father sunny castillo and the support group for filipino seminarians (SGFS) recently hosted paghahandog, a sequel to pamana at awit held in 2012. paghahandog is a cultural presentation of our heritage through music, dance and fashion, a biennial fundraiser to benefit filipino seminarians and underprivileged children.
SGFS is a non-for profit organization fostering vocations to the priesthood, a ministry my husband and i are blessed to be part of. since its founding, SGFS has provided assistance to 14 seminarians, all of whom are ordained priests and currently serving in various parishes all across the nation. presently, SGFS is helping five seminarians in various stages of their vocation.
in recent years, SGFS has extended its ministry to include special outreach programs. in january 2014, father sunny, in collaboration with SGFS and the diocese of joliet filipino ministry, led a partnership with project pearls on a mission to slum communities in the philippines.
paghahandog was delightful and fun. a family oriented presentation entertaining and edifying for everyone. the participants truly captured father sunny’s vision and beautifully executed on stage. their volunteerism and belief in the cause is truly inspiring. we congratulate and thank each one for a job well done.
it was so heartwarming to see the audience very happy and having such a good time. we are humbled by the outpouring of positive reviews and generous response. we thank all who came for despite being on a friday evening and bitter cold, we had a full house.
we are most grateful to all who participated, supported, helped, donated and prayed for the success of paghahandog. and most of all, praise and thanks be to GOD the source of our inspiration, strength and love.
here’s a glimpse of paghahandog, photos courtesy of dennis beltran of db photo images
more pictures added 🙂