Bayanihan Foundation donates children’s books to Day Care Center


On July 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation donated children’s books to a local day care center in Barangay Paya in Giporlos, Samar.

(left to right): 2019 NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, and Jacob Olaguir prepare the children’s books that were donated in Giporlos, Samar (July 2019)

2019 NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, and Jacob Olaguir helped distribute the books to the children. The books will be kept in a library at the day care center for all the nursery and kindergarten students to use.

Parents and the nursery school children of Barangay Paya, Giporlos, Samar were very appreciative of the donated children’s books (July 2019)

The parents and the nursery school children of Barangay Paya, Giporlos, Samar were very appreciative of the donated children’s books.

Donated children’s books from board member Maria Ferrera, Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), Kay Nixon, and many others

Many of the donated children’s books were collected by Bayanihan Foundation board member Maria Ferrera, Willard Dix, Karen Foley, Kay Nixon of Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), among others. A big thanks to the many books donors for their generous book donations. In 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation collected over 1,000 book titles. They will be distributed to elementary schools and day care centers in Giporlos, Samar.

Barangay Paya Captain Dave (standing from left) giving out chocolates to school children

 

Barangay Captain Dave also helped out distribute chocolates to the many school children that attended the event.

Teachers, parents, school children, 2019 NEXTGEN participants, and Barangay Paya staff join a group photo (July 2019)

 

 

 

 

Teachers, parents, school children, 2019 NEXTGEN participants, and Barangay Paya staff join in a group photo. Special thanks to Bayanihan Foundation Liaison, Evelyn Castillo and the Barangay Paya captain and local administration for facilitating this book donation.

A donation of any amount will help the foundation donate more books to day care centers such as these. Will you make this gift of education a reality? Because learning is much needed especially to these school children. Donate securely online at this Go Fund Me page  or by clicking on Paypal button on the top right hand corner of this page.

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Computer Lab for the Hearing & Visually Impaired, Students with Special Learning Needs


In November 2013, super typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban City, Leyte. It was one of the strongest super typhoons that ever hit landfall. Today, the city continues to reel from the  typhoon’s devastation due to climate change. The Bayanihan Foundation continues to invest in long-term sustainability projects beyond disaster relief.

Bayanihan Foundation donated two used Apple desktop computers, printer, sign language books, and accessories

(from left to right): NEXTGEN participants Camillo Geaga, Richelle Caday, & Jacob Olaguir holds plaques of appreciation from Leyte National High School after presenting computers & accessories for students with special learning needs.

In July 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation donated two used Apple desktop computers, printer, sign language books, and accessories.  Leyte National High School teachers and staff are extremely appreciative of the donation. However, the small donation will be shared by 51 students with special learning needs and those who are hearing & visually impaired. It is not enough!

Student with special learning needs (center) displays his artwork to his teacher coordinator Estrelle Macul (far left), his grandmother (second left), and Camillo Geaga (far right) looking on.

You can help the children at Leyte National High School who are visually and hearing impaired to recover and thrive. We need your help to donate more of these resources and help students who have learning disabilities. Your donation will help build a computer lab will also help students who have learning disabilities. Such a computer lab in a public high school dedicated to learners with special needs will be the first one in the island of Leyte. Will you make this gift of education a reality? Because learning and education is much needed especially those who have special needs.

(from left to right): Ella, student wiho is visually impaired and Richelle Caday, 2019 NEXTGEN Fellow

  • Your donation of $5 can buy one book of sign language and materials for one child,
  • Your donation of $50 can buy 5 months of Internet access for 39 children,
  • Your donation of $100 can buy 3 speakers and headsets for the hearing impaired,
  • Your donation of $500 can buy one used computer with assistive technologies for the hearing and visually impaired,
  • Your donation of $1,000 can buy one big screen TV and one printer to help the teacher learning process, OR
  • Your donation of $3,000 can pay for the computer lab and name it in your honor.

The 2019 NEXTGEN participants, Richelle Caday, Camillo Geaga, and Jacob Olaguir joined Evelyn Castillo and I in presenting the small donation the Bayanihan Foundation has made. They welcomed us into their classroom. I was struck that 51 students will share the meager donations we’ve given them.  You can help change all that by donating to this Go Fund Me page

51 students with special learning needs and who are visually & hearing impaired at Leyte National High School, Tacloban, Leyte

A donation of any amount will help expand this computer lab in a public high school dedicated to learners with special needs. It’ll probably be the first one in the island of Leyte. Will you make this gift of education a reality? Because learning and education is much needed especially those who have special needs. Donate securely online at this Go Fund Me page  or by clicking on Paypal button on the top right hand corner of this page.

