Entrepreneur-philanthropist Michelle Vitug Encarnacion has called on children to never give up on their dreams and always have faith in God.
Encarnacion gave these words of encouragement when she met with the children of Onesimo Foundation in Quezon City, a group that helps the poor and neglected kids in the country, last Friday afternoon.
“Sana ipagpatuloy nila iyong kanilang pagbabago. Iyon lang talaga ang makakatulong sa maayos nilang buhay. Continue to love themselves and continue to love God,” said Encarnacion, chief executive officer of Belmere Skin Care Centre, when asked about her inspiring words for the poor kids and personal wishes, during the gift-giving event.
Encarnacion, who will represent the country as Mrs. Philippines International Albay in Mrs. International 2019 beauty pageant, said that she is happy to see that many children want to change for the better.
“Natutuwa ako that they really want to reform or change for the better. Ito iyong gusto nilang mangyari. Nag-aaral sila rito like cooking. They have 400 children here,” she said.
Encarnacion added: “Then I visited some of their districts and they have applied in their homes what they have learned in this foundation. They clean their own places or cook their own food. May natutunan na sila. Reformed na sila.”
Some of the parents of these kids, she said, were big factors in helping the children.
“Pati iyong parents nakasama sa reformation nila. We cannot really help the kids if we will not involve the parents.,” Encarnacion added.
Helping her out in the charity work were Mr. International Philippines Kevin Baloaloa, Miss Earth Air 2018 Melanie Mader, Jovita Laureola, also of Belmere Skin Care Center; Prof. Alex Moico; and Miss Fashion World International 2019 Sharmaine Magdasoc.
Asked about her wishes for poor kids, Encarnacion said: “Tuwing ginagawa ko ito all my wishes come true. This is my heart’s desire na sana one day, wala akong makikitang batang malungkot, uneducated, or hindi naging masaya sa pagkabata niya.”
On preparing for the international pageant on Dec. 15, Encarnacion said: “I try to be positive lang all the time as the finals approach. Basta ang mahalaga nagawa ko ang gusto ko na napasaya ko ang mga bata at nakatulong in my own little way.”
Encarnacion earlier said that she is ready to give up her career and focus on helping the poor.
“That’s my passion….to help the poor, especially the kids in depressed areas,” she said.
Encarnacion, 42, said that she’s planning to retire when she reached the age of 50.
When her friends commented that 50 is too early, Encarnacion said: “Kung hindi 50 kelan pa? Mas magandang tumulong sa mahihirap pag malakas ka pa.”