Pia Wurtzbach helps Church’s scholarship program

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle blesses Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach during a courtesy call at the archbishop's residence in Intramuros, Manila, Dec. 12, 2016. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

MANILA, Dec. 12, 2016–Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach is giving back to children from the poorest of the poor by giving financial aid and help raise money for a Church-based scholarship program.

Wurtzbach paid a courtesy visit on Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to turnover her donation to Caritas Manila at the archbishop’s residence in Intramuros.

She also donated designer clothes, bags and other accessories that will be sold at the Caritas’ first ever “Celebrity and Friends Pre-loved Luxury Brands Sale” at the Glorietta 5 in Makati City on Dec. 13 to 14.

The cardinal said proceeds from the Christmas bazaar will be used to fund the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) of Caritas Manila.

“We are here for one purpose and it is to serve our brothers and sisters with no other motivation but love… caritas,” Cardinal Tagle told Wurtzbach.

“We are happy that a person like you and other celebrities, if we might use that word, are offering whatever you could to support especially the young people in need of education,” he said.

Last week, Wurtzbach along with Philippine beauty queen maker Jonas Gaffud organized a charity gala for the benefit of poor families being assisted by the Manila archdiocese’s social action arm.

“Of course we are all doing this just out of pure love and good faith and asking for nothing in return but just giving back because we feel very blessed,” she said.

“Of course its timely because it’s the holiday season as well,” Wurtzbach added. “And I hope we could work together for Caritas International in the future, even after Miss Universe.”

After the meeting which lasted for about an hour, the cardinal also gave Wurtzbach a rosary that was given to him by Pope Francis.

Fr. Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila executive director, is inviting the public to visit the two-day bazaar to help their more 5,000 scholars around the country.

“The proceeds in this celebrity bazaar will help a lot in order to educate our poor toward a better future,” he said.

Pascual said a number of local celebrities have donated their “preloved items” to help Caritas Manila and will be sold at up to 80 percent off.

Among the donors include Kris Aquino, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Sarah Geronimo, Toni Gonzaga-Soriano, Iza Calzado, Derek Ramsey, Ruffa Gutierrez, Julia Montes, Bamboo, Denise Laurel and JC Intal.

Pascual also said that the bazaar is expected to raise at least P2 million. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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