Filipino Christians giving packages to needy Filipino Muslims Moving Closer to Peace


On January 27, 2017, US President Trump issued a temporary travel ban to seven predominantly Muslim nations in the name of national security. I can’t help reflect on the giving that the Bayanihan Foundation has made possible with Filipino Christians helping Filipino Muslims and moving the community closer to peace.

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In August 2014, during the Muslim holy day of Eid Ul Fitr,  the Zakat Foundation of America has partnered again with the Bayanihan Foundation and made it possible to  distribute hundreds of food packages and providing much-needed food relief to over 1,000 men, women and children during the holy month of Ramadan.  The Zakat Foundation of America, is an international charity organization that helps generous and caring people and reaching out to those in need. In 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation is honored to partner with the members of the Rotary Club of Iligan East who donated their time and helped put together and distributed the food packages.  Filipino Christians giving packages to needy Filipino Muslims created the unintended effect of goodwill, friendship and the slow earning of trust among Filipinos of different faiths and is slowly moving island of Mindanao, Philippines closer to peace.

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Why Do People Give? Three Reasons Why


I researched about the reasons why people give. I found out three major reasons:

Bayanihan Foundation partners with the Zakat Foundation and the Rotary Club Iligan East to distribute food packages to need Filipino Muslim families in Iligan, Philippines

Bayanihan Foundation partners with the Zakat Foundation and the Rotary Club Iligan East to distribute food packages to need Filipino Muslim families in Iligan, Philippines

  1. They Want to Help Others – Altruism
  • Intent to help others without benefit of one’s self
  • Willingness to sacrifice one’s welfare without reward
  • Feelings of compassion and duty
(far right) Dale Asis serving food to the homeless on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 24, 2011)

(far right) Dale Asis serving food to the homeless on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 24, 2011)

  1. They Want To Feel Good/ “Warm Glow” Theory
  • Personal satisfaction that act of giving brings
  • “Warm glow” from making the contribution
  • Personal feelings of obligation and identity
Diversity and Philanthropy Book Cover (courtesy of Amazon.com)

Diversity and Philanthropy Book Cover (courtesy of Amazon.com)

  1. They Want A Return on Investment
  • Businesses and corporations see it as a form of investment
  • They need some measurable return from their philanthropic activity

But I think diaspora giving decisions are motivated with their hearts instead of their heads. This is one of its strengths-and a potential challenge.  This “feel good” attachment is combined with a larger sense of obligation, either motivated by social duty or community obligation.

Personally, I give because I wanted to help. It gives me the “warm glow” and good feeling that I’ve helped someone. I know that some people have doubted my motivations at times. They say that I have an ulterior motive; that I wanted to run for office;  or I wanted to aggrandize my name. But for the last five years, what really motivates me to give is simple – I wanted to make a difference in someone’s life.

Why do you give? Why do you help someone? Share your thoughts. I wanted to hear.

Selected References

Lainer-Vos, D. (2012). Manufacturing national attachments: Gift-giving, market exchange and the construction of Irish and Zionist diaspora bonds. Theory and Society; Renewal and Critique in Social Theory, 41(1), 73-106. doi:10.1007/s11186-011-9157-1

Little, H. (2010). The role of private assistance in international development. New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, 42(4), 1091-1109.

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Finding Rays of Hope in An Era of Cynicism and Fear


The recent changing of the guard in both US and Philippine politics threw a dark cloud of doubt over my head. It made me question if my diaspora giving could continue to make a difference in this world of increasing cynicism, fear and xenophobia. Are donations from the diaspora now be considered suspect and have a hidden agenda other than altruistic motives?  Aren’t those immigrants all “terrorists”, “rapists” and “criminals” anyway? (Trump Doubles Down Calling Mexicans Rapists, CNN News, June 2015).

