Virlanie Foundation is a private, non-profit organization reaching out to street children in the Philippines. The main office and all other homes are located in Makati City, Philippines.
I had an opportunity to spend my 30th birthday at Marco Polo, one of the eight children’s homes of Virlanie. After a month of planning with the help of a Facebook event page (which is probably the best and easiest way to invite btw!), we were able to pull it off!
Those who couldn’t attend sent in cash donations which was used to buy items for the children. I feel happy and proud to have amazing friends and family.
Thank you to: Mary Viscaya, June Ador, Jeroen Elout, Nica Agui, Bambi Santos, Ellen and Lopao Medina, Cyannie and Liodel Pastrana, Mae Garbosa, Meg Ramones and Beloy Bellosillo, Espie Trinidad and Art Sandoval for your gifts.
Here are some photos from that day!
These children go to public schools and consider Marco Polo their home. They are abandoned, abused children and were taken out of the streets from their abusive families/guardians.
Having a few hours with them make me think of my own childhood and the big difference between growing up in a loving home and not having parents to grow up with at all…
Photos by CJ Brosas.
If you are interested to support, donate, volunteer or know more about Virlanie, here are the contact details:
4055 Yague Street, Barangay Singkamas,
Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel: +63 2 895 5260 and +63 2 896 2289
Fax: +63 2 895 5232
See you all on my 31st birthday, with more hands next time, I hope!
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