling Cases Involving Children to three CAPCIP areas in Cavite: Carmona, GMA, and Silang. It was held on February 28 to March 1, 2017 at Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay City. The 27 participants who attended the seminar were composed of Local Social Workers and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) Staff, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Officers. The Resource person was Mrs. Leah S. Sanzuela, RSW, Director of the Pangarap Foundation.

The 2-day training was designed for the participants to be refreshed on case management process and to strengthen the collaboration among service providers engaged in preventing and responding cases of abused children. Group workshops were done according to their areas and made them work together in identifying the flows of services in an integrated and systematic approach. As a result, participants in different fields came out with a case management planning as means of determining the appropriate interventions for a child.

News Article by: Farisa Baniaga, CAPCIP Area Coordinator

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Clean-Up Drive in Binan, Laguna

on February 25, 2017


The Open Heart Youth Movement -Binan Chapter proved that they are earth lovers. Last February 25, 2017, timely for the people power celebration, we have initiated a one-time community clean-up drive in Barangay Malaban. It was initiated by the officers of the Open Heart Youth Movement and was enjoined by other beneficiaries of the Foundation, Binan City in particular. The officers made all the necessary coordinations in the Barangay. The CYDP staff of the Open Heart Foundation, likewise, joined them in the activity. Some parent volunteers were also present during the event.

Positive feedback from the barangay officials and the constituents were heard during the activity and this served as their inspiration to do more for others. “As long as we have the support of the adults, we will continue to serve our community in our own little way. Doing this simple activity enhances our self-worth as ordinary young people”, commented by the beneficiaries.

With the guidance of the CYDP staff and with the unified effort of all beneficiaries, the community clean-up was, indeed, a success and an accomplishment that we will never forget.

News Article by: Chrysales Borlagdan Open Heart Youth Movement Officer

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Regional ABSNet Federation Program Implementation Review & Staff Development

on December 14, 2016


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Program Implementation Review and Staff Development of Regional ABSNet Federation and Cluster Officers

The Regional ABSNet Federation had its last meeting for this year last December 14, 2016 at the Mabuhay Manor Hotel, FB Harrison, with the theme Program Implementation Review and Staff Development of Regional ABSNet Federation and Cluster Officers

Each cluster reported their accomplishments for this year and presented their plan of action for the year 2017. Other things that were tackled are the following: Changing the name of Regional ABSNet Federation (RAF) to Regional ABSNet (RAb), and updates regarding the DSWD Adminstrative Order No. 17 series of 2008.

Since this is the last meeting for this year, RAF or RAb made it sure to end it with fun and enjoyment. Each cluster showcased their talents and played the games, where central cluster won almost every game!

News Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator

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ABSNET Central Cluster – Caravan 2016

on December 8, 2016
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ABSNET Central Cluster – Caravan 2016

Annually, the ABSNET- Central Cluster unite together for the promotion of child welfare. Last December 08, 2016, over 15 non-government organization gathered together at Quezon City Hall Covered Walk to showcase their programs and services.

Open Heart Foundation is one of the participating non-government organizations who showcased the programs and services. Open Heart Foundation showcased the three major programs such as Children and Youth Development Program (CYDP), Early Childhood Care and Development Program (ECCD) and Child Abuse Prevention and Community Intervention Program (CAPCIP); and services such as Educational Assistance, Psychosocial interventions, Reinforcement/Remediation activities/Tutorial, Independent living for young adults, Socio cultural activities, Technical assistance for CYDP graduates, Technical support for ECCD partners, Capacity building, Network building, Referrals for medical care and others. Open heart Foundation unites with other organizations and ABSNET in advocating the rights of the children.

News Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator

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National Children’s Month: Palarong Pinoy 2016

on November 12, 2016
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Festival of Filipino cultural games for children gives an excitement to all how it would be taught to the kids in all Early Childhood Care Centers. The idea came up when we saw the theme for the National Children’s Month celebration “Isulong: Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata”.

This celebration is really for them to enjoy. Games of long ago like hopscotch, kadang-kadang, tumbang preso and other Filipino cultural games inspires them to improve their social skills. We encourage all the teachers to teach and try these games in their Physical Education subject weekly. All the kids and even parents enjoyed and had fun. It is now our desire to bring back games of yesteryears because these games teaches children to interact and discover meaningful friendship with playmates.

