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Sunday, May 20, 2012
A guitar teacher in the Philippines helps a group of streetkids to find a better life.

Tacloban City is located on the island of Leyte, in the North East of the Philippines. In this city lives Placido Maga, known by everyone with the name of ”Plas”, who, since 1991, has lived the ideal of unity, striving to put into action this commitment in everyday life.

In 1996, Plas started working as a guitar teacher, giving instruction to children in different primary schools. Teaching became for him an opportunity to love and to serve others through his musical talent.

In the year 2000, as he was walking along the streets of Ormoc, a city in the province, Plas noticed some children sleeping on the sidewalk using cardboards and newspapers for warmth and shelter. There were other children who lacked warm clothing. He decided to approach them and learnt that they didn’t even have anything to eat, and, almost always, went to sleep with an empty stomach.

Plas was quite troubled by this situation and he took the children some food. They felt his love and opened up their hearts to him. They, the most forgotten and the most defenseless in the city, had found a true friend, and were abuzz with happiness.

Plash remembered the words that Chiara Lubich had said in a meeting: When we give something of ourselves, putting love into every action, life grows within us”. And the happiness he experienced that evening, because of the contact he’d had with those children, was the proof.

The day after Plas was back on the scene, keeping his promise to spend some “quality time” with his little friends. At the same time he felt he had to do something more, to take care of them and to look for somewhere for them to stay.

The ideal of unity that for years he had been trying live, was giving him the opportunity to do something concrete for those on the margins of the society,  those who become the “last” of the city, but who in effect needed to become the most privileged.

Plash presented the issue to the local council; he contacted the Non-Governmental Organizations operating in the area, to draw their attention to the problem. Without any fear of being laughed at or misunderstood, ready to face all negative consequences that his actions would bring, he continued to seek a solution in the interest of others, in this case the children.

He succeeded in his plan to involve other people, who, like him, lived for the same purpose. He realized that when Gospel love becomes the “rule” of our lives, we all become more creative, more courageous and sometimes even heroic.

Plas was not satisfied in having an emergency situation fixed up; he felt compelled to place the children in a position so that they themselves could give something, to have them experience the same joy he had felt when he had opened his heart to his neighbour. He started to teach the children how to play the ukulele, creating a small repertoire which the young ones performed in two shows, receiving applause from the people.

Now the children live in Lingap Centre, a former rehabilitation house converted into a dormitory by the Department of Social Health. Plas continues to visit and to support the children, teaching them not only to play, but also to pray.

Source: www.umanitanuova.org

tomada rodolfo 111 BSHRT 3C

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 09:55

What a touching story by Mr. Placido Maga. There are so many children in this world who need love and care. Mr Placido Maga has a good heart – he cares and helps children in our city. You are so kind. Mr.Placido Maga, I hope you don’t change because of the story you’ve shared with us. Keep doing good.

Samson fatima luz bshrt3c

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 09:43

I was amazed about what Mr Placido does; he helps street children even though they are not related. I am proud of what he is doing for others and its an inspiration to people like me. Mr Placido is such a good man… I am very honored that to have read the article MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND GIVE YOU GOOD HEALTH:)

FRANCIS PAUL AYO

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 09:27

I SALUTE YOU SIR. YOU’RE THE MOST LOVING AND CARING PERSON I HAVE EVER SEEN… GOD BLESS YOU.

Macol, Chandy P. BSHRT 3C

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 09:24

For me Mr Maga has a good heart because he shared everything that he had, especially his talent in music. He also gave food to the street children and gave all his attention to the person who needs his help. That is why many children love Maga because of his good personality and I’m proud of him :)

LOUIE VINCENT JUANILLO

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 09:23

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, it only has to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.

Nudalo, Rowel V. – BSHRT III C

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 09:14

What a heart-warming and inspiring story of Mr. Plas! All of us are given different talents and it depends on us how we will use these God-given talents in giving thanks to HIM for bestowing these. Mr. Placido “Plas” Maga used his God-given talent(playing a guitar) not only for his personal benefit but for helping the people particularly those less fortunate – young children. I really appreciate the good deed that you’ve done. May God whose blessing is limitless will continue to shower on you an abundant blessings!

Keith Michael Aralar

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 09:14

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. It is true that you can appreciate a person through this wonderful heart, like Mr. Placido Maga has shown in Ormoc to the street children who lack survival Needs. He helps a group of street children to find a better life. I’m glad that I met a person with such as generous heart. I hope you will not change being you … thank you …

Maryfil Veniece O.Yco

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 09:04

Continue what you are doing right now because in the future you will receive more blessings for helping the street children. As the saying goes: “ITS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE”. GOD will grant us more blessings for doing that……..GOD BLESS!

