Last August 30, 2020, Junior Chamber International Alabang (JCI Alabang), celebrated Books N’ Roses in Haven for Children Alabang. The group was led by 2020 JCI Alabang President Iza Antonio together with EVP Gian Nacino, Recruitment Director Kyra Ceralvo, Special Projects Director Raymond Braganza, and member Symon Arce.
The symbolism of the books is to commemorate the World Book Day, the observed death anniversary of William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes—Apr 23. The feast of St. George (La Diada de Sant Jordi) also happens to fall on the same day as the World Book Day. In Catalunya, Spain, these two events are celebrated in a grand fashion similar to Valentine’s Day– books are given to the men while roses are given to the women, symbolising the rose that grew from the blood when the dragon was slain by St George.
During Books N’ Roses, JCI Alabang donated books to the Haven for Children through the generosity of Children International and JCI San Juan Dambana. Books donated were Bible Stories and School text books on literature, science, math, and other text books. This was timely to promote the pleasure of reading during the quarantine session where books can serve as windows to the outside world.
The group also donated plants and vegetable seeds to promote urban gardening. 15 different vegetable seeds and 5 cherry blossom trees were donated.
Books and Roses in Haven is a project under the Stairway to Haven program of JCI Alabang. Stairway to Haven is a two-year partnership of JCI Alabang and DSWD to support the Haven for Children center by promoting academics, culture, skills, and sports. Haven for Children is a temporary shelter run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to rescue children from the streets.
The event is made possible through the support of JCI San Juan Dambana under Project Clap and Children International.
Event: August 30, 2020, Haven for Children, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines