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Dear Friends in Manila,

We are inviting you all to a Fund Raising Event for Kalipay Negrense Foundation, 'I GIVE YOU MY ART" on December 10 at the Provenance Art Gallery, 2F Shangri-la at the Fort at 5pm.

The exhibit will run until January 3, 2017.

Kalipay Negrense is truly grateful to Joanna Preysler Francisco and her husband Raul Francisco for organizing this special event.

Message from Joanna:

Hi there! I know there are a million & one events coming up this holiday season, but I promise you this is a worthy one!

We at Provenance Gallery will end the year with a bang as we launch I GIVE YOU MY ART... Presenting 50+ Filipino contemporary artists, wherein a generous portion of the sales will be for the benefit of the Kalipay Negrense Foundation (for disadvantaged, abused & abandoned children). This is a foundation that's very close to our hearts, and you will surely be touched by the work they do in changing the lives of innocent children!

What the world needs now is love, sweet love!! Let's share it & spread it!!

See you December 10 at 5pm!

Vice Ganda brings joy




Vice Ganda brings joy

By Carla Gomez


Box office star Vice Ganda staged a three-hour concert filled with nonstop laughter and music before a c rowd of about 6,000 at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City Sunday night.


The performer sang to an appreciative and cheering crowd, and stopped for selfies with the audience without missing a beat.


The “Vice Gandang Ganda Sa Sarili sa Bacolod!” was staged for the benefit of Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged children with shelter, food, healthcare and education.


Anna Balcells, Kalipay founder and president, said she did not realize that Vice Ganda, aside from being a comedian, also has a beautiful voice. She said the songs he sang were geared towards inspiring people to believe in their selves.


Before the show, Vice Ganda asked to meet with the people behind Kalipay, its volunteers and children.


He was very loving, cool and kind to the children, and showed that he really cared, Balcells said.


Balcells said they are thankful to the comedian for being a truly loving and caring person.


Also performing with Vice Ganda were comedians MC and Lassi and performer Rayver Cruz.


The Negros producer of the show brought to Bacolod City by ABS-CBN, JCI, TSE Live and Valley of Peace was Mhel Sillador. *CPG


Monserrat Marti Benefit Concert for Kalipay in Barcelona, Spain

Jueves 23 de Febrero a las 20:00, se va a celebrar un concierto benefico organizado por todos los voluntarios que ya han venido o vendrán a Kalipay en una sala prestada por la Parroquia de la Paz en Sarria. ¡Animamos a todos aquellos que vivan en Barcelona no perder esta gran oportunidad! Hemos conseguido traer un pedacito de Filipinas a España y queremos que todos forméis parte de esta gran familiar. Gracia a Montse Martí por prestarse a venir y realizar este concierto. Tenemos que llegar a 300 ¿podemos contar contigo? ¡ Anímate!


Chan concert for Kalipay set


Chan concert for Kalipay set

Ilonggo balladeer and composer Jose Mari Chan is holding a concert at the La Proa Ballroom of L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City , 8 p.m. on December 14, for the benefit of the children of Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc., its president Anna Balcells said yesterday.

Chan, who sponsors the education of 12 children from Kalipay, has also invited some of the kids of the foundation to perform with him at the concert, Balcells said.

His “Going Home to Christmas" concert will bring an evening of beautiful music and will raise badly needed funds for Kalipay, a non-profit organization, that cares for abandoned, neglected, physically and sexually abused, malnourished children, and those who were victims of child labor and trafficking, she added.

Balcells said Chan is doing the show all for free, 100 percent of the proceeds of the show will all go to Kalipay.

Among the children Kalipay has helped are baby Ryan and Robert, his 10-year old uncle, seen sleeping on the dirty street near the Bacolod Public Plaza, whose video was posted on Facebook.

It was by chance that Kalipay came across the video, Balcells said.

A few days later, with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the children were brought to Kalipay's care.

Ryan's mother was just a teenager when she had Ryan. Shortly after Ryan was born, she left him in her parents' care, but it was Robert who took over the responsibility of looking after him.

Ryan's grandparents forced Robert and him to beg on the streets. With Ryan on his hip, Robert would beg for money, help park or look after other people's cars just to earn. Whatever meager income he could earn would then be used to buy food for himself, and since milk is expensive, he would buy coffee for Ryan. The rest would be for Ryan's grandparents.

Whenever they didn't have money to bring home, they were badly beaten by the grandfather. He would also burn Ryan's feet with his cigarettes as punishment.

When they were rescued, Ryan was severely malnourished, had pneumonia, intestinal parasites, skin disease, and had several wounds on his feet, both from infected old burns, and fresh ones. Robert was 10, but had little experience being in school.

Now, Robert is in school, and has since then learned to let go of the responsibility of acting as Ryan's parent. He gets along well with the other children, and plays sports with them. Ryan, on the other hand, had gained weight, and since his feet has long healed from the cigarette burns, he runs around and plays with the other toddlers in the home.