So, Christina B. – BSHRT III C

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 09:04

I greatly appreciate you for doing such good things. Just continue on your journey to helping those children who need care. Only a few people are willing to help the needy and you are one them!

Jaballa,Georgiana Marie B.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 08:57

He is a good person and a kindhearted man.Keep up the good work sir!
GOD BLESS YOU!

sheena g.brona Bshrt-3C

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 08:41

Placido Maga is good person and a kind-hearted man who helps the street children. We should be proud of him.. Thank you and good luck to you …

Maelordelyn Yunting BSHRT-IIIC

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:44

As I read this article, I remember one line of the song “If we give a little love maybe we could change the world”, and that’s what Mr. Placido did for the children; he showed love and concern to the unfortunate ones and I am inspired about what he did.

WENLY W. MWENDOZA BSHRT IIIC

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:25

I’am so very glad to know that you have a good heart and are willing to help those street children; continue doing good deeds to help others.

edmond sanalila

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:17

from: DAYLYN V. HAYAG BSHRT-3C

While reading the article it somehow opened my mind and arose my emotions because in these days these kind of people are so rare. GOD BLESS!

So, Christina B. – BSHRT III-C

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:14

I never imagined that there could be a person like Mr. Placido “Plas” Maga who is kind-hearted and willing to help those people who really need help, like the children whom he helped. I hope you will continue to help those people who are in need. God Bless!

Andrada, Rose April T. BSHRT IIIC

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:13

Mr.Placido Maga, I am so proud that you serve other people, the street children in our city; you gave them an opportunity to have care and love, even for a single moment of their life. GREATLY APPRECIATED!

edmond sanalila

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:13

WHILE readING your story, Sir; it shows that you are truly one of the kindest person I have known … You are an inspiration to those who want to do good.. HOPE YOU don’t change because we are very happy and proud that GOD sent a truly good person to help the needy ONES. GOOD BLESS YOU SIR.

Jennyvi F. Olacao Bshrt 3-C

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:09

i never thought that there are people who are still willing to help others. i salute you you Mr. Placido Maga you inspire a lot of people by helping the street children. keep up the good work!

Pening Cristy Ann A. BSHRT 3-C

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:07

Your great sir,your one of the instrument of God in way of helping people even you dont know yet the people. Im so proud of you sir May God Bless You Always……. Always continue helping the people who need the support……Thanx sir

edmond sanalila

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 04:06

DAYLYN V. HAYAG BSHRT-3C

while reading the article it…it somehow open my mind and arise my emotion i felt…because in these days…this kind of people/ person is so rare. so proud and glad that there are some still remain…this also conclude or serve as an eye opener that not ALL HUMAN are stone hearted and SELFISH. THANK TO THESE< MORE POWER AND GOODBLESS

Jocelyn T. Candido Bshrt 3-c

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 09:15

Mr.Placido Maga is truly a good example of being a good samaritan to other people especially those who are in need of food, shelter and love . Keep up the good work sir!God bless.

LAURON, JOYCE C. BSHRT-3C

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 09:14

This article is very interesting for me because it inspires a lot of people who are in need, especially the street children … God bless!!

Angelica D. Magallanes BSHRT 3-C

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 09:10

I never thought there are still people who care for others who are in need, not just for food but also love. It just shows how Mr Maga cared for these kids because he lent his time and effort to teach them and educate them properly. We oare very happy and proud of you… God bless and continue doing good deeds to other people without expecting anything in return.

REGINE 0 SUAÑO BSHRT-3C

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 09:00

plas is such a nice person. he helps other people who are in need. there are only few people who has a good heart to help others.
this article inspire me a lot.. keep up the good work! god bless placido maga.

mercedita estillore BSED-Math III

Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 15:25

At first I felt so excited to open this site sir,on Thursday night that you tell us to search because, honestly I was thinking that you are really have only a concert but sir Plas, I was not expecting that you are a true kind person.As I’ve been heard from others.
I hope sir that you will continue this and you will not change.All I say is you are my idol person.Thank you very much for letting us to know this things in my life.

Joseph, Jessa Mae BSHRT IIIC

Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 09:16

Great work Mr. Maga! I am so proud of you, seeing what the Lord Jesus can do through the life of anyone that is yielded to you. Keep on adding value to people’s life. Once again, God bless!

Glenn Mar Jess C. Baltonado

Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11:03

People these times didn’t even care about talking or looking after street children. But as this short story is telling us, there is such person who is ready to help and give opportunities to these poor children abandoned by their parents. Ready to feed them, love and care them. You did help others, and God will be the one to return the blessings you had shared to those little angels you’d helped.. A teacher,a hero, a generous and a loving friend, that was you Mr. Placido “Plas” Maga. … I want to follow in your footsteps, with ‘HIS’ help…

Mahayag, Jennifer BSHRT IIC

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 04:32

After reading this, i am so proud of what you’ve done Mr. Maga, you do a lot of good things not only to your parents but also to others. GOB BLESS SIR!!!!!!

