MVP gives a Noche Buena basket to one of the guardians in Bahay Aruga.
PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan, known as MVP, led the turnover of the donation for the children of Bahay Aruga, a residential care facility that provides free accommodation to pediatric cancer patients.
Undergoing chemotherapy at the Philippine General Hospital, the children come from far-flung areas nationwide to seek treatment in Metro Manila where better medical care and facilities are made available to them.
Organized by the Ateneo MBA Class of 2019, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative aims to spread early Christmas cheer to the children of Bahay Aruga. As the organizers’ partners, PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) and MVP turned over a financial donation to Bahay Aruga as well as PLDT Sacks of Joy, MVP shirts and fruits for the children.
“Our hearts are filled with warmth and humility as we witness one of the most selfless acts of kindness there ever is – to open one’s ‘home’ to those who are most in need. Bahay Aruga serves as an inspiration to everyone as they open their doors to these children. PSF stands with them as we try to reach out to these children and give all the help and support they need,” said PSF President Esther Santos.
In photo are, PSF President Esther Santos, 2nd from left; and MVP, 4th from left; turning over their check donations to Bahay Aruga Founding President Marietta Bonilla, center. Also in photo are, from left: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc. Executive Director Menchie Silvestre and Ateneo MBA student Mika Arreza.
PSF also gave away Noche Buena baskets to the parents and guardians of the children in Bagay Aruga. For their part, Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc. turned over its donations of electric fans and a microwave for the housing facility. PSF and AKFI also served lugaw breakfast on that day.
More than just a free halfway house, Bahay Aruga is a beacon of hope for many of its residents. One of them is 16-year old Mary Kristine who has Stage 3A Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The youngest among four siblings, Mary Kristine has been with Bahay Aruga for four months now.
Mark Vincent, 17, has pineal gland tumor which started when he was just 13 years old. Mark Vincent is the eldest among eight siblings. He has been with Bahay Aruga for a month now.
Since its establishment in 2014, Bahay Aruga has since welcomed 280 pediatric cancer patients.
For those interested in helping Bahay Aruga, you may contact Marietta Bonilla at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.