QUEZON City, Sept. 24, 2015— Now on its third year, Caritas Manila has opened on Wednesday a three-day expo to market products of its urban poor partners trained under its livelihood program “Caritas Margins.”
The program is an offshoot of the skills training program of Caritas, which has conducted trainings on crafting fashion accessories, production of herbal soaps, perfume, homecare products, and food processing.
“Margins” was coined from “marginalized”, referring to neglected, deprived, ignored groups; in other words, the poor.
To date, a total of 32,937 people have acquired livelihood skills from these trainings, which they have put to practical use as seen through their products and services.
Other items showcased in the expo also include paintings by inmates under Caritas’ restorative justice program.
This helps Caritas’ partners and families of prisoners augment their income and improve their quality of life.
Now on its third year, the Social Entrepreneurship Expo dubbed “Buy and Give 3,’”will run from Sept. 23 to 25, at the Trinoma Activity Center, Quezon City.
Pie Mariano of Caritas Manila said the expo also showcases in-kind donations from bishops, priests, celebrities, and some public officials.
The program of the expo is as follows:
1st day (Sept. 23)
- 10:00 a.m. – EXPO Opening and Blessing
- 1:00 p.m. – Margins Products Demo
- 4:00 p.m. – Mass and Healing: Fr. Anton Pascual
- 5:00 p.m. – Pinoy Musical Treat: Jean Paul Zialcita and Tambol Bayan
2nd day (Sept. 24)
- 10:00am – Margins Cook-up with Chef Jessie
- 12:00nn – Pinoy Musical Treat: InnerVoices
- 1:00pm – Margins Products Demo
- 2:00pm – Pinoy Musical Treat: Ukelele Philippines Ensemble and Adinkra Lumads
- 6:00pm – Mass and Healing: Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
3rd day (Sept. 25)
- 10:00am – Caritas YSLEP Performances
- 1:00pm – Pinoy Musical Treat: Michelle Ortega, Rafael Centenera, Mimz Sumagaysay, Ynah Jaya, Oklie Prankadora, AJ Wacky
- 3:00pm – Mass and Healing: Fr. Ferdinand Fernando, MB
- 5:00pm – Pinoy Musical Treat, Kalayo and Tres Marias
Mariano also said proceeds will go to the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program for Caritas Manila’s more than 10, 000 scholars nationwide. (Luke Godoy / CBCPNews)