This post is a collection of short interviews from some of the volunteers and NGO organizers who attended the iVolunteer Expo in Manila on March 5 and 6. It shows how individuals and small groups can make a difference for those who need help in this developing country.
This interview is about Filipino musicians looking after a musician who has gotten sick. It’s also about a new non-governmental organization called “Heart of Music,” which was established by singer Skarlet Brown for ailing musicians with no money to pay for medications or treatment.
“Mang Urot” is the pseudonym of a Filipino who offers a soup kitchen three times a week to anyone who wants to come to eat, as well as assorted side projects, like bringing supplies to schools or offering free dental work to the poor. Recently he’s attracted volunteers from various organizations. On July 4, we took a trip to a small backwoods village to donate supplies to the elementary school and the church.
This is a 2015 interview with the owners of the Puzzle Cafe in Quezon City, Metro Manila. For the highly functional autistic young people who work in the cafe, it is part of their therapy and preparation for actual employment.
This 2014 interview features an interesting man whose life was touched by the influence of Ferdinand Marcos and his own adolescent rebellion. His love affair with the poor began at a early age. He still has friends in strange places. He hosts a soup kitchen three times a week.
This 2014 interview features an interesting man whose life was touched by the influence of Ferdinand Marcos and his own adolescent rebellion. His love affair with the poor began at a early age. He hosts a soup kitchen three times a week.
This is a 2013 interview with Todd Tessier, a Canadian who’s promoting skateboarding in the Philippines–as a lifestyle and a group solidarity-builder, not a commercial extreme sport.
A captain in the US Marine Corps talks about his experience of the relief effort after super-typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines.