On October 8, 2023, the dedicated team of Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation embarked on a transformative team-building journey amidst the breathtaking landscape of Masungi Georeserve. This invigorating experience not only strengthened the bonds among the foundation's members but also showcased the power of nature in fostering collaboration and rejuvenation.
Nestled in the heart of Rizal, Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area known for its unique landscape, lush greenery, and innovative trail designs. The foundation members and volunteers explored the reserve's trail systems, which seamlessly integrate with nature, offering a perfect backdrop for team-building activities.
One highlight of the team-building activity was the hands-on experience of tree nurturing. Guided by Masungi's knowledgeable environmental steward, the team learned the importance of tree planting, but particularly the essence of maintaining those that were planted to ensure its healthy and sustained growth.
The day concluded with a well-deserved treat—a sumptuous 'minalot' feast served in traditional Filipino style, fostering camaraderie and shared moments. The team then rested in the hanging cottages, suspended amidst the lush greenery, providing a tranquil space for reflection and relaxation.
Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation extends heartfelt gratitude to Masungi Georeserve for opening its doors and providing an inspiring setting for the foundation's team-building activities. The experience not only strengthened the foundation's team but also underscored the importance of preserving and appreciating the natural wonders that surround us.
In a day filled with color and laughter, the resilient members of "Batang K" experienced the magic of visual art at the renowned Art In Island Museum in Quezon City last October 7, 2023, sponsored by our partner SHOM Manila. This transformative first-time experience was made possible by the generosity of Art In Island, and it left an indelible mark on the hearts of the young warriors.
Art In Island is not just a museum; it's an immersive art space that allows visitors to become a part of the artworks. With its three-dimensional paintings, optical illusions, and interactive exhibits, the museum provides a unique and engaging experience, turning spectators into active participants in the world of art.
The "Batang K" members, accompanied by their guardians and dedicated volunteers and representatives from Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation, reveled in the opportunity to explore the vibrant and imaginative installations. From stepping into surreal landscapes to interacting with larger-than-life paintings, each moment at Art In Island was a chance for these young warriors to just enjoy the beauty of art and let their imagination take over.
Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation extends heartfelt gratitude to SHOM Manila for the continuous support for our beloved kids and Art In Island for opening its doors to the "Batang K" and providing an opportunity for them to unleash their creativity and immerse themselves in the world of art. The generosity of Art In Island has undoubtedly contributed to creating lasting memories for these brave children and their families.
As we celebrate the success of this artistic adventure, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation looks forward to more collaborations that bring joy and inspiration to the lives of "Batang K" and other children facing health challenges.
Last August 5, 2023, the young warriors of "Batang K," a group of children battling leukemia under the care of Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation, were treated to an enchanting ballet performance of "Coppelia" by Ballet Philippines. This magical experience was made possible through the generous sponsorship of SHOM Manila (Spouses of Heads of Missions in Manila Association) and the benevolent support of Ballet Philippines.
"Coppelia," a timeless ballet classic, tells the story of a young couple's love entangled with the charm of a life-sized dancing doll. The production, renowned for its captivating choreography and exquisite costumes, transported the audience, including the "Batang K" kids, into a world of fantasy and wonder.
Under the shimmering lights of the theater, the children's faces lit up with joy as they watched the graceful movements of the dancers, each step weaving a tale of magic and love. The spellbinding performance not only showcased the artistic prowess of Ballet Philippines but also provided a momentary escape for the kids and their guardians and families.
"The joy radiating from the kids as they immersed themselves in the beauty of 'Coppelia' was truly priceless. We are grateful to SHOM Manila and Ballet Philippines for giving these children an opportunity to experience the magic of the performing arts," expressed Ms. Margo Mercado, Executive Director of Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation.
The event not only served as a delightful escape for the "Batang K" kids but also emphasized the importance of making the arts accessible to all, regardless of circumstance. SHOM Manila, Ballet Philippines, and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation are proud to have contributed to an experience that brought smiles and laughter to these brave children facing health challenges.
As we celebrate the success of this collaborative endeavor, let us reflect on the profound impact that the arts can have on individuals, especially those navigating difficult journeys. SHOM Manila, Ballet Philippines, and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation look forward to continued partnerships that enable more enriching experiences for communities in need.
MARAMING SALAMAT, KAPWA!
The unprecedented success of the Batang K (BK) Pamaskong Handog 2022 would not have been possible without the support of our outstanding sponsors and supporters.
We would like to express our immense gratitude to the following individual donors and sponsoring organizations:
✅ EBAR Abstracting Company Inc.
✅ Del Monte Philippines
✅ Filipinx-American Student Association of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas UNLV FASA (Filipino American Student Association)
✅ Dra. Susan C. Valdez and Dra. Charity Villanueva
✅ SM Foundation, Inc.
