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
Rhea Christine Sescon
Affiliate Coordinator; Missionary
Rhea has been serving with Pure Heart since 2014 and she is the current head servant. Saint wannabe. Karaoke champ. She loves Jesus, sunsets, handwritten letters, dark chocolates, and you.
Committee Head for Content and Spirituality; Server
Jefanie has been serving in Pure Heart since 2018. She’s a digital nomad and dreams to travel the world.
Mary Grace Villarma
Admin & Finance Sub-head; Missionary
An Alumna Scholar of St. John Community Scholarship program. Grasya is a full-time missionary for 2021-2022. A survivor of a bite from a pufferfish. She loves to cook, eat and grow in holiness.
Jasper Gae Salomeo
Committee Head for Media and Promotions; Missionary
A 2020 School of Life graduate, Jasper is member of Pure Heart Philippines since 2020 and is a full-time missionary for 2021-2022. Long lost son of Richard Gomez. Bishop Midyphil "Dodong" Billones' no. 1 fan.
Marie Louie Dejaño
Committee Head for Logistics; Server
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 is the current head of Kaire a Community for young professionals of the Community of St. John He has been a member of Pure Heart since 2019. He loves Latin Mass and Food Panda.
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.
Rem is a newly-commissioned server for Pure Heart Philippines. He works for an NGO that empowers young people from various regions in the country to be servant-leaders. His dream? To visit every corner of the world to remedy his itchy foot. He was also the Rico Yan of UP High Cebu back in 2000s.