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Share your Blessings with the Lumad and Others in Need with these Christmas Cards

Interior designer Michelle Dumlao Pastoral reminds us to spread cheer and help others

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In this digital age, when most people often communicate through text messages, messaging apps, social media networks, and e-mails, there is a certain charm in sending and receiving handwritten letters! Handwritten letters are intimate and personal; and, since one spends time to write down his thoughts, feelings, and well wishes, there is a conscious effort to invite the letter recipient to be a constant presence in the letter sender's life.

If you would like to express your love for family and friends and help our brothers and sisters in need this Christmas, you should check out these cards made by local artists and organizations:

Tahanang Walang Hagdan

Tahanang Walang Hagdan is a non-profit organization which helps persons with disabilities become self-sufficient members of society.

This year, Tahanang Walang Hagdan launched "Christmas Card Collection 2015 by Artists with Disability." These Christmas cards feature Filipino scenes and traditions and may be printed with your personalized message. My favorite prints are Parol Vendor by Wilfredo B. Ibuena Jr. (an artist with polio) and Reunion by Joel S. Cruz (an artist with roundback deformity).

For inquiries, please contact  Sarah at 664-3548 and 531-5733.

Pathways to Higher Education

Pathways to Higher Education is an organization which identifies and nurtures talented underprivileged high school students to help them reach their full potential.  To date, 20% of its graduates have joined the government sector. Some have even chosen to return to public school — now as teachers instead of students.

Pathways offers a Christmas gift set containing 12 all-occasion cards by author and Pathways advocate Nerisa Fernandez. Since the set comes with a gift tag and a festive box, it can easily be given out this Christmas! 

For inquiries, contact Michelle or Airene at 426-6001 local 4048 or 920-0153.

MovEd

MovEd (Molding Optimism and Values through Education) provides holistic early childhood care, education and development programs to children aged 3 to 5 via formal and informal education–inclusive of health, livelihood skills training for parent and family care programs.

MovEd founder Alex M. Eduque has collaborated with Paperie to create three fun and hip design collections. Part of the proceeds for each MovEd/Paperie set sold will be used to support MovEd programs.

To see the full product catalog, visit paperie.prinsonalities.com/chicmetropole or call 894-1500 or 0917-894-9710.

To donate or volunteer, please get in touch with Bukay at 869-8956, 552-7006, or 511-8219. For P1,000/month or Php 10,000/year, you will be able to support a child through MovEd.

IPeace Initiative

Editor's Pick: The IPeace Initiative is a Christmas appeal for our Lumad brothers and sisters. Instead of a traditional Christmas gift, you can share a donation in your loved ones' honor (which will be represented by the gift card) to support the Jesuit Indigenous Peoples' Ministry in Bukidnon. All proceeds from sales will be used for the education and formation programs of the Umajamnen and Pulangiyen tribes in the Jesuit IP Mission areas of Cabanglasan and Zamboanguita, Bukidnon. 

The Jesuit IP Mission has three literacy centers in the far flung villages of the Umajamnen. These centers cater to 82 lumad students aged 2 to 5 years old. The mission areas run two dormitories (one in Cabanglasan & one in Zamboanguita) which houses 58 Lumad scholars to facilitate easy access to their elementary and highschools. 

For inquiries, contact Rensi at 0917 8849494 or Gaby at 0998 9595791. You can also visit their Facebook page or e-mail ipeacefundraising[at]gmail.com.

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