Maria Chedna Romero

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 13:01

Good work Plas, I salute you for being such a wonderful person, you are one of a kind, more power Plas!

Lobenia Rose Gey M.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 15:16

You’re so very kind Mr.Maga. You help many street childrens who have no family… I hope you always help more people and don’t change your attitude sir… God bless you

Montebon, Jenesa BSHRT II-C

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 07:21

After reading the article, I felt butterflies in my stomach.The world is lucky to have this Mr Placido Maga, such a generous and a good-hearted guy. He shares his knowledge and feeds the poor children! It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart!!! To Mr Placido Maga, may you continue your greatest fulfillment of what is in your heart as the moment that you do such good things, good cause is the outcome! God bless you always Mr Placido Maga, sir, may the the holy spirit guide and enlighten you!!:-D

Lezeil A. Labiste

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 07:13

I was really touched with what Brother Plas did. Truly I say that ” I see Jesus Christ in him”.

I hope and pray that I, YOU and ALL of US will do the same or at least share in any ways (small, medium or large) to our less fortunate brothers around us.

Berezo, Herbert A. BSHRT II-C

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 06:42

When I finished reading the article, I felt lucky because I have my very good parents who can support my daily needs and guide me on the right path. It reminds me that only a certain kind of person can help people… Mr.Placido Maga you are that kind of person who has a good heart and generous; may you always continue doing good…! Take care always of yourself sir and may God bless you and your family…!!!:D

Mary Apple Dalag BSHRT IIC

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 15:42

..all i can say is im so very proud of you,,Mr.Maga.you have a good heart,,sir…
Dont change your attitude sir were very proud of you..Godbless,,

Mendoza,Jan Pastor R. BSHRT 2C

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 07:27

..like this page..though some of the information stated i can’t understand..still i learned and cought some ideas…i appreciate it some of the comments of my classmates full of words of wisdom….:)
..tnx a lot sir for all the time you spend to us..

Ycong Adelfa S. BSHRT-IIC

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 06:58

God guides you,
with a brilliant shining light.
God watches over you
through morning, noon, and night.
God is always there for you,
to aid you in times of woe.
God tries hard to help you
see, and learn, and grow.
God has much faith in you;
there’s nothing you can’t achieve.
God encourages you
to try, to think, to believe.we will treasure what you did Sir..Takecare.:)

Marinel M. Mabuti BSHRT-IIC

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 06:54

His love is the only
constant in life,
and through Him,
we can draw enough
strength to not only survive
the very worst of times,
but to reclaim
hope and happiness..God has some plans for you,
some small, some big, some grand.thank you sir for your kindness and thank you for teaching us..GodBless…:))

Jocelyn C. Mendoza BSHRT IIC

Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 07:15

I know there will be a special place for you in the hearts and minds of many of us as we observe Mr Maga… smart people using their intelligence for good rather than greed, and you’re one of those people Sir. I’m so proud of what you’ve done. God Bless.

Maria Lielyn Mendoza BSHRT-IIC

Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 06:58

You’re perfect,
exactly what God intended you to be.
As the earth is reborn this spring,
remember that you’re one of
God’s great masterpieces,
a testament to his infinite
wisdom and perfection.
More than merely appreciating our blessings, it is important to use them in a correct way,
and you did it in a very good way. We find it easy to ask for favors
but difficult to thank you Mr. Placido Maga
May this Thanksgiving give you more reasons
to thank God each day… God Bless you Sir.

Mary Rica Hermias Reginaldo

Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 14:20

Upon reading this article, my heart was warmed by the thought that there are still Good Samaritans existing in this world. I am so touched by Placido Maga’s gesture and actions. He not only touched these less fortunate children but also other people who learned how to help the needy. I salute you Mr Placido Maga, Sir. May you continue to be a blessing to the needy and to the people around you. You inspire me so much and what you did is an eye-opener to everyone and an example that it doesn’t cost much to help those who need help. God Bless you!

Arellano,Analou T.

Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 13:54

After I read the article, I felt as if God had sent an angel here on earth and it’s you, sir!I’m glad that I’m one of your students, sir. We are so lucky to have you as our teacher.. God bless you, sir !

