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A yearly missionary/adventure/historical tour for 17 to 25 year olds,
(but open to anyone who would like to join)
with or without roots in the Philippines. Spend New Years in Boracay!

Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 13, 2015, 20 Days - The Philippines

A present, a gift, an offering, a donation, these are some of the words that can be used to describe the Tagalog word, "Regalo", which has been the theme of the CNHS Youth Empowerment and Stewardship (Y.E.S) service mission to the Philippines, the "Pearl of the Orient Seas". It is also a word that is often used during the season of Christmas, a time when people exchange gifts to commemorate God's gift of love of His only son, Jesus Christ. This community-based service learning mission is a time of giving gifts (mga regalo) of compassion, love, global solidarity and hope to the poor, impoverished and vulnerable children and families of the Philippines.

Started by Fr. Alvin in 2005, the Cardinal Newman's Youth Empowerment and Stewardship participants travel to the Philippines to share their time, as well as, their talents and treasures with a country comprised of 7,107 islands. Each year, our trip endeavors to help different organizations in the Philippines who are helping both the urban and rural poor such as: Bukid Kabataan, Indigenous Tribe, Gawad Kalinga (building communities to eliminate poverty and homelessness), Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo (a parish program helping the faith-based communities and the underprivileged families), and Mary, Mother of the Poor (assisting families in the coastal regions with livelihood, feeding and educational programs for the poor). Since 2012, youth from the Los Angeles area have joined us too.

Each trip to the Philippines includes a panoramic tour of the City of Manila and its environs, as well as a relaxing journey to the one of the most beautiful islands in the world, according to European travel magazines, Boracay. Join us this Christmas and New Year on a fun, faith-filled, family-like and fantastic "regalo" journey to the Philippines. This trip is open to all ages, young or young at heart, Filipinos, non-Filipinos, most especially Americans with roots in the Philippines. Join us for an experience of a lifetime!

The "Regalo" outreach journey calls us to be in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable in the Philippines. Since 2005, I have led young people on a community service learning trip to Manila and other places to help them understand that they can make a difference in the lives of others, especially the needy and marginalized members of our international community. For more than seven years now, several young people have joined me in bringing awareness to the needs of others by helping organizations, schools, and churches who are helping to uplift the dignity of the human person through their mission.

In December of 2010 and 2011, our senior students from Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, California, helped build a clinic for a facility that houses abuse children and teens who have been picked up from the city streets or recommended by church groups or government entities. The teens became big brothers to children who were deprived of a good family experience. They also embarked on a gift-giving project, both in the rural and urban barangays in Metro Manila and Iloilo, providing poor children with much needed schools supplies and food.

Iloilo became the newest site for the "Regalo" mission projects where students helped coordinate the construction of an International Research Center on the campus of Western Cabalum Center in the city center. The research center will be open to underprivileged students from Region VI who want to build a good foundation for their education.

In the past, young people went to Monte Maria in Batangas to help Mary, Mother of the Poor, an organization started by Rev. Fernando Suarez, the famous healing priest. They have also joined Msgr. Rigoberto De Guzman, rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo, Rizal and his parish in their feeding programs. Visiting the orphanage for abandoned children in Tagaytay, run by the Augustinian Sisters, has also been a memorable experience for young people. The Carmelites of Jaro, Iloilo, the first Carmelite convent in the Philippines, have welcomed "Regalo" to be a part of their historic Centenary celebration preparations. Parts of the prayer house for the Secular Carmelites were destroyed by a recent storm; thus, in need of major repairs.

Jesus said, "I have come not to be served, but to serve." As "Regalo" supporters and volunteers, we take on the challenge of being the face, the hands and the feet of Jesus in the world, bringing his love to those who are in most need of healing.

I have the pleasure of announcing the participation of Mariza from FIAT Holidays as one of our chaperones on this upcoming community-based service project journey to the Philippines. Since she, along with her son, her sister and her niece enjoyed themselves while participating in past "Regalo" efforts, we look forward to her joining us on this next "Regalo". We would also like to invite people in the medical field (doctors, nurses, dentists, psychologists, and psychiatrists) to assist us even for a day. You can either join us in the whole program or, if you are already in the Philippines, a day with us would be greatly appreciated and heart welcoming. Since it is the holiday season in the Philippines, the itinerary will be a flexible one depending on the availability of the respective organizations which we want to help. There are 7,107 reasons to go the Philippines. Our journey to the "Pearl of the Orient Seas" is also an educational one. Part of the trip will be to get to know the sights and sounds of the capital city, Manila, and its environs, as well as the diverse provinces, including a relaxing trip to a world famous island resort, Boracay, to spend the New Year. So I now invite you to sign-up to get further details of this wonderful "Regalo" program.

- Fr. Alvin, pilgrimage chaplain
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