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    Tutubi Meets Jollibee at Damas Filipinas in Manila

    A trip to an orphanage is one of Tutubi's "passion" so when he found the chance to tag along with a group doing a gift-giving activity at the Settlement House of Asociacion De Damas Filipinas (formerly Fundacion de Damas Filipinas) in Manila, he volunteered to join in the activity where an encounter with orphans, the iconic Jollibee and Tutubi took place:


    Damas Filipinas is an orphanage in Manila that provides temporary shelter to street urchins and abandoned children, a part of Manila's cityscape.

    Picture of facade of the Settlement House. This is a reconstruction of an original structure gutted by fire in 1998. The pres Erap funded the new building earning him a big media mileage or "pogi points." :P
    Damas children enjoy their meal of Jollibee spaghetti and "Chicken Joy," a luxury for these less-fortunate children in Manila.

    the iconic Jollibee dancing Papaya, the flavor of the airwaves that is making Tutubi's ears suffer from tinitus
    a child joisn Jollibee dance
    a group picture with the red bug in front

    The children performed a number of song and dances after a street magician entertained them of his slight of hand tricks.

    The marker on the facade of the building of Damas Filipinas reads:

    "Settlement House

    This building was first established in 1919 by the Association de Damas de Filipinas to extend temporary shelter, as well as foster service to disadvantaged children, who are either neglected, abandoned or orphaned at an early age, until it was razed by fire on the third day of December, 1998 killing twenty three children with five house parents.

    Through the benevolence of hi excellency president Joseph Ejercito Estrada and as an expression of his sympathy and committed support to social development program this building was immediately restored.

    This serves as a monument for the continuous care and development of needy children to afford a normal and meaningful existence.

    This office is in memory of those who perished in the fire as a guiding light in the true essence of humanity in developing social welfare.

    Inaugurated this fourteenth day of february,in the year of our Lord 1999."

    How to get to Damas Filipinas, Paco, Manila

    Commute:the place is near Philippine Columbian, Plaza Dilao, the old Paco train station on Quirino Avenue. The Sta. Ana (tulay) jeepney on Pedro Gil/Taft Avenue/LRT pass by the place.

    By car: from Nagtahan bridge coming from Sampaloc, drive directly on Quirino avenue then turn right at Plaza Dilao/Philippine Columbian (Quirino Avenue extension). The orphanage is just on the left side so you need to make a U-turn at the nearest U-turn slot.

    Coming from Makati via Osmena Highway, turn right Quirino Avenue then left at Plaza Dilao/Philippine Columbian when you see the old Paco train station.

    Details:

    Asociacion De Damas Filipinas
    Quirino Avenue, Paco, Manila
    Tel. No.: +63.2. 563.2309

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:03 PM,

    22 Comments:

    At Dec 18, 2007, 5:31:00 AM, Blogger la carlotta said...

    jollibee never posed like that (3rd pic) when i was a kid attendin parties at jollibee.

    ;)

     
    At Dec 18, 2007, 12:08:00 PM, Anonymous kyels said...

    I've never seen a Jollibee icon before but it sure is cute. However, I prefer the cartoonised version!

    :P

     
    At Dec 18, 2007, 10:36:00 PM, Anonymous Belle said...

    i feel so sorry for these children growing up without parents. questions for you tutubi: how long do they keep the children there? will they fund their education too until college?

    kudos to you for getting involved and make a difference.

     
    At Dec 18, 2007, 10:44:00 PM, Blogger philippine dragonfly said...

    la carlotta, supladoba jollibee na-meet mo dati? hehe

    kyels, hmmm...what cartoonized version?children just love to get a piece of jollibee by wrestling with him

    belle, children are put up for adoption. the youngest we saw there was a three month old baby and the oldestis around 12. there will always be children likeas long as there are irresponsible people inthe world.

     
    At Dec 19, 2007, 3:24:00 AM, Anonymous cheh said...

    I feel sorry for these kids.I wish I was one of Millionaire wives that can afford to adopt 3 or more of them.

    I hope you have a happy Christmas dear tutubi! Ingat lagi-che

     
    At Dec 19, 2007, 9:22:00 AM, Blogger my gulch said...

    kids have simple wants and easy to make them happy. pakainin mo lang sa Jollibee masaya na. we also try do this at least once a year, mag-garage sale kami tapos yung pera na mapagbebentahan pinapakain namin sa mga street children. sulit din kase ang dami nilang kuwento na i-share. kung pwede lang sanang mapakain lahat ng batang nagugutom, hay.

    nakakatuwa namang Jollibee na yan. gustong gusto ko yang hina-hug pagnakikita ko, hehe.

     
    At Dec 19, 2007, 5:40:00 PM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    This is an affair I wish to join. Hanep ang photodocumentation dito.
    Starring din si Jollibee :D
    Sana makakasama din ako ng mga ganito next time...

