Featured Volunteers

Hope you can take the time to hear from our volunteers their testimonies or stories of why they are passionate about reaching out to kids. Some have been into it for a long time, some discovered the value of it lately. What’s yours? Let us know and we will feature as well. Send us a message at Contact Us. Thank U! for taking time. :)

Te Candano


Our newly elected president for 2013 shares her story on volunteering. She is one of the first people we served with when we founded U! Happy Events in December of 2006. Hear from her and get inspired on her journey with us.

Born to a big family, I grew up lending a hand to people, whether it’s helping my little sister with her homework, or helping around the house.

Growing up at Immaculate Concepcion Academy, I was taught the value of serving others. Here I joined the outreach committee. Through it, I saw impoverished kids radiating with positivity despite their situation. With these experiences, I decided to continue along this path in college by joining different organizations in UST. Since then, volunteering has been a regular part of my life. I pushed on and joined Make A Wish Foundation after college.

U! Happy Events was a pleasant surprise. A friend from MAWF invited me to “Kids at Heart” at Museo Pambata in 2007, where I was an ate to a kid for a day. After that, I found myself volunteering and looking forward to more U! events. Slowly, I was immersing myself deeper in U! and eventually  becoming part of the organizing committee, which I truly enjoy.

I guess volunteering is already in my nature. I love being with kids and I love helping people out. The activities of U! Happy Events truly offer the perfect match. The children’s smile because of your time and effort is the best ‘thank you’ that I know I cannot get anywhere else.

Matthew Chua


Matthew is one of our very active volunteers last 2011. Because of this, he was elected as part of the board just 18 months after. He also helps the team do graphics and articles for the website. Here is a bit of his story on why he volunteers. My passion for volunteering began in college. […]

Zyrus Deri


Zyrus volunteered for the first time in our Christmas Event in PGH. He is also our current website programer. I met Jodel Joyo as we were partnered with kids. He has cancer. Jodel is the youngest among Ate Emily’s three sons and at the age of 7, has already been diagnosed with cancer. He has […]

Jo-e Villagarcia


Jo-e was our president for 2 years before she relinquished her position to current president, Te Candano. She is now our Vice President for External since she works now full time in Singapore. Here is her short testimony. Being a volunteer for kids through U! Happy Events has increased my understanding of issues that need […]

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