Young Filipino-Americans First to Win NEXTGEN Scholarships


In 2008, I received the Chicago Community Trust Fellowship and I had the rare opportunity to travel back to the Philippines and visit my mother’s native village in Bicol, in the southernmost tip of Luzon Island, the largest island in the Philippine archipelago. There I was confronted with the poverty in the region and of my own distant relatives.  I had the chance to travel back home and I saw the connection between the desperation of my family and the overwhelming number of immigrants who feel they must migrate to seek a better life.  This was a turning point in my life.

In 2015, I want to offer that same opportunity to young Filipino Americans to go back home, discover their roots and at the same time offer them opportunities to become long-term partners for change in the Philippines.  I had the tremendous support of the Bayanihan Foundation board members and the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship came about. Special thanks go to Rebecca Bardach and the Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI) for inspiring me to do this work.  After a rigorous and competitive selection process, I am proud to announce the three young Filipino Americans first to win NEXTGEN Scholarships for 2015. The NEXTGEN Fellows will visit the Philippines in June 2015 for 14 days. They will rediscover their homeland and cultural heritage, connect with their relatives, explore opportunities to volunteer and encourage them to be long-term partners for change in the Philippines.

Young Filipino Americans First to Win NEXTGEN Scholarships – Fellows of 2015

Jane Baron

Jane Baron, Loyola University Chicago 2016

Jane Baron, Loyola University Chicago 2015

Jane Baron immigrated to the US when she was nine years old. She recently obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. During her four years at Loyola, she was involved in Kapwa, a Filipino student organization on campus and became President of Kapwa in the 2014-2015 academic school year. She was also a Women of Color Scholar and a Social Justice Research Fellow at Loyola. Outside of school, she was an Impact Fellow and Kinetic Instructor at Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Chicago.

Marc Butiong

Marc Butiong, University of Illinois at Chicago 2016

Marc Butiong, University of Illinois at Chicago 2015

Marc Butiong is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Finance. He served as a student leader for multiple organizations on campus and will apply the same dedication as a bridge-builder for the Bayanihan Foundation. This will be his first trip to the Philippines and first opportunity to experience the homeland through diaspora philanthropy. He will begin his professional career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in July 2015.

Jeselle Santiago

Jeselle Santiago, University of illinois Chicago 2017

Jeselle Santiago, University of Illinois at Chicago 2015

Jeselle is a recent college graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Asian American Studies. She has a heart for helping others and hopes to make a positive impact in the mental health field. She was born in Manila, Philippines then raised in America—and she embraces her truly Filipino American identity. With the generosity of the Bayanihan foundation, she will finally have the opportunity to explore this identity further.

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Computer Donations Point Giporlos Students to the Future


Giporlos National Trade School, local high school in Giporlos, Samar Philippines

Giporlos National Trade School, local high school in Giporlos, Samar Philippines

In March 2015, I went back to Giporlos, Samar Philippines and donated used computers to Giporlos National Trade School, the local high school in Giporlos, Samar, Philippines. Since 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation has invested in long-term sustainability efforts in Giporlos and other towns in Samar devastated by super typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded to hit landfall.

(left to right): Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo of Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide donating computers to Benjamin Campomanes, Principal of Giporlos National Trade School

(left to right): Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo of Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide donating computers to Benjamin Campomanes, Principal of Giporlos National Trade School

Through the generous donation of Linda and John Jamrozy and other donors of the Bayanihan Foundation, I was able to buy used computers in Chicago and donate them to the Giporlos National Trade School.  Evelyn Castillo of the Bayanihan Foundation ensured the smooth transition and donation of the used computers. Evelyn will also follow-up and make sure that the computers will be put to good use. The school’s computer lab was completely devastated during typhoon Haiyan and so the used computer donations were warmly welcomed.

High school students watched attentively during the brief ceremony donating the used computers to the high school in Giporlos Samar

High school students watched attentively during the brief ceremony donating the used computers to the high school in Giporlos Samar

Many of the students were excited to used the computers. High school sophomore student, Hector Fabillar of Giporlos National Trade School in Samar, Philippines expressed his gratitude on the recent donation of used computers from the Bayanihan Foundation. Hector said that he’s excited to use the computers and learn to use Auto-CAD software to help him in his dream to become an engineer someday. The used computer donations are another example of the Bayanihan Foundation’s extending its resources to help for the long-term.

