There are many foundations which serve various projects and people. As a sequel to my article on July 6, “In My Diary” focuses on some foundations and community-oriented groups. I have been blessed to have been involved with a few of them.
The Philippines Foundation Inc., founded in 1987, seeks to recognize role models from all walks of life through its annual program, the Perlas Awards.
Punla Inc., organized in 1987, extends scholarships to deserving high school students from public and private schools to prepare them for a fruitful college education. There are alumni all over the world.
The WeCare Foundation gave yearly scholarships to high school and college students for several decades, focusing on vocational courses. The Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko Cebu Foundation Inc. helps children sick with cancer and its related diseases. The Cebu Newspaper Workers Foundation Inc. extends financial and welfare assistance to the media and their families.
The Amparito Llamas Lhuillier Educational Foundation, organized in 1996, extended college scholarships in theater and the performing arts. Most of the alumni are now entrepreneurs, professionals across the globe, and have schools of their own.
Forward Inc., founded by Beling Go Ching Hai, consists of 11 or more women’s clubs, and funds environment and wellness projects. The Victor Uy Foundation Inc., through Nonie Uy, awarded model teachers from the public elementary and high schools.
The Speechcom International Foundation, in coordination with the University of San Jose-Recoletos’ College of Arts and Sciences, and then Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tourism Committee, awarded “Talento Cebuanos” to serve as models in arts, business and education. The Women in Travel Inc. awarded “Women of Distinction” to serve as models to the young women.
Aside from foundations, there are socio-civic groups which help the community like the Zonta Clubs, Quota Club, SM Foundation, the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inner Wheel Clubs, Arts Council Of Cebu Foundation Inc., Cebu Jaycees, the Lions and Kiwanis clubs, among so many others.
The schools have sustainable community outreach programs linked with the government and non-governmental organizations. Moreover, there are special groups concerned with health and wellness, business and entrepreneurship, arts and occupation and employment.
The proponents of these foundations had left a lasting legacy. We remember them with respect and gratitude because their efforts have been fruitful and inspired the community.
Sociologist Frank Lynch noted that the Filipino values are ambivalent, but what is noteworthy are our valuable traits that make us proud.