Mr. International 2014, actor, PO3 Neil Perez donates to the Archdiocese of Manila’s lead social services and development ministry, Caritas Manila’s Segunda Mana.
Neil Perez donated his old shoes and pants as he attended the opening and blessing of the Segunda Mana Expo in Fairview Terraces in Quezon City led by Caritas Manila Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual and Rev. Fr. Gilbert Kabigting, Assistant Treasurer Board of Trustee and Priest-in-Charge of the Support Services Division of Caritas Manila which ran from September 22, 2017 to September 24, 2017.
Also present during the ribbon cutting were Board of Trustee of Caritas Manila Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting and Caritas Donor Ms. Emily Cruz.
Perez is among the celebrities who support the Segunda Mana, along with Chris Tiu, Julius Babao and Tintin Bersola-Babao, among others.
The three-day Expo also featured performances by singer-model Mikoy Morales and La Salle Green Hills musical group Kundirana.
Segunda Mana Expo featured artworks, preloved items, such as clothes, shoes, bags, toys, home and fashion accessories, at affordable prices. The Caritas Manila’s Segunda Mana advocates the 3Rs: reuse, reduce and recycle. These charity outlets, likewise, provide employment to almost 6.7-percent unemployed from the urban-poor sector and livelihood to families who make trading as their source of income.
Also made available are products of Caritas Margins from food, home care and personal-hygiene products, bags and more, made by urban-poor partners trained under the Caritas Manila skills training program and accessories, as well as handicrafts and artworks by resident-inmates under the Caritas Restorative Justice program.
To date, Caritas Margins supports over 900 micro entrepreneurs in Metro Manila and the provinces by providing them livelihood opportunities and in marketing their products.
This coming September 27 to 29, 2017, Caritas Margins will also open its Buy and Give Expo 5 in Trinoma Activity Center.
Proceeds of both Segunda Mana and Caritas Margins help sustain the Caritas Manila flagship Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program, which focuses on education for the underprivileged youth, supporting 5,000 scholars nationwide.
“Let us all have this opportunity to support and shop with Caritas Manila’s programs to empower and help the poor help themselves. The Segunda Mana Expo in Fairview Terraces and Caritas Margins’ Buy and Give Expo 5 in Trinoma Activity Center is in solidarity with the ‘75 Donation Days, for the first World Day of the Poor as declared by Pope Francis,” Fr. Anton said.
Caritas Manila’s “75 Days of Charity” is in unity with His Holiness Pope Francis’ announcement of the first ever World Day of the Poor in November. It runs from September 5, 2017 which is the International Day of Charity up to the World Day of the Poor on November 19, 2017. This endeavor can be done by filling can of charities. Second is by supporting the Segunda Mana Donations-in-kind program. One can also join the challenge by educational sponsorship through Caritas Manila’s YSLEP.
Those who are interested to support Segunda Mana may donate items which they no longer need, have excess of, or their company’s old but reusable items, slow-moving and old inventories. They may also visit any of Segunda Mana’s charity outlets and their main office at 2002 Jesus Street, Pandacan, Manila. To learn more about and to donate and support Caritas Manila’s programs for the poor, visit www.caritasmanila.org.ph or call DonorCare lines (+632) 563-9311, 564-0205, (+63) 999-7943455, (+63) 905-4285001, and (+63)929-8343857