The Bayanihan Foundation is planning to have a fundraiser in Chicago, Illinois on May 31, 2015. 97% of all funds raised go directly to programs like used computer donations like these. Will you consider donating and helping the Bayanihan Foundation fulfill its mission of Filipinos abroad helping Filipinos at home?

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NEXTGEN: Pagbabalik (Coming Home)


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You’re Invited
NEXTGEN: ‘Pagbabalik’ (Coming Home)
Fundraising Dinner
To Benefit:

    • NEXTGEN: ‘Pagbabalik’ (Coming Home) Travel Scholarships for Second Generation Filipino Americans to travel back home and develop sustainable projects
    • ‘Kaluluwa Kolectivo’ (Soul Collective) understanding indigenous Filipino spiritual practices
    • Rehabilitation Efforts After Super Typhoon Haiyan
    • Community Projects and Partnerships in the Philippines

Eventbrite - NextGen: "Pagbabalik" (Coming Home)

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Private Reception, 5:30 PM
Program & Dinner, 6:30 PM
Little Quiapo Restaurant,
6259 N. McCormick Blvd. Chicago
Filipino home comfort food & nine-course buffet including lechon

Raffle at the Event

Entertainment by
NEXTGEN Second Generation Filipino American Artists

Suggested donation: $55 individual, $100 for a couple*

Click on the button below to buy your tickets 

Eventbrite - NextGen: "Pagbabalik" (Coming Home)

*Your donation may be tax deductible under the law. Please consult your tax advisor. Thank you for your support.

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Spirit of Bayanihan in Dingle – Construction of Homes for the Indigent are Underway


Housing construction starts in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

Housing construction is underway Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

The construction of new homes for the indigent in Dingle, Iloilo is well underway (see construction photos).   The homes are being built through the generous donation of the PFK Family Foundation and the partnership of the municipality of Dingle and mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica. The homes are being built in Dingle, Iloilo and the families were chosen after a rigorous application procedure and a lottery system instituted by the municipality of Dingle.

 These homes are very modest and small compared to American suburban home standards. Despite being small, such a home is such a tremendous blessing, especially to Filipino homeless families.  They are provided a secure roof over their heads; sewage pipes; clean running water;  electricity; access to public schools; a paved road that leads to the highway and the main town.

Construction of new homes in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

Construction of new homes in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

But most of all, the Bayanihan Foundation plans to partner with Dingle Mayor Rufino Palabrica and the municipality in the building and creation of a cacao (raw chocolate) processing plant that will potentially become a source of local income for the residents.  Giving them a home creates a stable home and life environment for their children, so that the parents could support their children to fulfill their hopes and dreams. A good home makes a difference.  I am fortunate to partner with the PFK Family Foundation and the municipality of Dingle to help fulfill people’s hopes and dreams and make a difference in their lives.  A good home creates communities and good homes can become realities.

Construction of new homes in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

Construction of new homes in Dingle, Iloilo (April 2015)

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The Spirit of Bayanihan in Dingle, Philippines


In February 2015, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony of 40 new homes to be built in Dingle, Iloilo. I also helped inaugurate the new hospital lobby waiting areas at JP Rizal Memorial Hospital in Calamba, Laguna. It was fun to join all the fanfare and celebration of these inaugural events. But it also made me pause and think.  Beyond the hoopla and the fanfare of these celebratory events, I reflected on these larger questions:  What is Bayanihan?  What is the real impact of this work beyond the ribbon cutting ceremonies?  Who will benefit from this work? Why am I doing this philanthropic work in the first place?

(standing left) Evelyn Castillo interviewing children of Dingle, Iloilo

(standing left) Evelyn Castillo interviewing children of Dingle, Iloilo

A Good Home Gives Children Hope.  The answer came to me when Evelyn Castillo and I interviewed nine girls and boys from Dingle, Iloilo. The nine children and their families are the recipients of homes being built in Dingle, Iloilo, Their families were chosen after a rigorous application procedure and a lottery system instituted by the municipality of Dingle.  The homes are being built through the generous donation of the PFK Family Foundation.  I interviewed nine young girls and boys from Dingle and I heard their hopes and dreams. Some of them want to become teachers. Some wanted to become a doctor or a nurse.  One girl wanted to become a police officer; a boy wanted to become a pilot.  That was the answer.  The Bayanihan Foundation is helping these young girls and boys fulfill their dreams by giving their families a secure home and a roof over their heads.  The Foundation’s support and supervision in building of these homes will help make the dreams of these young girls and boys a reality. Ten to twenty years from now, when these young children become adults I am hoping they have fulfilled their dreams of becoming doctors, nurses, police officers and productive citizens of Dingle. I also have fulfilled my dream of making a difference in people’s lives for a good home gives children hope.

