Galing Foundation, Inc.

is a non profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt charitable organization registered in the State of Georgia

GFI assists in providing quality educational resources to underserved public schools, libraries and day care centers.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Congratulations to Jordan Moratin as recipient of the 4th Youth Leadership Award on Friday, Dec. 3

Congratulations to Jordan Moratin (10) for being named the recipient of the 4th Youth Leadership Award. Jordan will be honored at "An Evening of Gratitude", The 6th Annual Community Year End Dinner with Philippine Honorary Consul General Raoul “Ray” Donato, 4th GFI Youth Leadership Award and Volunteer Appreciation on Friday, December 3, 2010.

Jordan Alexander Moratin was born on April 30, 2000. He is a 5th Grade student at Grayson Elementary School. He loves to play soccer, sing and dance. His parents are Jhun and Ann Moratin.

Jordan Moratin was nominated by V.T. Charles Gilliam of Loganville, GA.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday, December 3: "An Evening of Gratitude"

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You are invited to.....“An Evening of Gratitude”

The 6th Annual Community Year End Dinner with Philippine Honorary Consul General Raoul “Ray” Donato, 4th GFI Youth Leadership Award and Volunteer Appreciation

Friday, December 3, 2010 * Canton House Restaurant
(4825 Buford Hwy. Chamblee, Georgia)

* 6p.m. Registration & Networking
* 7p.m. Program


*"Leadership & Challenges Ahead of the New Generation”
by Bryan Camacho Ramos, Esq., Founder & C.E.O., The Ramos Law Firm, LLC

*"The Philippines & Consular Matters & Volunteer Appreciation” by
Philippine Honorary Consul General "Ray" Raoul Donato

*"Youth Leadership Award 2010 Ceremony"

* "GFI Annual Report" by Arjho C. Turner, Director for GFI Mindanao Outreach

*Entertainment *

Cost: $15 per person
For Reservations, please contact:
Ces Alberto (404) 361-9313
Ana Blackburn (404) 925-2639

For information, please visit us at

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Premieres "Winter Wonderland"

Front row: Doddy Ward (pres., Fil-Am Assoc. of Greater Atlanta, Ces Alberto (tres., Galing Foundation, Inc.) & Didi O'Connor (pres., Philippine American Chamber of Commerce in GA)
Back row: TJ Ward, Dr. Bobbi Hohmann (curator, Fernbank Museum's McClatchey Collection Curator and Winter Wonderland), Tony Alberto (artist, "Simbang Gabi" Philippine Tree) & Ralph O'Connor

Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30pm, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History (767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta 30307) hosted the premiere of "Winter Wonderland". The exhibit showcases decorated trees depicting celebrations of holidays, cultures and traditions around the world.

"Winter Wonderland: Celebrations and Traditions Around the World" is on view November 17, 2010 - January 5, 2011. The programming series featuring decorated trees, dance groups,
musical acts, craft demonstrations, storytelling and more. Decorated by local community partners and Consulate offices, the trees twinkle with lights, shine with colors, and glimmer with a variety of cultural ornaments that recognize the diversity of cultural celebrations around the world.

Admission to Winter Wonderland is included with Museum admission and is free for members.

"Simbang Gabi", the Philippine Tree by artist Tony Alberto is sponsored by the Philippine Honorary Consulate and Galing Foundation, Inc.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Galing Foundation, Inc. announces its nomination process to award a student for its 4th Youth Leadership Award

2010 Youth Leadership Award Nomination

Galing Foundation, Inc. is a public not for profit 501 © 3 tax exempt charitable organization initiated in May of 2005. It is committed to offer informational and educational programs through community partnerships as well as promoting the importance of functional and English literacy in rural areas of the Philippines as the foundation for future development, working towards awareness on global citizenry thereby provides educational resources to Filipino indigent children in public schools, libraries and day care centers.

You yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. – Titus 2:7
Train up a child the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Galing Foundation, Inc. announces its nomination process to award a student for its 4th Youth Leadership Award:

In partnership with the office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta, GFI promotes the importance of volunteerism, active engagement and commitment among the youth, in charitable organizations that benefits the community and beyond for a common good.

The Honorees
2009 – Joanne Kelly Utt of Senoia, GA
2008 - Janice Alcalde of Chamblee, GA
2007 – Omar Ragheb of Atlanta, GA

Selection Guidelines
The Galing Foundation, Inc. Board and its designee will select one student from age 6-17 years old.

