Here are ways you can be a blessing to others this Christmas season

by Mike Caliwara
Dec 1, 2017
Tippy Dos Santos and Gretchen Ho with teachers and students of Oy Loboc National High School.

It’s Christmas time, which, to most people, entails, 13th month pay and bonuses.

It’s a season for mall sales and bazaars.

To some, it’s also about giving back.

The latter has been part of Tippy Dos Santos’s must-do list since she was second year high school through World Vision Philippines.

In an interview with (Philippine Entertainment Portal), ABS-CBN, and The Philippine Star, she said, “For eight years…nagsimula siya World Vision…kasi my friend Sam Concepcion, talagang a few years na rin siya advocate.”

To become a child advocate, you can enjoin people to help a kid through sponsorship parties; invite the organization to set up a booth in your events; give child sponsorship as a gift to your friends and family.

Gretchen Ho sponsors a child by giving PHP750 per month to World Vision, which sees to it that children, families, and communities will be given access to “nutritious food, clean water, education, health care, livelihood opportunities, and more.”

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The Kapamiya host said, “Mahilig ng ako sa bata, super!

“And I think, I appreciate the holistic formation of the child na hindi lang basta pag-aaralin mo lang kundi you make sure that that child will grow in a good environment.

“That thing is very, very crucial.”

On October 28, the two stars had the chance to visit Oy National High School in Loboc, Bohol, and mingle with kids, whose education are being sponsored by the organization.

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Gretchen Ho (5th from R) and Tippy Dos Santos (4th from R) with

G-Jeff Lamigo (2nd from R) and Ramon Lucas Jimenez of World Vision Philippines;

Nadine Leoncio (5th from L) and Stephanie Bascos (4th from L) of Air Asia

Gretchen, who got to show some of her volleyball moves, remarked, “This this my site visit. I was amazed like at how World Vision impacts the lives of the kids.

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“You could really see it na yung nga ito yung mga batang tinutulungan namin, but pag nandun sya sa harapan mo parang its becomes so much more real…

“When you go to the site and you see them and you see how much they value and appreciate that help parang dun mo mare-realize, a, shocks…ang laki pala ng ginagawa ko kahit mukha siyang maliit…”

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Tippy, who sang “Let It Go” to the kids, added, “Ang ganda ng nagagawa ng World Vision not only for the people na nangangailangan kung di rin para sa mga taong gustong tumulong.


Another way is through Air Asia’s “See The World” project.

If you book airline seats today, December 1, until December 31, five pesos go to the organization’s child sponsorship program, which aims to raise at least one million pesos.

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Or you can always visit less-fortunate communities.

Gretchen recounted, “Before, I was with the Ateneo Christian Life Community, we use to do it with Payatas.”

For Tippy’s part, “My Mom was going with me, we've been doing work, we go the communities…do site visits.

They have been to Baseco Compound in Tondo.

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“Mga limang beses na tayo nakapunta diyan kapag may events—Christmas, birthday—we try to make it a part of our schedule to be with the children.

During calamities, Tippy and her family do not just donate, they go to the area.

In 2011, after the onslaught of Sendong, which was then touted as the “world’s deadliest storm,” Tippy recounted the piles of body na hindi pa nila nakukuha pero dumaan talga kami…

“Dinala kami sa parang basketball court na sira na rin yung taas, sira na rin yung bubong niya.

“‘Tapos yung mga pamilya, tig-iisa silang banig.”

She also went to Leyte after the Yolanda tragedy in 2013.

“Wala pang mga airplane na umaano, bumabiyahe nun, so mga small, very small aircraft lang, four-seater aircraft na you really have to make your way kasi sira-sirang daanan ng airport at air strip.

“‘Tapos ayun, talagang mkikita mo sa mukha ng mga bata, hindi nila naiintindihan na ganun ka-grabe ang nangyayari, pero yung mga magulang nila namumroblema talaga ano nang mangyayari.”

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