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Gap Relief: Typhoon Yolanda

Gap Relief: Typhoon Yolanda

It’s been 2 years since Yolanda – the worlds largest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history – devastated the central Philippines killing 6,340 people.  It destroyed villages, fishing fleets, and coconut groves to the horizon. For months,…

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In the wake of Ondoy: Tumana

In the wake of Ondoy: Tumana

The headlines are gone; tied up in twine and buried or burned shortly after it happened.  The Press, too, is gone; off chasing the next disaster-du-jour, so we hear nothing more and think things are…

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Spoonful of Sugar

Spoonful of Sugar

“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”  ~ Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, 1964) Oddly enough, the opposite is true in Marikina, Philippines.  There, medicine is being delivered to help children regain health and…

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Takin’ it to the streets (AWANA)

Takin’ it to the streets (AWANA)

The PBJ ministry (Philippine Basketball for Jesus) children’s AWANA-style program: One dozen volunteers, 70 street kids and 2 glorious hours of Christ-centered fun and games: a bright window through the grey backdrop of metro-Manila’s urban…

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Can you dig it?

Can you dig it?

Had the chance to join writer Mike Gingrich on assignment for Jeepney magazine… a fledgling street mag geared to help the urban poor get a leg up on life. The Pinoy term Mangangalakal can mean…

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Bahala na

Bahala na

In Tagalog, the primary language of the Philippines, there is a phrase that is thought to capture the easy going way of life among Filipinos here… bahala na. Loosely translated, it means “Let it go”….

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Papa John’s Orphange

Papa John’s Orphange

Though trained as a dentist, Gemma Bacuyag in her mid-30’s is not focusing on her income as much as she is her output. She now pours her energy into the care of 15 children living in…

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