Quilantang, Karla Jane T. (bshrt2-c)

Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 14:20

As I read this article, it came to mind that not every person has this kind of heart. People nowadays don’t care about our children roaming around the streets; hungry, homeless, sometimes abused. We use our money to buy things that we don’t need. Most of us, yes “US”, can’t even donate our belongings, our used/grown shirts, our used blankets, food, water and most importantly our time. Our time to talk to them, to make them feel that they are important, to make them feel they matter too. We should do our part, and I adore people like you Mr. Placido Maga sir! You are an inspiration, urging us that we should make a change. God bless you sir!

Paton-og , Elbert John M.

Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 07:33

All I can say is “Keep up the good work, sir. I hope you have a lot of blessings coming your way in your life for being a good person, for being a helper and being open-hearted to the street children. GOD BLESS :)

“The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty”:))

Insoy, cherry jane

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 14:27

All I can say is, you do a lot of good things, not only to your parents or relatives but also to others, especially to the people who are in need… God bless!!

josephine Catampo

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 15:56

– In the way of life you choice and your expression in serving the people by loving them especially to GOD.

–it is following a righteous way of caring, loving, and sharing to one another. To inspired people who are hopeless, that all of us reminded that god is continuing loving us even we are sinners.

– our expression in serving the people, loving the poor, sinners, visiting the sick, and the prison is showing our love to GOD.

kira mae denzo

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 15:29

I really appreciate Plas for being so open-hearted to the street children. I salute you Sir!!! Continue the good work – you are a good example to everyone .. Thank you for teaching the children to pray, in that way they will be inspired to follow in your footsteps.

Tumamak , kimberly Ann D.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 13:53

As I read in this article, I too experienced this one night when I had to sleep in the street; I couldn’t sleep very well because of lots of mosquitoes, and the coldness of the night. It’s not easy to live on the streets every day, every night.. I really admire this organization that is helping the street children. God bless you always and we’re so proud of you. Thank you, Sir, for sharing your memorable story and experience in your life.

nadelle cabug-os

Friday, June 29, 2012 at 16:40

He is a kindhearted person :) i salute you sir .. God bless you always. I am so happy to be one of your students.

anna andreina gatti

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:44

faccio copia di questa esperienza, la metto in busta e la invio ad una persona alla quale devo un ringraziamento. Anche perché qualche giorno fa in una piazza di Milano sud vedendo che alcuni ragazzi stavano massacrando di botte un ragazzo si è buittata nella mischia e li ha fermati (questo nel disinteresse generale. Questa mia amica non è paticante ma ha un forte senso sociale.
Grazie a Placido.

    Maria Chiara De Lorenzo

    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:33

    Grazie a te Anna, che anche con un gesto come questo ti inserisci nel grande circuito del bene…

Leah May Entero

Monday, June 25, 2012 at 10:42

As I read the note, I was touched for I can’t believe that there are still people that have a heart to help others. This simple act of humanity is an eye opener to people who are in a good living that takes for granted the pity situations of the less fortunate…

Thank you!!!

alyssa marie surigao

Monday, June 25, 2012 at 07:12

I’m inspired! :) <3 Such an awesome person! Thanks for inspiring us sir :)

    jhona magallanes

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 13:07

    AS i read this article i was very touched bec. i cant imagine that there^s a people who have a kindhearted… i appreciate your kindness to other people.I salute you sir… you are my inspiration.SANA IPAGPATULOY NYO PA ANG GNAGAWA NYO

essirhac eryanod

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 15:44

Continue the good works, sir. You’re such a kind person . Pasensyoso kaau ka sir :D

Joel Reynold P. Castillo

Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 20:56

Thank you for posting such beautiful story of God’s love for Plas and the street children of Ormoc. It is heart warming…

jose palomino

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:09

What a beautiful story from Plas. Until now he is still visiting the Home for the street children in Ormoc City . One of the first batch of street children entered the seminary for priesthood another one is gainfully employed. What is good is that Plas had found another person a Priest, who can help the kids after graduating high school continue their studies by enrolling in a technical vocational course in a nearby town. Other kids are being taught livelihood projects in this nearby town so they can stand on their own after a few years.

Thank you very much.

    James J. HinLong

    Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 10:41

    I am so proud and inspired by what Mr Plas did because he helped the persons in need, especially the children … YOU’RE A BLESSING TO EVERYONE, SIR! GOD BLESS :)))

    Beatriz Pelones Bedolido

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 05:00

    I read your story, Sir; you are truly the kindest person I have ever known … You are an inspiration to those who want to do good.. don’t change your attitude because we are very happy and proud that GOD sent a truly good person to help the needy. THANK YOU ! ! !

    renalyn matugas

    Monday, June 25, 2012 at 10:21

    I really appreciate the good work of Plas because not all people can do this thing..not all people have a heart to help other people, especially to the street children.Keep up the good work sir and more powers to you!!!

    Thank You!