Bureau of Corrections Staff and Prison Guards undergo NCAF Journey Recollection

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The BuCor staff and prison guards together with NCAF and PJPS Staff

A day of reflection and sharing was devoted for the staff and prison guards from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), both from the minimum and medium security unit, last November 20, 2016. Held in one of the BuCor conference rooms in Bilibid, Muntinlupa City, forty-four (44) men and women underwent the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF)’s Journey Recollection.

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One of the BuCor participants shares her insights during a plenary session

Throughout the day, the participants were given time to look back at their lives and remember crucial moments that inspired them to dedicate their lives in service of others. Participants were also broken into groups and were given numerous opportunities to share their life-stories with one another. Finally, the participants participated in an affirmation activity, where each individual is given a chance to say “sorry” and “thank you” to anyone he or she wished to address. The recollection ended with a mass that was officiated by the Philippine Jesuit Prison Service (PJPS)’s own Fr. Eli Lumbo, SJ.

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Participants and NCAF Faciliator, Jampao Reyes (front), listen as one participant shares his life-story to the group 

 

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) aims to protect the public and prevent crimes in partnership with stakeholders by providing persons under custody opportunities for reformation, decent environment, and secure settings. The BuCor also aspires for a system that promotes a safer community, adhering to international standards and representing exemplary public service.

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NCAF Conducts Journey for Fathers and Sons from Barangay Loyola Heights

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Fathers and Sons of Brgy. Loyola Heights pose as a group

Last November 11 – 12, 2016, twenty (20) pairs of fathers and sons from Brgy. Loyola Heights, QC, underwent the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) Journey in Punta de Fabian in Baras, Rizal. Different from NCAF’s usual Leadership Journey seminars of reflective and prayerful modules focused on spiritual-leadership, the Father and Son Journey consisted of interactive activities designed for the group and the bond and connection found between father and son. The participants also joined in separate modules for fathers and for sons, exploring how fathers can better relate with their sons and how sons can better understand their fathers’ love language.

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Father and son pose during the closing ceremony

One of the fathers during the event said: “I learned it is important to have ‘bonding’ time with my son. It is important to have time for family.” Another added, “Nothing compares to the bond between a son and his father in this world.” Caezar Marquez, barangay captain of Brgy. Loyola Heights, expressed how the program was a meaningful start for the community and that he hopes the program can continue in the succeeding years, as well as develop more programs that will aid families in forming deeper and closer bonds.

 

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.

 

 

 

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Ateneo Senior High Student-Leaders undergo NCAF Leadership Journey

On October 23 to 25, 2016, twenty-seven (27) Ateneo Senior High Students became the first batch to undergo the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey for Ateneo Senior High Student-Leaders. The participants spent three (3) days in St. Scholastica’s Center for Spirituality in Tagaytay. There, they underwent NCAF’s unique seminar-retreat on spiritual-leadership, inspired by Ninoy and Cory Aquino’s own brand of leadership.

The participants were treated to a number of engaging and reflective activities, as well as talks from various speakers. Speakers such as Ken Abante, Ateneo College valedictorian of batch 2012 and the Chief of Staff of the Department of Finance Strategy, Economics, and Results Group, who talked about his personal experiences as a leader and choosing the road less traveled, NCAF Executive Director, Rapa Lopa, who talked about his personal accounts with the late President Cory Aquino and the work that can still be done for the country, Kesz Valdez, seventeen (17) year-old recipient of the International Children’s Peace Prize Award in 2012, talking about his work with street children and his fight for the rights of children all over the country, and many more.

Throughout the Journey, the participants were invited to reflect and pray, as well as look back into their own stories and remember the key moments in their lives that have inspired them to be leaders – loving and serving others.

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NCA Leadership Journey Batch 24 Participants

Riza Franchesca Regala, one of the participants of the Journey, shared, “You’re able to see God through the difficult moments in your life, but it is in those moments that I realize how much He loves me and cares for me. And because of these blessings, I am inspired to repay His goodness by serving others.” Raymond Rowell Reyes added, “Our country isn’t really hopeless. We are called to have a renewed purpose in people’s lives, and the best way we can reciprocate love is through service.” Aldrin Benedict Camba ends by saying, “The Journey has helped us understand our question of ‘why’ – why do we wish to serve others. In the end, service is God’s call to us to share the love we have received from Him.”

 

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.

The Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral of the Ateneo Senior High School is the very first student government of the ASHS. These students were elected and currently face a multitude of challenges of establishing the student government of a school which transitioned to a co-educational K-12 system. Rooted in the spirit of being Lux-in-Domino, Light in the Lord, it is hoped that the very core of their leadership is serving the Filipino nation. It is the vision of the group to be Filipino Christian leaders who will create a positive transforming difference in the lives of their countrymen, especially those in the peripheries.

