‘Pedrito’ raises fund for quake victims in Visayas

MANILA–In a bid to raise funds to help restore the Churches ruined by the recent earthquake in Bohol and Cebu as well as help aid victims of the calamity, YouthPinoy is relaunching the limited-edition “Pedrito Dolls.”

YouthPinoy officer-in-charge April Frances “Sky” Ortigas said that for every Pedrito Doll sold, P100 will be donated to Church-led relief and restoration operations in Bohol and Cebu. Each doll still costs P650, the same price at which it was sold a year ago during the October 21 canonization of Pedro Calungsod.

Ortigas said it is just fitting for Calungsod, who is considered a native son of the Visayas, to “help” in the restoration of the Church in his “hometowns” after the loss of lives and properties, including that of centuries-old churches, due to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

“We are relaunching the Pedrito Dolls as proceeds of the sale will go to the victims of the earthquake in Cebu and Bohol. We in YouthPinoy believe that St. Pedro Calungsod is telling us to help his ‘kababayans’ by helping rebuild the Church there, by which we mean not only the structures but the hearts of the people and their faith in God,” she said.

Ortigas added that the Pedrito Dolls also remind Filipinos that they can be “little saints” themselves by helping the needy, especially those who are displaced and left homeless by the calamity.

“We can be little saints in our own ways. Through these Pedrito Dolls, we are helping propagate the life and example of St. Pedro and also help rebuild the Church in the Visayas,” she pointed out.

For those who are interested to buy Pedrito Dolls, log on to http://youthpinoy.com/home/order-your-own-pedrito-doll/ to make a reservation. Buyers will receive further instructions regarding payment and pick up or shipment in an email confirming receipt of their reservation.

The Pedrito Dolls were originally launched in 2012 to help promote awareness about the second Filipino saint. The “travelling and embraceable” image of the martyr has already been to the Vatican City during the canonization of Pedro Calungsod and in Rio de Janeiro for the recent World Youth Day in Brazil. (YouthPinoy)