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Sinagtala Home

In 1966, a “star of hope” was formed.

It was called “Sinagtala,” the first institution under the Philippine Cheshire Homes Sinag-Tala Association Inc. It was founded by Concepcion Magsaysay-Labrador, the sister of former President Ramon Magsaysay.

Sinagtala Home first opened its doors to 11 “severely disabled” men. Two years after, it started to house female paraplegics that the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) has already discharged. There are currently 21 male PWDs and 11 female PWDs in Sinagtala.

But even though physically disabled, the residents were taught to fend for themselves. They can do mouth painting, charcoal portraiture, design and manufacture of religious items, solihiya (seat cushion) repair, watch repair, and mobile phone repair.

Last March 23, 2010, Sinagtala Home collaborated with the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine to organize the “Phi Sets Sinag-tala in Motion: Adding Color To Their Lives…One Step At A Time.” There had been a medical mission at the 123 Sinag-Tala Road, Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City; a physical assessment by Dr. Melissa Zamuco-Mercado, head of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) and Dr. Estrella Sebe Sanchez-Fernandez, specialist in obstetrics and gynecology; a demonstration of some therapeutic exercises; and a wall-painting activity.

The said event was sponsored by the Sangguniang Kabataan of Magallanes and the Universal Robina Corporation. Sinagtala Home, however, is financially supported by a group of charitable Filipinos and through the earnings of the residents themselves.

“But the vision of the organization doesn’t just stop there – more than giving them a place of stay, the residents are encouraged to live productive lives through pursuing their own livelihood” ~ Phi Lambda Delta

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Bahay Mapagmahal

A “loving home” in English, Bahay Mapagmahal is a dormitory for  crippled children located at the back of the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC). It was established in 1973 and currently houses 22 persons with disabilities (PWDs).

These PWDs were able to study elementary and high school at the National Orthopedic Hospital School for Crippled Children (NOH-SSC) for free. They were also able to learn how to play musical instruments at parties, hotels, and concerts. They had actually formed a group that enabled Bahay Mapagmahal to extend the assistance given to them to bless other PWDs.

Dubbed “Rondalla on Wheels,” the group had generated funds for the Caring Hands to Inspire and Link with Differently Abled Children (CHILD), a project of the Great Physician Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc. (GPRehab). Rondalla on Wheels was established by Sr. Roos Catry, ICM, a Belgian missionary, and Prof. Antonio Tallada, a former band officer of the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1978 .

As of now, Bahay Mapagmahal can no longer accommodate PWDs because of limited space. It is still maintained, however, by the Philippine Society for Crippled Children, Inc. (PSCC), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Philippine Orthopedic Hospital (POC), and some civic-minded residents of Quezon City.

“They were able to raise the awareness of the community about the capabilities of persons with disabilities like them. One great lesson that the group was able to permeate to the public was the realization that even if they may have some physical disability, they are imbued with hope and enthusiasm, not to mention the joy they radiate within and among themselves.” ~Cecile Genove

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