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  • Child Actor Xia Vigor Tell Street Children: 'Wag Tayong Mawalan Ng Pag-Asa Sa Buhay'

    The occasion was the annual MusiKalye affair, hosted by Childhope Philippines.
    by Aneth Ng-Lim .
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    Child actor Xia Vigor with Childhope Philippines’ vice chairman Samuel Guevarra.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Childhope Philippines

    Over 100 street children showcased their talents in singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, and even rapping at the annual MusiKalye affair, hosted by Childhope Philippines.

    This non-profit organization dedicated to keeping children off the streets and giving them access to education and health care recently marked its 30th year of service.

    Art lovingly crafted by the street children, ranging from sandpaper paintings, chain beads and accessories, greeting cards, and many more were put on sale during the event. Proceeds raised will fund various programs including alternative basic education, counseling, relief and material assistance, and primary health services for about 500 street children all over Metro Manila.

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    Themed “Helping Street Children’s Dreams Come True,” this year’s MusiKalye exposed the acting talents of the street kids, where they symbolically portrayed their current situation and their rights as children.
    Their acting impressed their two celebrity guests, Filipino-British child actor Xia Vigor and singer/actress Lovi Poe. 

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    Over 100 street children showcased their talents in singing, dancing, rapping and playing musical instruments at the annual MusiKalye.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Childhope Philippines
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    After watching the performers, Xia gave an inspiring message to both the children and the adults in the room: “Lahat tayo may pangarap, di ba? Gusto ko lahat tayo mangarap…mangarap ng malaki! Wala naman masama kung mangarap tayo. Ang importante ay wag tayong mawalan ng pag-asa sa buhay. Kahit anuman problema ang dumating sa buhay natin ay dapat hindi tayo susuko.” (We all have dreams, right? I want all of us to dream and to dream big. There is no harm in dreaming, and it is important not to lose hope. Whatever struggles come our way, we should not give up.)

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    Ambassador of Hope awardee and actor Lovi Poe performing Harana with the lead guitarist of Abstrak band.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Childhope Philippines

    Lovi received the Ambassador of Hope award for being a champion of hope for the underserved and a role model for street children. Poe is a long-time and strong supporter of Childhope Philippines and was honored for her dedication, service, and commitment to bring hope, help, and compassion to street children. 

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    There is much to celebrate after 30 years, according to the president and trustee Sherwin O. Their flagship Street Education Program has helped thousands of children through the years, “pulling them away from harm and giving them a much better chance at a brighter future.” Some have even become registered social workers now helping other street children.

    Make a difference in the life of a street child today. Visit www.childhope.org.ph or call +6 (32) 8563-4647

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