It was an extended birthday celebration for young Kapuso actress KRIS BERNAL as she celebrated it with the children of the Girls’ Home Unit of the Manila Boys Town in Marikina City yesterday (May 20).
The young actress with mom together with her fans (KRISpers, ALKRISians, ALAB), supporters and the help of her GMA Artist Center family started their afternoon at the Boys Town Center with a Thanksgiving Mass followed by a program and some games. The Children of the Girls Home Unit offered Kris a couple of song and dance numbers.
“Every year nag-cecelebrate ako ng birthday either with family or friends, last year my GMA Artist Center family gave me a wonderful party with friends and workmates at 7th High, now they have organized something closer to my heart,” Kris said.
KRIS who wore a beautiful printed blue summer dress signed autographs and had her pictures taken together with the kids the whole afternoon. The kids also gave her small gift tokens like wallets and a bunch of hand written letters.
She describes her experience with the kids,
KRIS or Kristine Anne Tan Bernal in real life turned 24 last May 17 (Friday). She recently went on a one (1) Month tour to nine (9) European countries which she describes as a great bonding experience with her family. Three (3 ) days before May 17 (her birthday), Carl Guevarra (Kris’ present suitor) surprised her with an all-expense-paid Singapore Trip as a birthday gift. Carl and Kris together with her brother, Miguel (as Kris’ chaperone) toured the Universal Studios, Marina Bay, Lion Park and other wonderful destinations of Singapore. So technically, she celebrated her actual birthday on a date with Carl in Singapore.
However, it has already became a tradition for Kris to celebrate her birthday every year by doing some charity work as a form of thanksgiving for all the blessings that she has received. For Kris, every birthday is an opportunity for her to give back and she chose Manila Boys Town this year.
Here are the highlights of the celebration:
KRIS’ BIRTHDAY CAKES
THE MANILA BOYS TOWN CENTER
The Girls’ Home of the Manila Boys Town houses 105 young girls ages 5 to 17 years old who are either abandoned, neglected and orphaned. Out of the the 105 residents, 25 are below 8 years old and the rest are already of proper school age.
According to Mrs. Rosita Mariano the OIC of the Girls’ Home Unit of Manila Boys Town, they also have a couple of kids in protective custody (those who are physically and sexually abused) as well as street kids coming from the 6 districts of Manila and Baseco. The Manila Boys Town Center also has 300 residents at their home for the aged, as well as a boys’ home and a foundling home for boys ages 3 – 7 years old. The Girls’ Home Unit can accomodate up to 120 residents and has 13 staff composed of 2 social workers, 1 street educator, 1 cook, 1 laundry personnel, 1 supply officer and the rest are house parents. They get their funding from the City of Manila.
I also got a chance to talk to Ms. Nimfa Sabanal, one of the coordinators of KRIS BERNAL’s fans club – The KRISPERS and asked her for a birthday wish for the young actress.
“Ang wish ko kay Kris ay good health, sana mag-pataba siya, masyado kasi siyang over-worked sana magkaroon siya ng konting time para makapag-pahinga. I also wish her more success and more projects. Wish ko din that she remains to be strong, magpakatatag siya, marami kasi siyang mga ‘haters’ pero the good thing about Kris ay hindi niya ito pinapatulan, hindi siya sumasagot, she stays humble. Sana maging masaya siya sa kaniyang love life, sa family at sa lahat lahat.”
I also asked Ms. Sabanal why Kris has a lot of supporters and why she supports her, she said:
“Totoong tao siya, she doesn’t treat you as a fan, she treats you as a friend. Isang bagay na kakaiba kay Kris ay yung minsan ka pa lang niya makita, matatandaan ka na agad niya. She is a low profile actress, very down-to-earth. Everything that you do for her, malaking bagay na iyon para sa kanya, kahit busy s’ya lagi lang siyang may time para iyo. Gusto ko sana na magtagumpay siya sa lahat ng mga dreams n’ya.”
Before the birthday party ended, I asked Kris her birthday wish this year and she said,
“Ang goal ko talaga ay makakuha ng award at makilala bilang isang versatile actress pero ang birthday wish ko ay hindi para sa akin, napaka-dami ko ng blessings na nakuha kaya ang wish ko ay para sa lahat ng taong nagmamahal sa akin, my family, friends, fans at pati na rin sa mga less fortunate tulad ng mga bata dito na sana yung mga dreams at wishes nila ay sana magkatotoo.”
KRIS BERNAL distributed some gifts and tokens to all the residents and staff of the Manila Boys Town Center’s Girls Home Unit courtesy of sponsors, Zanea, Sundance, Tony & Jackey, Poshnails, Fernando’s Bakeshop, My Dentist and Vans. ACLC also gave out full scholarships to 2 chosen girls of the institution.
It’s so nice see celebrities giving back to the community and Kris Bernal is indeed a perfect example of generosity. Kudos to all the organizers of the celebration. Happy Birthday and wishing KRIS more success and happiness!