GMA Kapuso Foundation Launches Ukay-Ukay For A Cause

Henry Perez - Executive Director, GMA Kapuso Foundation

I was fortunate to be among the bloggers invited to attend the GMA Kapuso Foundation‘s launch of their new fund-raising project, Ogie and Regine Celebrity Ukay-Ukay.This is an e-bay-based online auction that will commence on 15 July (this coming Friday) + shall run for the next 10 days. Another round will begin on July 25 too.  What’s special about this online auction is that it will feature pre-loved premium items by celebrities such as Ogie Alcasid + wife, Regine, Kris Aquino, Sharon Cuneta, Dingdong Dantes + Chris Tiu, who dropped by during the conference + gave a quick background about his signatured jersey that will also be auctioned this coming Friday.

Autographed Jersey by Chris Tiu 

Other items that are included in the 15 July auction are Regine Velasquez’s Prada Bag, John Lapuz’ Andy Warhol Seiko Watch, Sharon Cuneta’s Valentino Rosette Sandals,  + Ogie Alcasid’s Branded Karma Music Workstation keyboard:

I would love to bid on that Karma Keyboard, my little man would enjoy playing with it + who knows some of Ogie Alcasid’s songwriting prowess rubs into him when he uses it!

And here are some of the items to be auctioned on July 25, a Kris Aquino cocktail dress, Mel Tiangco’s Paul Cabral Gown + Regine Velasquez’s Nicole Miller Aubergine gown:

GMA Kapuso Foundation, through their numerous projects, including Bisig-Bayan (medical assistance program), Kalusugan Karavan (medical mission), Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan (education program), continues to reach out to Filipinos in need of their assistance. Through the Ogie + Regine Celebrity Ukay-ukay they aim to raise funds for the benefit of their Kapuso School Developement (KSD) Project, a school-based program that aims to provide students in poor + remote areas in the country the following:

  • decent + functional classrooms conducive to learning
  • sanitation + water distribution facilities
  • raise environmental awareness through tree-planting activities around the school premises

Mel Tiangco, Executive Vice President/COO 

They were able to build 89 classrooms from their Ondoy calamity fund +  just last week they inaugurated 5 more classrooms in Zambales, Henry Perez proudly shared.  According to Ms.  Mel Tiangco they are aiming to build as many classrooms as they could or at least 50 classrooms a year which will cost them roughly about Php 35 Million, with a singe classroom amounting to Php 650,000 each. That is why they will be needing all the support they can get to make this goal into reality. She also invited the blogging community to be an instrument of love + be a venue for the readers to reach out to our fellowmen who are in need.

Apart from the e-bay auction, GMA Kapuso Foundation also had an ukay-ukay stall at the Heatwave Bazaar last summer + shall be having another one come Christmastime at the Noel Bazaar, which will be held at the PICC Forum this time around.

Education is every child’s right, the only treasure we can leave our children behind when we passed on, as what our parents would normally tell us, + what could be better way to join this worthy cause but by participating in this exciting event! You get to own a pre-loved item by your favorite celebrities at a steal + help build a school for the needy children in our country. What more can you ask for, right?

So save the date + participate in this online ukay-ukay on e-bay.  For more information, you may reach GMA Kapuso Foundation through any of the following:

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still waiting in endless queues to get your passport?

I just can’t relive the memory of the first time I went to DFA to apply for a passport back in 2002 without reliving the long endless queues, all the hassle + the trouble brought about by bureaucracy + whatnot! Really not a pleasant experience! Imagine after enduring a whole day’s worth of falling in line + waiting for my turn, I even had to return the next day just to get what I initially came for? Very inconvenient + disappointing, I tell you!

The worse thing is that I never get to use the passport anyway (I was planning to seek employment overseas, back then, but had a change of heart since my parents, especially our father, won’t let us) after all the trouble I had to go through to get it!  It settled dormant in a box with the rest of my stuff, untouched + unstamped, until it expired in 2007.

I never had the need to renew the thing since.

Now,  imagine how surprised I was when I found out that I no longer have to suffer the same fate if I were to renew my passport. In fact, much thanks to Teleserv’s innovative services, I can easily go online or dial from my phone for passport renewal via their DFA Passport Appointment System. There are two ways to do this:

a. Applying via internet

  • simply log-on to + follow instructions to get an appointment schedule
  • prepare all needed documents or requirements (check out the list here)
  • just go to the DFA Consular Affairs Office at the scheduled date + time (check CAO’s location here)

b. Applying through phone

  • Call the DFA Passport Appointment System by dialling (02)737-1000 to get an appointment schedule
  • prepare all needed documents or requirements (check out the list here)
  • just go to the DFA Consular Affairs Office at the scheduled date + time (check CAO’s location here)

Really fast + convenient + it saves you a considerable amount of time you can use for some other endeavors.

Apart from this service, Teleserv also provide NSO Birth Certificate Delivery, Overseas Exit Clearance, + Group Application Services for NSO Certificates. Not only are they fast + convenient, but they also provide secure + confidential online payment options.

Here’s where you can keep in touch with Teleserv:

  • visit their website here + here
  • Like their page on Facebook andfollow them on Twitter
  • you can also subscribe for newsletter by sending them an e-mail with the subject “join”
  • give them a call:
  • (02) 737-1111 for NSO Inquiries
  • (02) 737-7777 for POEA Inquiries
  • (02) 737-1000 for DFA Inquiries
  • (02) 737-1173 for Group Application Service of NSO docs

As for me, I’ll take note of these contact details, you never know when they will come handy, right? I might be needing a passport soon or I might be needing to get one for my son 😉

photo credit

Love + Light,

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tried ayosdito for online {window}shopping?

I’ve been tapping on these online buying + selling sites for a while now. Not only because they are very suitable for an online window shopping spree, where I can browse lists upon lists of items + products with just a click of my mouse, but it is also very convenient + saves a lot of time,  especially for mums like me, who seldom have the time to go out every so often, as it gets in the way of our mothering duties.

If you are into online shopping just like me, I suggest you try out the local ones we have like AyosDito? You might be looking  for second-hand-and-sold-at-a-much-cheaper-price books (which is my case most of the time), or brand new or previously owned baby items, like clothes, shoes or gears (which was my case for a while too, as I was in a hunt for previously owned high chair + walker), you might be looking for anything under the sun, yes, including an  apartment for rent in Quezon City or a rare edition of a celebrity’s autobiography + you’d find exactly what you’re looking for in AyosDito.

Not only will they have a host of products you might be interested in, but this Buy and Sale site is  also very comprehensive that they have listings from anywhere in the archipelago. So you can be looking for a vintage car in Davao + they will direct you exactly to a local one nearest you. How neat is that? It saves you all the hassle, the trouble + the unnecessary stress related with product canvassing. They also  have a pool of certified trust-worthy sellers you can conveniently contact though e-mails or through text for your next successful + fast transaction.

You can even try to post items you’d like to sell or dispose of in this site. + you need not worry if you will be using the site for the first time, as it is very user-friendly, it won’t take rocket science to figure your way around.

One day, I hope I might be able to browse through AyosDito again for an ad much like the one depicted in the photo above. I’ve been toying with the idea of having my own house + moving out from my parent’s house, where I’ve practically lived all my life 😉 Wishful thinking really, unless I get myself a regular job (in that case I must consider getting apartments in Manila, there is probably no way I can save enough to afford a new house! But who knows, I might just win the Lottery, right?

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