‘The Sandy Project’: The launch

To celebrate Sandy Aranas’ fifth year in heaven, her family and friends gathered on February 12, 2018 at Green Sun Building in Makati City to launch The Sandy Project, a dengue awareness and prevention campaign with school aged children as the target audience.


“At a tender age of 10, we lost Sandy, my only daughter to complications of dengue. I don’t want other children to suffer her fate or other parents to suffer mine,” said Atty. Peaches Aranas. (Click here to learn more about Sandy’s life)

The launch was an evening of thanksgiving and charitable giving. They had a reading session of “Kung Ako’y Isa”, a children’s book that speaks of a child and what could have been if she were the water, earth, warm wind, or fire in preventing dengue.

The poem ends with the Sandy talking about how, together with many, dengue can be destroyed.

“The launch of The Sandy Project is but a formality. As in the past years, we endeavor to reach more kids to educate and empower them to keep their homes free of stagnant waters and to defeat dengue,” explained Atty. Aranas.

The team, headed by Atty. Aranas will go all over the Philippines and speak to the children by reading the book together. They also do a walk-through of their neighborhood on their slippers with anti-dengue buttons as a reminder for them to act purposely.

Lastly, they will distribute self-testing dengue kits to the health centers to save lives on time.

“Sandy’s life is not ended. Her life lives on through this advocacy,” concluded Atty. Aranas.

For more details or if you are interested in taking part, you may check the Facebook page: The Sandy Project.


Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at My Pope Philippines. Prior to that, she contributed to the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  She's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as a Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

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