"Women's Rights are Human Rights" poster on Women's March in Chicago January 21, 2017

“Women’s Rights are Human Rights” poster on Women’s March in Chicago January 21, 2017

On January 21, 2017, I joined hundreds of thousands of people in Chicago’s Women’s March for women’s rights. At that march, I was surprised to be greeted by rays of hope that encouraged me to continue my diaspora giving. That ray of hope came through a song. I was standing next to a woman in the march and she asked me to help her sing the song “This Land is Your Land.” I said yes. We started singing and all of the sudden, hundreds of people around me were singing the refrain: “…this land was made for you and me.” It was magical. I didn’t even know all the words to the song “This Land is Your Land” but hundreds of marchers helped me sing the song. This land was made for you and me – indeed.

Poster during Chicago's Women March "The United States of immigrants, citizens, veterans, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Jews, Asians, natives, whites, blacks, Latinos, Boomers, GenX, Millenials, Diasbled, poor, middle class, LGBTQ" January 21, 2017

Poster during Chicago’s Women March “The United States of immigrants, citizens, veterans, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Jews, Asians, natives, whites, blacks, Latinos, Boomers, Gen X, millennials, disabled, poor, middle class, LGBTQ” January 21, 2017

The march did not expect the hundreds of thousands of people who clogged Chicago’s downtown streets. Then a woman passed by carrying the sign: “The United States of immigrants, citizens, veterans, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Jews, Asians, natives, whites, blacks, Latinos, Boomers, Gen X, millennials, disabled, poor, middle class, LGBTQ.” In my many years organizing for the Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CAAAELII), I have never seen such a hand-made sign being carried by a white, middle class woman. The world is changing for the better. I suddenly have hope.

As we marched further down through downtown Chicago, people started chanting: “Immigrants are welcome here, no hate, no fear”.  I started to cry. I reflected back on my years working for immigrant rights. I have never thought I’d see the day when a sea of strangers – white, black, Latinx, young, old, LGBTQ, Muslim, Jews, Christians, atheists, would all be chanting spontaneously, “Immigrants are welcome here.” I am welcomed here. For a moment, the hateful rhetoric of current politics seem to fade away. For a moment, I belong. I was hopeful. In the end, I left the march feeling more resolved to continue my giving, locally and globally, and to continue to make a difference – one act of giving at a time.

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What Is the Cost of Brain Waste for Highly Skilled Immigrants in the U.S.?


On January 14, 2017, immigrant groups across the US will protest potential policy changes under Donald Trump’s presidency during a “Day of Action” that will feature rallies and marches in 20 states including Illinois (Washington Post, January 5, 2017). These protests are meant to stop Trump from fulfilling campaign promises to pursue mass deportations and other initiatives.

Despite all the rancor and debate, many college-educated immigrants in the US are either stuck in low-skilled work or cannot find jobs. You’ve heard stories of Indian medical doctors driving taxi cabs or Filipina nurses working as caregivers earning minimum wage. They are true. These underutilized immigrant workers impose significant costs on immigrant families, government, and the broader U.S. economy. How much? Providing the first-ever estimates of this skill under-utilization, also known as brain waste, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) researchers find the tab runs to the billions of dollars in forgone earnings and resulting unrealized tax payments for federal, state, and local governments.  Shedding light on these underutilized immigrant workers will hopefully also change the stereotype that immigrant workers are drug dealers, criminals and rapists (BBC News, August 2016).

Source: What Is the Cost of Brain Waste for Highly Skilled Immigrants in the U.S.?

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Bayanihan Foundation 2010 to 2016 – IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS


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Bayanihan Foundation 2010 to 2016 – IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS

1- YOU are important! Thank you for your donation!

97 percent of your donation goes to programs.

