On behalf of some 30 CHILD Haus children and their parents, SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee, Hans Sy, and Mother Ricky Reyes welcomed the Metro Manila Mayors’ Spouses Foundation Inc. to a Christmas-inspired day-long event held at the SM Mall of Asia – a venue that has now been unofficially rechristened “CHILD Haus #3”.
Mother Ricky Reyes (center) with SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy, members of the Metro Manila Mayors’ Spouses Foundation Inc., and their representatives by the SM Mall of Asia’s magnificent 65-foot gigantic Christmas tree.
As most know, CHILD Haus is a special home where underprivileged children, stricken by cancer, are offered an opportunity to reside in a home (along with a parent, or both parents if an infant), where they are provided food and shelter while undergoing treatment for their illness.
Mother Ricky Reyes is CHILD Haus’ Executive Director and guiding light; and it’s through Hans Sy’s continued support and status as principal benefactor that CHILD Haus has blossomed and expanded, such that two CHILD Haus locations now exist.
November 28 was a special day for the CHILD Haus residents as the Metro Manila Mayors’ Spouses Foundation, Inc. banded together with Mother Ricky and Hans Sy to create a memorable Christmas outing and merienda party at the SM Store, SM Mall of Asia, and at the SM by the Bay Amusement Park, alongside the mall.
Led by CHILD Haus and the Metro Manila Mayors’ Spouses Foundation Inc., the event included the participation of San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, along with his wife and President of the said foundation, Mrs. Keri Zamora. They were joined by the following members: Mrs. Tiffany Gatchalian (wife of Valenzuela City Mayor Wes Gatchalian); Mrs. Judy Chua (mother of Mrs. Tiffany Gatchalian); Mrs. Aubrey Malapitan (wife of Caloocan City Mayor Along Malapitan); Mrs. Catherine Mary “Trina” Reyes-Biazon (wife of Muntinlupa City Mayor Ruffy Biazon); Pasay City Mayor Imelda “Emi” Gallardo Calixto-Rubiano, along with her husband, Pasay City representative Egay Rubiano; and Mrs. Peggy Anne Riate-Sienes, sister of Mrs. Aileen Olivarez (wife of Parañaque City Mayor Eric Olivarez). They all interacted with the children and their parents, acting as ‘ninangs’ and ‘ninongs,’ fairy godmothers, and godfathers for the day.
Even though they were unable to attend the event in person, these spouses still found ways to share their blessings with the CHILD Haus children: Mrs. Jenine Ponce (wife of Pateros City Mayor Mayor Miguel “Ike” Ponce), Mrs. Barbie Pardo-Tiangco (wife of Navotas City John Rey Tiangco), Mrs. Minnie Arte (wife of MMDA Chair Don Arte), and Vice Mayor Menchie Aguilar (Mandaluyong City).
(R-L): SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy, Mrs. Judy Chua (mother of Mrs. Tiffany Gatchalian, wife of Valenzuela City Mayor Wes Gatchalian), Pasay City Mayor Imelda “Emi” Gallardo Calixto-Rubiano, her husband Pasay City representative Egay Rubiano, Mrs. Tiffany Gatchalian (wife of Valenzuela City Mayor Wes Gatchalian), San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, and his wife, who is also the President of the Metro Manila Mayors’ Spouses Foundation Inc., Mrs. Keri Zamora. Other members of the foundation, including Mrs. Trina Biazon (wife of Muntinlupa City Mayor Ruffy Biazon), Mrs. Aubrey Malapitan (wife of Caloocan City Mayor Dale Gonzalo “Along” Malapitan), and Mrs. Peggy Anne Riate-Sienes (sister of Mrs. Aileen Olivarez, wife of Parañaque City Mayor Eric Olivarez ), joined the group at the SM Mall of Asia carousel.
A shopping spree at the SM Store was followed by a hearty Shake Shack merienda, then the opportunity to indulge in rides at the SM by the Bay Amusement Park. Between the shrieks of delight and wonder from the children, there was the heartfelt desire on the part of the mayors’ spouses to have both children and parents put their health troubles behind them for the afternoon, and know that there was someone ready to look out for them. CHILD Haus is all about never losing hope, and that there are prayers that are answered.
Mother Ricky Reyes (third from left) with the members of the Metro Manila Mayors’ Spouses Foundation Inc., along with their representatives, at the Mall of Asia’s SM Store, where they conducted a Christmas shopping spree for the CHILD Haus beneficiaries.
Pasay City Mayor Imelda “Emi” Gallardo Calixto-Rubiano with the CHILD Haus beneficiaries during their Christmas shopping spree at the Mall of Asia SM Store.
A CHILD Haus beneficiary chooses a toy at the Mall of Asia SM Store during the Christmas shopping spree, supported by the Metro Manila Mayors’ Spouses Foundation Inc.
Shake Shack at SM Mall of Asia provides delightful food for over 30 CHILD Haus children and parents.
The CHILD Haus kids and their parents pose in front of the MOA Eye located at SM By the Bay Amusement Park.