01.31.20

It was meaningful indeed

It was a happy day, that Dec 30th event held in Brookside, Bagong Silangan (BS)! The day started with quite a meaningful, unforgettable holy mass presided by the young, newly ordained Jesuit priest, Rev. Fr. Martin Licup. Thanks to our indefatigable Franciscan Missionary of Mary, FMM, Sr. Mac Licup, spiritual mother and guide of our youths of the community i.e., of the members of Youths for Christ of Brookside, Bagong Silangan, we had this fortune! This nice, young Jesuit priest blessed us and guided us, saying thanks for God’s blessings for the year 2019 ! After the holy mass, the choir of the Youths for Christ gave us a special, unbelievable choral performance led (impromptu) by a seven-year old son of an elected leader of the community (happened without any previous practice because the whole thing was extemporaneous !!!!!). The afternoon ended with the traditional gift giving by New East, Inc. (NEI) to each family of the community of Brookside, BS. Started as a legacy of Sr. Cora Pacheco, FMM every year, each family received what was to be their “media noche” dinner the following night (Dec 31st). The Filipinos has this tradition of partaking a family “media noche” to usher in each new year. After praying their thanks for the graces received the current year and asking for the new year’s graces, the family then eats their so-called simple “media noche”. Then , time to celebrate with the firecrackers and fireworks (Boom! Boom! Boom!) 

11.17.19

New East, Inc (NEI) Update November 17, 2019

To our dear Donors and supporters of New East, Inc:
Peace and blessings !
For fifteen years since 2004, you have supported us ungrudgingly and continuously. We can’t tell you how grateful for this we have been and will be for as long as we live. So do our recipients of your help, the people of Brookside, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, Philippines.
We are happy that those years of your support have borne fruits helping the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary’s (FMM) dedicated sisters’ work on their programs such as:
Moral formation; Livelihood program; Homebuilding project; Feeding program; Free Quality Private elementary Education; Scholarship program; Consumer Membership Cooperative Store; Free Healthcare and Pay it Forward program. (Ref: www.neweastinc.com)
It is with much pleasure to let you know that most, if not all, of the above programs have been quite successful, thanks to your financial help and prayers over the years. Most noteworthy have been Moral Formation, homebuilding, feeding, scholarship program and the cooperative.
Both youths’ and adults’ programs in moral formation have been continuously manifested in the community since they were transferred to Brookside. Homebuilding program continues over the years that most of the 300 families now own their individual homes, including the official or legal house titles to them (isn’t that just wonderful?) And this means that most of the 300 families now have stable jobs to sustain their households’ necessities.
Sadly, for lack of financing and necessary administration, the Free quality Private elementary Education was afforded to the community only ten years, from 2004 to 2014. At present, only the prep-school is continuing with two teachers. However, most of the graduates of the 10 years’ elementary school went on to high school and to college.
My heart is overwhelmed to let you know that the Scholarship Program was very successful! At present, there are more than 30 college graduates from the community of Brookside, bagong Silangan, who have been supported by you and other donors such as Ateneo de Manila, etc. Our youths have graduated with titles of BS Education, BS Pharmacy, BS Accountancy, BS Medical Technology, BS in Entrepreneurship or Hotel/Restaurant Management, BS Criminology, AB History, AB Management and Human Resources, AB Philosophy, and other degrees from various well known colleges and universities in Manila and Quezon City, Philippines.
With this Scholarship Program also, there was a number of successful candidates who passed their specific Philippine Government Board examinations such as pharmacists, medical technologist, teachers, etc. Let’s thank and praise God for these youths’ morality and perseverance.
When we honored these young graduates of Brookside last September with a feast, we charged them to “PAY IT FORWARD” and we got their promise to do so, being the honorable and wonderful youths that they are ! They promised to help their families and community.
Another success which I am proud to announce: through the leadership training given the leaders, the community ably established a community association which they legalized later on. They named this the “Kapatiran San Jose Home Owners’ Association”. The community leaders are elected every two years. They had the association formally and legally recognized by the Philippine government; hence, able to obtain help from the officials of the Quezon City when necessary. The government helped improve the community drainage which was mostly causing the flooding of the entire community during heavy storms and typhoons. The government also provided the community with a covered basketball court for free.
The community operated Cooperative was also legalized. The store is managed by the present president of the Association and manned by two paid helpers.

Please continue helping New East, Inc.!

Our new Address is:

NEW EAST, INC.

13219 Helmer Dr

Whittier, CA 90602-3326

 

 

11.12.19

THANK YOU, DEAR DONORS OF NEWEAST,INC.

03.5.19

BROOKSIDE LEADER’S RETREAT

The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) congregation announced that it might close some of their missions in the Philippines. Hence, last two months, they gave Brookside, Bagong Silangan a series of meetings which discussed what is likely to happen in the community. The FMMs then planned a retreat for its leaders and New East, Inc. happily sponsored the successful two-day retreat. Let’s pray the leaders of the community will carry on the good work of the FMMs.

Retreat 1    Retreat 2    Retreat 3

Retreat 4    Retreat 5     Retreat 6

Brookside Youth Servants of Christ. Bagong Silangan Quezon City    Oso Photos - December 31, 2013 - 051     Oso Photos - December 31, 2013 - 050

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02.12.19

Contact Us

We welcome ideas, comments, letters, questions directed to :
neweastinc@sbcglobal.net

We shall answer your questions as soon as we possibly can.
WON’T YOU BECOME A MONTHLY ANGEL? HOW? Ask your bank to send us a monthly check payable to New East,Inc. (address below) on a specified date each month(your choice). The amount is what you can afford and wish to send monthly. It maybe $5 or $10 or $25 or $50. It’s all up to you. All donations are tax deductible and shall be acknowledged upon receipt.
Please make tax-deductible donations payable to:

New East, Inc.
1808 Edgewood Dr.
Alhambra, CA 91803

We accept even coins if you but write us and we will come to collect if within 15 miles of above address. There is another way of doing this though if you wish.
We thank you in advance and God bless you!

