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Ateneo Blue Eagle GK Village
[Date Created: November 22, 2010]

Payatas 13, Brgy. Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Nestled between the border of Quezon City and Antipolo, stands the Gawad Kalinga Community of Payatas 13, Blue Eagle Village. This GK community, was the Ateneo's first adopted community when Ateneo began it's partnership with Gawad Kalinga in 2003. GK Blue Eagle village community's infrastructure stands complete at 180 homes and currently has a community health center, GK SIBOL pre-school, Chapel and a SIGA youth center. It is also home to the multi-talented Payatas 13 GK SIGA youth many of whom are dancers, actors, and singers for GK events and of which each one has reenrolled in a respective school or college. Apart from the SIGA, Payatas 13 is also home to the GK SAGIP Choir. This group is comprised of youth aged 7-12 and is part of GK's child and youth development program; currently the SAGIP choir is recording their first album.

A recent initiative piloted by the Ateneo and adopted by the community of Payatas 13 is the GK Payatas 13 Printers. A Silk-screen Printing venture operated as a social business model through the combined efforts of the GK Kapitbahayan residents and SIGA youth group. The social business aims to sustain the upkeep and beautification of the Blue Eagle village with expansion aimed at affording future scholarships and sustaining other community worthy programs. The community gained their first sales and production experience during GK events by offering quality advocacy merchandise through its initial 5 designs. Barely 2 months into operations, the community has achieved its social benefit target of providing uniforms for its Mabuhay Club and the construction of the welcome arch of Payatas 13, providing a warm  and fitting welcome to would be visitors.






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