What is the real impact of this work beyond the ribbon cutting ceremonies?  Who will benefit from this work? Why am I doing this philanthropic work in the first place?

Homeowner Christine Panero (standing center)  shows her home to  Dane Dizon (standing left) and Dale Asis (standing right)

Homeowner Christine Panero (standing center) shows her home to Dane Dizon (standing left) and Dale Asis (standing right)

A Good Home Makes A Difference.  The answer came to me when I visited the home of Mr. Jonery and Mrs. Christine Panero with their six-year-old son, Christian. The Panero family is one of the recipients of the homes being built in Dingle.  They were gracious enough to open their home to me. What I saw was a modest home. There were lots of fresh vegetables and even a papaya fruit tree planted in the front yard.  I went inside their home and I saw a smallish sized living room with a tiny dining area and a basic kitchen. I also saw a small backyard where they hang their laundry and an outdoor ‘dirty kitchen’.  I went back inside their home and they showed me their two bedrooms and one bathroom with a shower. It is definitely a very modest home, compared to American suburban home standards. Despite being small, such a home is such a tremendous blessing, especially to Filipino homeless families.  They are provided a secure roof over their heads; sewage pipes; clean running water;  electricity; access to public schools; a paved road that leads to the highway and the main town.  But most of all, the Bayanihan Foundation plans to partner with Dingle Mayor Rufino Palabrica and the municipality in the building and creation of a cacao (raw chocolate) processing plant that will potentially become a source of local income for the residents. So beyond the hoopla of the ribbon cutting, the real impact of the Bayanihan Foundation is the assistance it can give to the Panero family and 40 other families to have a decent home. Giving them a home creates a stable home and life environment for their children, so that the parents could support their children to fulfill their hopes and dreams. A good home makes a difference.  I am fortunate to partner with the PFK Family Foundation and the municipality of Dingle to help fulfill people’s hopes and dreams and make a difference in their lives.  A good home creates communities and good homes can become realities.

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Bayanihan Foundation Offering Pagbabalik (Coming Home) Travel Scholarship


The Bayanihan Worldwide Foundation is offering the Pagbabalik’(Coming Home) Travel Scholarship for travel to the Philippines this summer 2015

In 2015, the Bayanihan Foundation will sponsor travel and accommodations for up to three young adults ages 18 years old and above to visit the Philippines for 14 days. The immersion trip is coordinated to promote diaspora philanthropy; know more about Filipino culture; learn about the foundation’s sustainable projects; connect and develop the participant’s potential sustainable projects; and connect with relatives and the participant’s heritage. The NEXTGEN Travel Program is scheduled for June 23, 2015 to July 7, 2015 and travel to four different islands in the Philippines.

Participants of the 2014 Environmental Youth Camp, Cebu, Philippines

Participants of the 2014 Environmental Youth Camp, Cebu, Philippines

If you are interested, please come to an Informational Session

on Monday, March 9, 2015

5 – 7 pm

DePaul Lincoln Park Campus

LPC Arts and Letters Room 412

2315 N. Kenmore Avenue; Chicago, IL 60614

**Pizza and Pancit will be served

Here is the link to the Bayanihan next-gen project application online:

http://fdnbayanihan.org/current-projects/nextgen-volunteer-program-in-the-philippines/

For additional information, please contact Mr. Dale Asis of the Bayanihan Foundation.