Ground breaking ceremonies at JP Rizal Memorial Hospital (left to right): Dr. Borlongan, Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Ronaldo Catindig, Jeff & Penelope Krogmann, Christine Krogmann, Evelyn Castillo, Gov. Hernandez, Mrs. Hernandez, Brian Aldeza, Atty. Rebanal, Angelita Alviar & Rosemarie Aranza

Ground breaking ceremonies at JP Rizal Memorial Hospital (left to right): Dr. Borlongan, Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Ronaldo Catindig, Jeff & Penelope Krogmann, Christine Krogmann, Evelyn Castillo, Gov. Hernandez, Mrs. Hernandez, Brian Aldeza, Atty. Rebanal, Angelita Alviar & Rosemarie Aranza

 

 

 

2 – Two hospital lobby canopies were built for a public hospital in Calamba, Laguna

Jane Baron (standing left) poses with other NEXTGEN Fellows Marc Butiong and Jeselle Santiago visiting Tinago Falls, iligan July 2015

Jane Baron (standing left) poses with other NEXTGEN Fellows Marc Butiong and Jeselle Santiago visiting Tinago Falls, Iligan July 2015

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Three NEXTGEN Fellows traveled to the Philippines, encouraging their own giving – locally and globally

Members of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) celebrate 4th of July 2014

Members of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) celebrate 4th of July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

4 – Organizing and advocacy campaigns including environmental clean-up of former US military bases in the Philippines and Filipino Amerasians, America’s Forgotten Children

Bayanihan Foundation visits Dr. Palabrica in the municipal hall (left to right): Dale Asis, Evelyn Castillo, Will Dix and Dr. Rufino Palabrica

Bayanihan Foundation visits Dr. Palabrica in the municipal hall (left to right): Dale Asis, Evelyn Castillo, Will Dix and Dr. Rufino Palabrica

 

 

 

5 – 20 homes built for indigent families in Dingle, Iloilo, with the generous support of PFK Family Foundation and the municipal government of Dingle

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

 

 

 

 

 

6 – 2,000 school children impacted by donation of three computer labs and 3,000 books donated to build libraries in four different islands

School children of Iligan Central Elementary School made posters and signs showing their gratitude for the new latrines

School children of Iligan Central Elementary School made posters and signs showing their gratitude for the new latrines

 

 

 

 

7 – 6,000 families and children provided clean water and latrines in Iligan

Filipino Muslim children enjoying feast during Eid al-Adha in Iligan, Mindanao, Pihlippines (2010 )

Filipino Muslim children enjoying feast during Eid al-Adha in Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines (2010 )

 

 

 

 

8 – 10,000 indigent Filipino Muslim families provided meals during Eid Al Fitr celebrations, with the support of Zakat Foundation of America

Street children receiving food relief in Tacloban City, Leyte

Street children receiving food relief in Tacloban City, Leyte

 

 

 

 

 

9 – 12,000 families received emergency food relief packages worth $15,000 distributed during super typhoon Haiyan in Samar and Leyte

Youth participants planting mangrove trees in Northern Cebu, Philippines

Youth participants planting mangrove trees in Northern Cebu, Philippines

 

 

 

 

10 – 30,000 mangrove seedlings planted and hundreds of youth trained in environmental leadership to fight climate change in Liloan, Cebu

 

 

 

Please consider donating to continue this work. Your donation will be put to good use and impact many lives. Thank you! Source: Top Ten Accomplishments, Bayanihan Foundation annual reports http://www.fdnbayanihan.org

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Your Donation Reaps Big Rewards: Top TEN ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Bayanihan Foundation Top TEN ACCOMPLISHMENTS – 2010 to 2016

For 2017, I would like to reflect on the accomplishments of the Bayanihan Foundation for the last five years. Your donation reaps big rewards. 97% of your donations goes directly to programs.  Donors and supporters like you made these accomplishments possible. Consider making a gift to the foundation and contribute to the next list of successes to come:

  1. Provided Immediate Recovery Relief to 12,000 flood victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
Dale Asis, Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide handing out emergency food supplies in Giporlos, Samar November 2014

Dale Asis, Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide handing out emergency food supplies in Giporlos, Samar November 2014

On November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in Guian, Samar becoming the strongest typhoon ever recorded, with sustained winds recorded up to 315 km/hour. By August 2014, I had visited Leyte and Samar three times and handed out 12,000 emergency food relief packages worth over $15,000 to far-flung barangays (villages) including providing food relief packages to street children scavenging on a garbage dump in Tacloban, Leyte.

