Children’s Art Festival

February 25, 2015

As part of the National Children’s Month celebration, the Council for the Welfare of Children led the Children’s Art Festival which kicked off at around 2PM of October 29, 2014. SM Skydome housed hundreds of people from different NGOs and national agencies including National Youth Commission and National Commission for Culture and Arts. The National Council on Disability Affairs was represented by Ermelita Miguel, Alberto Villa and Eurmajesty Roque.

children's festival
children's festival

Before the actual program started, the participants were given an hour to register for the event, view the Children’s Exhibit, and vote for Sipat Bata Photo Contest People’s Choice Award.

Part of children’s exhibit
Part of children’s exhibit

Diosa Descalozta and Joshua Estonilo, both young and smart, hosted the whole event. The ceremony was officially opened by the children from Laura Vicuna Foundation.
The chairman of NCCA, Mr. Felipe De Leon, was not around but he was still able to deliver his inspirational message thru Marlene Ruth Sanchez, Deputy Executive Director. She stressed that on 2050, the country is expected to have a population of 150 million. Thus, the children of today are truly essential in the future.
Mrs. Sanchez’s speech was followed by a series of performances from several youth group, including the Laura Vicuna Foundation, Rondalla on Wheels, ERDA SABANA, IGAL-IGAL Dance, Kanlungan sa Erma, and Junior New System.

Participants of Children’s Art Festival
Participants of Children’s Art Festival

Puppet show and storytelling were also taken place. Kuya Onie and Stephen Kyle Arcean did not only entertain the audience but also shared some moral values.
Winners of Sipat Bata photo contest and DOLE-BWSC on-the-spot painting contest were awarded before the event ended.
The entire program, themed “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga”, was indeed successful on emphasizing that the youth, with their talents and skills, have a very significant role in nation-building.


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Call for Nominations for the 2015 Apolinario Mabini Awards

February 13, 2015

Nominations for the 2015 Apolinario Mabini Awards has been extended to March 31, 2015. Categories for nomination are: Presidential A. Mabini Award, Person With Disability (PWD) of the Year, PWD Group of the Year, Local Government Unit of the Year, Rehabilitation Volunteer/Group of the Year (Volunteer/Group Advocate for the Empowerment of PWDs of the Year), Employer of the Year, PWD Friendly Establishment, PWD Media Advocate of the Year, and the Website Accessibility Award. Anyone can nominate individuals or groups to any category provided they meet the criteria.

The Mabini Awards, named after one of the country’s foremost hero, Apolinario Mabini, recognizes groups and individuals and/or agencies that have made outstanding contributions to Persons With Disabilities. The award is inspired by Mabini’s creative genius that provided inspiration to the Philippine revolution.

The Award is spearheaded by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD), the oldest non-government organization in the Philippines to address needs of Persons with Disability.

The awards will be presented on July 2015 in Malacanang Palace.

Please visit this link or for more information and to download forms. You may also call Liza at (632) 725-0093 or email for more information.

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