Annually, MicroSourcing encourages its employees to participate in a Valentine's Day activity that is worthwhile and inspiring. This year, MicroMissions organized a fundraising activity in the form of a block movie screening, which was held at Robinsons Galleria MovieWorld Cinema 10. One of the most talked about movies and one of the least known Marvel Superhero, Black Panther, did not disappoint moviegoers.
Having been able to watch the movie, MS employees get to help an orphanage whose name is apt for the Valentine's season. Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children's Home, located in Pasig, houses abandoned, neglected, foundling, and surrendered children since 2007. From the proceeds of the block screening, MicroMissions was able to donate a sanitation facility and a drinking fountain to promote hygiene and give access to potable water to these children. These facilities will be installed with the help of Manila Water Foundation's Lingap Project.
From 234 generous employees, together with their family and friends, a total of PHP 117,000 was raised from this activity.
In January, baking enthusiasts - both beginners and experts - gathered to create delicious pastries to be sold at the MS Banchetto.
21 MicroMissions volunteers went to The Cookery Place in BGC to become chefs du jour to bake the following:
Although the group's main purpose was to raise funds, bonding with fellow volunteers, having fun, and learning something new were also on the agenda. Volunteers from six MS Manila sites were chosen to participate with the commitment to sell the baked goodies in their respective sites.
The money that was raised was used to buy food for the children of Sitio Dumpsite in Barangay San Luis, Antipolo City. This activity is in accordance with our purpose to help fight malnutrition and to stand for the campaign #HANGRYaboutHUNGER by Nestle's United Healthier for Kids.
On January 31, MicroMissions sold baked goods at the MS Banchetto. A total of Php 18,725 was raised and donated to our partner foundation, Reach Out Feed Philippines who bought the ingredients for the lunch meal of kids in Sitio Dumpsite. The amount was good for a week of eating three meals a day for 100 kids.
On February 10, MS employee volunteers grouped to prepare, cook, and pack meals for the children and attendees of the feeding program. A sumptuous meal inclusive of chicken teriyaki, buttered vegetables, rice, and fresh fruit salad was given to hapless kids in order to nourish their bodies. More than 100 kids were given meals and the fresh fruit salad was a hit!
After lunch, Ray Alferez from EV 1880 entertained the kids with a magic show they will not forget. It was a good feeling sharing that amazing moment with the kids and the kids at heart.
Another mission accomplished! On to the next one.
Anawim Lay Missions Foundation is a small facility for poor and abandoned elderly people founded by Catholic lay preacher Bo Sanchez in Rizal Province, Philippines. Anawim Lay Missions opened its doors in 1996 to rejected and abandoned elderly who are roaming the streets. Its purpose is to provide a home, a sanctuary, to those poor and abandoned elderly who have nowhere else to go.
As we celebrated the United Nations International Day of Older Persons for the month of October, MicroMissions planned a trip to the facility on October 28. Forty-one (41) volunteers shared their time with thirty (30) lolos and lolas. A mini-fashion show was given wherein grouped volunteers dressed up and made over their chosen lolo and lola for the "runway". Everyone came in prepared and brought accessories, wigs, and make-up. In the end, Lolo Tony and Lola Es of Group 5 won as they bested four other groups. Another fun game was played after the fashion show – Pop the Bubble Wrap Relay and Group 1 won.
Serenity Aromatherapy Spa manicurists gave the pampering for the elders. A manicure-pedicure treat made them happy as their hands and feet were given care.
Another mission accomplished for bringing joy and love to Anawim's wonderful elders. Until next time!
July 15 is when United Nations celebrates World Youth Skills Day. Employee Engagement - CSR and MicroMissions partnered with Rags2Riches, Inc. – a social enterprise that was established in 2007 and contributed immensely to alleviate poverty in Payatas, Quezon City. R2R works with men and women from these poor communities to increase their levels of income and bring them out of poverty. They are in the business of sharing positive influence and partnering with groups (private and public) and individuals who share their values. Hence, they provide weaving workshops to share their passion and creativity, aside from generating additional income for the artisans.
