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If each of us takes part in caring and sharing, the overwhelming challenge of poverty can be addressed. Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.


To our friends and partners all over the world, thank you for making hope and joy real in every GK community, not only during this Christmas but every day of the year.


December 30, 2015

An overflow of kids marked the final day of Mabuhay Restop's 2015 Kiddie Paskuhan! Over 365 guests from GK Upper Banlat, GK Melchora Aquino GK Masagana/Telus1, GK Baseco, GK Paradise Heights aka Smokey Mountain, and Intramuros enjoyed a live musical show of "Mga Kwento ni Tita Beauty," a Papercut Workshop by Badz Magsumbol, and the Kiddie Paskuhan staple of popcorn, snowcone, ice cream, facepaint, and tattoo booths, a Chicken Teriyaki Rice Meal, and each kid brought home a loot bag filled with goodies.

A big thank you to our Day 10 sponsors Ivy Almario, Marcia Uy, Anthony Basti and Sophie Cabrera, Rey & Lilibeth Mendiola Reyes, Abu Kamatoy, Adrian & Czarah Cabrera, Bong and Carol Tulud, and Francis delos Reyes & Josephine de los Reyes and their friends from North Carolina.

Thank you to our Day 10 volunteers: LaSalle Greenhiils juniors led by Eric Mariano, and Assumption College students Lui Almoite and Chat Erfe with Marita Castillo Adamos

What a fitting end to such wonderful way of spreading Christmas cheer!


December 30, 2015
AKLAN (Brgy. Fatima, New Washington)

Merry Christmas from GK Fatima Village!


December 29, 2015

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEANINGFUL INTERACTIONS. Mabuhay Restop strives to do this with the annual Kiddie Paskuhan events. Thanks to volunteer photographer James Memorando, this is particularly highlighted in Day 9 with 300 kids from GK Paradise Heights Smokey Mountain and Port Area Baseco interacting with volunteers consisting of family and friends of GKONOMICS Executive Director Aimee Gloria and Cater Cinco. James powerfully captured the special moments and spirit of Kiddie Paskuhan. Thanks to the volunteers and the Day 9 sponsors John and Josie Disterhoft, Cherie Woo (in honor of Isabelle Woo), Dr. Charlie and Myrna Capati, Mia & Bong Macatula, Lil & Robbie Villanueva, Nats and JV Legaspi, Cater & Rollie Cinco, Noelle de Jesus Chua, Beth Clutario-Castillo, and Claire Tan.


December 27, 2015
Cavite (Brgy. Piela, Dasmarinas)

“Hooray for the extended season of CHRISTmas in our newest GK site in Cavite. And here's to our never ending thanks to all volunteers, sponsors, KBs, GK Youths and service team for making this year's gift giving possible,” – Sheryl, Volunteer

Thank you volunteers from LaSalle Dasma and Lyceum Cavite for the unending love and support to our less fortunate brothers and sisters! Together, we can end poverty!


December 2015
ILOILO

"Gawad Kalinga is all about caring and sharing, and our partners Cacho family and Panay Electric Company once again proved that there is never a shortage of good hearts. 91 families from Gawad Kalinga Cacho and Peco villages received christmas gifts, not a year was missed by these generous partners who lives out the slogan "Walang Iwanan" since the time these homes were turned over to these families 5 years ago.

Gawad Kalinga Iloilo is so blessed and thankful for their kindness and generosity, for continuously touching the lives of our kapitbahayans, more homes that will give shelter to 34 poor families will be constructed in brgy.san isidro jaro and this will be called Panay Electric Gawad Kalinga Village 2. Indeed in GK no one is left behind! Once again Thank you!" - Rodel, GK Iloilo


December 2015
ILOILO
"Christmas will soon be here as these soon-to-be GK residents continue to work together to build the community that they dream of, the homes that they've been praying for during the Christmas season.

On going construction of Panay Electric Gawad Kalinga Village 2 in Brgy.San Isidro Jaro, 34 new homes for 34 homeless families in the city of Iloilo. Love and gratitude to Panay Electric Company! " - Rodel, GK Iloilo


December 26, 2015

EXCEPTIONAL PHILIPPINE EXPERIENCES - this tagline of Mabuhay Restop held especially true for the 300 Aeta kids from GK Burog, Sta Rosa, and San Martin in Tarlac, and other kids from Bgy Mauway, Mandaluyong, Payatas QC, and GK Smokey Mountain last December 26! Traveling for 3 hours, the Aeta children visited RIzal Park for the first time and enjoyed the Kiddie Paskuhan organized by Mabuhay Restop with the help of volunteers and sponsors namely, Johan & Erwin Chuaunsu, Pinky David, Mandy Chuaunsu, Cocoy Padua, Nokky Huab, Dr. Ces Rosete, Kate Symaco, and Moppet, Tita Merle, and Omar. Thank you everyone for helping us spread Christmas cheer!


