Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cainta Community Center: Now Open

CCT Community Center Dedication: (left to right) Mike Salili, microfinance operations head,
Alice Pineda,  Business Development head,  and Episcopal Bishop Dixie Taclobao
 prepare to cut the ribbon at the formal dedication of the  CCT Cainta community center. 

CCT management representatives, Rizal community partners and staff, and Episcopal church leaders gathered for the blessing and formal dedication to God of the CCT community center at the Igorot  Village in San Juan,  Cainta, Rizal on December 17, 2011.

The newest CCT community center houses a pre-school, a microfinance office, and a clinic. It is a three-story building under a usufruct agreement with property owners Bishop Dixie and Rev. Juliet  Taclobao of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Philippines.

CCT has been serving the Igorot community of Cainta, the largest Igorot community outside of Mountain province, in partnership with the Episcopal church for the past 11 years.
The unfinished residential building  of Bishop Dixie and Rev. Juliet Taclobao,
 long-time supporters of CCT work in Cainta,
 was completed and converted into this new center under a four-year
usufruct agreement with CCT.  
CCT Rizal staff hold corporate worship every Saturday  at the Episcopal church
 in Cainta's Igorot village.  The church  is next door to the new community center.
Pre-school students coached by Teacher Grace Pailona
 do a dance interpretation of Tuloy na Tuloy Pa Rin ang Pasko.
"Magbalikatan tayo, magbayanihan tayo, magtulungan tayo.
We find meaning in service because we have faith, hope, and love.
 These are the marks of a Christian," said Bishop Taclobao
 in an inspirational talk. 
Alice Pineda, representing CCT President Ruth Callanta, tells of how the Cainta community center
 is part of the fulfillment of a vision of a network  of Christ-centered faith communities
where Jesus Christ  is honored and worshipped and where people live with dignity
and sufficiency in accordance with God's plan  for a just, humane, and caring society. 
Pastor Raffy Salonga preaches a message
 on peace of mind and gladness of heart  based on Psalm 127:1 - 5. 
A community partner sings Keith
Green's Romans 7: 

I want to love them all, the way you do,
I want to serve them, by serving you.
Yes, I want to be like you; Jesus I do.
Men involved in the construction of the new building attend its dedication ceremony. Most of them
are former street dwellers being ministered to by CCT's Kaibigan Ministry.
Pastor Raffy Salonga reads Solomon's prayer of
dedication on the top floor of the building.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CCT Taguig Community Center: Now Open

Dr. John Tabije and Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano cut the ribbon at the opening of the
CCT community center in South Signal Village, Taguig City.
The CCT Taguig Community Center was formally opened and dedicated to the Lord with a festive thanksgiving celebration on August 20, 2011.

Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano graced the occasion with her presence and gave an inspirational talk. 

Also taking part in the program were CCT staff, pupils and staff of the Visions of Hope school, members of the Brigada Bata-Taguig Chapter, members of Sikhay Sa Paggawa (SIPAG) - Taguig,  members of the fellowship groups of Taguig, as well as a few city and barangay officials. Music for the occasion was provided by the CCT Taguig Drum and Lyre Corps, the Taguig Community Center music team, and the CCT choir.

CCT's community centers are envisioned to be places where community partners will grow in their spiritual walk with God as they fellowship with other believers, serve others, and evangelize and disciple fellow community partners and other community members. CCT has 19 community centers so far. The centers house a microfinance office, pre-school classrooms, a medical clinic, and a worship/training hall. 

The CCT Choir sings, "He Loved Me."

Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano
gives an inspirational talk.

Here and below: CCT staff pray
for Mayor Cayetano.

Mayor Cayetano chats with Pastor Joel Indico.

The CCT Taguig Drum and Lyre Corps leads the way
from the South Signal Village covered court, where
the program was held, to the community center.

Mayor Cayetano with some members of the
CCT choir.

"Mano po!"  A pupil of the VOH Christian School
touches the hand of Mayor Cayetano to her
forehead in the traditional Filipino gesture of
respect for elders.
Reportage: Ciara Tan, Photography: Cheran Cuadrazal

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Convergence: A Coming Together for God's Kingdom

One of the thrusts of the CCT Group from 2011 to 2015 is the convergence of its programs and services in a community center. Each community center is envisioned to be a one-stop venue where CCT community partners (such as recipients of micro-finance loans and their families) will be able to enjoy CCT's package of wholistic and transformational development intervention.

The CCT branches in the following communities are currently being converted into community centers.

  • Intramuros, Manila
  • Malibay, Pasay City
  • Cabrera, Pasay City
  • Taguig City
  • Muntinlupa City
  • Bagong Silangan, Quezon City
  • Payatas, Quezon City
  • Cainta, Rizal
  • Magdalena, Laguna
  • Aduas, Cabanatuan City
  • Puerto Princesa, Palawan
  • Mandaue, Cebu
  • Tagum, Davao City
  • Ulas, Davao City
  • Malungon, Saranggani Province     
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Surigao
These branch offices have either relocated, rented additional space, or are being  renovated to be able to house the microfinance office, classrooms of the VOH Christian School, a clinic, and a worship hall/training room.

The community centers are envisioned to be venues where community partners will grow in their spiritual walk with God as they fellowship with other believers, serve others, and evangelize and disciple fellow community partners and other community members.

The Taguig City community center during its renovation period.
Projected design for Malungon Community Center
in Saranggani Province.

Construction of the Cainta Community Center
is expected to be complete by October.