The joy of giving back
GMA Artist Center stars Bianca Umali, Paolo Contis and Sef Cadayona play their parts in spreading love by celebrating their birthdays with their chosen charities.
As the newest World Vision Youth Ambassador, Umali flew all the way to Cebu on March 7 to share the love for learning. She enjoyed the get together with the children beneficiaries of the organization through hand painting, gift giving, as well as dancing.
Umali believes learning can be both work and play, which is what she wants the children to realize. “It’s nice to see them have fun and learn at the same time. I want to encourage the children to read and gusto kong maranasan nila ‘yong childhood na creative through reading.”
Paolo Contis considers having the opportunity to help as the biggest gift he received this year. He spent a day with the abandoned and orphaned kids of Boys Town in Marikina City on March 8. The touching stories of these children made him commit to this advocacy.
“I’ve been meaning to see my own kids, but they are currently in Cebu so I really have to plan when to visit. In the meantime, I’m glad to have met these children, kasi parang nakalaro ko na rin ang mga anak ko,” the Kapuso star shared.
Meanwhile, the students of Wawa National High School in Rodriguez, Rizal welcomed Meant To Be star Sef Cadayona with screams as he entered the campus on March 14. The students claimed they are avid fans of the primetime show. Cadayona expressed his gratitude for the support they’ve been getting from the viewers.
As an annual practice, Cadayona celebrated his birthday by giving back, and this year he donated electric fans to the school. “Naisip ko lang na these students can focus easier if they are comfortable in class. Para rin may maibigay naman ako o may mai-contribute naman ako sa pag-aaral nila. Our weather condition can be a serious concern for the students, so I hope makatulong talaga ito,” he explained.
These Kapuso stars experience fulfillment in giving back. They hope that their followers see them as a good example and inspire others in their compassion for other people.