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Father Ben Nebres Celebrates 75th Birthday with New Homeowners of GK St. Joseph, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija
[Date Created: March 16, 2015]

Last March 15, 2015, Gawad Kalinga (GK) Board Member and former Ateneo de Manila University President Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J., fondly known to many as Father Ben, celebrated his 75th birthday in a GK community in Cabiao, Nueva Ecjia. The festive mood was very evident in GK St. Joseph in Brgy. San Fernando Sur, because not only was it Father Ben’s birthday, but it was also the Blessing and Turnover of 12 new homes to 12 families.

It’s truly a day of celebration as families receive keys to 12 new homes

The GK St. Joseph Village stands today because of the bayanihan of many, but Father Ben and GK Ateneo were very instrumental in bringing in partners and advocates from all over the world to the work. GK St. Joseph Village partners include GK Ateneo, the local government unit (LGU) of Cabiao led by Mayor Baby Congco, Gawad Kalinga e.V., and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

During this special day, a few key people gave their messages of thanks, including Mayor Baby Congco, Provincial GK Head of Nueva Ecija Bebot Bolisay, GK Ateneo’s Ms. Noi Quesada, and Father Ben himself.

The youth of the community had a special dance number for the birthday celebrant

The youth of the GK community prepared an energetic dance number, which was followed by the blowing of the birthday cakes not only by Father Ben but also of the other March birthday celebrants in the community.

To end the program, Father Ben went around the community to bless the new homes and families one by one.


Let’s pray for the continued building of homes and overflowing of blessing for our fellowmen who need help the most, not only in Cabiao but all over the country.

Taas Noo Tayo ay Kabyawenyo! Walang iwanan!

Tags: EndPoverty

Gawad Kalinga is not a charity, rather, it's an organization that aims to end poverty by building empowered and productive communities. This would not be possible without the partners who have journeyed with us in changing the lives of others. Like GK Ateneo, you too can be a hero to the poorest of the poor and partner with us in making sure that no one is left behind. Find out how you can help #endpoverty today. Walang Iwanan!

About GK Ateneo: It was in 2003 when Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ (then President, Ateneo de Manila University) launched the partnership with GK, through Gawad Kalinga Ateneo Coordinating Office (GK Ateneo) the first university-wide community development program. GK Ateneo adapts to its mandate by building institutional partnerships, working on ground with various community programs and integrating research in the process. With the changing leadership in the University, GK Ateneo continues its mandate and mission, which is to defeat poverty. Learn more about GK Ateneo HERE.

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