Los Baños, Laguna—The leading cake house in Laguna and now making a name nationwide for its famous chocolate cakes and rolls, Mernels, is always in different civic activities especially if it’s all about giving for the children.
When the Kiwanis International, Philippine Luzon District under Division 3A lead, Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas conducted projects and activities to help the different clubs under her jurisdiction, it’s a staple, the different leading brands such as Mernels with its CEO Merle Balicao with the help and assistance of Ronald Calibo, the energetic manager of Mernels.
As early as 8AM, today, April 16, 2023, the medical mission from Kiwanis Club of McKinley headed by President Rocaya Mangondato conducted the check up for these special kids from 5 year olds to 13. They were given with vitamins and advised the parents on their kids conditions.
Past President of Kiwanis Club of Malate West conducted a seminar for the parents and discussed about the following;
•How to recognize a child with special needs
•Dealing with growing children with special needs
Afterwards, Past President Lorna Ballesteros turned over things needed by the organization to its directress that will be used by the children. They ended the forum also with a Q&A headed by Sister Evelina Tan of Malate West.
Manila Bay President, Ezelle Gascon provided colorful toys for the children while Lieutenant Governor, Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas provided the lunch for everyone. The team were so grateful with Mernels Cake House for providing snacks for all while Past President of Kiwanis Club of Los Baños and now President Elect, Carmen Garan provided the drinks.
Then and till now, the company, Mernels carried the task to share blessings with responsibility to convey message of love, humility and being grateful and to be involved in humanitarian works is not easy especially in these trying times where all are still pivoting and surviving after the global health crisis.
The Los Baños Community Center, Center for therapy, intervention and support is a private organization but situated in the building from the local government. They received grants from Canada and private institutions. Kiwanis International is a non government organization that’s focuses on the children and aims to help the indigent kids in one community at a time. According to reports, Kiwanis International in average conducted 150,000 service projects yearly globally.
At present, the major root of Mernels Corporate Social Responsibility program (#malasakitsakapwa) is to provide more employment and opportunities while also assisting in the alleviation of poverty in the community as its one Value. MerNel's ambitions came true as matters fell into place with the right combination of hard work, dedication, sacrifices, and prayers. However, success is not an accident; it is a decision. There is no such thing as an overnight success, every success and glory are non-accidental but rather intentional.