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Top fashion blogger Tricia Gosingtian shares blessings with Kythe

Tricia Gosingtian shares blessings with Kythe

In its roster of supporters, Kythe Foundation now includes young, up-and-coming photographer, blogger, model, and style icon Tricia Gosingtian.

A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University’s Information Design program, Tricia is prominent on different social media platforms, such as, and has earned several awards and distinctions from the country’s top media and fashion institutions. She has also stood as a style icon and brand ambassador for brands such as Forever 21, SM Mall of Asia, Bayo, Just G, Apartment 8, and Time Depot.

Tricia Gosingtian shares blessings with Kythe

ABOVE: Tricia Gosingtian visits the Kythe office to present her donation to Kythe executive director Girlie Garcia Lorenzo with her mother Chiqui and brother Calel.

Tricia donated earnings of PHP100,000.00 to Kythe as a way of giving back for all the blessings coming her way. She continues both an entrepreneurial drive and a spirit of giving that are nurtured by her mother, Kythe Board of Trustees treasurer Chiqui Escareal-Go. The family continues to channel its successes in business and the arts to its advocacy of paying it forward.


Giving and taking, the Kythe way

MANILA, Philippines – One would think that as volunteers, it would be us teaching the kids, but interestingly enough, we are the ones that end up doing much of the learning.

That is, learning lessons on bravery and strength, of family and faith.

I guess it’s safe to say that one great thing about college is how you’re given a lot of chances to break the boundaries of a typical classroom and your pen and paper. You’re presented with avenues to learn and grow in a totally different setting, with totally different people. In college, aside from academic endeavors, one is given the chance to pursue interests and advocacies.

I am one of many Ateneans involved in Kythe, where we provide psychosocial support to kids with chronic illnesses and their families. This is done through hospital visits, therapeutic play, and events where we get to bring the kids out of the hospital. Simply put, we gear our efforts to make the kids feel as if they are not sick – that their sickness need not define them.

Upon joining the org four years ago, I only wanted to take part in its beautiful vision. But after all the hospital visits, advocacy events, chitchats with the parents, and relationships formed, the experience made me realize much more than that as it taught me to appreciate the beauty of life; to root optimism in the everyday; and to acknowledge simple joys.

I met Ashley four years ago and since then, we’ve always found ourselves being partnered with each other in events. In the course of our interaction, I’ve seen her go through the vicious cycle of getting well, only to get sick again. I’ve seen her grow into a mighty and spunky little girl, dealing with her condition with much strength and optimism. Everyone looks up to her because she is the epitome of hope and courage.

One would think that as volunteers, it would be us teaching the kids, but interestingly enough, we end up doing much of the learning. That is, learning lessons on bravery and strength, of family and faith. The children and families we get to interact with make us realize how life can put you in the most difficult situations, but how you deal with them is what truly matters.

We are also exposed to life’s realities – to struggles and pain, to the plight of government hospitals, to the constant and arduous search for how else we can help. It’s interesting how sometimes, we find ourselves being moved by issues beyond what we signed up for such as privatizations, and the restricting cost of healthcare.

This is another important learning we obtain – that any involvement is always part of a bigger picture. The involvement constantly challenges each of us to discover how we can further contribute to the issue at hand. We yearn to find out what else we can do for the children and their families.

While our involvement may have started with the desire to help, the beauty of the whole experience is eventually refocusing the desire from I, me or us to the kids and their families. It is no longer just about volunteerism but about interaction with the children, and how the interaction can make them feel better about themselves and forget their afflictions.

I feel fortunate to have found Kythe-Ateneo, and to have shared many experiences and memories with these brave little angels, their families and my fellow Kythers because they have all contributed to this perspective.

We do what we do because the children deserve a normal childhood. We only hope to contribute in any way we can by spreading awareness and crafting ways for involvement. We only hope to constantly pose a call to action for an active role in the service in all ways and always for the kids.

(Jamia Amin is a BS Management student at Ateneo de Manila University who describes her stint with Kythe as one of her passions.)

Amin, Jamia Ramziz L. “Giving and taking, the Kythe way.” Philippine Star, February 23, 2015. Accessed March 24, 2015.

IHOP National Pancake Day: Spreading Happiness with Kythe

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Morning finally came for the much-anticipated National Pancake Day, held by the International House of Pancakes last March 3 for the benefit of Kythe Foundation. All proceeds from IHOP’s promo of unlimited buttermilk pancakes for PHP250 funded the Child Life Program, continuing the brand’s advocacy to support worthy causes.

A great number of diners gathered at the IHOP branches in Bonifacio Global City, UP Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, Century City Mall, Filinvest City, and Araneta Center, and were attended to by IHOP staff, specially dressed in Kythe shirts for the occasion and readily giving out Kythe brochures to customers.