In middle of April 2015, it was also brought to the attention of Kalipay that six young children had been abandoned by their mother, Balcells said.

They were living in poor conditions – with not enough food to eat, and only the older siblings to look after them.

They had been left under the care of their mother's husband, who worked to provide for them despite knowing that the six children were fathered by another man. Whatever he earned was not enough to sustain the needs of his total nine children.

It was then that the six siblings aged 7, 6, 4, 3, 2, and 3 months old, were brought to Kalipay

When they were rescued, they were all malnourished – especially the two youngest ones.

Since then, they have shown remarkable improvement. The two older siblings are doing very well in school, two are being taught basic education every morning, and the youngest ones are now in much better health.

Chan's concert will benefit children like Ryan and Robert, and the six children abandoned by their mother.

VIP tickets are sold at P4,000, Gold tickets at P3,000, Silver tickets are at P2,000, and Bronze at P1,000, Mhel Sillador, event producer, said.


Tickets are now available at the Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc. office, located at Room 1, Ground Floor, MARC Building, Ylac Avenue, Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, or those interested can call +63 34 435 2496 or +63 917 700 2345 for inquiries, Sillador added.*

Kalipay witnesses another life transformation: Update on our dear Levi


Levi has undergone two procedures to treat his Nasofrontal Encephalocele, a congenital defect caused by the failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. The condition is generally operable, but is often treated shortly after birth as complications could be more severe if corrected later.

Last July 16, 2014, Levi went through the first procedure which was the installation of a Ventriculo-Peritoneal (VP) shunt to drain the fluid from the encephalocele. The procedure went smoothly, and afterwards, Levi was moved to one of Kalipay’s homes which was nearer to the hospital to better monitor his recovery.

On October 15, 2014, Levi underwent an 8-hour operation, which involved the removal of the sac, and the reconstruction of his nose. Prior to the procedure, the following risks were identified: hemorrhage, infection, and leaks. At the beginning of the surgery, Levi’s heart rate was very high, and the anesthesiologist had to make the necessary adjustments to stabilize it. As soon as he was stable, they proceeded with the surgery.


He is still being closely monitored in one of our homes. There is a great improvement in his moods since he no longer gets headaches. He is also able to drink straight from a glass or a cup whereas before he needed to use a straw to drink from a glass. These days, he enjoys doing art projects and spending time with the other kids of Kalipay.


Kalipay wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support that the Levi campaign received both from the local and international community and also the team of medical specialists: Dr. Mario Marchadesch, Dr. Pamela Marchadesch, and Dr. Jesus "Bong" Paltriguera for offering their services for free.


Give LOVE this Christmas season...


Dear Friends and Partners,

Season's Greetings from the Kalipay children and staff!

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the unbelievable support you have shown Kalipay this year. We currently have 84 children and I still can't believe that we have managed to make it this far, yet, there is still so much to do. There are still so many kids out there that need our help.

As we prepare for the most awaited time of the year, I would like to knock on your kind hearts and share with you our Kalipay Christmas Wishlist. Inasmuch as our kids would want to ask for toys, they need more than that. Kalipay provides what they need on a daily basis and these are the basics needed in any home: appliances, kitchenware, toiletries, medicines, school supplies and more.

You can also help us by sharing this WISHLIST with your friends and family. Link: http://www.kalipaynegrensefoundation.org/images/stories/kalipay-christmas-wishlist.pdf

For more details or inquiries, you may call us at +63 34 4352496 and +63 917 7002345.

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” - Mother Teresa

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Anna Balcells



Painter Travels World to Bring Children Joy

Friday, August 8, 2014

A 7-year-old victim of severe physical abuse finally found peace while sitting on the tusks of a big strong elephant.

The boy in the 4 by 3-meter mural painted on the wall of Haven Home in Bacolod City by Spanish painter Adrián Torres, had, for years, been badly beaten up by his own father.

Last month, after yet another severe beating the Bacolod police and social welfare personnel brought the boy to Kalipay Negrense Foundation that has provided a safe haven for him.

Kalipay Negrense Foundation cares for homeless, physically and sexually abused, malnourished, out of school and special children, its president Anna Balcells said.

The foundation runs Haven Home in Bacolod City, a “half-way” home or drop-in center for the newly rescued children, and Recovered Treasures Home in Bago City where the bulk of its 81 children live and go to school.

Torres, a 31-year-old artist from Cadiz in the south of Spain, is travelling the world visiting shelters for disadvantaged children. He brightens up the lives of the children at the homes he visits by painting bright colored murals, and letting the kids join in.

He kicked off his six-month mission in India at a center that cares for children suffering from cerebral palsy, and went on to Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

“All these travels are changing my life and I try to express these experiences in my paintings,” said Torres, who has a gallery back home.

In Cambodia, he worked for a month teaching children how to paint and after that they had a show, where an important hotel owner ordered paintings from them, he said.

