PEARLS, Rain, and Jollibee– oh my!

Typhoon Mario swept through the Philippines, leaving jeepneys submerged in water and paths as solid as sand. The winds and rain, however, did not stop my mother from leading Project PEARLS to continue its mission.

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But before I go into that, let me share this bit of news with you…

The Jollibee Foundation hosts a Family Value Awards night every year. They  selects five families in the Philippines and one “Global Pinoy Family” whose “notable advocacies have served as an inspiration and made a difference to their communities.”

My family was chosen as the Global Pinoy Family.

And quite frankly, all credit goes to my mother.

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As this past weekend proved, rain or shine, she will fulfill the words that make up PEARLS: peace, education, respect, love, and as you can see, smiles.

We had to cancel all our plans on Friday because Typhoon Mario turned our Manila into a hazardous flood zone. The day after its peek, regardless of what the resulting conditions were, my anxious mother was tired of waiting around for the news to give an “okay” and announced to the team her plans for Saturday.

First stop, food delivery to our children in Helping Land

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Then Isla Pulo, an island in Manila Bay that the government turned into a dumpsite despite the families living there

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And to make up for lost time… We went back to Helping Land on Sunday for a full Feeding and Brain Booster, featuring Jollibee burgers and the word love for our Literacy Month.

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Thank you Jollibee for the opportunity! On behalf of my family, we are grateful and humbled by the recognition.
Extra love that goes to everyone who has helped make this happen! Family, friends, and our volunteers who stayed by my mom’s crazy side to make the impossible possible ❤

– ChiChai@Empire

P.s. To learn more about the Project PEARLS story, here is an article from ABS-CBN
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/09/22/14/how-us-based-pinoy-family-helps-poor-kids-manila

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