In line with this day, 18 volunteers spent a productive and fulfilling Saturday with the artisan mentors of Rags2Riches. MicroSourcing employees got to know all about R2R and how the company, from its humble beginnings in Payatas, now employs 900 artisans whose craft is recognized by some of the Philippines' top designers including Rajo Laurel, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, and Kenneth Cobonpue, to name a few.
Matt Pardinas, R2R's Sales and Marketing Manager, together with six of the best–skilled artisans taught and guided everyone how to weave (step-by-step) and how to do it well. The fabric strips even require a certain tension to make a good product. This is a unique experience as one got to learn the proper way of weaving using simple tools and materials, as well as some tricks of the trade.
After weaving, the volunteers got to practice their crocheting and sewing skills to finish each of their beautiful products.
Looking at it, the whole process is very simple but if one would put years of experience, skill, patience, and creativity together - the results are high quality and world-class products that we can see on R2R's lineup: https://rags2riches.ph/.
If you were inspired by our experience, please join us on our next MicroMissions' activity.
An activity for a cause was initiated by Employee Engagement - CSR in partnership with World Vision Philippines in building sustainable communities and helping the children of Sogod, Cebu.
Last July 16, 2017, a total of 28 employees from MicroSourcing – EagleView Cebu participated in the World Vision Run. As early as 4:00 AM, everyone assembled at Cebu Business Park waiting for the run time for the following categories: 21K (Audiever Diaz), 10K (Gene Obeso, James Parame, Kenneth Cuyno, Karren Ugsang, Rodney Polec-eo, Wenido Balsicas, Roger Onipig, Simon Balingit, Dorothy Gonzales, Asterly Ygot, Vincient Degala, William Genelza, Christian Finones, Arbel Mangubat, Catherine Teo, Adlwin Balugo, Michael Binarao, Ellara Mae Balgos), 5K (Benjie Dela Torre, Joseph Bryle Cabaluna, Ryan Fabroa, Philip Carl Yonson, Anthony Talledo), and 3K (Gel Noval, Everly Apurado, Roland Navarro, Alper Espaltero).
Everyone enjoyed and had fun. They also expressed their gratitude to MicroSourcing Philippines for extending an activity such as this to the Cebu site, with the opportunity to help the community as well as promote health and wellness.
April 7 is the United Nations’ World Health Day and in line with this, EE-CSR and HR CompBen teamed up to execute the Health and Wellness Week at all MicroSourcing Manila sites.
From April 17-21, ActiveOneRx, WestMont, Pediatrica, Herbalife, Beelove, Inc. and Fitness First participated in the event. These vendors and partners shared their expertise in making MicroSourcing employees aware of their well-being. Employees were able to activate their ActiveOneRx accounts, get free medicines from WestMont and Pediatrica, sample a refreshing Green Mango Smoothie from Beelove, Inc., get a full body scan from Herbalife, and register for free at the Freestyle Group Training which was conducted at the Fitness First branches near MicroSourcing sites.
Overall, the employees were delighted to check out what was in store for them that was all about being healthy and fit.
by: Lesley Anne U. Ordinario
Running is a sport done by MicroSourcing employees for the past years. April 22 is the day dedicated to Mother Earth and this year, 31 employees from different sites and departments participated in the National Geographic Earth Day Run held at Mall of Asia, Pasay City. From 5K, 10K, and up to 21K, all MicroSourcing participants were pumped up to finish the race.
21K runners started their run at 3:30 AM, 10K runners started at 4:30 AM, while 5K runners ran at 5:30 AM. Most of the participants finished at around 7:30 AM and each got Gatorade and water bottles to refresh them after the run.
RunRio, the event organizer, also had a raffle draw for those who stayed and had their numbers registered. It was a day to remember as people from different sectors ran for Mother Earth.