Inigo Pascual surprises children at SNFC Summit

Singer Inigo Pascual made the night extra special for World Vision children when he visited them during the Spiritual Nurture for the Filipino Children (SNFC) Summit in Tagaytay.

Inigo, who is also a World Vision ambassador for Spiritual Nurture, reminded the children to always thank God for all the blessings He gives. “We come from different places and backgrounds but we are all here because of Him,” he said.

The singer also expressed his admiration for the children who joined the SNFC Summit’s songwriting contest. Inigo is one of the six judges who judged the ten entries for the competition.

The children, who hailed from various rural communities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, joined Inigo in singing “Dahil Sa ‘Yo” and “Mahal na Mahal.”

SNFC is a five-year project in the Philippines that aims to cultivate positive values and love for God and others among children and families through various activities such as Dare to Discover for children and Celebrating Families for both parents and children. Funded by World Vision US, the SNFC project is now on its third year.

Manila team wins songwriting award

Children from Manila bagged the top prize in the summit’s songwriting competition, beating nine other contenders. Teams from Sorsogon and Antique 2 won seconnd and third prizes respectively. The children’s group from Bohol NE bagged the Children’s Choice Award.

Aside from Inigo, the songwriting judges included Jodi Parfan, former SNFC Manager; Joy Alvarez, WVDF’s People and Culture Director; Nestor Dedel, WVI’s Faith Nurture and Leadership Advisor; composer Jungee Marcelo; and singer and songwriter Ogie Alcasid. The children and youth participants, on the other hand, voted for the Children’s Choice Award.

All winners received cash prizes and plaques and an additional Php5,000 from Inigo.


Transformed lives

On the last day, children along with visitors from World Vision US, shared their transformational stories.

Princess, a child from Marawi, thanked World Vision for the organization’s training on Empowering Children as Peacebuilders (ECAP). “Nagpapasalamat po ako, kami sa World Vision kasi tinulungan niyo kaming magkaroon ng pag-asa ulit sa oras na halos walang-wala na kami,” she said.

Former sponsored child, Cherry Marcelo, who currently works in World Vision US, also shared her life as a sponsored child, and how she was able to help uplift her family’s life through perseverance and trust in God. She also encouraged children not to give up on life and hold on to Jesus.

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