why we do what we do
The Filipino youth are thirsting for authentic love, but are experiencing an increase in depression, loss of self-worth, teenage pregnancy, suicide, etc. We seek to help the youth quench this thirst by leading them to the love of God and helping them live holy and healthy relationships in order to protect the Filipino values of faith and family.
We are sent out to bring the message of God's Love and the truth of our sexuality to the youth in public and private schools, universities, youth groups, and religious and non-religious organizations. We present these topics through a combination of talks, skits, music, games, interactive activities, small group sharing, reflection, prayer, question and answer, and personal interaction with the youth.
Our goal is to help the youth have a personal encounter with Jesus. Through this encounter, and through our presentations, we hope that they may discover that they are created for love and that their sexuality is a gift from God, and that they would have the courage to choose to live in chastity.
Pure Heart Philippines began in Cebu City in 2014, but our roots go back to 2008. Corazón Puro, the mother organization of Pure Heart, had its beginnings in New York City, and has since spread to many other countries, including the Philippines.
Founded by Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR and Odet Bisono, Corazón Puro awakens and accompanies leaders in areas of great need. Inspired by the life and theology of St. John Paul II, these leaders are equipped to become Christ-centered, pure of heart, joy-filled agents of change. They are sent out to form young people to know the dignity of their sexuality and God's plan for their life, in order to build up a culture of life and a civilization of love.
In 2014, Bulay Miñano, a member of Corazón Puro, came to Cebu City to serve with the Apostolic Sisters of St. John. Seeing that the youth had no resources to answer their questions about love and sexuality, she decided to begin Pure Heart Philippines.
We have been steadily growing since our inception in 2014. From our small beginnings, we are encountering more and more young people every year:
HOW WE STARTED
Meet The Team
Meet The Team
Audrey Criscille Abatol
Executive Director; Missionary
Audrey is the Affiliate Coordinator of Pure Heart Philippines since 2018. She has been a member of Pure Heart since 2017. She loves adventures with Christ from sea to summit, dancing, empowering the youth, and bougainvilleas.
Committee Head for Logistics; Missionary
Rhea has been serving with Pure Heart since 2014 and is a full-time missionary for 2020-2021. Saint wannabe. Karaoke champ. She loves Jesus, sunsets, handwritten letters, dark chocolates, and you.
Member, Committee for Logistics; Missionary
Guada has served Pure Heart in its beginnings in 2014 and is a full-time missionary for 2020-2021. Celebrity news expert, competitive Jenga and Uno player, and president of many couple fan clubs.
Committee Head for Media and Promotions; Missionary
A 2020 School of Life graduate, Jasper is the newest member of Pure Heart Philippines and is a full-time missionary for 2020-2021. Bishop Midyphil "Dodong" Billones' no. 1 fan.
Committee Head for Content and Spirituality; Missionary
Eric is born and raised in the US and has been living as a missionary for almost a decade. He moved to the Philippines to serve with Pure Heart in 2017. He loves Jesus and Mary, hiking, riding his motorbike, snorkeling, and spending time with his amazing friends.
Jefanie has been serving in Pure Heart since 2018. She’s a digital nomad and dreams to travel the world.
Mark Lawrence Babiera
Mark has been serving in Pure Heart since 2015. He works as a real estate broker and serves on mission in his free time. His dream is to be the lead singer of a boy band.
Desiree is a fourth year Psychology student at the University of Cebu. She has served with Pure Heart since 2015. Karaoke Queen.
Meet the servers
Angelo James Biatingo
Angelo has been serving with Pure Heart since 2014. He’s a part-time model and server of Pure Heart and works in an office at night.
Marie Louie Dejaño
Louie has been serving with Pure Heart since 2014. She has a full-time job and serves on mission in her free time. Ormocana. Manager. Sunflower. Sleepy Head. K-Pop Fanatic. Hugotera. Hopeless Romantic. Feature Writer.
Merrick Lance Noel
Lance works in IT and is involved in many different ministries in the church. He has been a member of Pure Heart since 2019. He loves Latin Mass and Food Panda.
Sr. Vianney Marie, ASSJ
Sister Vianney Marie is a sister of the Apostolic Sisters of Saint John. Originally from France, she was assigned to Cebu in 2018. She has been the spiritual director and guide of Pure Heart since 2019.