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ISKCON Sri Sri Radha-Madhava Center, a new religious
landmark in Manila
Sri Sri Radha-Madhava Center was opened on August 17,
2006. Since then, thousands of devotees have come and
had the Merciful and enchanting Darshan of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava.
The Radha-Madhava Deities are four feet tall, and came
Manila all the way from Jaipur (India) last year, to
cast Their loving look at the manila devotees. Attached
are a few pictures of Their Darshan.
The center is located right in the heart of Makati,
at 9105 Banuyo Street, Kamagong, San Antonio Village.
If you would like to visit and get Darshan, following
are the timings:
Morning 4.30 a.m. Arati and Darshan. The next Darshan
opens at 8 a.m. and is open until 12.30 p.m. There is
an Arati at 12 noon. In the evening the Darshan opens
at 4.30 p.m...........Arati is at 6.30 p.m..........and
Darshan is open until 8.30 p.m.
Iskcon Sri Sri Radha Madhava Center offers the following
Havans, Vedic Wedings, House /Office Blessings,
Painting Of Deities, Hair cutting ( Munar Ceremony),
Designing of Altars, Food For Life, Devotional Paintings,
House Bhajans / Kirtans
If you would like to find out more details, you may
call us at 8963357 or 8901947. You can look for Prabhu
Mathura dasa or for Mother Radhalila Devi Dasi.
Hare Krishna !
/ Community Service
are a very charitable people. In the Philippines
or overseas, Filipino hearts melt at the sight of the
desperate and the poor. This is one of the strongest
links that connects the Indians and the Filipinos, since
Indians are also charitable.Here is a brief activity
of Indian charities in the Philippines.
» Mahaveer Foundation. Artificial leg or limb anyone? It's free, it's
lightweight, and it is a new "life". Mahaveer
Foundation of the Philippines is doing a great job in
the Philippines. Mr. and Mrs. V.R. Mehta gave their
and soul to this project in the '90s.. It was a tough
social assignment. First, to convince the recipient
that this is not a religious donation. Then the fact
that the quality is good. Third, to find the right cooperating
hospitals and doctors. Fourth, to find the right suppliers
to develop this at a reasonable cost. Sixth is to find
donors. All that however, is water under the bridge.
The Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla Group of Companies,
through their local company the Indo Phil Group, has
been the prime mover behind this project. It has served
thousands and thousands of FIlipinos and continuously
strives to do so under the leadership of V.K. Maloo
and the Mahaveer board of Directors.
» Indian Ladies
Club. Comprising mostly Sindhi Ladies,
this club has been a permanent fixture in charity circles.
It sponsors the "Sai School" located at Pililia,
Rizal Province. Education and moral values are taught
to close to 50 children, who otherwise would have been
deprived of education.
» Khalsa Diwan/Indian Sikh Temple It is a common sight to see
lots of people, mostly street dwellers or beggars, being
provided nutritious and healthy food outside the premises
of of Khalsa Diwan. During emergencies such as floods,
or other natural disasters, they spring into action
and give donations. The sheer numbers of Punjabis in
the Philippines makes possible the big donations that
Khalsa Diwan provides.
gives free reading and graded glasses, as well as free
cataract operations. It's "Food for Life"
program in cooperation with "Hare Rama Hare Krishna"
temple of the Philippines, provides hot and nutritious
food to the street dwellers of Manila. Its most outstanding
project, "Blanket At 4 a.m." is a yearly and
much-awaited program that gives out blankets during
the cold mornings of December. Many beneficiaries are
surprised to see a blanket on top of them when they
wake up. And for some of them, that blanket could be
the costliest possession they might ever have in their
Founded in 1991, under the inspiring dedication
of 15 incorporators, Seva Foundation growth will continue
to inspire more charities and more donations. They also
publish the Indian Community magazine Samachar.
The other news magazine in the Indian community is Dateline
India, published by G.D. Singh.
Temple of Manila The Hindu
Temple of Manila, located on Mahatma Gandhi Street,
moved to its new permanent location in 1981. Even prior
to that, it has been doing lots of charity projects
such as collecting old clothes and distributing them
during floods and thypoons. It provides support on a
regular basis to Philippine General Hospital, the most
popular hospital for the poor and the needy.
Maidens Club The MMC is a group
of young Indian girls, and membership is lost upon getting
married. They have special charity projects for specific
causes, specific beneficiaries and during special events.
Their projects have been going on for many years now.
» Other Donors It is
not possible to mention here all the groups and individuals.
It is important to note that the general perception
of Indians as charitable persons is a common knowledge.
Many have long-time and faithful employees clearly indicating
that "charity has began at home".
God bless all the donors.
Indians in the Philippines
Indian weekends. Government offices
in the Philippines are open from Monday to Friday. while
private office work up to Saturday. Schools and Colleges
are mostly up to Friday. This leaves practically two
days for the Indians of the Philippines to enjoy the
The government recently has been promoting "holiday
Economics". It is basically switching of legal
holidays with fixed dates to either Monday of Friday
if the holiday falls on a weekday. This gives everyone
a chance to have a three-day weekend to tour the domestic
sites of the Philippines. Thus, a Tuesday legal holiday
is advanced on Monday, thereby making Tuesday a working
day instead of Monday. A Thursday holiday becomes a
Friday holiday while the "Holiday" Thursday
becomes a "working" Thursday. Wednesday decisions
are up to the government.
Each year, the four days of "Holy Week" are
practically a one-week holiday. Christmas and New Year
are also inclined to have more special holidays declared
by the government.
So what do the Indians do here? The students
would just "chill out", get up late, lunch,
chat with friends on the Internet, or just watch a movie
or a TV program at home. Night-time means a group dinner,
bar hopping, and finally ending up at Bollywood or Prince
of Jaipur, Indian restaurants which feature live performances
of Indian DJ's (Disc Jockeys) or even belly-dancing.
Bowling, "go-karting", group "movies"
are other favorite of the teens.
Praying. The "Gurdwaras"
numbering about 227 in the Philippines draw lots of
worshippers during the weekends. The "Khalsa Diwan"
(Indian Sikh Temple) located on U.N. Avenue in Manila
draws easily about 500 Punjabis and worshippers every