December 26, 2015
SAMAR (Brgy. Dinagan, Calbayog)

GK Christmas gift giving at GK Tomasing Gomez Dinagan Village. Also a big thank you to Schneider Electric for providing solar home systems to our kapitbahayans!


December 26, 2015
ILOILO (Brgy. San Isidro, Jaro)
"December is the time we reaffirm our commitment to the village we helped establish. This activity serves to strengthen the bonds that bind us classmates together. It is also an opportunity to expose the next generation to the spirit of giving. Hoping they will continue the tradition of sharing that Assumption has instilled in us." - Aileen, Volunteer

Christmas giving is a family and a batch affair! Assumption Iloilo Class '79 continuously brings hope to the community they helped built three years ago!


December 25, 2015
BOHOL (Brgy. Bayacabac, Maribojoc)

"After the earthquake, life in the tents was difficult. But we need to survive. Our community suffered but we continue to hope. Every time I eat sardines, it brings me memories of our experiences of the earthquake. I almost became hopeless but I was also reminded that it is not only my family experiencing this. GK went to 3 barangays here in Maribojoc, Bohol but only our barangay, Brgy Bayacabac, said YES to GK's offer to help. My father and mother helped build the homes. And after a year of hardship, we moved into our new homes. Our new house has no leaks and we are now safer, even in an earthquake. We are no longer hungry. Before we grow flowers but now we grow 7 vegetables. We have a goal to end our own poverty through bayanihan and working together." - Junalyn, GK Bayacabac, Maribojoc, Bohol

Our MAD Travel family brought guests-turned-families and spent their Christmas with our community in Maribojoc! Thank you, thank you! Maayong pasko sa inyong tanan!


December 25, 2015

Let's light up every home with the hope that comes from Christ. Isang mapagkalingang Pasko mula sa Team GK! ?#?ShareChristmas?????


December 24, 2015
MASBATE (Brgy. Tinigban, Aroroy)

“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else's help. This day was another unforgettable day to us, especially to the GK kids for sure. Seeing them smiling all throughout the activities made my day. I am very thankful to all the people who help us, to those who share their blessings, send money for donation and those who spend their time with us made this gift giving possible and merry. Thank you papa God for this day. Merry Christmas everyone!!” – Carl, Volunteer


December 24, 2015

Isang tulog na lang...ilang oras na lang! What are you most grateful for this Christmas?

In behalf of our Gawad Kalinga communities across the Philippines and in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Cambodia, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to our global family of volunteers, partners and friends in the mission. Shout-out to those who spent and will still be spending their Christmas with our communities too! We are thankful everyday because we are surrounded by generous, passionate and inspiring hearts who believe and work in building a kinder and safer world for a future full of hope! THANK YOU!!!


December 23 2015
NEGROS ORIENTAL (Brgy. Jawa, Valencia)

Merry Christmas from Jamalipayon GK Village!


December 23, 2015
BUKIDNON (Brgy. Balaodo, Malaybalay)
“These children from barangay Balaodo, Malaybalay (temporarily displaced due to conflict) speak pure Talaandig. Despite the language barrier we're able to play parlor games & celebrate Christmas with their families. Hunger ends where caring begins.Thanks to GK Youth.Merry Christmas everyone!” – Harvey, GK worker


December 23, 2015

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMMF) parade of stars which included AlDub, JaDine, and Vice Ganda, did not stop Day 7 of the Kiddie Paskuhan at Mabuhay Restop from happening! The annual Christmas outreach activity of PLA Events Planners, Inc. led by their indefagitable head, Pinky Lopez Antonio, as well as the family and friends of Filipino-Americans Cesar and Myra Azuelo, brought so much joy to over 300 children from the communities of GK Taguig, GK Sitio Pajo, Port Area, Payatas, Luneta, and Maharlika in Taguig. Thank you everyone -- your presence means so much to our invited guests, especially as it was just only two more days before Christmas!