The student must be from the Filipino community whom you think have made valuable contributions to the school and community in the state of Georgia.

Nominations may come from a resident of Georgia nominating a student of Filipino heritage attending a school in the state of Georgia. The nomination must be in writing and must be mailed (electronically or via postal service) to Galing Foundation, Inc. by no later than November 18, 2010.

I. Selection: A selection committee composed of 3 distinguished members serving in the state of Georgia will make the final selection.

II. Criteria for selection will be based on the following:
A. Academic Excellence: Each nominee shall provide proof of academic achievement as well as active involvement in extra-curricular activities of the school.

B. Community Service: Willingly contributes his/her time and resources to schools and charitable organizations benefiting communities in need.

C. Leadership: Demonstrates self initiative and commitment in promoting educational and charitable activities.

D. Character: Demonstrates genuine concern for others. Sets a positive example for youth to emulate and displays an exemplary disposition towards others.

AwardThe honoree will receive an award of recognition from The office of Philippine Honorary Consulate General & the Board of Galing Foundation, Inc. and a minimum of $400 U.S. savings bond

Announcement of winner will be made by December 1, 2010 through GFI blog and its media partners.

The Awards dinner will be held on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 6pm at: Canton House
(4825 Buford Hwy., Chamblee, GA 30341)


2010 GFI Youth Leadership Award

Complete Name: ______________________________________________________________

Complete Address: ____________________________________________________________

City_________________________________ GA Zip Code: _________________________

Date: __________________

Please provide a rationale in each area why this person has been nominated.

A. Academic Excellence:

B. Community Service:

C. Leadership:

D. Character:

Submitted by:
Tel. No.:
Email Address:
Upon completion of this form, please email it to: or
mail it to: Galing Foundation, Inc. 1050 Wilde Run Court Roswell, GA 30075

For further inquiries, please call: Ana Blackburn, GFI Program Director at 404-925-2639

Monday, November 15, 2010

"It is I who is honored to serve." - M. Barredo

Atlanta, GA

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, a diverse crowd flocked the Fox Theater as the evening opened with a pre-show honoring Ms. Maniya Barredo, the first Filipino Prima Ballerina for her 50th year in performing arts. The United States of America and the Philippine flag were waved on stage as the "Ating Tinig" quartet (Ed & Beth Villanueva, Didi O'Connor and Al Dampog) lead the audience in singing both national anthems, "Star Spangled Banner" followed by "Lupang Hinirang". Students of the Metropolitan Ballet Theater, leaders from the Filipino community namely Doddy Ward, pres. of Filipino American Association of Greater Atlanta (Fil-Am), Esther Wilson, chair of the Federation of Philippine American Organizations in GA (FPOAG), Didi O'Connor, pres. of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce in GA, Inc.(PACCGA), Phil Aragon, pres. of the Philippine American Center in GA (PACG) and Father Chito Palang of St. Thomas Aquinas who represents the Filipino faith community and Lori Davis assistant to the Philippine Honorary Consul General for the Southeastern U.S. witnessed the award ceremony. "The Philippine Honorary Consul General Raoul R. Donato presents the plaque to Ms. Maniya Barredo in recognition of her 50th Anniversary in the performing arts and holding the prestigious title of "Prima Ballerina" and for her outstanding and exemplary service to the Filipino-American community of Georgia and the Southeastern United States. Presented on this day, November 9, 2010" - L. Davis

A congratulatory message from President Aquino was read, conveying his thanks to Ms. Barredo for bringing honor to the Philippines and for her commitment in improving her craft and in developing the next generation of artists.

As Ms. Barredo took center stage, thanking her family, her colleagues, MBT family, the Honorary Consul General and everyone in the audience, she humbly responded to the president's message by saying, "It is I who is honored to serve. As a proud Filipino American, I couldn't be more grateful. We must all stand tall and go out there because we are the resource of the country-the Philippines."

In her introduction to the highlight of the evening, the performance of the multi-awarded (nationally and internationally) Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company, she emphasized that the group is truly an amazing ambassador of goodwill-always true to the spirit of bayanihan.

The pre-show award ceremony of the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company at the Fox Theater was presented in coordination with the Phlippine Honorary Consulate General Raoul "Ray" Donato, Metropolitan Ballet Theater and Galing Foundation, Inc. Board. The reception was sponsored by the Metropolitan Ballet Theater.

Special thanks to Sachi Koto Communications, Mabuhay and members of the Filipino community.