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2019 NEXTGEN Fellows


(from left to right: Richelle Caday, school principal, Evelyn Castillo, Jacob Olaguir, and Camillo Geaga meet the school children of Giporlos Central Elementary School, July 2019

In July 2019, for the fourth year in a row, the Bayanihan Foundation continues another successful NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship. Since 2015, the Bayanihan Foundation traveled with 12 young Filipino Americans and they visited historic sites in the Philippines; learned more about their Filipino heritage; connected with the foundation’s sustainable projects; and encouraged them to give back to the community, locally and globally.

In 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation brought three young Filipino Americans back to the Philippines – Richelle Caday, Camillo Geaga, and Jacob Olaguir. This 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.

(from left to right: Richelle Caday, Jacob Olaguir, Camillo Geaga, Dale Asis, and Venise Castillo) visits  US General MacArthur landing site in Palo, Leyte (July 2019)

Stay tuned for highlights of the 2019 NEXTGEN trip.

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2019 NEXTGEN Fellows

Richelle Caday, University of Southern California (USC)

Richelle Caday

Richelle Caday is a second-generation Pilipinx-American from Carson, CA. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California (USC) completing her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology as well as in Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Management. As a student leader in multiple organizations on campus, including USC Troy Philippines and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, Richelle has a strong passion for serving her community. Though she has traveled to the Philippines before, she is excited to further explore her Pilipinx identity through diaspora philanthropy with the NEXTGEN program and Bayanihan Foundation.

Camillo Geaga, California State University Northridge (CSUN)

Camillo Geaga

Camillo Geaga is deeply honored and once again excited to be a recipient  of the NEXTGEN Fellowship. The past few years, Camillo has developed connections in the Philippines and also has evolved personally and professionally. Born in Oakland, CA, Camillo grew up in the CA bay area where he graduated from high school. In 2019, he  recently received an Associate’s degree from the Los Angeles City College (LACC). He was recently accepted at California State University Northridge (CSUN) and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. Since 2016, Camillo has been involved with the NEXTGEN program and is excited to be going for the third time.

Jacob Olaguir, University of New Mexico (UNM)

Jacob Olaguir

Jacob Olaguir was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM). His father is from Biabas, Bohol and moved from Long Beach, CA to Albuquerque, NM.  Jacob was raised in a low-income community in Albuquerque called Barelas. He recently graduated from Albuquerque High School. This fall 2019, Jacob plans to study Marketing with a focus in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media at University of New Mexico. Through the values that his father taught him, he plans in using his Marketing, Film, and Digital media degree to help build a better perception of the Filipino American community in New Mexico.  Jacob is excited to go to the Philippines for the first time. He’s looking forward to know more about his Filipino heritage and learn about opportunities to help locally back home in Albuquerque, NM and globally back in the Philippines.

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Honoring Jolynne’s Spirit of Helping Others


the late Dr. Jolynne Andal, PhD – a social justice fighter for children’s rights, a mother of two children, and a friend

In 2019, for a second year in a row, the Bayanihan Foundation will help support the Jolynne Andal Biljetina Community Leadership Award and Scholarship  The scholarship award honors the late Dr. Jolynne Andal Biljetina’s commitment to children and her community. In June 2018, the scholarship committee will select the scholarship recipient honoring Jolynne’s spirit by making this world a better place and her indefatigable spirit to help.

(left to right); Dale Asis, Bayanihan Foundation; Jocelyn Azada, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair: and Kristy Liu, recipient of the 2017 Jolynne Andal Biljetina Community Scholarship Award (July 2018)

In 2018, the selection committee awarded the Jolynne Andal Biljetina Community Award Scholarship to Kristy Liu. She was selected from a competitive list of applicants. Kristy embodied the community spirit of Jolynne and her dedication to help others. Kristy is currently studying nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

(left to right): Dale Asis, Bayanihan Foundation; Jocelyn Azada, scholarship committee Co-Chair; Pastor Glenn Aguiree; and Pastor David Kokiong of Hinsdale Fil-Am Seventh Day Adventist Church (July 2018)

In 2017, my friend Jolynne Andal Biljetina PhD passed away peacefully at her home after a courageous battle with mesothelioma. The Bayanihan Foundation honors her indefatigable spirit by assisting in awarding a community scholarship award in her honor.  The Bayanihan Foundation is honored to play a small and critical role to make this scholarship award come true.

(left to right): Linda Andal, mother of the late Jolynne Andal Biljetina; Kristy Liu, recipient of the scholarship award; and Shirley Pintado looking on (July 2018)

 

 

 

The Jolynne Andal Biljetina Scholarship Award embodies the Bayanihan Foundation spirit of giving. The scholarship award  continues Jolynne’s spirit of helping others. To learn more about the scholarship, click HERE.