“We arrived at IHOP [Araneta Center] at 8AM,” says longtime Kythe volunteer Jem Benzon, in the company of fellow volunteer and Artist Madhouse co-founder Carolyn Tongco. “It was so early, but the restaurant was already so crowded. And from what we saw, most customers were ordering pancakes—so we knew that that was really for Kythe.

IHOP Spreading Happiness with Kythe

“As for the food, the buttermilk pancakes were so good and very filling. We got to try them with all four of the different syrup flavors.”

Inside the branches were drop boxes for donations, posters, and tarpaulins with details on how to learn more and give to Kythe Foundation.

“Overall, we had a great experience,” says Jem of their IHOP breakfast. “We’d been looking forward to pancakes for a week ever since we saw the IHOP ad for unlimited pancakes. But of course a big factor was how we would be able to give to Kythe in joining this event, so of course we wouldn’t have missed it for the world. We took a lot of pictures and posted them on social media so that more would be encouraged to go to IHOP, and [like what we posted on our invitation] ‘come home with a happy heart and tummy.’”

Ching Crafts for a Cause: Kids create, donate to Kythe

Ching Crafts for a Cause, Kids create, donate to Kythe

Early in 2015, Diana Ching and her children set up an initiative called “Ching Crafts for a Cause (3Cs),” a workshop for kids aged seven and under to gather together and do arts and crafts based on monthly or quarterly themes. Two successful crafts sessions have since been held from January—the first being at Arcadia Montessori in Tacoma, WA, where Diana’s son goes to school; wherein twenty five kids attended; and the second in Diana’s house in University Place, with ten kids and Diana, her mom, and her own kids in charge.

For both sessions, the kids celebrated Chinese New Year with colorful Chinese lanterns, fuzzy sheep to commemorate the Year of the Ram, and fortune cookies with secret messages inside. Sponsors covered the art materials, and the kids were asked for a small donation in order to participate in the sessions—these, Diana says, were their own savings, earned from doing household chores.

“My kids and I created this art initiative early this year for two reasons: to help kids create with their hands and at the same time instill philanthropy in them at an early age,” Diana says of 3Cs. “It is never too early to be generous with your skills, right?

“A jeepney ‘piggy’ bank, always present at the craft sessions, is placed at the entrance of the craft area, so kids can experience dropping off their earned savings (we encouraged parents to let the kids earn their participation, by giving them small tasks at home). …And yes, we told them that no donation is too small, pennies add up to dollars, so every bit counts!” she adds.

Thus, the kids truly helped the events succeed by generously giving their time, skills, and savings. Diana hopes to continue the spirit of giving with future sessions for kids of different ages, as well as adults, with guest artists for activities such as batik making and watercolor, oil pastel, and charcoal art.

”Everyone is excited to create and donate to this worthy cause,” says Diana, who on behalf of the kids and her family is delighted to support Kythe. “I hope you are as excited as we are!”

Cliford’s journey home

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Fifteen-year-old Cliford Jay Manatad and his mother Corazon came to Manila in June of 2013 to seek medical attention in AFP Medical Center. Diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, Cliford underwent the amputation of his right arm and several cycles of chemotherapy. Cliford and Corazon spent their time in the Transient Home within the AFP compound.

Cliford was admitted to the ICU last May to June for a relapse. Upon learning that cure was not possible this time, Cliford asked that he be able to go home to Polomolok, South Cotabato, to return to his family and spend his time with them in peace and comfort.

Last June 27, Cliford and Corazon were brought to the Terminal 2 airport by an AFPMC ambulance and medical team, escorted by resident Dr. Cheryll Maghirang. Dr. Marjorie Liwanag accompanied the two on their plane ride to General Santos International Airport in the morning. OCPGA provided another ambulance with oxygen, and Cliford and Corazon safely arrived in their home in Purok Manatad.

Corazon relayed to Kythe that Cliford passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones.

Kythe extends its full gratitude to all who made Cliford’s journey possible: the AFPMC medical team; Dr. Maghirang and Dr. Liwanag; Ms. Tricia Peñaflorida of the Xavier Parents Auxiliary; Ms. Rose Santos; and Kai Rivera, Dr. Angie Sievert-Fernandez, and Ninin Sumpaico-Jose of Kythe’s Child Life team.

Cliford is ultimately memorialized as a beloved kuya figure among his fellow Kythe kids and the volunteers. He loved to sing, swim, play pool, and best of all, bring together all the friends that he’d quickly make. He won the “Most Promising Camper” award during Kythe’s Summer Camp in 2014 and “Camper of the Year” this year.

His presence is deeply missed, and he will continue to inspire the members of the Kythe community in healing through simple sharing and togetherness.