In my search for belenes or belens on display here in Madrid, one such nativity tableau or crèche touched me more than the others. Not because it is the grandest or fanciest, but because the belen was a gift from the Philippine Island of Cebu to the Messengers of Peace Foundation. The Madrid-based NGO headed by Father Angel received the gift for its charity work related to Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.


BELEN DE FILIPINAS. A loving gift from the people of Cebu to Father angel’s Mensajeros de la Paz for the help extended to typhoon H aiyan (Yolanda) victims.


The BELEN DE FILIPINAS is on display in the tiny NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA SOLEDAD CHAPEL in Calle Fuencarral 44 corner Calle Augusto Figueroa in Madrid. Just 3 or so blocks from Gran Via.



In Madrid, Christmas is all about the Belen. Santa Claus and Christmas Trees are not as fashionable as elsewhere.


The Foundation continues to accept donations through a vending machine that shows images of the food that will be donated corresponding to each monetary donation.



The tiny chapel is right at the corner of Calle Fuencarral and Calle Augusto Figueroa. Just 3 blocks or so from Gran Via.


May God bless Father Angel and all

the Mensajeros De La Paz!