Ang-Hortaleza (AH) Foundation, formerly known as Splash Foundation, stands as the link between Splash Corporation, HBC Group, and World Partners Group in the exercise of CSR on programs of livelihood, education, health, environment, and community service. The unanimity of the companies founded by the Hortalezas strengthens the realization of its vision to be the model social development organization working towards the advancement of Filipino progress.

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NCAF Music Ministry Conducts Songwriting Workshop for Youth on Juvenile Justice

On September 17, 2016, the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation Music Ministry (NCAFMM) joined the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (HLAF) for a songwriting workshop in Sta. Maria, Bulacan. The participants consisted of youth representatives from different barangays partnered with HLAF. The workshop’s main objective was to help kids compose and perform their own musical compositions, based on the issues they themselves experience, centered on empowering the youth and advocating juvenile justice in their communities.

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Sir Jampao introduces the activity to the participants

Upon arrival at HLAF’s spacious venue, NCAFMM’s musical director, Jampao Reyes, gave a short introduction of the day’s activity, as well as examples of popular songs and jingles. Afterwards, the fifteen participants were divided into two groups, with two NCAFMM members in each group facilitating the session. Here, the participants discussed problems and issues relevant to their lives and how they can actively encourage and empower themselves and their peers. They then worked together to translate their story and message into a quick 2 minute song, to be performed to the big group soon after. The two groups spent the remaining time rehearsing and choreographing their songs, in preparation for their presentations later that afternoon.

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NCAFMM helps the participants compose their original compositions

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Participants rehearse the choreography for their original song

Below are the songs the participants composed themselves during the workshop:

IKAW ANG PAG-ASA

Ikaw kabataan ang pag-asa
Huwag kang matakot gawin ang tama
Ikaw kabataan ang pag-asa
Huwag kang matakot gawin ang tama

‘Di alam ang gagawin
Minsan ang bukas, kay hirap harapin
Pero ‘wag ka nang mag-alala
Tayong lahat, magsama-sama

Ikaw kabataan ang pag-asa
Huwag kang matakot gawin ang tama (5x)

KABATAAN, GISING NA

Gising na, gising na, kaibigan
Ligpit ang kumot, bumangon ka
Salubungin, sikat ng araw
Imulat ang ‘yong mata

Diyos ang patnubay
Pag-ibig at katarungan
Sulong karapatan kabataan
Sigaw naming pakinggan

Kabataan, kabataan, tayo na, tayo na
Sama-samang gumawa ng tama
‘Pag yamanin, ‘pag husayin sariling likha
Talento mo, talento ko, galing mo, galing ko
Ipamahagi sa lahat (2x)

Ipamahagi sa lahat
Ipamahagi sa lahat

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.

The Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. (HLAF) is a non-government and a non-profit organisation registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Founded in 2001, HLAF specifically focuses on the protection of the rights of persons deprived of liberty especially those who are most vulnerable such as the children, the elderly, the women, the sick and the differently-abled.  HLAF also advocates and works for the proper implementation of the juvenile justice and welfare act.

Currently, HLAF has three main programs namely, the HLAF Jail Decongestion (JD) Program (2014-2016), the HLAF Center for Restorative Action (CRA) Program (2014-2016) and HLAF Program for the Reintegration of Ex-Detainees (FRED).  HLAF is mainly supported by the MCKS Charitable Institution and by generous individual donors.

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NCA Leadership Journey Welcomes Its 17th Batch of Young Scholars

Thirty (30) Freshmen College students, from all over the country, composed the 17th Batch of the Ninoy & Cory Aquino (NCA) Leadership Journey. They were brought together in Malvar, Batangas to go through the 3-day Leadership Retreat last October 29-31, 2015.

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DSWD Scholars register during day 1 of the Leadership Journey

In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the participating students belong to the first batch of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) high school graduates. The program was particularly designed for the scholars, to help them transition from high school to university life and the pressures brought about by their own situations at home and in their personal lives. The NCA Leadership Journey, modeled after Ninoy and Cory’s own spiritual-leadership style, guided the participants through various activities of reflection and prayer. They went back to their own life stories and identify key moments in their lives that have helped them become the persons they are now. They also shared stories and experiences with one another, trading insights and offering encouragement.

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Scholars participate during an energizer activity

Distinguished speakers imparted their own stories of faith and service to the participants. NCAF’s own program director, Jampao Reyes, and Under Secretary to the Department of Education’s Rizalino Rivera both gave talks on the love of God for the first day; DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, President of Philippine Toy Library Mr. Edsel Ramirez, Executive Assistant of Aquino Foundation’s Executive Director Ms. Amor Castillo, and Jesuit Music Ministry Director Bro. Roseller Atilano Jr., for the second day; and Ms. Joy Critica of the De La Salle Philippines for the last day.

