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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.

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.*


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