A Day in Grace To Be Born Shelter

Yesterday was the moment I’ve been waiting for to give the donations for my birthday project this year. It has been postponed for weeks now since we can’t find a schedule that fits us all.

To give you a brief background how this activity transpires, I started a project on my birth month which was last September. This project hopes to extend and inspire people to share their blessings to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. With this, I hope that I can make this a lifelong commitment to contribute to communities that needs help. To know more, you can visit my other blog: Birthday Projects


The whole gang in Grace To Be Born

Anyway, first of all I would like to thank all who participated physically and financially to make this project of mine possible. I’ve gathered a total of Php 16,000 for the benefit of Grace to Be Born shelter. The donations came from my family and friends and I would like to mention them to show my gratitude for supporting me in my project. Your generosity means a lot.

Thank you to the following:

Jun Dolor, Richard Tan, Nico Orillano, Mimi Haron, Jeng Sunga, Kath Gonzales, Maan Mangubat, Andrew Abalos, Cha Roque, Es Vega and someone Anonymous

So here’s what happened when we visited the shelter yesterday. By the way, since it was moved almost reaching the month of November, Coe decided to join me in this project so it was like a double celebration for us, my birthday project plus Coe’s birthday too. ^_^

We were scheduled to visit the shelter at 4:00pm. We went in two batches since we can’t fit in one car. Me, Andrew, Ate Cha, Kuya Sheldon and Jim was first to arrive in the place. To moment we were settled, they all lined up and sat in front of us, I need to start communicating and doing some adlibs while waiting for the next batch. Actually, I’m not prepared to speak in front of them since I thought that Coe is the one in charge of the program. I have no choice since they were all looking at me. So I just talk and inform them of why we were there. I also started asking their names for their names written on their crowns.


We mingled with them and joke around. Also, two babies were isolated because they have cough and flu. And there I knew baby Nicole. She is a one year old cute jolly girl who has skin asthma and was abandoned by her mom after she gave birth to her.


After a couple of minutes, the rest of the gang arrived. They hurriedly fixed their things and started the program. Coe introduced herself and started the game: Diaper Relay. Oh boy, those moms are so competitive! Hahaha!


Coe looking for someone who can demo how to diaper a baby


The winner team was able to get a prize from us sponsored by yours truly. After the game, the two doctors were kind enough to share their knowledge and gave the mothers and soon to be moms some tips and information about breast feeding. Everyone was happy especially when we raffled out some teddy bears that was sponsored by Zeny and 2 major items: Diaper Bag with Goodies! (that was sponsored by Daven) Not only that, Kuya Sheldon also gave Php 500 each for the last 2 moms that wasn’t picked during the raffle plus a gift pack.


The doctors are seriously informing and lecturing the mothers and moms-to-be


While we were having fun in the visitor’s area, Andrew and Jim went to the Nursery Room to check the babies. They were accompanied by Ms. Aira of Grace to Be Born and informed them how young the babies were. They had their own time there!


Andrew inside the Nursery Room

After the fun time, we decided to pray and eat the food we brought to the center. We allotted Php 1000 for the food and the rest would be given to the shelter in cash. They prefer donations in cash so that they can pay the rent and other miscellaneous stuff the shelter needs to pay to continue their operation.

Before we finally dig in to the food, we surprised Coe for her birthday. (It’s really on November 3!) ^_^


A Surprise Gift for Coekie


We had pizzas, pansit and bread, cakes that was sponsored by Jim and of course drinks for everyone. We had juice for the moms and soda for us!


Time to Eat!

After eating, we had our time to mingle and talk to moms and know their stories. It was nice talking to them and we enjoyed hearing their stories. It was sad but inspiring as well. They are empowered women to be proud of. They are heroes on their own way since they’ve decided not to abort the baby and keep it. It takes a lot of strength to decide something like that.


Mingling with the babies

I gave the donation with the sum of Php 15,000 since Php 1,000 was used for the food. Grace to be Born gave me a book by Rey Ortega entitled: Crazy Love for The Poor as a token of appreciation.


