Tuesday, 13 November 2018 08:49

Tulay ng Kabataan celebrates 20th year anniversary

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the 20th anniversary of Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation (Anak-TNK) at the Ateneo de Manila High School on November 3 at 6:00 p.m.

TNK aims to give life to those people who have lost their dignity because of poverty.

Since its foundation in 1998, TNK has been serving the poorest of the poor in Manila and have helped 54,000 children including those who are handicapped, abandoned, in slum areas as well as the elderly people. 

Each year, there are 1,300 children and elderly who are sheltered in 30 centers in Manila.

Photo Credit: Élise Cruse/Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation

Delivering his homily in front of two thousand children who attended the event, Cardinal Tagle said that Tulay ng Kabataan has been giving life to many children for twenty years noting that the essence of living is being able to give life to other people the way TNK has been doing. 

“Kaya tayo binigyan ng buhay ay para magbigay buhay. Hindi tayo binigyan ng buhay para pumatay. Binigyan tayo ng buhay para magbigay buhay sa iba,” Cardinal Tagle said.

He encouraged the people especially the children to celebrate life by loving God with all their heart and soul and by loving other people the way they love themselves. He also stressed that it is because of God’s love that humanity was saved from sin. 

“Tayo ay nabuhay dahil inibig tayo ng Diyos. Patuloy tayong mabubuhay pag tayo ay mag-iibigan. At patuloy na mamamayani ang buhay at malalabanan ang puwersa ng kamatayan kung may pag-ibig. Hanggat hindi ganap at lumalaganap ang pag-ibig tuloy ang kamatayan,'" he said.

At the end of his homily, Tagle expressed a powerful message to the young people who are renewed with love from Tulay ng Kabataan, the house they called their home.

“Marami tayong plano pero simple lang ang plano ng Diyos, magmahalan kayo ay mabubuhay. Kung saan may pag-ibig, may buhay. Kung saan may pag-ibig naroon ang Diyos. Ang Diyos ng pag-ibig ay ang Diyos ng buhay, “ he said.

The whole day activity showcased the children’s ability in sports and developed camaraderie among the other children. The celebration was capped with the display of fireworks at 9 p.m. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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