“Palarong Pinoy 2016” was the event for the celebration of National Children’s Month. The entrance of the colours brought more excitement to the audience and to those who celebrated with us. Kids from every school in their different colours of uniform gave extra thrill to their parents as they cheered and welcomed all the kids. Ms. Aira Binas of High 5 Philippines read a story for them. They also met and greet Grimace of Mc Donalds as they were served lunch. The goal to inform the children on how to protect and know their right was done through a Puppet Show. They were also given a chance to express themselves through the arts and crafts corner. Playing the different games was the main course of the event. It was really fun and enjoyable. The best day ever to celebrate!

The celebration of National Children’s Month was realized thru the sponsorship of ON Semiconductor which was facilitated thru Ms. Cynthia Sloane, a US Peace Corps Volunteer of Open Heart Foundation. It was last November 10, 2016 when we had the opportunity to meet and have a photo ops with the big bosses of the company as they turned over the cheque to the Executive Director, Rosalinda T. Perez and the Staff of the Foundation.

The presence of the people who got involved in the celebration; the representatives of the ON Semiconductor headed by Mr. Paolo Seminiano, the Executive Director and the Staff of Open Heart Foundation, the Children, the Parents of children from different areas and, of course, the amazing Teachers from the Early Childhood Care and Development Program, summed up the success of the event.

Truly we were amazed with the smiles we see from these kids as they received their loot bags for the Children’s Month Celebration. With the success of this event, we wish to bring back all the glory to God whom we praise.

News Article by: Davilyn Fajardo, ECCD Program Manager

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A Sweet Success Behind Poverty

on November 8, 2016


Every child has his or her own ambition in life. And every time we ask children what they would like most to become in the future, they have plenty to share.

Moises Ramos, a beneficiary of the Open Heart Foundation is one of those children whom if asked of his dream would gladly share, He wants to be an Engineer.

Life has never been easy. He belongs to a poor family. His father has no permanent source of income and his mother is a full time house wife. In spite of their difficulty, the parents really tried hard to be able to provide the basic needs of their children.

Moises diligently finished his high school education as a Valedictorian. Proud parents as they maybe, but at the back of their minds, they started to worry about the future of their son. They knew that they have no capacity to provide for his college education. Graduating as a valedictorian gives one an opportunity for a full tuition fee free upon enrolment. He then used this chance to enroll at St.Louis University. This means that he should be in a boarding house in Baguio City. Life as a student, in a boarding house, with other people whom you never met before and being away from your family was difficult. He took time to adjust; despite the difficulty he remained strong.

Financially struggling, delayed payments for boarding house, skipping meals, allowances insufficient, He faced them all, with a big heart and belief that God will send an angel to help him with his struggles in life. God never sleeps. God has His own time to pour his blessings.

Mr./Mrs. Rick Rey, partner of the Foundation came and asked the Open Heart Foundation to identify poor but deserving students for them to support. Moises then had an interview with the Social Worker; and he was then recommended for full support. This gave him inspiration to go through his studies more diligently.  The support given to him made him more focused to reach his goal.  He was in his scholastic performance. He then graduated with honors at St.Louis University in Baguio City.

He took the Licensure Examination last October 16, 2016. And after few days of waiting, the big news came. He was 2nd place topnotcher in the licensure examination for  the Electronics and Communication Engineering. Our heartfelt Congratulations Engineer Moises Ramos! Kuddos to you and your proud parents as well. We are very happy for your success, other scholars of OHF will emulate your example. Truly, poverty is never a hindrance for one who has the strong determination and perseverance in life… and success does not come easy.  It is even sweeter when you’ve sacrificed and worked hard for it… to reach that goal.

News Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager

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Open Heart receives an award on the 38th Founding Anniversary of DSWD-NCR

on October 28, 2016
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The Department of Social Welfare and Development National Capital Region Field Office (DSWD NCR FO) celebrated its 38th Founding Anniversary last October 28, 2016 with the theme “Mga Kwentong Tagumpay Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago” held at Cecilia Munoz Palma Hall, Universidad De Manila, Philippines.

The Open Heart Foundation was invited to receive a Plaque of Recognition and a Certificate of Appreciation as partner of DSWD-NCR in supporting the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC).

Open Heart Foundation also received another Plaque of Recognition for meeting the stringent standards for the 2nd level accreditation of the Standards Bureau.

These recognition awards were presented by no other than the Regional Director of DSWD NCR FO, Mr. Vincent Andrew Leyson, and Assistant Regional Director, Jacel Paquio.