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Groundbreaking Housing Project Demonstrates Hope for the Future


Municipality of Dingle and Bayanihan Foundation celebrates ground breaking ceremony of construction of 40 new homes in Dingle (left to right): Ms. Evelyn Castillo, Bayanihan Foundation Liaison; Mr. Jessie Alecto, Vice Mayor of Dingle; Mr. Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation; Dr. Rufino Palabrica (Doc Pinoy) Mayor of Dingle

Groundbreaking ceremony of construction of 40 new homes in Dingle (left to right): Ms. Evelyn Castillo, Bayanihan Foundation Liaison; Mr. Jessie Alecto, Vice Mayor of Dingle; Mr. Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation; Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Mayor of Dingle

(left to right): Febbie Ann Deatras Celo of Dingle; Evelyn Castillo of Bayanihan Foundation; and Mark of  survey the new homes in Dingle, Iloilo

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February 2015, I was proud to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for 40 new homes in Dingle (pronounced ‘ding-leh’), Iloilo. The Bayanihan Foundation is partnering with the Municipality to provide 40 families with new homes equipped with running water, electricity, bathrooms and the comforts of a modern home. This project has been made possible by the generous contribution of the PFK Family Foundation. Dr. Rufino Palabrica, mayor of Dingle (affectionately called Doc Pinoy) has been the catalyst in making this project a success. He leveraged the funding and provided the roads, electricity and sewer connections and other infrastructure to make this housing project possible and affordable for deserving families.

(left to right): Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation and Marfe Quinlat, Municipality of Dingle Agricultural Officer, in charge of the cacao processing plant

(left to right): Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation and Marfe Quinlat, Municipality of Dingle Agricultural Officer, in charge of the cacao processing plant

Ripe cacao bean, the raw ingredient for fine chocolate

Ripe cacao bean, the raw ingredient for fine chocolate

But most of all, Doc Pinoy and the Municipality of Dingle have secured funding for a plant to process organic cacao beans into raw chocolate. The chocolate processing plant will be built near the housing project to provide much-needed jobs and economic development to the town of Dingle. The Bayanihan Foundation hopes to provide the connections abroad to fetch better prices for the town’s organic chocolate and potentially create higher income for the local families in Dingle.

Laying the initial foundation during the ground breaking ceremony of 40 new homes in Dingle, Iloilo

Laying the first foundation during the groundbreaking ceremony for 40 new homes in Dingle, Iloilo

Foregound: Children living in Dingle, Iloilo that will potentially live in the 40 new homes. Background (left to right): Evelyn Castillo, Dale Asis, Dr. Rufino Palabrica and Mr. Jessie Alecto

Foreground: Children living in Dingle, Iloilo who will potentially live in the 40 new homes. Background (left to right): Evelyn Castillo, Dale Asis, Dr. Rufino Palabrica and Mr. Jessie Alecto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to share two personal reflections of this special and momentous occasion for the Bayanihan Foundation:

(left to right): Vicente Yanesa graduating from College of Nursing 2008 and Dale Asis

(left to right): Vicente Yanesa graduating from College of Nursing 2008 and Dale Asis

1. Providing housing and education and giving the gift of choice. In 2008, I was able to provide a scholarship for my cousin’s son, Vicente Yanesa, to study nursing, my first act of philanthropy. I was proud to make a difference in Vicente’s life and thought that, like many nursing graduates at that time, he was going to migrate to Chicago and work there. But the gift of education gave him the power of choice. He chose to stay in Bicol and practice his profession there. He now works in a local hospital and helps his family. In 2015, I cannot help but reflect that the gift of housing will bring choices to 40 families and their children. I cannot help but admire the impact of the generous gift that the PFK Family Foundation will have in giving these families security, a roof over their heads, and the power of choice. Many years from now, I will look back with pride knowing that I participated in this project and made an impact on the lives of 40 families, giving them a choice and a decent life.

(left to right): Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Mayor Dingle; Mr. Romeo Aguirre, Dingle Housing Association President; Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation

(left to right): Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Mayor of Dingle; Mr. Romeo Aguirre, Dingle Housing Association President; Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation, surveying the new homes

2. Finding dedicated public servants like Dr. Palabrica. The news tabloids are filled with stories of corrupt politicians and mismanaged projects. However, we should not lose hope that there are still many people in public office who want to serve and help the community. Dr. Rufino Palabrica (Doc Pinoy) stands above the crowd. The moment I met him he showed his selflessness and dedication to serve the municipality of Dingle. He has managed to build the existing 20 homes in Dingle at a reasonable and manageable cost. Doc Pinoy leveraged the municipality’s finances and infrastructure to support the building of these homes. The housing project is built near the main road; it’s close to the elementary and high schools; and all the homes have access to clean running water. Mayor Palabrica demonstrates that dedicated and honest public servants still exist and should be supported in their careers of public service.

You can view more pictures of the groundbreaking ceremony in Dingle, Iloilo by clicking THIS LINK: https://bayanihanprojectsmoveforward.shutterfly.com/

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