Less than 5 minutes away from the Masinag-Sumulong intersection in the province of Antipolo, Rizal lies the Girls’ Home of the Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM) Foundation currently housing a total of 50 young girls aged 4 to 18 years old who are either abandoned, orphaned or abused. The institution became the venue for the outreach birthday celebration of three Kapuso November birthday celebrants – Survivor Philippines grand winner Betong Sumaya, Nino teen star Renz Valerio and My BFF star Hiro Peralta.
Headed by its Program Director Annalyn Ablao, the CCM Girls Homes consist of four houses as part of a purpose-built complex that opened in May, 2000. Each of the four houses can accomodate up to twelve girls and a total of 10 house mothers tends to the daily needs of the young residents.
There is a shared outside space where the children play, a library and computer room where they complete their homework each school day. There is also space set aside for the daily tutorials. Extra tutorials are necessary as a supplement to school, as due to their difficult backgrounds – children are often behind in their education.
One of the girls offered a song number to the three birthday celebrants, she sang a wonderful rendition of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ while playing the guitar. How I wish I could share to you a video of that number because that girl really has talents. However, for the protection of the girls, we were restricted to taking clear pictures of the residents.
After that, the three Kapuso celebs performed for the kids as well. Betong sang an ‘Amazing’ version of Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are, Renz performed a medley of dance moves while Hiro sang One Direction’s Little Things. Here are the video of their performances:
On my way home, while contemplating on the events that has transpired earlier that day, I suddenly realized how much blessed GMA artists are as compared to other talents and many career-oriented people in different industries. Although these people, however dim or bright, already have that spot in the sky, GMA Artist Center still provides them with the opportunity to have a chance at a more fulfilling legacy. It’s not the giving back part that is really the main issue in these activities, it is the staying in the hearts of the marginalized people that really matters.
These kids, elders or sick people that they visit opens up a special space in their hearts for these artists to occupy. And most likely, they will remain there for as long as they live. So it’s the other way around – a chance at redemption or a means to live forever, however the individual stars sees it, they are indeed the privileged ones and I am glad to have been a witness to their very meaningful journey.
Kudos to GMA Artist Center for organizing these opportunities!