Mr. Tony Olaes, Exectuive Director of Gawad Kalinga USA, and one of the Business Entrepreneur Awardee will donate his own money to Bantay Bata 163 and match the ONE MILLION PESOS on behalf of the 100 Outstanding Filipino-Americans in the USA 2012 project and the 99 other awardees. A total goal of 2 MILLION PESOS were granted that night. (2 million Philippine pesos = $50. 000.00 U.S. dollars)
It was advertise as a benefit event for ABS-CBN Foundation International Bantay Bata 163, due to the controversy the got out of control of Pay for Play and media company ABS-CBN drop out as benefiting organization two days before the event.
On Saturday, July 28, 2012 Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc., and the Press Photographers Philippines-USA, Inc., held their first ever in history public recognition of the 100 Outstanding Filipino-Americans in the USA 2012 for their chosen careers or their civic contributions to our Diverse society. The event known as a Black Tie Event and Awards Night. The event was held at Universal Hilton Hotel located 555 Universal Hollywood Drive in the city of Universal City, CA 91608 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The cost of the dinner and award tickets for the event were $60.00.
“PPP-USA officers and members would like to extend our congratulations to Ms. Darna Omayam, all 100 Fil-Am awardees and all those who have been involved to make this event happen. Being a part of a trustworthy and reliable charity project was the most exciting, overwhelming experience a person could ever be proud of in his lifetime.” said Anthony Castillo (PPP-USA).
Tony Olaes, Director of Gawad Kalinga from CA, USA was the recipient of One Million Pesos. Gawad Kalinga (GK), which means to “give care” in Filipino, is officially known as the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, a Philippine-based poverty alleviation and nation-building movement. In the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga is building empowered communities by people with faith and patriotism; driven by a culture of caring and sharing, dedicated to eradicate poverty and restore human dignity. Its mission is to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024.. For more info visit http://gk1world.com/
For those who wondering what happen to, here is a copy of an email we received from a private source: “ABS CBN Foundation International has decided to withdraw from its scheduled participation in the 100 Outstanding Filipino Americans dinner sponsored by Philippine Children’s Charities and its founder, Ms. Darna Umayan. After careful deliberation, the board of directors of the Foundation has concluded today that recent statements made by Ms. Umayan will make it untenable for ABS CBN Foundation International to be part of this initiative. The Foundation regrettably has also decided to decline the planned donation to Bantay Bata.” said Mr. Raffy Lopez, ABS CBN Foundation International Bantay Bata 163.
The black tie event and award night featured grand entrance parade of colors of PP-USA, Inc officers and members. The USA and Lupang Hinirang, the national anthem of the Philippines was sung. Welcome remarks were made by event project director Darna B. Umayam and Sid Guerrero, president of PPP-USA, Inc. The guests enjoyed an 8 course dinner while been entertain by Anthony Paul, Nicole Villalon, Sheila Ferrari and Nuevo School of Contemporary Dance group. Daniel R. Espiritu, Deputy Consul General and Robbie Fabian, President of ABS-CBN Foundation were a no show. The event concluded with presentation of all the 100 Oustanding Filipino Americans in the USA Awardees.
The 100 Oustanding Filipino Americans in the USA 2012 was master of ceremonies were Sheila Ferrari, Antoinette Taus and Liza Dino.
As of date of this article, we have requested the names of the awardees and per Ms. Darna B. Umayam due to a mutual agreement with the awardees their names will not be released. Here is the response our editorial office received in e-mail dated August 2, 2012 from Ms. . Darna B. Umayam stating: “The awardees themselves and all of us decided we will not publish the names of the awardees to protect all of them. There were photos taken and publish in public. Other publications understood where we are coming from. I hope you will understand too. I told all newspapers we will release after the event. Things happen.”
Source: Wikipedia, Diversity News TV on Blip TV and YouTube
Photos credit to: Gisele Rebeiro from PartyBy5.com for Diversity News Magazine.
Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine from Diversity News Publications was honored to witness an overall success event organized by Ms. Darna B. Umayam, which she took so much controversy and heat from various people and mainly from “Uncensored media outlet PinoyWatchDog.com” who claims this event was Ms. Umayam friends event and that some of them have to “Pay for Play”. Our comment was that is up to Fil-Am decision and their own money on how they want to use it, which means in any way they want it, even if they have to buy an award!