You can also contribute to the Jolynne Andal Biljetina Scholarship Award by clicking HERE.

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Meet Bayanihan Foundation’s Advisory Board Members


Since 2010, the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide has relied on the support of individual donors. In 2019, the foundation is proud to announce three dedicated individuals that have been providing their professional expertise, insight, and/ or financial support. They form the the Bayanihan Foundation’s advisory board members for 2019-2020:

Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal (photo courtesy of Filipino Women’s Network Leaders 2013)

Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal. Since 2006, Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal has been a licensed Psychotherapist at various Student Health Centers of the Los Angeles Community College District. Prior to that, she was employed by the County of Los Angeles with several departments including Health Services, Mental Health and Family Services. Joselyn served on the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission for 12 years and she was a founding board member of the Echo Park Neighborhood Council. In 2019, Joselyn is the co-chair of the Filipino American Mental Health Summit in Los Angeles, CA. Since 2015, Joselyn has been a strong supporter of the Bayanihan Foundation and has been giving advice to the foundation’s NEXTGEN Program.

Richard Lauter (photo courtesy of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP)

 

Richard Lauter. Richard Lauter is a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. For over 35 years, Mr. Lauter has extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation and in bankruptcy laws. Mr. Lauter is considered to be one of the leading lawyers for chapter 11 creditors’ committees in the United States and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute. In 2018, Richard recently completed his Masters of Social Work in Clinical/ Medical Social Work at Loyola University Chicago and is interested in helping Filipino Amerasians and in other challenging social work issues affecting Filipinos locally and globally.

(left to right): Dale Asis and Grace Villamora at the Holy Name Cathedral fundraiser, May 2019

Grace Villamora. Grace is an experienced Senior Vice President Research with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing research industry. Skilled in Digital Strategy, Vendors, Integrated Marketing, Advertising, and Feature Writing. Grace is a strong business development professional. She graduated from University of the Philippines and was the former President of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Greater Chicago (UPAAGC). She currently belongs to the Holy Name Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council, 2017-2019 and the Chairman of the Cathedral Filipino Network, July 2018-2020. Grace has been sharing her marketing skills and advice to help with the foundation’s fundraising efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What is the difference between a board member and an advisory board member?

An advisory board is a rather informal committee of members selected by the board president or board executive team. They provide valuable assistance to the foundation. Unlike board members, an advisory board member have no fiduciary responsibilities.

What kind of advice to advisory board members give?

Advisory board members may give advice on specific issues or campaigns of the foundation. Advisory board members are usually selected based on the targeted expertise that they bring to the organization. They help fill in gaps of knowledge for the organization.  On the other hand, board members give tactical advice and tends to be more specific to the actual changes happening in the organization on a larger operational level (Cerius Executive Profiles, 2019).

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You Can Help Build A Computer Lab for the Hearing, Visually Impaired


Young people with visual impairment learning to use computers (MIcrosoft YouthSpark stock photo)

In November 2013, super typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban City, Leyte. It was one of the strongest super typhoons that ever hit landfall. Today, the city continues to reel from the  typhoon’s devastation due to climate change. In 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation continues to invest in the region when all the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and aid groups have packed up and left. You can help make the foundation’s dream of long-term sustainability and help children at Leyte National High School who are visually and hearing impaired recover and thrive.

Evelyn Castillo (right) visits Special Education Coordinator Estenelle Macul (left)

Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo visits Leyte National High School (2018)

In 2019, Bayanihan Foundation plans to build a computer lab for tudents who are visual and hearing impaired. The computer lab will also help students who have learning disabilities. Such a computer lab in a public high school dedicated to learners with special needs will be the first one in the island of Leyte. Will you make this gift of education a reality? Because learning and education is much needed especially those who have special needs.

Leyte National High School Special Education Coordinator Estenelle Macul uses sign language and leads class of hearing impaired students

  • Your donation of $5 can buy one book of sign language and materials for one child,
  • Your donation of $50 can buy 5 months of Internet access for 39 children,
  • Your donation of $100 can buy 3 speakers and headsets for the hearing impaired,
  • Your donation of $500 can buy one used computer with assistive technologies for the hearing and visually impaired,
  • Your donation of $1,000 can buy one big screen TV and one printer to help the teacher learning process, OR
  • Your donation of $5,0000 can pay for the computer lab and name it in your honor.

Youth with visual impairment at Leyte National High School with Dale Asis (seated right)

Students with special learning needs at Leyte National High School in Tacloban, Leyte

Evelyn Castillo and I visited the students who are visual and hearing impaired and those with special learning needs. They welcomed us into their classroom. I was struck that their classroom did not have a single computer or assistive technology or device to help them with their learning. You can help change all that.