Torres leaves Negros today after spending three weeks at the Kalipay homes, but he says he has fallen in love with the children and will return to teach them how to paint.


Kalipay: Levi needs help


July 24, 2014

Help is needed for a 13-year-old boy suffering from Nasofrontal Encephalocele, a congenital defect caused by the failure of the neutral tube to close completely during fetal development,  Kalipay Foundation president Anna Balcells said yesterday.

Levi was rescued from the streets by Kalipay and has been living in one of the homes of the foundation ever since, she said.

He has a large mass on his nose, but never had the chance to have it checked because of his family’s financial constraints.  As soon as Kalipay rescued him, he was able to seek medical attention with the consent of his parents.

After consultations with experts and undergoing advised laboratory tests, Levi was diagnosed to have Nasofrontal Encephalocele.

As soon as the defect was identified as operable, Kalipay met with doctors involved to come up with a concrete plan, Balcells said.

Levi needs to undergo three major procedures:  the first will be the installation of the Ventricular Peritonial shunt where the cerebral spinal fluid in the sac located above his nose will be drained out.  After Levi recovers he will then undergo a second procedure where the encephalocele (sac with fluid) will be disconnected from the brain. Finally, the last part will be the removal of the sac which a form of reconstructive surgery.

Once the plan was put in place, Kalipay decided to raise funds for the treatment plan for Levi.  A campaign was started, and letters were sent to Kalipay’s supporters and benefactors to garner as much support at possible, Balcells said.

The first of the series of procedures was done  July 16. Levi is  now recuperating  under close observation. He will be then  be scheduled for follow-up check-ups and tests.  The latter will then determine the next date for the other procedures, she said.

The medical plan for Levi is in action. The expenses do not only include the hospital and doctors’ fees, but also the different diagnostic tests, medicines, and for contingency in cases of complications, Balcells said.

“With all the expenses for Levi’s treatment, Kalipay is in dire need of financial assistance.  We are appealing to everybody.  The campaign for Levi is still ongoing. Your assistance will definitely go a long way in helping our dear Levi,” she said.*


Kalipay to exhibit Paderna paintings

July 11, 2014

The works of artist Rafael Paderna will be exhibited in a show, titled “Healing through Art”, by the Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc., at the University of St. La Salle Museum in Bacolod City July 17, a press release from Kalipay said.

The opening reception will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the museum. Paderna supports Kalipay and its vision, mission, and goals. Through his art, donations, and unwavering support, he helps Kalipay's children heal from the damage that they went through, the press release said.

Paderna's paintings and sculptures have been recognized in the country and abroad. For more information, those interested may contact (034) 435-2496 or 0917-3100059, the press release added.*


Healing Through Art - An Art Exhibit by Rafael "Paeng" Paderna

July 16, 2014

Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc. is honored to present the works of Rafael Paderna though an exhibit entitled "Healing Through Art.".

Rafael Paderna is a name that conjures images of vividly colored paintings and graceful sculptures that invoke emotions because of their powerful messages. Both his paintings and sculptures have been recognized not only in the country, but abroad as well. Several of his works feature women having bigger hands which according to the

artist are "the hands that rock the cradle". The vibrancy of the colors and the grace of the sculptures are striking. But what makes Rafael Paderna’s works stunning are the stories that these works depict.

"For me, ‘Mother and Child Theme’ is the highest form of social realism: the love, sacrifices, the endurances, the failure, and success are all that a mother will face in bringing up a child," says Rafael Paderna on why most of his works center on this subject.

A multi-awarded and well-recognized artist, Paderna’s aim is "to give joy to the viewer, to relate my thoughts, my experiences, and my feelings as an artist, to represent my time so that in the future, that generation will have an idea of what is art in our time. To be remembered as an artist (not a craftsman) and give back."

Kalipay Negrense Foundation has for the past 7 years championed the cause of disadvantaged children – the abused, homeless, abandoned, malnourished and special children. Its goal is not only to give them a new home, but a new life. It was at a chance encounter that the artist Paderna first heard of Kalipay and its work for the cause of disadvantaged children. A close friend had given him some tickets to the benefit concert "Kalipay Mo, Kalipay Ko" featuring vocal artist Jed Madela last December 06, 2014. The experience of that night visibly moved Paderna.

Seeing the joy on the faces of these children who had gone through such painful experiences reinforced his commitment to do something. He knew that it was through Kalipay Negrense Foundation that he could give back and fulfill his long-time goal. He could use his art to help heal these children.

This exhibition entitled "Healing through Art" is the first venture of Paderna with Kalipay Negrense Foundation as his main beneficiary. The proceeds from the sale of his works will all be donated to Kalipay Negrense Foundation, Inc. The opening reception of the exhibit is tomorrow, July 17, 2014 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm in the University of St. La Salle Museum. The exhibit will run from July 17, 2014 to August 15, 2014.

For more information or inquiries contact: +63 34 435 2496 or +63 917 3100059.*


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