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    Caritas Margins Expo 2015 slated this month at Trinoma

     Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, with volunteers from partner communities

    Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, with volunteers from partner communities

    CARITAS MANILA is bringing to public its products from different marginalized and partner communities through its third social enterprise project dubbed “Buy and Give Expo 3.”

    Slated from September 23 to 25 at the Activity Center of Ayala TriNoma Mall, Quezon City, the three-day event will carry food items, home furniture, ladies accessories, personal care products, gifts and decors, as well as artwork from resident inmates of penal communities cared by Caritas Restorative Justice Ministry.

    The opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be led by Fr. Rolando Tria Tirona, DD,
    chairman of Episcopal Commission on Social Justice and Peace, and Archbishop of Archdiocese of Caceres together with Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila with friends Julius and Tintin Babao (TV personalities and Caritas Manila donors), Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City, and Ambassador Leonida Vera (Trustee of Caritas Manila).

    The expo will also formally launch Caritas Margins as the social brand to help end poverty.
    Caritas Margins is one of the social entrepreneurship programs of Caritas Manila. It provides skills and training to the urban poor communities and marginalized sector, as well as honing them to become social entrepreneurs. It upholds each person’s dignity through the spirituality of work, the building of a culture of self-reliance and community empowerment, and inculcating the discipline of entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

    Celebrities for a cause

     Caritas Manila’s annual social enterprise expo supports the livelihood of micro-entrepreneurs

    Caritas Manila’s annual social enterprise expo supports the livelihood of micro-entrepreneurs

    Tintin Babao, a “mompreneur,” will also be giving an inspirational message on entrepreneurship. She will then donate copies of her children’s books and some of their family’s personal items for the expo fundraising.

    Other celebrities who have donated their personal items for this event are: Chris Tiu, Caritas Manila Youth Ambassador, and his teammates in Rain or Shine, celebrity couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, Senators Nene and Koko Pimentel, Senators Bam Aquino, Loren Legarda, and Nancy Binay, Charo Santos-Concio, Cherie Gil, Richard Yap, Aiza Seguerra, and many more. Get the chance to own your beloved celebrity’s personal items for a special cause.

    Celebration of the Holy Mass and Healing will be held every afternoon, with guest priests Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD and Fr. Ferdinand Hernando, M.B., Fr. Anton Pascual is set to hold mass on opening day.

     From last year’s ‘Buy and Give Expo 3’

    From last year’s ‘Buy and Give Expo 3’

    Beneficiaries
    Buy and Give Expo 3 not only supports the livelihood of micro-entrepreneurs, but also helps send youth to college through Caritas Manila’s flagship program, Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP). To-date, Caritas Manila supports over 900 micro-entrepreneurs and more than 5,000 youth scholars nationwide.

    Come, shop and help, and enjoy variety shows with featured performing artists, Caritas Manila YSLEP scholars, and Caritas Margins product demonstration.

    For more information, visit www.caritasmanila.org.ph. For donations, call DonorCare lines 563-9311, 564-0205, 0999-7943455, 0905-4285001 and 0929-8343857.

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