  1. Planted over 30,000 mangrove seedlings and supported environmental youth leadership education to over 1,000 youth in Liloan, Cebu
(standing second from right): James Castillo, foundation board member, leads youth participants in planting mangrove trees in Cebu, Philippines

(standing second from right): James Castillo, foundation board member, leads youth participants in planting mangrove trees in Cebu, Philippines

Since 2011, board member James Castillo and other donors like you have supported youth environmental education for hundreds of youth in Cebu, planting over 30,000 mangrove seedlings to promote long-term sustainability and positive climate change. For the last five years, the Bayanihan Foundation has been supporting environmental youth leadership education to over 1,000 youth in Liloan, Cebu, in partnership with Visayas Mindanao People’s Resource Development Center (VMPRDC).

  1. Established three computer labs and Impact on education and children
(standing left to right) Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo handing over six laptop computers to the Giporlos Central Elementary School

(standing left to right) Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo handing over six laptop computers to the Giporlos Central Elementary School

In 2009, the Bayanihan Foundation donated used laptop computers to a local school in Binangonan, Rizal. In August 2014, the Foundation donated ten used laptop computers and ten used desktop computers to Giporlos, Samar, donations courtesy of Will Dix, Linda Jamrozy and other donors like you. In 2017, the Bayanihan Foundation plans to donate laptop computers in Iligan and build the first Internet ready classroom in a local public school there. Computer donations come from Vivian and Max Balagtas; Cristy Ward and family; Chica de Jesus; Vicente Saavedra and other donors. The donation of computers has impacted over 2,000 schoolchildren in three schools in the Philippines.

  1. Donated 3,000 book titles to create four libraries
(standing far left) Iligan Central Elementary School librarian Idamarie Navarro symbolically receives the donated books from Evelyn Castillo (second to the right) and Dale Asis (standing far right)

(standing far left) Iligan Central Elementary School librarian Idamarie Navarro symbolically receives the donated books from Evelyn Castillo (second to the right) and Dale Asis (standing far right)

Since 2011, the Bayanihan Foundation has donated over 3,000 book titles to create four libraries in four different islands throughout the Philippines. The first book drive was spearheaded by the Iligan Association of the Midwest; Helen Tulen; Abragan family; and many others. They donated 1,000 books to build a library at the Iligan Central High School. In 2017, the Bayanihan Foundation plans to donate an additional 500 books to replenish the library and build a fifth library in Tinago Falls, Iligan. The four libraries established has benefited over 2,000 students.

  1. Supported health and long-term sustainability by building latrines and water wells
Inaugurating new water well - Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines

Inaugurating new water well – Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines

In August 2014, the Foundation built two latrines for 4,000 school children in Iligan, Philippines in partnership with Rotary Chicago Far North.  Since 2009, the Bayanihan Foundation has provided clean water to over 2,000 residents in six villages around Iligan City, in partnership with the Rotary Chicago Far North and other local Rotary clubs in Iligan. This effort was made possible with the generous support and supervision of Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Luz Saavedra. The foundation spearheaded building six wells in critical areas around Iligan helping both Christian and Muslim families in the area.

  1. Raised funds to support a public hospital
(left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, Carminda Aldeza and Dale Asis

(left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, Carminda Aldeza and Dale Asis

In October 2014, ‘The Adorables’ (Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Aurora Gagni and Eva Torres) held a fundraising party to build two hospital lobby canopies in Calamba in memory of the late Peter Aldeza, a native of Calamba living in the US. It’s a testament of Filipinos working together.

  1. Fed 10,000 indigent Filipino Muslims in Iligan area during Eid Al Fitr celebrations
Filipino Christians distribute food packages to needy Filipino Muslims courtesy of the Zakat Foundation (2012 photo)

Filipino Christians distribute food packages to needy Filipino Muslims courtesy of the Zakat Foundation (2012 photo)

Since 2009, the Bayanihan Foundation has fed over 10,000 indigent Filipino Muslims in Iligan during the Eid Al Fitr Muslim holy day of celebration. This feeding program is generously sponsored by the Zakat Foundation of America and the volunteer support of hundreds of local Christian Rotarians helping out. This effort is also spearheaded by Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Luz Saavedra and Imam Atty. Saidali Gandamra of Iligan City.

