After helping build new homes for disadvantaged youth via the Children’s Village of Bantay Bata 163 in 2018, this year’s ABS-CBN Ball once again gathers stars to raise funds for another program of the Kapamilya network’s foundation.
The ABS-CBN Ball 2019 is a fundraising event that benefits Bantay Bata 163’s Bantay Edukasyon initiative.
Jing Castañeda, program director of the ABS-CBN Foundation arm, described Bantay Edukasyon as “one of the four pillars of Bantay 163.”
“It aims to improve the quality of life of children who are abused, neglected, exploited, and disadvantaged, through increased access to education and empowerment of their families,” she said.
Susan Afan, managing director of the ABS-CBN Foundation, meanwhile, credited the annual event not only for its monetary help, but the mileage it gives its message about children’s welfare.
“The ball’s revenue that it gives to us, and the awareness that it gives to people really support the advocacy of not forgetting those who need us the most, and that’s the children,” she said.
Since the late Gina Lopez founded Bantay Bata 163, it has responded or acted upon some 400,000 calls to its hotline, rescued 1,800 children from abuse, brought medical care to 77,000 children, and provided over 6,400 scholarship grants.