Chef Rosebud Whips Up Healthy Dishes in Payatas

Chef Rosebud Whips Up Healthy Dishes in Payatas

PAYATAS, Quezon City — Camote buchi, veggie omelette, and veggie meatballs with sweet and sour sauce—what a sumptuous and healthy treat to start the day right! Celebrity chef Rosebud Benitez shares these nutritious recipes to fellow mothers in a recent Operation Blessing (OB) feeding program for undernourished children in Payatas. Chef Rosebud’s culinary demo became an opportunity for mothers to learn new […]

Niño Muhlach Shares Insights to ‘Mompreneurs’

Niño Muhlach Shares Insights to ‘Mompreneurs’

PAYATAS, Quezon City — Businessman, director, and actor Niño Muhlach recently visited this community to sit down and share helpful insights with mothers who received small-scale livelihood projects from Operation Blessing (OB). Over cups of coffee and his bestselling Muhlach ensaymadas, Niño inspired OB’s “mom-preneurs” with the story of how their family business began from his lola’s well-loved recipe. Starting […]

Gratefulness Wells Up in Pampanga

Gratefulness Wells Up in Pampanga

MABALACAT, Pampanga — The residents of Pulang Lupa can finally quench their thirst for safe and potable water as Operation Blessing (OB) recently dedicated a deep well in their community. For years, Kapampangans and indigenous Aetas in Pulang Lupa are getting their water supply from a stream half an hour away from their village on foot. But when the stream became polluted […]

Dulce Sees Hope Rising After Sendong

Dulce Sees Hope Rising After Sendong

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Floodwaters triggered by tropical storm Sendong may have been long gone, but in its wake are communities still grappling with the loss of homes, livelihoods, and loved ones. This is the painful truth that “Asia’s Diva” Dulce confronted on her recent trip to Cagayan de Oro with humanitarian group Operation Blessing. Dulce went through a man-size hole […]

Mom-to-Mom Talk with Danica Sotto

Mom-to-Mom Talk with Danica Sotto

RODRIGUEZ, Rizal — Danica Sotto-Pingris shared practical parenting tips and her treasured life lessons to fellow mothers during a recent Operation Blessing (OB) outreach in this town. These mothers and their children are beneficiaries of OB’s community transformation projects in Sitio Licao-Licao. Everyone listened attentively to Danica’s advice on motherhood, breastfeeding, and family health. The actress-turned-full-time-mom emphasized the importance of hygiene […]

A Day of Firsts for Two Brothers

A Day of Firsts for Two Brothers

GUIHULNGAN, Negros Oriental — A look, a touch, a sound, a taste, a feeling–some moments of how the world touches us are lodged in our memories more deeply than others.  Some rend our hearts and souls apart while some… heal. Operation Blessing tried hard to create more of the latter. Brothers Dexter, 14, and Darwin Toting, 12, certainly have memories that are […]

Tent Dwellers, Tent Learners

Tent Dwellers, Tent Learners

GUIHULNGAN, Negros Oriental — Even the earthquake drill conducted by the fire brigade in Tinayunan Hill Elementary School two years ago didn’t fully prepare Grade 6 school teacher Ben Ricablanca. Ben was preparing lunch for his wife Maleen, a co-teacher at the school, and their three children when the 6.9 earthquake hit their barangay. The nerve-wracking roaring of the earth and massive […]

For the Children of Planas

For the Children of Planas

Contributed by: Rosanna Javier, Operation Blessing Volunteer Writer Operation Blessing was just at the right place at the right time. One year and three month old Kaizen Panuncillon was burning with high fever when his grandmother Leticia brought him to Operation Blessing’s medical mission in Planas, Guihulngan City last February 27, 2012.  While falling in line for their turn to […]

The Young People of Guihulngan

The Young People of Guihulngan

GUIHULNGAN CITY, Negros Oriental — Ben Ricablanca, a teacher in Tinayunan Hill Elementary School, was preparing lunch for his family when the 6.9 earthquake hit their barangay. The nerve-wracking roaring of the earth and massive landslides in near Mount Kalatkat can be heard. Ben and the other teachers quickly maneuvered all the kids towards the school’s basketball court. “Dapa! Dapa! (Get […]

Just One Last Look

Just One Last Look

Contributed by Rosanna Javier, Operation Blessing Volunteer Writer Guihulngan, Negros Oriental – Nerry Mahinay, 56, and her twelve year old daughter Jenezel were just out for a walk that February 6 afternoon.  As they were walking down the slopes of Upper Mu-og in Planas, Guihulngan, mother and daughter held hands, talked and looked at each other not knowing it was […]

Earth-Shattering Tragedies

Earth-Shattering Tragedies

NEGROS ORIENTAL — Pastor Severino Fuentes and his son were laying hollow blocks for a new church building when, suddenly, sea waves displaced by the 6.9 earthquake hit the coastal barangay of North Poblacion in La Libertad town. In an instant, Pastor Severino dropped all his tools to rush back to their house that was just 30 meters away from the sea. […]

House or No House the Good News Spreads

House or No House the Good News Spreads

Contributed by Rosanna Javier, Operation Blessing Volunteer LA LIBERTAD, NEGROS ORIENTAL – Winning souls one house at a time – this was how Pastor Severino Fuentes and his wife Leonora worked for the Lord’s vineyard in La Libertad, Negros Oriental for the last twenty eight years. Pastor Severino and his son were laying hollow blocks for another church building when […]

Sewing Threads of a New Life

Sewing Threads of a New Life

Contributed by Rosanna Javier, Operation Blessing Volunteer  MANDULOG, ILIGAN CITY – Old thin hands slid and caressed the new brown Singer sewing machine repeatedly.The hands belonged to fifty nine year old Maimonah Ibrahim, the oldest and most sought after dressmaker in Baranggay Mandulog, Iligan City. She looked over, touched, and tinkered the new Singer machine that Operation Blessing just gave […]

Nothing Can Shake Us

Nothing Can Shake Us

NEGROS ORIENTAL — “I’ll be home soon,” Alita Dinolan thought as she stood on the deck of the ship going to her hometown in Negros. The shrill sound of a phone call broke her thoughts. “Mama, lumilindol po dito sa atin! Wala na po ‘yung bahay natin! Wag ka na umuwi. Delikado dito,” the shaky voice of her daughter Marlyn […]

Unshakable Faith

Unshakable Faith

Contributed by Rosanna Javier, Operation Blessing Volunteer GUIHULNGAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL – Not even a 6.9 earthquake and the sudden fatal death of a father-in-law can shake a pregnant woman’s faith in the constant goodness of her God. While the strongest earthquake that hit Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental had left some of its inhabitants in a persisting state of shock […]