VALENTINE'S DAY 2014: Dine with your love and help a child fight for his life

(Top) The hosts of ABS-CBN's noontime show It's Showtime support the cause to help four-month-old Coby Castillo win his battle against neonatal hepatitis.

(Bottom) Enjoy dinner under the stars while helping Coby on Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day may have been specifically created to celebrate the joys of romantic love; but in these times—when charity is growing to become the norm—love in its other forms simply cannot be ignored.

For couples searching for the perfect way to celebrate the day of hearts, consider helping a child in need along the way.

On February 14, the Open Hand School for Applied Arts, an innovative vocational school for young adults with special needs, is hosting a Valentine's Day dinner to support the cause of a young child battling a serious illness.

Craig Jacob Araos Castillo, simply known as Coby, is a four-month-old boy diagnosed with neonatal hepatitis; and, since birth, has suffered from cytomegalovirus infection and liver failure.

His parents, both average-income-earners, are in dire need of funds to support their son's hospitalization and medication.

They've setup a Facebook page, which has 7,320 Likes as of writing, that consolidates all information about Coby's condition, ways to donate to COby's medical funds, and facts and trivia about his illness as well.

Even celebrities, like the hosts of It's Showtime have expressed their support for Coby by posing for "fan signs."

BENEFIT DINNER. The Open Hand School has heard about Coby's cause and is now preparing a special Valentine's Day dinner to support the child.

Experience romantic fine dining at the roof deck of the RCS Building in Matatag corner Matulungin Streets, Brgy. Central 1101 Diliman, Quezon City.

Enjoy a moonlit dinner with live ukelele music in the background.

All meals will be prepared by the school's students, who are taking up vocational courses in Culinary Arts and Crafts.


Dinner rate per person is at P950, and includes servings of roasted tomato soup with cheddar topping; cardamom nuts and fruit salad; baked chicken ala Milanese; New Zealand mussels with chorizo and chili; pesto pasta; and a trio of desserts that includes chocolate mousse, strawberry panna cotta, and red velvet cookies.

Two separate dinner schedules are slated at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

For information and ticket reservation, please contact Teacher Ana at 0939-9208198 or (02)668-5635.

Part of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to Coby's medical fund.





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