     
    At Dec 19, 2007, 9:31:00 PM, Blogger philippine dragonfly said...

    cheh, those kids are well taken care of, there are thousands more in the streets and millions in dysfunctional families. help in a small way is always welcome. merry christmas to you too

    mygulch, pano kung ma-meet mo si jolly tutubi,hug mo rin?:P

    dodong,thanks sa compliment. youcan drop by anytime sa mga orphanage if you want.ihave another post on orphanages again

     
    At Dec 20, 2007, 2:12:00 PM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    Thanx, waiting for that. :D

    By the way, gayahin na rin kita. I will probably reinstall my long abandoned Haloscan account here. Got a problem with my commenting system lately :(

     
    At Dec 20, 2007, 4:27:00 PM, Blogger bbr said...

    your pictures never fail to amaze me, even a picture as simple as jolibee. thanks for sharing.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS and a PROSPEROUS AND BLESSED NEW YEAR!

     
    At Sep 11, 2008, 2:38:00 PM, Anonymous smb said...

    hi...i really would like to help these kids...but i don't know how..is it ok if i drop by to the orphanage..?should i bring something for the kids like food, clothes or anything that could be a help to them.?thanks..im waiting for your response...GOD bless!!!

     
    At Sep 12, 2008, 8:15:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    smb, a good samaritan is always welcome in places like this. go on and share something to those kids

     
    At Mar 31, 2009, 1:25:00 AM, Anonymous Maeh Abasolo said...

    Hi to all , Im Maeh Abasolo , and one of the orphan of Settlement House , I was there when I was like three months old .. if you want to read all about Settlement House pls. do visit my site :

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=99729845040

    Thank you

     
    At Sep 2, 2009, 10:34:00 AM, Anonymous Jollibee Philippine website said...

    Wow! your so inspiring Mr.Provider,wish i saw this blog earlier so that i have a chance to give a gift at least a any thing's that it would help,well i will see for it that this coming christmas i will do my help. :)

    reign

     
    At Dec 28, 2010, 1:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Me, and my brother stayed for a couple of months at Fundacion de Damas de Filipinas Settlement House way back when our parents are fighting for our custody. I believed that was end of 1997. A nun helped my mom to get us out of the settlement house.. and then the tragic fire happened after 3 days.. I'm so sorry for our friends who got burned on fire.. and to our nanny named Nora. me and my brother were so blessed. I hope one day.. hopefully we'll come to visit the settlement house again after so many years.. I was 9 years old at that time and now I'm 22... Kudos to those people who never fails to help.

     
    At Jun 3, 2011, 4:13:00 PM, Blogger REIN said...

    hi, I came across this page not too long ago.. I would like some information on how you went about visiting these kids. What was your budget and how many kids does the orphanage have? and how did you rent the Jollibee character? I apolofize for the questions. I am going home this August for my birthday and is planning on visiting an orphanage. I kind of have my sight on this one. Hope you reply. Thank you.

     
    At Jun 3, 2011, 10:09:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    rein, inquire first about how many kids there are currently and set a schedule. then contact the nearest jollibee for the package that includes the mascot. that's it. it was not my party.

     
    At Apr 16, 2012, 7:20:00 AM, Blogger arem said...

    good day to all of you i just want to know how many kids staying in this orphanage.. its just that my 23rd birthday is coming and i want to celebrate it with those kids.. i am not a millionaire or what but i know i can help and make those children happy even for a day.. i want to share my blessings with them.. please let me know some information about this orphanage by emailing me at aremlyle100205@gmail.com thank you

     
    At Apr 16, 2012, 7:21:00 AM, Blogger arem said...

    good day to all of you i just want to know how many kids staying in this orphanage.. its just that my 23rd birthday is coming and i want to celebrate it with those kids.. i am not a millionaire or what but i know i can help and make those children happy even for a day.. i want to share my blessings with them.. please let me know some information about this orphanage by emailing me at aremlyle100205@gmail.com thank you

     
    At Apr 16, 2012, 7:21:00 AM, Blogger arem said...

    good day to all of you i just want to know how many kids staying in this orphanage.. its just that my 23rd birthday is coming and i want to celebrate it with those kids.. i am not a millionaire or what but i know i can help and make those children happy even for a day.. i want to share my blessings with them.. please let me know some information about this orphanage by emailing me at aremlyle100205@gmail.com thank you

     
    At Apr 16, 2012, 7:28:00 AM, Blogger arem said...

    good day to all of you, i just want to know if how many children are staying in this orphanage. its just that my 23rd birthday is coming and i want to celebrate it with those kids. i am not a millionaire or what but i know i can help and make those children happy even for a day.. this is my way of thanking god for all the blessings he gave so i want to share it with them. thank you and i am hoping for your response. please kindly email me for the information because i need to know it as soon as possible so i can make plans about it.. email me at aremlyle100205@gmail.com thank you and GOD BLESS

     
    At Jun 24, 2014, 8:53:00 PM, Blogger jhonprince said...

    is the process of adopting child is difficult? im planning to adopt one

     

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