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At the end of the program, the participants expressed their extensive gratitude. Crisha Ferl from Iloilo shared, “I will bring so much with me from this Journey. First, to humble myself and ask for help when I’m in need. I realize that I am loved by God. Even in the times when I hate Him and reject Him, He was still here.” Jayson Reperuga, from Cagayan Valley, summed up the Leadership Journey experience as he said, “Today may be the culmination of our 3-day Journey, but tomorrow will be the start of our new Journey. Tomorrow I won’t go back to normal, I will go home changed by this Journey experience.”

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NCA Leadership Journey Batch 17 together with DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the government institution responsible for the protection of social welfare rights and promotion of social development. Under the leadership of Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, DSWD envisions a society where the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged are empowered towards building an improved quality of life. They develop, implement, and coordinate social protection reduction solutions for and with the poor and marginalized.

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Aquino Foundation Partners with Joey Velasco Foundation for an Inspirational Concert

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The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) Music Ministry serenades the audience.

Last August 21, 2015, the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), in partnership with the Joey Velasco Foundation (JVF), held the “No Greater Love: An Inspirational Concert for the Benefit of the Joey Velasco Foundation Scholars and the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation Formation Programs” at the Bro. Rafael Donato FCS Center for Cultural Arts in La Salle Greenhills. Friends of both Foundations, as well as numerous partners and family members filled the auditorium.

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Yeng Constantino sings “Hawak Kamay” with the Hapag ng Pag-Asa Village Youth Choir and the NCAF Music MInistry.

The night was filled with music and stories about the lives of Ninoy Aquino and Joey Velasco, as well as the lives of people they have been able to help directly or indirectly. The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Music Ministry, led by NCAF’s Program Director, Jampao Reyes, delivered numerous musical favorites like “Impossible Dream”, “Pananagutan”, and “Seasons of Love”. Several artists were also present to share music and inspiration. Yeng Constantino sang her hit single, “Haway Kamay” together with the Hapag ng Pag-Asa Village Youth Choir, whose members are all scholars of JVF. Noel Cabangon gave an engaging solo performance, singing iconic songs like “Kanlungan”, “Nariyan Ka”, and “Awit ng Bahaghari”. Fatima Soriano sang her own rendition of “Your Heart Today”, originally composed by Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ for Ninoy and Cory Aquino. She also joined the NCAF Music Ministry and the Hapag ng Pag-Asa Village Youth Choir for the singing of “Tell The World of His Love”. Cenacle Sisters Vocational Director, Sister Bubbles Bandojo also gave a stirring rendition of the song “Panunumpa”, together with one of Joey Velasco’s children, Clarisse Velasco.

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Ms. Queeny Velasco, wife of the late artist Joey Velasco, shares their story of journeying with the Community they have formed.

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Atty. Alex Lacson, one of the Board Members of the Joey Velasco Foundation, speaks about his mission as part of the Foundation.

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Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ shares about how God’s unconditional love is manifested through the works of Joey Velasco.

All proceeds from the event, including sales of Joey Velasco’s works sold during the event, will go to the continued education of the scholars of JVF and its community, and to NCAF’s spiritual-leadership formation programs.

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Noel Cabangon sings “Kanlungan” to the audience.

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Fatima Soriano is being applauded by her co-presenters after rendering the song, “Tell the World of His Love”.

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The Hapag ng Pag-Asa Youth Village Choir practices their dance number.

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The NCA Leadership Journey Companions from the College Run, who helped out in the concert production, and the Companions from the Public School Teachers Run.

The Joey Velasco Foundation (JVF) was established after the death of nationally acclaimed artist, Joey Velasco, best known for his Last Supper rendition, “Hapag ng Pag-Asa”, depicting Jesus Christ eating together with Filipino street children. At present, JVF’s priority is in supporting the Hapag Kids (kids featured in the paintings of Joey Velasco) and their families, as well as other families residing at the Hapag Village in Amparo, Caloocan City. JVF has created livelihood programs for the families, as well skill-based training, value formation and community sessions, and academic scholarships to the children and youth of the community. Also, one of JVF’s main advocacy to continue Joey Velasco’s legacy through his art works. The foundation is already in its initial stages of the Museum Development Plan to promote the life, work, and advocacy of “heartist” Joey Velasco.

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow, Cory Aquino, in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy.  Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through spiritual-leadership formation development programs. The foundation has catered to hundreds of college students from school all over the country, public school teachers, corporate leaders in numerous multi-national business, young public servants, indigenous youth leaders, seminarian-priest leaders, and many others.