We all had a fruitful day and I’m sure everyone had a great time. It was a different experience for each one and I bet for the moms too.

Thank you for the opportunity and God bless us all.

Grace To Be Born
53 Dr. Sixto Antonio Ave., Kapasigan, Pasig City
Tel No.: (02) 5010965
Contact Person: Mr. Rey Ortega and Mrs. Myrna Ortega
Facebook Page: Grace To Be Born Facebook Page
Website: Grace To Be Born Website

You can see the rest of the pictures in my Facebook Page: 2011 Birthday Project: Grace To Be Born

Birthday Project 2011 featured in Manila Bulletin by KCAT CAN

KCAT CAN is a column in Manila Bulletin that is written by Maria Kathrina Lopez Yarza.

Kcat Yarza

photos grabbed from http://www.kcatyarza.com

Kcat is one of my schoolmates in Don Bosco School, Sta. Mesa. She is a batch higher than me. She was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) in August 2004 and from then on struggling with all the complications of her ailment. However, despite of these challenges she’s encountering in her life, she remains to be positive in life and believes that while there is life, there is hope.

Her article This journey called life was featured in Manila Bulletin who definitely inspired a lot of people all over the world. Because of this, she was on the top of the list of Manila Bulletin’s Top 10 who can and already a contributor of MB’s Students and Campuses’ special education (Monday) issue.

Today’s column, Bayanihan and Baby Liam shares about Baby Liam‘s condition and is helping them raise fund for his treatments. The baby was born prematurely with a severe chronic lung disease. His family is now asking for help buy his medications to be able to survive.

Manila Bulletin KCAT CAN article photo from KCAT's Facebook page

In line with this, she also featured my Birthday Project 2011 since it is for the benefit of Grace to Be Born‘s shelter. A home for unwed mothers and abandoned babies.


Kathleen is one of my schoolmates in high school. She is celebrating her birthday this September. She finds joy in giving to the needy through the small projects she has joined in, so she decided to celebrate her birthday by doing a worthwhile project.

Her chosen beneficiary is “Grace Be Born Ministries”. It is a non-profit shelter for unwed mothers to be and abandoned babies. Currently, the ministry is in need of diapers, formula milk, feeding bottles, maternity and baby clothes, toiletries, and other household items. You may donate in goods and in kind, just visit: http://birthdays.kathmadula.com

Truly, she continues to inspire people and even extends her help to those who are also in need. A remarkable act of generosity is only one of the many impressive traits that you can find in Kcat. May we all be moved and be influenced by her great love and compassion of life.

Kcat Yarza

photo from http://www.kcatyarza.com

To know more about KCAT, you can check out her online accounts listed here:

Personal Page and Online Store
Facebook Fan Page

If you have questions about KCAT, you can reach her thru kcatyarza@yahoo.com.

Birthday Project 2011

It’s always nice to share to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Tomorrow, the start of “ber” months will be my birth month as well. Yes, I’m a September baby! A Libran to be precise. Hahaha!

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about zodiac signs or anything but an idea to start a project on my own for my birthday. Last 2009, when I was still employed in a Japanese firm, we had our outreach program with He Cares foundation. It was sponsored by the “September” celebrants employed in the company. It was a successful activity but wasn’t able to blog in detail what happened. In 2010, I wasn’t able to be part of any outreach program for my birthday but participated in our Christmas party in my new employer hosted. We helped the kids from Tahanan ng Pagmamahal and was able to mingle with the girls in the foundation.

This year, I’m thinking of raising up money and give donations in any kind for another foundation. I chose Grace to Be Born as the recipient of whatever donation or how much money I can raise for my birthday.

photo credits: Bo Sanchez Ministries

I’ll be creating a new blog dedicated for my birthday projects starting this year. I hope this project will bring hope to people and exercise their virtue of sharing. I would include their all the details relating to this project of mine.

So, if you’re a SEPTEMBER baby who wants to be part of this project, you can visit my Birthday Project blog for details.

This is OPEN to ALL who are willing to share their blessings! I hope many would join me in this endeavor. Looking forward hearing from all of you! :)