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We all enjoy scrolling through posts of friends and family, vicariously sharing in their holiday cheer and revelry.

It’s also heartwarming to see photos of friends happily sharing their bounty with those who do not have as much or those who will not be home with their families this year.

Bienvenido Tantoco, co-founder of Rustan’s, went to visit a home for the elderly, accompanied by his daughter, Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez and son-in-law, Renato Enriquez. Tantoco, 96, hired the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth to perform at the center.



While the Orchestra was playing - one of the elderly’s asked me to dance , how can I say no? One of the best dance partners i have had in years.

Posted by Tokie Tantoco Enriquez on Friday, December 15, 2017

On a separate occasion, Renato Enriquez hosted a Christmas lunch for children at a Lipa public school. 

Meanwhile, Town&Country cover girl Alex Eduque and her MoveEd group celebrated with less-fortunate kids around the country. The series of parties kicked off in Navotas with Cristalle Belo Pitt and the Belo group.

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Another party was with children in Barangay La Huerta, Paranaque at a Jollibee party hosted by Patty Echauz-Chilip.

Earlier in the season, Town&Country cover girl Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez also celebrated her birthday with the kids of MovEd at Century City Mall.

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Chary Mercado, with friends Angelette Calero, Leah Puyat, Maricen Jalandoni, and Eds Genuino, sold Christmas donation cards to provide toiletry kits to 630 inmates at a city jail. The girls, who call themselves happy2help, put together kits that included towels, slippers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and combs.

To all those who received happy2help’s donation card this xmas, here we are giving out the towels, slippers, toothpaste,...

Posted by Chary Mercado on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mercado’s 17-year-old son Lucas also finally completed a goal he set out to do four years ago, to donate 100 bicycles to kids who had to walk long distances to school. He donated 60 bikes for donation that first year. Last year he raised funds to donate another 20 in Laguna. This year he distributed the last 20 to high school students in Taguig.

Four years ago, Lucas set a goal to donate 100 bicycles to kids who had to walk long distances to school. He collected...

Posted by Chary Mercado on Monday, December 18, 2017

Akiko Thomson Guevara, president of the Philippine Olympians Association, organized a sports day with some of our nation’s top athletes, Olympians, and national team players. About 100 street children with Childhope Philippines were coached in tae kwon do, boxing, Muay Thai, and judo.

I am very proud of my wife Akiko Guevara, president of the Philippine Olympians Association! Together with the POA team,...

Posted by Chips Guevara on Sunday, December 3, 2017

Meanwhile, former banker Princess Banal Russell and friends including Ethel Go, Yvonne Romualdez, Tina Santos, Bubu Andres, Annette Sumulong, Jaja Ledesma, and their husbands and children raised funds to distribute Christmas baskets to the teachers of Don Bosco Tondo. They also donated raffle prizes that included a television, a laptop, and tablets.

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The charity work was led by Fr. Dennis Paez.

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