We are very much honored to have received these awards. These will serve as our inspiration and motivation to continue our commitment in serving children and youth.

News Article by: Kate Roque, RSW, CYDP Area Coordinator

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An Enchanting Experience for Open Heart Beneficiaries

on October 15, 2016


On Saturday, October 15, 2016, thirty children/beneficiaries of the Open Heart Foundation was given the opportunity to visit this theme park amusement center in Sta. Rosa, Laguna; the magical world of the Enchanted Kingdom. Ms. Gosiengfiao called up Open Heart Foundation and asked if its possible to invite 30 to 35 children and bring them to Enchanted Kingdom.

During assembly at the training center of the Foundation in Casile, children became excited. This was because it is their first time to visit the place. They looked forward to the different rides they have heard from the experiences of others who had visited the place.

They were oriented on safety policies/reminders before the trip to Enchanted Kingdom. A short prayer was led by one beneficiary. Two jeepneys were hired by the benefactor to bring the children to Enchanted Kingdom. As soon as we arrived there, the guest officer assigned to assists us patiently waited for us. The children could not hide their excitement but they were all behaved. A welcome snacks was made available for the group. A short orientation was then conducted by Ms. Kristine from Enchanted Kingdom.

The children were divided into six groups, each group was supervised by OHF volunteer and parent monitor. Each group went on their choices of rides together with the staff/adult companion. They really had fun and enjoyed the magical experience of the place. Their laughter was contagious and manifests the happiness and joy they feel.

One of their most unforgettable experiences was the close encounter with the sponsor. Least did we know that she was Ms. Alodia Gosiengfiao, a famous cosplay artist. She has this angelic and enchanting beauty. She says she likes being with children and expressed her gratitude to the children. This experience is another memorable and remarkable one for us, especially the children. Thank you for the opportunity you have shared to the less fortunate children of the Foundation.

The day ended with smiles on their lips. It was, indeed, a tiring day but with memories worth treasuring and reminiscing.

Thank you and Kudos.

News Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager

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Open Heart Foundation @ 24th

on August 6, 2016
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The Open Heart Foundation’s desire to extend services to communities seldom reached by other non-government organizations, once again brought them to the municipality of Lavezares, Northern Samar and conducted a medical mission. It has become a practice already of the Foundation to conduct medical or dental mission in provincial areas. This form of service and means of celebration started four years.

So, on August 6, 2016, the Foundation’s staff, volunteers, and a member of the Board of Trustees traveled to Lavezares, Northern Samar to celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and commemorate the death anniversary of the Founder, Robert LeGore. The theme of this activity is: “Proteksyon sa Kalusugan,Landas sa Magandang Kinabukasan”.

To complete the merriment, 140 ECCD children were identified by the Municipal Social Welfare Office from their ECCD centers to participate in games and receive loot bags from the Foundation. Winners received their prizes and nobody went home empty handed. Children and their parents as well enjoyed the fun.

The objective of the mission was realized and the celebration was successful. This was due to the strong partnership between the Foundation and the MSWDO headed by Ms. Mesalina Dulfo. The participation and motivation to all OHF Staff. The vigor and enthusiasm and of the Executive Director provided direction for this activity. It was another milestone etched in the history of the Open Heart Foundation.

News Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager

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Welcome!

Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc., an organization serving Filipino children and youth. This site gives information on what the organization is doing.

To our benefactors, partners, volunteers and beneficiaries, you are all part of the Open Heart family.

Through this website you will see what we do and how we carry out our program for the benefits of the children and youth we serve.

Addressing the rights to survival, development, protection and participation of Filipino children and youth is our greatest challenge and education is our most potent tool.

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Head Office

Address: #14 Peace St., East Fairview Subd.,
Brgy. Fairview, Quezon City 1118 Philippines

Telefax: (63-02) 981-1791
Tel. No.: (63-02) 428-3520

Email Address: admin@openheartfoundation.org.ph, linda.tabios.perez@gmail.com

Satellite Office

Address: Lot L, Unit 3, 2nd Flr., Paseo de Carmona,
Brgy. Maduya, Carmona, Cavite, 4116 Philippines

Telefax: (63-49) 511-8562

Training Center

Address: The Almendral Ancestral House, #26 B Pedro Escueta Street, Barangay Casile, Binan City, Laguna 4024 Philippines

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