  1. Supported the construction of 20 homes for indigent families in Dingle, Iloilo
Planned homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

Planned homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

In 2015, the Bayanihan Foundation supported the construction of 20 homes for indigent families in Dingle, Iloilo, with the generous support of the PFK Family Foundation, the municipality of Dingle and Dingle Mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica. This generous donation helped provided homes to 20 indigent families in the area.

  1. Supported the creation of United Philippine Amerasians (UPA) and organizing Filipino Amerasians in Clark and Subic
Filipino Amerasians and supporters marching in downtown Angeles, Pampanga on 4th of July celebration - Fil Am Day 2011

Filipino Amerasians and supporters marching in downtown Angeles, Pampanga on 4th of July celebration – Fil Am Day 2011

In 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation was proud to support the creation of the United Philippine Amerasians (UPA), a group organized by Filipino Amerasians for Filipino Amerasians, in partnership with WedPro, a local community organization in the Philippines. The UPA was able to organize their fellow Amerasians; highlight this forgotten issue in the local press; start advocating for their rights; and combat racism.

  1. Restart the advocacy for environmental clean-up of the former US bases in Clark and Subic
(standing far right) Myrla Baldonado with Alliance for Base Clean Up members of Saup in Clark, Pampanga

(standing far right) Myrla Baldonado with Alliance for Base Clean Up members of Saup in Clark, Pampanga

In 2012, Dale Asis traveled to Clark and Subic and successfully filmed unexploded ordnances in Clark and Subic, Philippines. The Bayanihan Foundation also conducted a literature review and helped jumpstart a coalition of seven local community organizations in the US supporting this issue, with the leadership of long-time organizer and activist Myrla Baldonado.

I have two additional accomplishments that needs to be added to this list!

  1. Sent three young Filipino Americans as NEXTGEN Fellows to learn about their Filipino heritage and promote philanthropy locally and globally
(left to right): Jeselle Santiago, Jane Baron, James Castillo and Marc Butiong

(left to right): Jeselle Santiago, Jane Baron, James Castillo and Marc Butiong

In 2015, the Bayanihan Foundation successfully sent three young Filipino Americans to visit the Philippines, reconnect with their heritage and encourage their own philanthropic efforts. In 2017, two of the NEXTGEN Fellows were inspired to create the Community Power Giving Circle, a giving program encouraging other young Filipino Americans to give to other youth. In 2017, the Bayanihan Foundation plans to send its second cohort of young Filipino Americans to the Philippines. Board members Maria Ferrera and James Castillo were instrumental in shepherding the NEXTGEN Project to fruition.

  1. Affected thousands of lives with 97% of donations going directly to programs

Since 2010, the Bayanihan Foundation has raised over $250,000 through individual donors. It has operated with little overhead costs; 97% of all donations go directly to long-term sustainable programs. The Bayanihan Foundation would like to thank the foundation’s board members for their leadership and financial support: James Castillo, Maria Ferrera, Ted Kirpach and Vincent Saavedra. Their generous contribution and hundreds of donors throughout the last five years made these accomplishments possible. Special thanks to Evelyn Castillo, the Foundation’s Philippine Liaison, the organization’s only paid part-time staff, for her tireless commitment and passion to help. Special thanks also goes to Will Dix, Barbara Dix and Shirley Pintado for their support and continued generosity. A big thanks also goes to the foundation’s many partners (in alphabetical order):

  • Alliance for Bases Clean Up (ABC) and Myrla Baldonado
  • Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights Empowerment (AFIRE)
  • Carminda Aldeza and “The Adorables”
  • Evelyn Castillo’s nieces and nephews in Giporlos, Samar
  • Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI)
  • Atty. Saidali Gandamra
  • Iligan Association of the Midwest
  • Municipal government of Dingle, Iloilo and Mayor Rufino Palabrica
  • Municipal government of Giporlos, Samar
  • PFK Family Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Chicago Far North
  • Rotary Clubs of Iligan
  • Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Luz Saavedra
  • Visayas Mindanao People’s Resource Development Center (VMPRDC)
  • WedPRO
  • Zakat Foundation of America
  • and the hundreds of donors of the Bayanihan Foundation, thank you!
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Apply for NEXTGEN 2017 Travel Fellowship Program