✅ Ms. Athena Borzon of GMA Post Production
✅ Rotary Club of South Triangle
✅ Bagong Henerasyon Partylist
✅ Drei Rana - Dreimons Fan Club
✅ Mr. and Mrs. Ernestor P. Allimon
✅ Ms. Maris Romano of GMA Network
✅ Ms. Unis Loleng of GMA Corporate Affairs
✅ GMA Corporate Affairs
✅ GMA Finance
✅ KKMK Volunteers and Staff
✅ All donors of Angel Tree projects
✅ All anonymous donors and sponsors
Without each and every one of you, we would not have achieved the things we did for the foundation and the people this year.
Here are some of the photos of our beneficiaries:
Thank you to our BK Pamaskong Handog 2022 sponsors!
Mula sa amin sa #KapwaKoMahalKo, maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong patuloy na pagbibigay-tulong at suporta.
Last December 2021, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko once again conducted the annual Batang K (BK) Pamaskong Handog to celebrate Christmas with the forty (40) BK members by distributing Noche Buena gift packs containing food, school and art supplies, health kits, and toys to them.
Traditionally, KKMK would host a Christmas Party for the Batang K members to enjoy some food, play games and receive gifts, however, the pandemic has resulted in a different simplified experience.
This event was made possible through the individual donors and from sponsoring organizations. Please watch our simple thank you video:
We would like to thank the following organizations and donors.
✔️ EBAR Abstracting Corp., Inc.
✔️ Del Monte Philippines
✔️ Borzo Philippines
✔️ Kraft Asia Ventures & IGROS Marketing Corp.
✔️ Philippine Bible Society
✔️ Atty. Felipe Henry L. Gozon
✔️ Polly Agabi
Mula sa amin sa #KapwaKoMahalKo, maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong patuloy na pagbibigay-tulong at suporta. 💛💙
Last December 6, 2021, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation and the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians, Inc. (PAFP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement to collaborate regarding medical information dissemination and in assisting the poor and underprivileged Filipinos with their medical needs.
This partnership will kick-off under the regular activities of KKMK such as the (1) Sagot ni Dok segment which will be aired nationally every Saturday at 5AM on GMA Channel 7 and uploaded on KKMK social media; and (2) SNDLive - a 30 minute monthly Facebook Live for indigent and underprivileged audiences to have the opportunity to directly ask experts.
KKMK will promote PAFP’s advocacies and activities to help reach a larger audience through our tv program and online platforms.
With this MOA and our new partnership, we hope to help educate and medically assist more people together.
Philippine Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP), the specialty organization of Family Medicine specialists, is one of the largest medical specialty organizations under the umbrella of the Philippine Medical Association with more than 7,000 members across the country. Their members include primary care physicians dedicated to providing holistic, accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family centered, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective health care.
Present during the virtual signing were Dr. Maria Victoria Concepcion Pilares-Cruz - National President, PAFP; Dr Karin Estepa-Garcia - Vice President, PAFP; Dr. Josefina Isidro-Lapeña - Chair, Committee on Primary Health Care & Board of Trustee; Dr. Limuel Anthony Abrogena - Lead, PAFP Pillar on Corporate Communications and Social Responsibilities & Board of Trustee; and KKMK representatives -- Orlando S. Mercado, PhD (KKMK President & Host) and Margo D. Mercado, MDM (Executive Director).
Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng donors, sponsors, at partner organizations na nagbahagi ng kanilang mga biyaya para sa mga miyembro ng ating Batang K program at ng kanilang mga pamilya!
Salamat din po sa lahat ng nag-share ng ating mga posts sa social media. Malaking tulong po ito.
to na po ang ating mga packed noche buena packages at iba pang mga donasyon. On the way na po sila sa tirahan ng mga Batang K members.
On December 13, 2018 the employee volunteer group of GMA (GMA G.I.V.E.S.), celebrated the season with our Batang Kapwa (BK) members for the second time. This volunteer group guides, interacts, volunteers, educates, and serves (G.I.V.E.S.) their target beneficiary of choice.
These children suffering from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) played games with actor Migo Adecer. After singing a song, Adecer expressed how he was looking forward to seeing them all again. Reality Talent of Bet ng Bayan, Hannah Precilla, also serenaded them with a fun Christmas song. A few of the children spontaneously joined the fun and stood up to dance with her.
Orlando S. Mercado, President of the Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation, iterated that aside from the medical treatments, getting together to exchange stories, experiences and advises is also important. He also emphasized that for the children, this experience is what is called "Character Building".
Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communication of GMA, Angel Javier-Cruz, joined the celebration with other volunteer employees as they watched an episode of the tv drama fantasy series Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko [lit. My Grandmother is Better than You]. The celebration was filled with food, games and prices. This afternoon was capped with the interaction of the children with Santa Claus.
Every year, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation Inc. conducts a thanksgiving party to give happiness to the "Batang K ". These are the children with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia This 2017, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko is celebrating it's 42nd year anniversary. We would like to thank our sponsors, donors and all of the individuals through all the years of Kapwa's existence. Expect that in the coming years that the Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation will continue to bring hope not only to the " Batang K" but also to all our other patients who needs medical assistance.