The Wheres and How

of Giving Back This

Christmas Season

by Jace Amodo, December 12, 2019 9:00pm

Art by Dani Elevazo


The Wheres and How of Giving Back This Christmas Season

by Jace Amodo, December 12, 2019 9:00pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

Local organizations fueled with their respective advocacies grew abundantly in the past decade. Perhaps it's a reflection of the increasing awareness of time-sensitive issues the world needs to face, or of the people itself, who care more now than before. Either way, the contagious goodness is spreading and it is very much alive this Christmas, the "Giving Back Season."

Be it non-governmental and nonprofit organizations or the opposite, here are some of the local advocacy groups you can donate to (with money, time, or groundwork) this Christmas.


United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Philippines

With accessible programs offered, testimony from beneficiaries, and support from the government, UNICEF is hard to miss. Its main focus is to promote and protect the rights of every Filipino child, especially the most vulnerable ones. Among their programs are Child Survival, Education, Child Protection, and Social Policy and Governance.

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World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines

The words "rich" and "beautiful" aren't enough to describe the Philippines' flora and fauna. Its protection and rehabilitation are of utmost importance, and so that's where WWF-Philippines comes in, crafting solutions to climate change all while improving Filipino lives.

Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, Inc. (CCEF)

When news about Boracay's garbage crisis broke, our hearts followed. Careless garbage disposal is one thing, its effects on the marine ecosystem is another. The CCEF then works "on the ground" with locals in making our coasts clear of looming emergencies.


Young Focus

Millions of print and online research and case studies state that education is the solution to everything. Young Focus shares the same sentiment in hopes to help underprivileged children and youth to escape the cruel cycle of poverty. 

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You probably have seen one of their water bottles in convenient stores and wondered how it works. Well, 100% of the profits go to building public school classrooms, built in partnership with the Department of Education's "Adopt-A-School" program. Use your peso wisely.

Molding Optimism and Values Through Education (MovEd)

Even with the fast-growing economy of the country, many communities remain underserved, far from the privileges Metro Manila currently has. So MovEd visits said communities to mold optimism and values through education. 


HERO Foundation, Inc.

Help Educate and Rear Orphans aka HERO is where families of fallen soldiers can ask for assistance in coping with their loss and continuing life without their heroes. With the increasing requirement for such cause, industry leaders such as Washington SyCip, Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, and Henry Sy, Sr. supported HERO.

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Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children's Home

According to UNICEF, an estimated 2.85 million children in the Philippines aged 5-15 are out of school, and 31.4% of children are living below the basic needs poverty line nationally. In this department, the number of out-of-school youth and child beggars should be enough to take action.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

67 years later since World War II, organizations around the world—the UNHCR among them—are still hard at work providing refugees who suffered the most with the aftermath. The UNHCR focused on migration issues exclusively in Manila until May 2010, when they established their presence in Mindanao to address internal displacement.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines

Habitat for Humanity works sweat and tears to achieve their vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live—a vision a lot of us share. But more than building shelters, they also build stability and self-reliance to their beneficiaries.

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Caritas Manila

For many Filipinos, having a strong connection with God is important. Unfortunately, only a few have access to a secured house or shelter to develop their spiritual lives. Caritas Manila lends a hand for those who need it, all while alleviating poverty and creating a community with a social conscience.

We've covered the "wheres" of giving back this Christmas, and Lazada lends its hands for the "how." During the launch of Lazada's 12.12 Grand Year End Sale, Lazada introduced its "Digital Giving Platform," a first-of-its-kind in the industry it revolves in.

Here, online shoppers can donate to any (or all) of the 11 abovementioned local and international advocacy groups with ease. How it works: 1) With Lazada app's homepage open, go to "Loads, Bills, and eCoupon"; 2) click on "Donations" and; 3) choose the organization you wish to donate to.

"I'm Salve Bolante and I live here in Vitas. I'm a beneficiary of Young Focus. Maybe because of how difficult life is, people don't think education is the solution to poverty. They only think money is the answer. Education is the solution to poverty. Because once I’ve graduated, I'll be able to find a stable job and I'll no longer need to worry about finances since I'll have a source of income. I started college this year. My goal is to graduate then work for a good company and get my mom and my family out of poverty," Salve Bolante in a personalized message for Inside Manila.

Add Heart-to-Cart this Christmas. We at least owe it to the unlucky ones to share the essence of this holiday.

For more information, visit or follow Lazada Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.


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