December 23, 2015
PANGASINAN (Brgy. Lucap, Alaminos)
When Santa Claus comes in our communities in the form of generous volunteers! Isang Mapagkalingang Pasko mula sa GK Ecoville Village, Alaminos City, Pangasinan!


December 23, 2015
METRO MANILA (Brgy. Sun Valley, Paranaque)

The children of GK Villa Paraiso Village at Paranaque City enjoy a Christmas surprise by Trinidad family through the the help of #MyBirthdayFoundation.


December 23, 2015
CAPIZ (Brgy. Gabuc, Pontevedra)
"Ang buhay hindi natin malalaman kung saan tayo dadalhin at kung ano ang darating. Hindi ko alam kung bakit ako naiyak kanina habang binibigay ang susi na simbolo na tinatanggap na nila ang mga pinaghirapang bahay para sa kani-kanilang pamilya. Nagalak lang siguro ang puso ko sa lahat ng mga nakita kung paghihirap nila noong una palang namin silang nameet. Congrats to them another success story of caring and sharing! Done turn over ceremony for Doña Teofila GK Site at Bryg. Gabuc, Pontevedra, Capiz." - Ninz, Volunteer

Walang katapusang kagalakan na makitang tumanggap ng susi (kahit madaming beses na!) ang ating mga Kapitbahayan (GK residents) saan mang sulok ng bansa at mundo, kasi di madali, kasi andaming pagkakataon na pwedeng piliin ang madali at sumuko na lang. Maraming salamat sa mga kaibigan, partners at volunteers na di sumuko para magkaroon ng mga bahay at komunidad ang mga pamilyang nangangailangan. Eto ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng Pasko, walang iwanan.

Credits to Ms. Hannah Joy Daynolo for her original composition "Pasko ng Gawad Kalinga" and to Martin Dexter Yu as the guitarist.


December 24, 2015

Dalawang tulog na lang! Pasko na? Excited ka na rin ba? Patuloy na maging ilaw!

"Tayo ang ilaw sa madilim na daan
Pagkakapit bisig lalong higpitan
Dumaan man sa malabkas na alon
Lahat tayo'y makakaahon"


December 22, 2015
RIZAL (Brgy. Tandang Kutyo, Tanay)
“Such a fulfilling feeling to give back and provide a sustaining program for them to be able to eat well + they're the sweetest kids I've ever met, so happy to see them smile #TrueSpiritOfChristmas #GiveBack #feed1000kids #nourishthechildren #happiness,” – Chelsea, Volunteer


December 22, 2015
METRO MANILA (Brgy. Pinagsama, Taguig)

Christmas party for 500 kids. Thank you to Ms. Kat and Ms. Bianca of NU Skin


December 22, 2015
LAGUNA (Sta. Rosa)
FORD 2015 Operation Better World Christmas Party


December 22, 2015

Over 200 children from the STC GK Village in Sto. Domingo QC, GK Las Pinas, GK Paradise Heights Smokey Mountain, and Rizal Park enjoyed Mabuhay Restop's Kiddie Paskuhan last December 22. Volunteers from Bright Asia Realty Company welcomed them, facilitated games, and served in the the popcorn, snow cone, facepainting, tattoo, and ice cream booths, and one of them even became Tita Beauty for the day and told the kids an animated Christmas story. Many many thanks to the sponsors who made it possible, namely Bright Asia, Tony Olaes, Diane & Rico Santos, Christine & Vince Concio, Celine & Raul Pedro, and Anna Roman-Katigbak and their families.


December 22, 2015

It's 3 days to go before Christmas! And you can still make this Christmas extra special for your loved ones and the kids and youth who needs your caring the most! Make hope real to them this Christmas and everyday!

“We all have the option of what to eat, where to eat...but the kids, they do not have that option. With our little sacrifice we can bridge that gap. Hunger ends when caring begins.” - Kuya Luis, GK Executive Director


December 21, 2015
METRO MANILA (Brgy. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong)

Procter & Gamble's Information Technology department gives joy to all 28 families of GK South California Hold Village in Mandaluyong City. Thank you for making our Christmas merry & bright! #WalangIwanan


December 21, 2015
METRO MANILA (Brgy. Don Bosco, Paranaque)
Gomez family celebrates Christmas with the children of GK El Dorado Village at Paranaque City which is home to 20 special needs kids. Thanks for making this possible, #MyBirthdayFoundation!


December 21, 2015

It's 4 days to go! Still thinking of how to make this Christmas extra special and meaningful for you and your loved ones?

