On Friday, July 6, 2012 Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc., and the Press Photographers Philippines-USA, Inc., announced that one hundred Filipino-Americans who have made a mark in the U.S. either in their chosen careers or their civic contributions will be cited in a black and tie event to be held on July 28 at the Universal Hilton.
Organized by the Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc. and the Press Photographers Philippines-USA, Inc., the ‘100 Outstanding Filipino Americans in the USA’ will be honored and will receive an award in the event that will benefit the Bantay Bata 163 project in the Philippines that helps abused, underprivileged, sick and indigent Filipino children who need funds to go to school and for their healthcare.
Leading organizer and Project Director Darna B. Umayam, Chairman of the Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc., said the outstanding Filipino-Americans were “Chosen from many who were highly recommended to accept this prestigious award because of their achievements in their chosen careers, philanthropic works that they did for the community and for the less fortunate Filipinos back home, most especially the children.”
Umayam said more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the formal event. She said the event will benefit primarily the Bantay Bata 163 project along with other beneficiaries. She said ABS-CBN Network andABS-CBN Foundation International, through its President Robbie Fabian, and Bantay Bata 163, through its Executive Director Tina Monzon Palma, have “Fully endorsed the awards’ night, legally and officially.” Umayam said both officials will be “Present at the event to personally accept the donation for the underprivileged Filipino children of Bantay Bata 163.”
Along with Umayan, who has made a name in several humanitarian projects that benefited many hospitals and foundations in the Philippines, the President of the PPP-USA Sid Guerrero and its Chairman of the Board of Director Jim Hernandez are also in charge of the awards night.
Umayam said the project involves the most respected members of the Fil-Am community beginning with the kick-off party attended by more than 300 guests, composed of dignitaries headed by Deputy Consul General Daniel Espiritu, Deputy Tourism Director Manny Ilagan, Financial Officer of PCGLA Adrian Peran, Sr. Councilman of the City of Carson Elito Santarina, and other well known community leaders, professionals, business entrepreneurs, members of the media and celebrities last March 25 at the Universal Hilton despite heavy rains, where the official announcement for the event took place. Umayam said that the project was conceptualized without funding.
Umayam is also currently the Secretary General of the Philippine Independence Coordinating Council of Southern California ( PICCSC) which was responsible for successful celebration of the 114th Philippine Independence Day in Los Angeles with Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay as the guest speaker. She said this ” 100 Outstanding Filipino Americans in the USA” event will not just be another milestone for the awardees, but for the entire Filipino-American community.
The July 28 awards night will begin at 6 p.m. Around 1,000 tickets have so far been sold and many are still buying, Umayam said. For sponsorship and tickets, please call (323) 258-4879 or (323) 491-6940.
Out of about 285 recommendations from the community, Umayam said that they have chosen the following:
Lawyers – 9 awardees
For Community Service – 19
Media Correspondents – 3
Nurses – 3
Business Entrepreneurs – 30 (Beauty & Skin, Merchandising, Visual arts, Food & Nutrition, Real Estate, Nurses Staffing/Registry/Medical,Insurace, Healthcare, print, computer)
Print Media – 1
Public Service – 2
Labor Leader – 1
Doctors – 9
Teachers – 2
Movie/Entertainment – 4
Certified Public Accountants – 3
Young Achievers – 4
Architect – 1
Tourism – 1
Engineer – 1
Visual Artist – 1
Dentists – 2
Fashion – 2
Pharmacist – 1
Media Technician – 1
About Bantay Bata:
Bantay Bata 163 is a child welfare program of ABS-CBN Foundation that not only rescues and rehabilitates sick and abused children, but also provides shelter, therapy and quality home care for rescued children until they can be reunited with their families or referred to proper child-caring agencies.
BB163 gives emphasis on the family through the following services: training and advocacy on child abuse prevention, rehabilitation of families in crisis, educational scholarships, livelihood, community outreach and medical and dental missions. For more information visit http://www.bantaybata163.com/
About ABS CBN Foundation Inc., (USA):
The ABS CBN Foundation Inc., (USA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to raising funds to help improve the lives of abused and disadvantaged children and women in the Philippines. The AFI USA accomplishes its mission through the backing and programs of the ABS-CBN Foundation in the Philippines, which began its mission a little over a decade ago, through the initiatives of its parent corporation, the ABS CBN Broadcasting Company.
Among the programs espoused by the AFI USA are: Bantay Bata (Child Watch), a 24-hour child abuse rescue operation, Educational TV (ETV), a value formation and curriculum enhancement program for public elementary school children, Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch), an environmental campaign promoting and protecting the country’s natural resources, Bayan Microfinance (Community Microfinance), a community-based, poverty-alleviation program equipping deserving individuals and groups with the skills necessary for start up industry and Sagip Kapamilya (Saving the Family Members), a calamity relief and rehabilitation program. For more information visit http://www.abscbnfoundation.org
Photo credit to: Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc.
Photo design by: Diversity News Printing Services.
Graphics and Logos credit to: ABS CBN Foundation Facebook, Bantay Bata
Sources: Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc. , ABS CBN Foundation Inc., (USA), Bantay Bata.
Editor’s Note: Here at Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications of The Diversity News Publications Family of Companies we strongly believe in fair treatment to all those who treat us right with respect and dignity. We are aware of the controversy and the findings of the team at PinoyWatchDog.com who have been reporting about this upcoming event to be aware of possible scam and the some people buys their awards. We respect PinoyWatchDog.com for their reporting and any opinions made by members of their staff. Here at Diversity News Magazine we would never ever pay for an award for our publication, company, staff or contributors, we strongly believe that when you deserve an award is because you did help others, not your friends. So it have to be a Humanitarian action the benefited people that you don’t even know. Also Diversity News Magazine, we have colleagues who will be awarded at this event and we want to witness their accomplishment. We have reached out to some who informs us that they have not paid for the award while PinoyWatchDog.com have somebody who admitted to pay for her award. So before we jump to conclusion on who is/are buying or if this event another charity scam, let’s give the opportunity to witness the truth on the night of the event. We want to end this editor’s note by saying: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover.
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