To celebrate the 63rd founding anniversary and support of Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) scholars, Smart Infinity and D Source Inc., together with their partners, held a benefit dinner concert that featured the music of renowned composer and musician Ryan Cayabyab at the Grand Ballroom of the Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City, on Oct. 26.
During the “Love in Abundance” concert, veteran singers Bituin Escalante, Bo Cerrudo, Basil Valdez and Celeste Legaspi, accompanied by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, bedazzled the guests who came to fully support the Church scholarship project.
Through this concert, Caritas Manila hopes to gather support for the YSLEP scholars, who are from poor families but who are gifted with big ambitions and the drive to see themselves succeed and fulfill their dreams.
“We encourage everyone to support this meaningful concert. Through this musical event, we aim to sustain the needs of Caritas Manila’s YSLEP scholars and be able to send more youths to school to help and guide them to have a better future,” Fr. Pascual said.
Caritas Manila is also reaching out a helping hand to drug dependents, who will undergo spiritual transformation, rehabilitation and skills training programs under the Caritas Restorative Justice Ministry.
YSLEP is the flagship program of Caritas Manila, which extends financial assistance to poor yet deserving youth. They are trained and honed to achieve academic excellence, as well as become servant leaders and good members of the community.
To date, over 10,000 graduates have been produced through this educational assistance program, which also provides leadership trainings and values formation workshops to almost 5,000 students nationwide with an average of 300 college and technical/vocational graduates yearly.
Apart from Caritas Manila, which is its lead social service and development ministry, the Archdiocese of Manila also runs other projects that are aimed at helping the poor fulfill their human potential. Alfred Bayle