You can give meals that warm hearts and nourish dreams (especially for our new generation of entrepreneurs!) and through an e-card, dedicate this to the special people in your lives! Yes?


December 20, 2015
LAGUNA (Brgy. San Vicente, San Pedro)
"Nagtulong-tulong ang Kapitbahayan (GK residents) ng GK Alaska Village sa Laguna para maitaguyod ang kanilang 10 anibersaryo na dinaluhan ng mga iba't-ibang partners na naging parte ng kanilang paglalakbay. Ang mga naunang Caretaker Team (nag-aalaga na mga volunteers sa isang GK community) ay dumalo at nagbahagi ng regalo sa kinilalang 10 Oustanding Kapitbahayan. Nagcaroling din ang mga Kapitbahyan upang magkaroon ng sapat na pondo para magpamahagi ng noche buena pack sa 147 na pamilya, prizes para sa iba't ibang palaro at higit sa lahat ang bawat pamilya ay nagdala ng pagkain na kanilang maibabahagi sa boodle fight." - Dhang, GK Worker

Nakakataba ng puso ang makasama sa paglalakbay ng mga komunidad namin. Di madali, madaming pinagdaanan at patuloy na pinagdadaanan, pero ang pinakaimportante, lahat ay sama-sama bilang isang malaking pamilya.


December 20, 2015
PAMPANGA (Porac)

LuzSant GK Village was serenaded with the hymn of Christmas carols by the volunteers as they shared Noche Buena packages for the beneficiaries. Thank you to all the sponsors in making this possible.

In GK, everyday is gift-giving day! May God always bless you! Walang Iwanan!


December 20, 2015
PAMPANGA (Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Porac)
GK SAGIP Kids Christmas Party - A momentous gathering wherein kids from five (5) communities (GK Cuayan, Magalang, Monicayo, LuzSant and Tabun) spent a day of fun and excitement as they showcase their talents, build camaraderie with fellow kids, enjoyed various parlor games and been delighted with may blessings.

Thank you McDonalds, Selecta Ice Cream, sponsors of candy loot bags, hygiene kits, school supplies, toys, shirts etc. and to everyone who made this possible. Walang Iwanan!


December 20, 2015
LEYTE (Brgy. Palanog, Tacloban)

“Akala namin pumunta kami dito kami lang ang mamamigay. ang bait talaga ng Diyos, kami rin pala may matatangap,” Ellen molina, Ace Saatchi & Saatchi


December 20, 2015

Day 4 of the Mabuhay Restop's Kiddie Paskuhan welcomed Muslim children together with kids from GK Caloocan, Intramuros, and Rizal Park. Volunteers from Maryknoll HS Batch85 Team Smile, Cathay Pacific former co-workers, and San Diego, California USA joined together to welcome and bring them Christmas cheer. Kiddie Paskuhan Day 4 was made possible by the generosity of sponsors Robbie and Lilia Villanueva, Don and Lyke Cobler,Scott and Ruth Hernandez, Mark and Heidi Santos, Marjorie Wright, Pinky & Jojo Poe, Tin & Joel Fontanilla and family, Liezl & Dino Jose, MCHS 85 Team SMile and CX Induction 31-90. Thank you everyone for helping spread Christmas cheer to over 200 kids last December 20!


December19, 2015
CAPIZ (Brgy. Milibili, Roxas)

Capiz State University Masters in Public Administration students celebrated their Christmas Party in the form of Gift Giving, Paraisong Pambata and feeding. GK Youth also helped in every aspect of the celebration.

HUA! WALANG IWANAN!


December 19, 2015
NEGROS ORIENTAL (Brgy. Sta. Cruz Viejo, Tanjay)

Merry Christmas from Mapahiusa GK Village!



December19, 2015
CEBU (Brgy. Ticad, Bantayan)

"Karon pa jud ko kasuway ug Christmas party nga kasadya ba. Kay sa niaging tuig kami raman. Karon, pagkadamo naman naton. (Ngayon lang ako nakaranas ng Christmas party na ganito kasaya. Kasi nung nakaraang taon, kami lang pero ngayon, ang dami natin)." - Nanay from GK Ticad, Bantayn Island, Cebu

To all our volunteers, organizations, students, yuppies and families who spent their Christmas with our communities, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Presence, not presents, have made their Christmas this meaningful and memorable. Saludo!


