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T’nalak Festival: A Colorful Celebration

Provinces in the Philippines have their own unique ways of celebrating their culture. For example, the South Cotabato province has a big celebration every year known as T’nalak Festival. Every July, the festival is a week-long celebration held in Koronadal City, the capital of South Cotabato. The festival gets its name from “t’nalak,” a colorful...

Getting REDI for Typhoon Mangkhut!

Five years ago when Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) struck the Philippines, it left a path of death and destruction. ICM was able to act immediately thanks to pre-positioned food stored in our bases. We were able to deliver millions of meals to affected communities while international agencies waited for their...

Strive to Thrive

At the heart of all that ICM does is the dedication and passion of local pastors who love and serve the poor in their communities. In order to encourage, equip and empower these pastors, ICM started the Thrive pastor network! The Thrive pastor network exists to strengthen and equip ICM’s partner pastors for more effective,...

BiBs Unveiled: Banana Cakes

Every week, ICM trainers bring training and fun into ultrapoor communities all over Mindanao and the Visayas. Product creation is one aspect of the training. Participants take a look at thirty product options and vote to pick the five most popular products. This ensures that the products we teach will be well-received in different areas....

Transform Riders

Every Monday, there was a stirring in Sitio Kanggabok, a small sleepy village in the mountainous part of Santa Catalina in Negros Oriental. The first day of the week, the community became a host for ICM’s Transform program. There were signs when it is a Transform day. Motorcycles rented by ICM trainers arrive, rambling through...

Hygiene Heroes Corporate Challenge

For the past few years, Soapcycling has been partnering with ICM by providing soap for our programs. Established in 2011, Soapcycling’s main goal is to encourage students in the University of Hong Kong to achieve a quality internship experience while recycling used soap for people in need. Soaps are collected from more than 100 partner...

Giving Back

Bless understood what it meant to live in poverty from an early age. At the time of her birth, her parents didn’t even have a permanent home and were forced to move from place to place, staying with members of the church her father pastored. This is a common story. Many pastors who minister in...

Easter in the Heart of the Philippines

The province of Iloilo is famously known as the Heart of the Philippines since it is located in the middle of the archipelago. Its capital, Iloilo City, is also known as the City of Love, and Ilonggos are famous for being soft-spoken and sweet. Unknown to many, Iloilo is not only rich in beautiful beaches...

No need for a scarf

Nineteen-year-old Gem had to stop attending school and enter the workforce the year she turned 13. One of seven siblings, Gem’s parents had separated when she was nine. Gem’s mother went to work in Manila, but would only send money home when she was employed. Gem’s father worked as a seasonal farmer, and his income...

International Day of Families

The United Nations has declared May 15th as the annual International Day of Families.  The theme for this year’s day is: Families, education and well-being. The Day highlights the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and the importance of parental education for the welfare of children. It focuses on...