12.17.18

UPDATE 12 17 18

TO OUR PRESENT, PAST DONORS and DONORS-TO-BE !

Indeed, God is truly merciful! Here’s an update of our project, the object of your charity, in Brookside, Bagong Silangan. This website was reopened thru the kindness of a kind (young and handsome as well) man…!
Thank you, Anthony Hilario! In my books, you’re an IT genius!

The following info are about the progress and the impending loss of Brookside, Bagong Silangan, the object of your charity
Anyway, I want you to know that since 1997,

1. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. More than 40 youths in Brookside have graduated from college and are now helping their elders…. isn’t that wonderful? You and other donors of New East,Inc. (NEI) made this possible through the years!

Some of the graduates of the now closed elementary school of Brookside have successfully graduated from college this year! five of those graduates were honored by the community last June. Below, please read the letter of thanks sent by one of them:
On Monday, June 18, 2018…… Louie Jay Junio wrote:

Dear New East, Inc. :

I am writing this on behalf of all the people you’ve helped.

We may not know each other personally but still you choose to help us. We may not be related by consanguinity but still you treat us like one.

Thank you for believing in our dreams; thank you for making that dream come true and thank you for helping us to keep dreaming. Maybe words can’t describe my gratitude or words aren’t enough to express how I feel. You manage to make an impact at a distance. You have moved our hearts and we appreciate how blessed we are to have the opportunity to go to school. Although education should be a right of every individual it is now becoming a privilege to those who have the means.

That’s why I pray to God to grant you more strength and longer life because you are creating a mark as you walk on our lives. We are your living Legacy and we promise to Pay it forward.

In your and other donors’ behalf, I acknowledged receipt of Louie Jay’s above letter right after receiving it.

2. LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS. Although there were some setbacks, the community has legalized their association called “Kapatiran San Jose Home Owners’ Association” and their Cooperative Store under it. Happily, with a little guidance from my younger sister, they are now running the community businesses (including helping their Bakery) all by themselves.

3. COOPERATIVE STORE: Recently, they added a “Lending Unit” to the Cooperative and for the first few months in its operation, they found that it is very helpful to the people because now, the people can borrow at a much lower interest than other lenders so, they don’t go to the usurers anymore. At the same time, the lending unit is being able to help the Cooperative with its losses. The Board of Trustees of the community Association are trying to find ways and means also in increasing the membership of the Cooperative to offset its losses.

4. BAYANIHAN or GROUP SPIRIT. With positive traits of leadership the elected leaders and the cooperating elderlies in the community expanded their community chapel to accommodate the increasing attendance of people in their Sunday (Saturday) mass. They did not even ask funds from us but did everything by “Bayanihan”. This Filipino practice of a group with common goal makes some positive group action quite possible without any financial source outside of themselves. Their regular Saturday mass (in lieu of Sunday) is being attended to by their neighboring barangays also.

5. STELLA MARIS ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL (SMAS). Sad to report, there are some setbacks in the community like the elementary grades school SMAS hasn’t been reopened yet since closing it in 2014. It operated from 2004 thru 2014. After Sr. Cora Pacheco’s death, after ten years of successful operation, it closed due to lack of funding and some requirement by the Philippine government. We’re still trying to find a way to reopen it though and we will update you with the progress if and when successful.

I am happy to let you know though that 2 classes of Kindergarten are continuing – you, among other donors make this possible., i.e., with teachers’ salaries and benefits, free feeding of the children and maintenance costs… although I wish I can have more “automatic” regular monthly donations para sana hindi ako masyadong naghahagilap ng pang-support every month..

6. SAD NEWS . The Franciscan missionaries of Mary (FMMs) are planning on pulling out their sisters from most of their mission centers in the Philippines, among which is Brookside, BS. Reason is because wala nang pumapasok na gustong mag-madre and most of the sisters now in the Philippines, are beyond 70 years old … there are only very few who are below 50 years old.

I am hoping, hoping, we can get regular monthly donors to keep our charity work in Brookside alive at least for a few more years…. then we can move on to some other entities which are also in dire need of help (I receive a few requests for help). Please help us help those who are in need !!!

As you know, Monthly and periodic Donors can mail their checks to:

New East, Inc.
1808 Edgewood Dr.
Alhambra, CA 91803

I still do the accounting and donors receive their usual tax break letters from New East, Inc. before April 15th for each year they donated.

Please keep us in your prayers….. the Almighty One is extremely helpful to people who ask Him !!!

Meanwhile, the FMMs are still offering their thanksgiving masses and special prayers for all of our donors and their families each last Saturday of the month. These include you, all donors, and your families.

12.17.18

UPDATE 12 17 18

12.17.18

Mother Teresa

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. –Mother Teresa

12.17.18

We can all give !

“…..No matter what you have, or don’t have, we can all give. The good news is that generosity is not a luxury sport.

Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, when he said, “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” He didn’t say, “You have to be smart to serve.” Or “you have to be famous to serve.” Or “You have to be rich to serve.” No, he said, “Everybody can be great, because “everybody” can serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don’t need to know the second law of thermodynamics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Excerpt from a speech by Nipun Mehta at a graduation speech in May 2013.

12.15.18

New address for New East,Inc.

To our dear donors and friends of New East,Inc.:

Peace and blessings to one and all !

Our new address is :
1808 Edgewood Dr.
Alhambra, CA 91803