December 19, 2015

Rain or shine, the third day of Mabuhay Restop's Kiddie Paskuhan pushed through last December 19 where volunteers welcomed 200 children from GK Sitio Ruby, GK Sitio Pajo20, Yes We Care Foundation, Port Area and Luneta, who all enjoyed a fun rainy afternoon of games, story-telling, puppet and ventriloquist show, delicious meal, booths and took home with a loot bag filled with goodies. Many thanks to Edna Bernardo, Cecile David, Chikee Villanueva, Lia Ignacio, Vicki Vinluan, Candy FLorcruz, Celine & Raul Pedro and family, Kaye Gutierrez, and our volunteers Mike Isada, Donna, Ness, and friends, Aaron & Demi, Hazel, Junjun, and Tita Fe for making it possible!


December 18, 2015
PAMPANGA (Brgy. Tabun & Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat)

Our SANTA CLAUS for the day - Thank you KUYAs and ATEs of Clark International College Of Science and Technology for spreading good vibes and sharing the spirit of Christmas to the kids of GK Tabun and GK Monicayo. Thank you! May God always bless you.


December 17, 2015
OCCIDENTAL MINDORO (Brgy. Adela, Rizal)

“We Filipinos are very resilient, no matter what has happened we remain strong and optimistic. Christmas is a time of sharing and spreading happiness. The stranded team went to GK Adela, the second GK community in Occ. Mindoro together with Tito Elvis to deliver noche buena gifts we gathered for them,” – Bing, GK worker


December 17, 2015

The Rotary Club of Bagumbayan made Christmas a bit merrier for 300 children from GK Tatalon, GK Tabora, GK HSIA, GK Hiyas ng Maynila, GK Pasigline, GK Paranaque, and RIzal Park streetchildren. In Day 2 of Mabuhay Restop's Kiddie Paskuhan, the kids enjoyed a fun afternon of games, puppet and ventriloquist show, delicious Chicken Teriyaki meal, booths and even went home with a loot bag filled with goodies. Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Bagumbayan led by president Wilson Lee Gan and Eddie Choa for making it possible!


December 17, 2015
AURORA (Brgy. Ditike, San Luis)

"Natutuwa ang mga pamilya sa Aurora dahil sa pagbisita natin. Presence pa rin talaga ang mahalaga sa ginagawa natin.
Dahil sa patuloy na buhos ng malakas na ulan sa Aurora, madaming pagbaha at landslide nung bagyong Nona. At wala ding electric power kaya nag-iisang phone na lamang ang natira at kahit hindi kagandahan ang litrato na nakukuha sa phone na ito ay nakuhanan pa din ang mga pangyayari. Sa kabila ng siyam na landslide na madadaanan para makapunta sa GK Diteki Village sa San Luis, Aurora, hindi ito naging hadlang upang ibigay sa mga tao sa GK Community ang tulong at pamasko na dala natin." - Herbert, GK Worker

Our presence, YOUR presence makes a whole lot of difference to our families in the GK communities! Because YOU treat them as family beyond your own families and for that, MARAMING, MARAMING SALAMAT!


December 16, 2015
CAPIZ (Brgy. Lonoy, Sapian)

Medical Mission and Paraisong Pambata together with Team Jesus and the Philippine Army


December 16, 2015
METRO MANILA (Brgy. Bagumbayan, Taguig)

Globe & Huawei celebrated Christmas with the kids of GK Laura Drive.


December 16, 2015
METRO MANILA (Brgy. Baesa, Quezon City)

“No greater gift is there than love. Another Christmas celebration of KNK QC Team and volunteers from Toyota Taytay for the students of L.B. Santos Elementary School,” – Mark, GK worker


December 16, 2015


It's the first day of 9 mornings! A reminder that we love because we are loved first. A reminder to be a blessing to the families around us. Who or what are you praying for? #ShareChristmas


December 15, 2015
METRO MANILA (Brgy. Don Bosco, Paranaque)
GK Malacanang Dulo site's holiday fellowship with 50+ Kapitbahayan Leaders from all 5 GK villages in this site at Paranaque City: BSP, Oishi Riles, Maralit Citibank, Felicity Pru Life UK & European. Thank you to the bakers who gave treats to 100 kids from GK European Village!