Travel, Live and Learn in the Philippines: NEXTGEN 2017 (Next Generation) Travel Fellowship Program

(left to right): Jeselle Santiago, Jane Baron, James Castillo and Marc Butiong

(left to right): NEXTGEN 2015 Fellows Jeselle Santiago, Jane Baron, James Castillo and Marc Butiong

2017 NEXTGEN Travel Fellowship Info

You are invited to apply for the 2017 NEXTGEN: ‘Pagbabalik’ (Coming Home) Travel Scholarship and travel with the Bayanihan Foundation to the Philippines this summer 2017.   In 2017, the Bayanihan Foundation will sponsor partial and full travel and accommodations for up to seven 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 tentatively scheduled for June 20, 2017 to July 4, 2017 and travel to four different islands in the Philippines.  You can download tentative  NEXTGEN 2017 Travel Schedule and itinerary.  You will have the opportunity to visit with the projects of the foundation in three different islands.

The Bayanihan Foundation will provide partial and full travel scholarship opportunities valued up to $4,500 each (includes international airfare to Manila from Chicago, domestic transportation in the Philippines, meals, lodging, and sightseeing).  Travel scholarships will be awarded based on merit and financial need.  However, all participants are expected to pay for the following: 1) passport and/or visa costs; 2) incidentals; 3) souvenirs; 4) travel vaccinations (please consult your doctor); and 4) travel insurance costs around $300. Students are also encouraged to fundraise individually or with their friends and family to raise $300 to $1,000 for their own personal service projects in the Philippines.

Philippine carabao (indigenous water buffalo)

Philippine carabao (indigenous water buffalo)

Participants are encouraged to visit family and friends before or after the scheduled itinerary. Participants are also encouraged but not required to fundraise $300 to $1,000 individually or with family and friends.  These funds will be used for self-directed service projects in the Philippines and promote diaspora philanthropy.

Besides the chance to receive partial or full travel scholarships, the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship also has some NEXTGEN Requirements and Expectations. Please also read carefully the NEXTGEN Certification Form.

NEXTGEN APPLICATION.  So how do you apply for the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship?  You can easily apply by completing these four easy steps:

1) Complete the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship Application ONLINE.   Applications will only be accepted online.

2) Send one completed recommendation letter (email dale@fdnbayanihan.org or mail: 2020 N. California Ave. Suite 7 Box 147 Chicago, IL 60647).   Download here NEXTGEN Notarized Release Form.

You can also download the NEXTGEN 2017 brochure at this link: NEXTGEN BROCHURE

2017 NEXTGEN Outreach in California – November 2016

On November 2016, the Bayanihan Foundation will host two events in California promoting young Filipino Americans to sign up for the 2017 NEXTGEN Travel Program:

  1. On November 12, 2016, the Bayanihan Foundation will host a private event in San Francisco, CA.
  2. On November 19, 2016 the Bayanihan Foundation will host a public event in Los Angeles, CA (details below):

NEXTGEN Lechon Solidarity Lunch on November 19, 2016, Noon – 4pm at the Echo Park Branch Library, 1410 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Passing on the Torch of Tradition to the Next Generation

Program:

12 noon – 1:00 PM        Lunch and book reading

1:00 – 2:00 PM        NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship

2:00 – 3:00 PM        Open Forum: “What is your vision for Historic Filipinotown?”

3:00 – 4:00 PM        Snacks and book reading

The Friends of Echo Park Branch Library will also present the Philippine Heritage Collection, the only collection of its kind in any library system in the US. Please join us! For more information about these events, please contact James Castillo: flowermanproductions@gmail.com

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