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Revisiting GK’s Enchanted Farm

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If you’re tired of the endless political bickering, mudslinging and other destructive maneuvers that aim to set back this country many years or stop its growth dead in the tracks, take a day off and spend time at the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farm in Barangay Encanto in Angat, Bulacan.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An accident of birth

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I am aboard an airplane bringing me home to Manila after two great days in Iloilo province. It seems that being busy and able to help Yolanda victims somehow mitigates the growing frustration that even I, an active member in the humanitarian work of Gawad Kalinga (GK), have been feeling these last two months.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Modest proposal

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I thought I’d round off my articles on “Yolanda” and how it has drawn our attention to the poor by talking about an idea I’ve had for quite some time now. That idea is to launch some kind of “propoor coalition” to thrust fighting poverty to the forefront of national consciousness. What better time to do it than the dawning of a new year?

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Tulfo hailed for years of humanitarian work

I read the news report on the “Gawad Kalinga exec cited for quick ‘Yolanda’ response” (Inquirer, 12/4/13) Indeed, volunteerism should be encouraged among the citizenry for it to become part of our culture.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A matter of choice

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Three weeks of frantic relief work disrupted our lives. Being part of a movement that is anchored on volunteerism and poverty challenged all of us who are involved in one way or another with Gawad Kalinga. And there is no end in sight, not when millions are displaced and some of them crippled by grief, trauma, and sheer hopelessness.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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