December 15, 2015

Unilab Christmas Salo-Salo with GK families from NTC GK Village, San Rose GK Village and Tawi-tawi GK Village. It was truly a day full of fun and enjoyment. GK Kids from different communities showed their talent in song and dance number. Everyone enjoyed watching how GK kids performed. Unilab also gave 70 bags full of goodies to 70 GK families for their Noche Buena. By just looking at them, I felt their happiness and gratefulness for being given such gifts. It was such an invigorating feeling to see that kind of setting, looking at the joyous faces from the beneficiaries who don't know how to express their gratitude that they were given such opportunity to be part of this program. “Sa tanang buhay po namin ngayon lang kami nakadalo sa ganitong klaseng pagtitipon at ngayon lang kami nakakain ng ganitong klaseng kasosyal na pagkain, maraming maraming salamat po” – GK Tawi Tawi.

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love, generosity and of goodness. It is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God's perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year. Thank you Unilab for your generosity and for journeying with us.


December 15, 2015

The rains did not stop the first day of Mabuhay Restop's Kiddie Paskuhan last December 15 where volunteers welcomed over 150 children from GK Baseco who enjoyed a fun morning of games, story-telling, puppet and ventriloquist show, delicious meal, booths and even went home with a loot bag filled with goodies. Many thanks to Belle & Al King, Nadie & Lito Tayag, Joanne & Tony Pancho, Ricelle & Bay Cabrera, Thea & Earl Hernandez, and Linda De Guzman and Danny Ramos, and our volunteers Mike Isada, Sam King, Dale Tan, Con, Billy, and Tita Dangge, for making it possible!


December 13, 2015
METRO MANILA (Brgy. Moonwalk, Paranaque)
"Ngayon lang po ako may cake sa birthday ko," said a 10 yr old boy who celebrated his special day along with 30+ birthday celebrants & 70 kids from GK Aya & Queen Elizabeth Villages at Paranaque City. Each child had cake & cupcake which were creatively designed & baked by volunteer bakers. Meals were cooked & served by volunteer chefs. Gifts & treats for 400+ kids from several GK villages in Paranaque were given by a group of big hearted individuals who put in time, effort & resoures to make this happen. We even had a photo booth & balloons. Maraming salamat sa mainit na Pasko! #WalangIwanan


December 12, 2015
DAVAO ORIENTAL
“Team GK Davao Oriental celebrated their annual GK Paskuhan at Mati City, Province of Davao Oriental. 5 GK Communities competed in GK Pasikatan fun and exciting games. GK Bataman bagged two champion titles for children and adult categories, while GK Sudlon were the champions for teen category. All 5 Communites went home with 2 sacks of rice and clothes donated by the Management Team... Seeing the happy faces of all Kapitbahayan during the event inspired the Management Teams of Davao Oriental to do more... Thank you for the love!” Benny, GK worker


December 8, 2015
LANAO DEL NORTE (Brgy. Sta Elena, Iligan)
"It was a few days before Christmas, 4 years ago, when Typhoon Sendong (Washi) devastated Iligan and left thousands either dead, homeless, or fighting for survival. Grief filled the air. Christmas was never the same again.

A few months later, together with hundreds of volunteers, I got to visit the relocation site in Sta. Elena, which was then a huge piece of bare land. lt was my very first Bayani Challenge, and with our rain boots and gloves, we braved the mud to put one hollow block on top of the other. Today the Bayanihan sa Iligan Village is a thriving community of more than 1,600 families: the product of the solidarity of partners, volunteers, and the survivors themselves.

It is a few days before Christmas, but it is no longer grief that fills the air. It is the laughter of children as they run around the community that now shelters them from their fears. It is the morning chitchat of neighbors as they cook bananas over firewood, under the shade of the trees. It is the buzz of the pedicabs and motorcycles as they go around the cemented streets. It's hard to tell that these families are survivors of the biggest natural calamity that hit Mindanao in decades, because here they are today, stronger than ever before and working together to build #afuturefullofhope. Christmas lives." - Gia, GK Worker


December 5, 2015
DAVAO (Brgy. Catigan, Davao City)
Human Nature Davao Dealers celebrate Christmas with kids of GK Pueblo Antonio Village.


December 4, 2015
METRO MANILA (Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong)
“Kickin' off the Christmas season with Globe Transport & Fixed Network Division and Aviat Networks Volunteaming Project.They built homes at GK Century Property Village & facilitated Arts & Crafts workshops to the kids of GK Megaworld Village in Mandaluyong City. The spirit of giving is in the air!” – Tracy, GK worker


December 2, 2015

Just as Christ's birth brought hope to the world, our collective acts of caring and sharing can bring Christmas joy to every family, especially the poor.

It's officially Christmas in GK (!!!), and you can now start celebrating with us!


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