MANILA, Sept. 3, 2016 – A parish in Metro Manila has been serving nutritious foods for children from depressed communities every week since January.
According to Fr. Dari Dioquino, the Immaculate Conception parish church in Marikina feeds no less than 50 less fortunate kids on Saturdays and is committed to do so until December of this year.
The kids have lunch at noon after a regular spiritual reflection, he said.
Aside from physical nourishment, the parish church conducts talks on proper grooming and hygiene for the children, said Dioquino, Immaculate Conception’s assistant parish priest.
Since the kids stay at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the children also have time for play and recreation, he said. A well-known artist, who refused to disclose his name, has been teaching the kids how to sing on a voluntary basis.
The Immaculate Conception parish church had served food to less fortunate kids in the past, he noted. This year’s feeding is a revival.
Dioquino is grateful to the volunteers and individuals who support the parish’s feeding program.
The parish is planning to provide elderly with a special program next year. (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)