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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Headstrong Philippines Jumpstart Outreach Mission

Photo shows children from the Gabay Buhay Home with the Headstrong volunteers, including Lareina Marie Yu, Maricris Chan, Michelle Timbre, Lee Malacaman, Beth Tradel, Bong Gabo, Desiree Feliciano, Bea Sumampong, Analyn Villarico, Ben Castro, Marge Morante, Jay-R Patron, Kristine Garalza, Malaine Limson, Nelza Buico, Kim Mejares, Perlito Luba, Geboy Teodoro, Agee Villanueva, and Karen Kue.

(Manila, Philippines, February 4, 2009) – Headstrong, a global IT consultancy and solutions company, formed Headstrong 2.0utreach in its Manila Global Delivery Center (MGDC) to engage its 650-strong workforce in community-conscious programs.

Headstrong 2.0utreach, formed in November 2008 by the employee engagement committee, has so far organized three internal projects that inspire employees to participate in socially responsible activities.

“We believe that it is our responsibility to help society even in our little ways. Through this outreach mission, we foster goodwill by encouraging employees to volunteer and take part in improving lives through participating or coming up with their own ideas for activities,” said Nora Terrado, Headstrong Philippines Country Manager.

Last December 2008, Headstrong invited 12 children from the Children’s Joy Foundation to sing Christmas carols in the office, as company teams and departments donated gifts and cash to the foundation.

Children’s Joy Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit, service-oriented organization that houses marginalized children under its residential care program. The foundation further provides educational assistance, healthcare, and various skills training.

Following the company’s December outreach, Headstrong employees continued the company mission on January 24 by helping out the Gabay Buhay Home. Headstrong gave items gathered from last year’s “24 to 24” drive, a month-long program that collected unused clothes, toys, books, and other items.

The Gabay Buhay Home is run by the Virlanie Foundation and is one of the largest, private, non-sectarian child-caring institutions in Metro Manila. It houses street children, runs 12 residential homes, and conducts outreach and support programs for children and their families in poor neighborhoods in the Metro.

Headstrong volunteers spent the day facilitating games and awarding prizes. The resident children in turn, displayed their artistic talents in an art competition themed “Ang Pangarap Ko,” to be judged by Headstrong employees on a later date. Some residents also performed dances and played their acoustic rendition of “This is me.”

Headstrong employees then distributed tokens and donated the collection from the 24 to 24 drive. The volunteers ended the day with a visit to another Virlanie Foundation home, giving more toys to the resident children.

“The kids really enjoyed the day and are very thankful for the donations,” said Lourdes Magdasoc, social worker for the Virlanie Foundation.

Headstrong 2.0utreach has lined up a number of activities for 2009 and beyond including visits to elderly homes and orphanages, community builds, and environment cleanup. This month, Headstrong 2.0utreach has invited Gawad Kalinga to brief Headstrong employees about Gawad Kalinga’s activities and programs.


About Headstrong
Headstrong is a global consulting firm focused on the financial services industry. With revenues exceeding $200 MM, Headstrong’s model of specialization in the financial industry has yielded sustained year-on-year growth in earnings and profitability.

Headstrong has a proven track record across Business, Domain & Technology Consulting and Outsourcing to top-tier banks. It offers product and services expertise across specific areas including Listed Derivatives, Reference Data, Wealth and Asset management and Securities Financing and Prime Brokerage.

Headstrong has development centers in India and the Philippines, and is recognized as the largest financial services consulting firm in the Philippines.

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