What Happened to Cancer Patients During the Pandemic? | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What Happened to Cancer Patients During the Pandemic? | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“Our condition got worse because of COVID-19.” This is how Mila Dollente, diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, described what happened to her during the pandemic. Mila’s journey has been filled with rather grueling obstacles. While Mila bravely faces her own battle, her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Both had to stop working due to their serious conditions – […]

Through a young Dumagat’s eyes: COVID-19 brings hunger, sadness

Through a young Dumagat’s eyes: COVID-19 brings hunger, sadness

“We are very worried and sad because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” uttered Jedidiah, a young member of the Dumagat tribe residing in Tanay, Rizal. Through her innocent eyes, the current pandemic brings nothing but hunger, sadness, fear, and uncertainty.  Their schooling was heavily affected by the lockdown, leaving their family worried about her education. In addition to the burden they experience, Jedidiah’s father – who works as a jeepney driver – lost his job. Her mother Eufemia even recalled that […]

Support Students in their Learning through “One Student, One Gadget” Campaign!

Support Students in their Learning through “One Student, One Gadget” Campaign!

Millions of students across the country are now navigating the new normal way of learning. However, the pandemic does not affect every student equally. While some students can learn at the comfort of their homes, there are thousands of underprivileged students who do not have access to resources needed to continue their education. Their families are already struggling to put food on their table every day, let alone purchase a gadget for […]

Charity amid a Crisis? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Give during a Pandemic

Charity amid a Crisis? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Give during a Pandemic

With months away from flipping the 2020 calendar, the battle against the pandemic is far from over. Healthcare workers still struggle with a shortage of protective equipment. More and more kababayans face unemployment as the economy dips. And, low-income families continue to wonder where to get their next meal. No doubt, the current crisis takes a heavy toll on every […]

Hope Arises for Indigenous Families in Quezon | Operation Blessing

Hope Arises for Indigenous Families in Quezon | Operation Blessing

Indigenous communities are already experiencing hunger and poor access to healthcare and other essential services even before the COVID-19 outbreak happened. In fact, the United Nations reports that indigenous people are nearly 3 times as likely to be living in extreme poverty as their non-indigenous counterparts. The current pandemic made their condition much, much worse. The Dumagat Remontado tribe residing in Brgy. Lumutan, General Nakar, Quezon, was among those greatly affected. The virus poses graver health threat to their families while lockdowns in some parts of the country also prevent […]

Can You be a Hero from Zero?

Can You be a Hero from Zero?

You’ve probably read it in your history books. Every August 31, on National Heroes’ Day, the country commemorates the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” that started the revolt against the Spanish rule and celebrates the heroes of the Philippine Revolution. At present, August 31 is not just celebrated for the same reason. National Heroes’ Day has become a day to also celebrate modern-day Filipino heroes. You may ask, “Who are these so-called modern-day heroes?” They can […]

To Aid Workers, Donors, and Volunteers, Here’s a Prayer for You this World Humanitarian Day

To Aid Workers, Donors, and Volunteers, Here’s a Prayer for You this World Humanitarian Day

Living in fear and uncertainty. With all that is happening around, some might agree that these two words could possibly summarize the first half of 2020. We’ve witnessed a volcano’s unrest, a deadly pandemic and economic crisis, bush fires, strong typhoons, and a recent bombing in a neighboring country. It’s no wonder why some people are swept up with feelings of hopelessness. Despite these, there are still people who tirelessly give their efforts to lighten the burden of […]

Dear Young Filipino, Here’s a Letter to the Hero Inside of You

Dear Young Filipino, Here’s a Letter to the Hero Inside of You

2020 has been an overwhelming year so far, right? How are you holding up? Surely, you would agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of children and youth – especially those who belong to low-income families. It unraveled, if not magnified, their overwhelming struggles just to survive each passing day. Hunger. A life-threatening disease. Joblessness. Halted education. Down-spiraling mental health. The list of concerns could go on. But, what […]

Do You Want to Help Jeepney Drivers Survive this Pandemic?

Do You Want to Help Jeepney Drivers Survive this Pandemic?

Young boy Cedie Sebastian roams the streets with a cardboard on his hands to beg other people for alms despite knowing its health risk on him. “I pity my father because he’s unable to work now. We have nothing to eat. That is why I beg the passersby to give us money so we can buy food,” says Cedie. The small amount of money he gets is spent in buying food for the whole family, and milk […]

How Do Our Kababayans in the Deaf Community Cope Amid Pandemic?

How Do Our Kababayans in the Deaf Community Cope Amid Pandemic?

For people who are deaf, the current pandemic translates to more challenging situations. Such is true in the life of Avin Combong. To Avin, who is a deaf person, braving the unexpected impact of COVID-19 is quite tough. Covered faces mean information and communication barriers, while stay-at-home orders could mean less access to relief and other opportunities to earn a living. “I did not expect that this will be the impact of COVID-19 to all of us. We […]

Married and Childless: Will God hear us when we call?

Married and Childless: Will God hear us when we call?

Blizette Esguerra and her husband Jaycee cannot count how many times they uttered this prayer with all their hearts. The couple have always dreamed of having a child they can love and call their own. They thought God had been testing their faith because they struggle to have a child since 2013. “We were asking ourselves, ‘What’s the problem with us and our bodies?’ All our married friends already have their […]

Your Faithful Giving Helps Typhoon Ambo Survivors Get Back on Their Feet

Your Faithful Giving Helps Typhoon Ambo Survivors Get Back on Their Feet

To Maribell Varas, the grief she felt when her husband died during the onslaught of Typhoon Ambo cannot be put into words. When the raging winds started to raze the Day Care Center where they temporarily took shelter, Maribell and her whole family decided to evacuate. As the walls collapse, her husband tried to break the glass windows and bring his family to a safe place. However, the broken glass injured […]

‘We have nothing to eat’: Here’s How You Can help Hungry, Underserved Families

‘We have nothing to eat’: Here’s How You Can help Hungry, Underserved Families

To Alejandra Mapa, food has now become a privilege. Since the lockdown started, Alejandra and her 23-year-old daughter struggled to put food on their table. As a single parent, she used to work as a laundrywoman to support the needs of her daughter who is mentally challenged. And as if their present hardships were not enough, the pandemic suddenly left her jobless. The 67-year-old mother has earned nothing in the last months and continues to worry about her beloved daughter. All […]

What does COVID-19 mean to families who are already struggling?

What does COVID-19 mean to families who are already struggling?

It could be devastating. For vulnerable and poverty-stricken families, COVID-19 could mean hunger and helplessness. And as you read this article, hundreds of them remain overburdened due to the pandemic. One of them is Mary Rose Gonzales’s household. Even before the crisis hit the country, their family was already struggling to make ends meet. They used to rely on his husband’s humble earnings as a gadget repairman. Now that the lockdown […]

Courage in Fight Against COVID: Support Pandemic-hit Families through Your Giving!

Courage in Fight Against COVID: Support Pandemic-hit Families through Your Giving!

Nearly 3 months have passed since the government-imposed quarantine started yet the battle with COVID-19 continues. While some communities are starting to ease up and navigate the new normal, there are families and individuals who are still stuck and are still experiencing difficulties brought by the pandemic. Your giving in the fight against COVID, through the CBN Asia humanitarian arm – Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, continues to support and provide relief to vulnerable people affected by the crisis. […]