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
Meet The Team
Audrey Criscille Abatol
Executive Director of Pure Heart Philippines since 2018. Loves adventures with Christ, dance, mission, travel, and working with youth.
Father Thomas Dunton
Priest of the Brothers of Saint John. Originally from England, and living in the Philippines since 2015. Spiritual director and guide of Pure Heart since 2016.
Sister Mary Ruth
Sister of the Apostolic Sisters of Saint John. Born and raised in New Zealand, and has been serving in the Philippines since 2016. Loves flowers, music, and being a spouse of Christ.
Em Em Talaboc
Head of Formation
Subscriber to the motto: "Life begins after a cup of coffee." The "tita" ng Cebu. Wants to change the world and efficiently plans for it big time over a can of ice-cold beer. Lover of the Eucharist. Royal Princess and heir of the heavenly Kingdom.
Assistant Head of Formation
Server in Pure Heart since 2014. In the words of Isaac Newton, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” And to all these giants, she is forever grateful.
Head of Missions
Born and raised in the US, and has been living as a missionary for almost a decade. Moved to the Philippines to serve with Pure Heart in 2017. Loves Jesus and Mary, hiking, riding his motorbike, snorkeling, and spending time with his amazing friends.
Assistant Head of Missions
Reads books for a living and always ends a meal with a dessert. Has been serving the youth since 2012 in different communities and was a full-time PH missionary for a year in 2017. Prays that all kids will have a right and access to beautiful and safe playgrounds in every baranggay in Cebu.
Head of Finance
Serving with Pure Heart since its beginnings in 2014. Saint wannabe. Karaoke champ. Loves Jesus, sunsets, handwritten letters, dark chocolates, and you.
Head of Social Media
Quit the military to be a missionary. Still enjoys shooting guns, hiking mountains, and working out. But his favorite activity is spending time with friends, especially his best friend, Jesus.
Honey Fe Bacus
A beloved daughter of God, but still a work in progress.
The bible verse that speaks to her at present is John 13:1. "Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end."
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 singing of a boy band.
"Mau" has been serving in Pure Heart since 2015. She just finished a 6 month formation program with the community of St. John called School of Life.
Desiree Nemeño Miñoza
In her third year of studies in Psychology at the University of Cebu. Has served with Pure Heart since 2015. Karaoke Queen.
Neil Michael Gerson
Neil is a ninja who can do it all: computer genius, outdoorsman, and motorbike enthusiast. He loves to go camping and serve on mission in his free time.
Mary Louie Dejaño
Beloved of Jesus and Mary. Missionary. Ormocana. Manager. Sunflower. Sleepy Head. K-Pop Fanatic. Hugotera. Hopeless Romantic. Feature Writer.
Just finished her biology degree and for the time being is working as a copy editor. "I am a sinner who was looked upon with mercy." -Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis)
Missionary with Pure Heart since 2014, and first Pure Heart "father." Married to Ryzza Mumar. They recently welcomed their first child, John Pio.
John Paul Mumar
Beloved daughter of God the Father, spouse of John Paul Mumar, and mother of John Pio. Loves photography, flowers, and making things beautiful.
Always striving to be a man of prayer and man for others. Recently joined the Brothers of Saint John as a postulant. Pray for me!
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.
Meet the servers
Sara has been part of Pure Heart in Texas for 4 years. She came to Cebu in 2019 to serve as a full-time missionary. She loves reading, laughing, and eating tacos.