Students with special learning needs and their teachers at Leyte National High School, Tacloban City, Leyte

A donation of any amount will help make the first computer lab in a public high school dedicated to learners with special needs, and probably the first one in the island of Leyte. Will you make this gift of education a reality? Because learning and education is much needed especially those who have special needs. Donate securely online by clicking on Paypal button on the top right hand corner of this page.

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Change Your Life! Join The 2019 NEXTGEN Fellowship – Apply Today


Travel to the Philippines, Learn About Your Heritage, Change Your Life.

Apply online at: NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship Application for Summer 2019 NEXTGEN Fellowship open until Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

This Summer 2019, the Bayanihan Foundation will sponsor partial travel scholarships for up to seven young adults (18 years old and up) to visit the Philippines for 10 days – June 27 to July 7, 2019: https://bit.ly/2VSp9hz  Take advantage of potential travel scholarship opportunities valued up to $3,000 each. They will be awarded based on merit and financial need. The travel scholarship will go towards domestic transportation in the Philippines, meals, lodging, and sightseeing. Anticipated costs that participants are expected to cover on their own are: round trip international airfare from US to the Philippines (around $1000); passport and/or visa costs; incidentals; souvenirs; travel vaccinations (please consult your doctor); and travel insurance. Participants are also encouraged to fund raise a minimum of $200 and contribute to the Community Power Giving Circle.

Why join NEXTGEN Fellowship to the Philippines?

  • Learn about the Philippines and your Filipino heritage and travel to different islands
  • Work with reputable nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in: 1) environment & climate change; 2) education; & 3) community infrastructure & disaster recovery
  • Travel safely with 24/7 support during your entire trip
  • Get valuable experience that could give you an edge in job and graduate school applications
  • Change your life and take the next steps in your personal and professional life.

Take a look at Camillo Geaga. In 2017, he joined the Bayanihan Foundation NEXTGEN Trip and it literally changed his life. It inspired him to see the world in more ways than one. It motivated him to take on community and public health at the same take care of his own personal health.

(from left to right): Dale Asis, Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, MD; and Camillo Geaga (September 2018)

In 2018, he returned to the Philippines and met Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, MD. Dr. Tan was the former Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health and a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Tan has been advocating for Filipino fruits and vegetables both as food and medicine and as part of the Filipino indigenous and traditional healing, now also being scientifically proven as truly efficacious. Camillo was inspired by his message that he also improved his own personal habits for healthier living.

2018 NEXTGEN Fellow Camillo Geaga (attempting to) climbing a papaya tree (Samar, September 2018)

The trips to the Philippines inspired and motivated him. In June 2019, Camillo will complete his Associates degree at Los Angeles City Colleges (LACC). In the Fall 2019, he is scheduled to continue studying at the California State University Northridge to continue studying public health.

Apply for the 2019 Bayanihan NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship and like Camillo have a chance to change your life.

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Camillo Geaga 2018 Trip to the Philippines – REFLECTION: IN HIS OWN WORDS:

“This was my second trip to the Philippines. It was amazing! I explored many new places and visited four different islands. It was an adventure trip. We were in a small group but it was well-coordinated and facilitated. We had a packed and busy schedule. We’ve met with the former Philippine Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, MD in Manila.

Teachers looked on as Evelyn Castillo (standing middle) and Camillo Geaga (standing far right) look over the donated books for two elementary schools in Giporlos, Samar (September 2018)

 

Then, we flew to Samar and visited two schools and donated hundreds of books there to build two libraries. I could not forget the warm welcome we received from the teachers who received the donated books.

(left to right): Evelyn Castillo, Dale Asis, Venise Castillo, and Camillo Geaga) in Pintuyan island, Leyte

 

 

 

 

Then, we’re off to the southern tip of Leyte to visit Pintuyan island and see whale sharks.

Dodiongan Falls, Iligan City, Mindanao

 

 

 

 

Then, we went to Iligan City in Mindanao to visit Dale’s aunt and uncle, Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Luz Saavedra. It was also nice to visit a pristine waterfall, Dodiongan Falls, in Iligan.

Camillo Geaga hiking through banana and rice fields to reach Dodiongan Falls

 

 

 

 

It was a whirlwind trip!  I learned how faraway some of these places could be. I always thought that everything is accessible and moving at the same lightning speed of technology as in the US. It was nice to see a different pace of life.

(from left to right): Dale Asis, Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, MD; and Camillo Geaga (September 2018)

 

 

 

But most of all, the biggest highlight for me was the renewed hope and affirmation in meeting with Dr. Tan. I was inspired to pursue my interest in traditional foods for medicine and improving my health.”

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