Staff Development

OHF Christmas Fellowship

People all over the world celebrates Christmas annually to honor the birth of Jesus Christ.  Often, this occasion is accompanied by thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving for the birth of Christ who serves and symbolizes the indescribable gift that God gave to mankind.  Therefore, the management decided to have a Christmas Fellowship/Party for all employees together with the Board of Trustees.

Christmas party is also one of the perfect ways to thank the entire workforce by recognizing and celebrating the hardwork they made throughout the year.  The Christmas Fellowship was held overnight on December 16, 2021 at Villa Rufina Resort, Calamba, Laguna.  The staffs decorated the venue and the Admin prepared a program for the whole night celebration. 

To formally start the program, Janette Corollo led the invocation followed by an opening remarks from the Executive Director, Ma’am Linda Perez.  The Board of Trustees, Ma’am Marlyn Fernando and Atty. Taya Guinto also shared their words to the group.  There were also parlor games and prizes available for everyone. 

The party also served as awards night for employees who have served the OHF for 20 years.  The awardees were Davilyn Fajardo, Jesusa Bedia and Marivic Lucion.  There was also an awarding for the Biggest Loser/Gainer where the declared winner was Janette Corollo with an average loosed weight of 7.23 %; Ma’am Linda sponsored P5,000 as award. 

The latter part of the program was the most beloved part of the Christmas celebration which is the exchange gift and giving gifts. This is the only time of year for many people when we get to show each and every person in our lives how important they are to us.  Giving gifts if just another way of spreading the love and joy of Christmas.

The last part of the program was a dinner together filled with stories of happy and funny times.  So everyone happily shared the lechon and other meals prepared by Hanna and other staff such as seafood’s, vegetables, fruits and more.  Happy Holidays to All!

To God be all the glory!

Prepared by: Susie Bedia, Admin Officer

Staff Development

Annual Team Building cum Rest & Recreation

Rest and recreation with team building activity is something that OHF staffs look forward to every year. This activity usually takes place after strategic/work and financial planning or after a big service event like medical mission or relief mission. And how does one prefer to relax? OHF staffs unanimously decided to go on a road trip to see other places that relaxes the mind and body after the taxing activity.

On February 20, 2020 after the planning session in Baguio City, OHF staffs proceeded to Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. The objective was for the staffs to relax and enjoy the sceneries they passed by and to know each other better during meals and while strolling around. With the addition of three new social workers to the OHF team, the group enjoyed each other’s company and learned how to fit in and welcomed the new ones.

If there is a place up North that evokes curiosity and excitement for local and foreign tourists; Vigan is one you can find in the list. Vigan is a popular destination for those wanting to see the Philippines of yester years when our country was still under Spanish regime.

Along the way to Vigan, Ilocos Sur, we passed by Candon, Ilocos Sur which is famous for its locally made pasalubong items like cornick of different flavors and other renowned products. The group also had a stop-over in Narvacan public market and bought some bagnet, a deep fried crispy pork belly dish that is similar to lechon kawali and originated from Ilocos.

Finally, we arrived at our destination Vigan, at lunch time. We visited the St. Paul’s Cathedral (also known as Vigan Cathedral) and spent some time inside the church to give thanks and pray. The group soon crossed the Calle Crisologo (also known as Vigan Heritage Village) which is famous for its cobblestone streets, old houses and calesa.

The staff took the liberty to stroll around the area and enjoyed the sights of old historical structures which was painstakingly preserved by the local government. We had picture-taking everywhere (selfie-groupie) for memorabilia and shopping of souvenir items, including delicacies that you can only find in Vigan.

To sum it all, everyone enjoyed the whole day tour especially the food trip and picture taking as it was a great experience for all as a team. Hoping that someday, we could go back and enjoy once more each other’s company thru the activities we shared.

Article prepared by Susie Bedia


Staff Development

Team Building cum Rest and Recreation 2019

In order to facilitate cooperation, improve communication, maintain motivation and consistency among staffs in implementing the programs and services, Open Heart Foundation (OHF) conducted its annual team building cum rest and recreation.

It was held on August 16, 2019 at a beach resort in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. It was attended by OHF staff, board of trustees, volunteers and ECCD cluster coordinators.

Open Heart invited the ECCD Cluster Coordinators, Jerry Tudtud and Criselda Talinga, to facilitate a series of fun games for all. They conducted the team building at the beachfront. After the games, the group decided to take a banana boat ride which enjoyed by all.

The group also relished the venue by nature-tripping, swimming, snorkeling and roaming around the beach area.

As part of the team building, the team organized the marketing, cooking, preparation and cleaning.

Before the day ended, everyone took the time to get acquainted and have fun with each other at the resort.

Article prepared by Susie Bedia