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Second Batch of Indigenous Youth-Leaders Undergoes NCA Leadership Journey

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Members of the Talaandig Tribe share their Welcoming Dance during the Cultural Night

Thirty-four (34) young Indigenous Peoples (IPs) from Pamulaan Center for Indigenous People’s Education joined the Ninoy & Cory Aquino (NCA) Leadership Journey last June 12 to 14, 2015. This 16th Batch of NCA Leadership Journey consisted of IP students from the said center, currently starting their senior year in college, from different indigenous tribes all over the Philippines.

The IP participants spent three days revisiting their spiritual journeys in quiet prayer and reflection, guided by Ninoy and Cory Aquino’s own core value of spiritual-leadership. Aside from having their own quiet time, the participants also had several small group sharing, assisted by Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation’s (NCAF) partner-facilitators and two (2) psychologists from the Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang (MLAC) Institute for Psychosocial Services.

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IP participants during one reflection activity

The three-day Journey was also graced by guest speakers who shared their personal stories to the participants. Philippine Toy Library’s founder and President, Mr. Edsel Ramirez, talked about his own walk with God and how his passion for service became the fruit of his love for the God who loved him first: “It was there [in helping different communities] that I gained my purpose: that every time I helped any person, it was my way of loving my God.”

Pamulaan founder and Director, Mr. Benjamin Abadiano, opened the second day by sharing the importance of integrating one’s spirituality with one’s indigenous identity: “There will be a time when you will all be leaders, I hope that you bring this connection of our faith with nature, that you promote this care for one’s spirituality and the nature around us.” Pamulaan alumna, Ms. Kring Sumalinab, deepened this reflection by sharing her own story of living out her learnings in Pamulaan as a volunteer worker for Indigenous Communities all over the country. Ms. Sumalinab shared that, “All the skills and talents you may have learned from your tribe and family, you should hone those so that you can contribute to your community and your family as well. I know that my life is no longer just for myself, that my life is accountable to the lives of other people as well.” Other guest speakers included Niko Capucion from Bo Sanchez’s charismatic community: Light of Jesus Family; NCA Leadership Journey Batch 1 Alumna, Joy Critica and former Philippine Jesuit Prison Service Associate Director, Fr. Tony Basilio SJ.

The participants also expressed their gratitude and shared their own insights from the Leadership Journey. Clarise Alindayo, an Ifugao native, thanked NCAF saying, “I want to say thank you to the entire NCAF Family for this opportunity. In the end, I am able to say that God is good and that we are able to continue in our journey. We are so blessed that God used NCAF to bless us.” Analyn Victoria, a member of the Aeta tribe in Capas, Tarlac, shared her own personal take-away: “The main thing that this NCAF journey has taught me is the unconditional love of God. So, even when problems come in our lives, I know that He is with us, with me. And I will share my story to others, hopefully, to inspire them as well.” Lastly, Jean Marie Casilia-an of the Mangguangan Tribe in Davao Del Norte gave a message of hope, saying, “Through this retreat, my faith in God was strengthened. I also learned the value of sacrifice for the people you love. Above everything, all things are rooted in love. These will be my guide even when I leave after this experience.” 

The NCA Leadership Journey 16 Companions, together with the NCAF Staff and Facilitators

NCAF Executive Director, Mr. Rapa Lopa, ended the three-day Leadership Journey by welcoming the 16th batch of Journey Companions to the Leadership Journey family, saying, “We’re all running our race, we have a journey to continue. What is important is for us to choose to respond to the invitation of God’s love, just like Ninoy and Cory Aquino. In our journey, what is important is for us to journey with each other. God is inviting us to be part of His heart.”

The NCA Leadership Journey 16 would not have been possible without the support of Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education, and Air Asia Philippines.

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.

Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education is an educational institution dedicated to the indigenous peoples in the Philippines. The first of its kind in the country, its main thrust is to create a culturally appropriate and relevant pathways of training and Formation for the indigenous children, youth, community leaders, and development workers. The Center hopes to produce graduates equipped with knowledge and abilities to initiate collaborative actions towards sustainable development of IP communities.

The MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services is founded by renowned psychologist and Philippine Play and Family Therapy pioneer, Dr. Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang. The team consists of a mixture of seasoned and up-and-coming psychologists, all of whom were trained Dr. Carandang herself. The Institute is founded on the innate truthfulness, honesty, and wisdom of children. The main goal of the group is to apply the scientific principles of psychology for the well-being of Filipino children and families, especially the poor, the disadvantaged and the traumatized.

Philippines’ AirAsia was born out of the strategic partnership of Filipino entrepreneurs and AirAsia Berhad through AirAsia International, Inc. in 2010. AirAsia Philippines is proud of the high-quality of Filipino service that AirAsia offers to its passengers. It integrates the Filipino cultural characteristics such as respect and friendliness in their service in order to provide the best possible experience of professional and safe air travel to its customers. Its mission is to connect people to their destinations, new experiences, and truly unbelievable journeys. At present, AirAsia services nine (9) domestic and four (4) international routes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

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