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, March 29, 2011

Monday, April 4: Batang Galing, a children's workshop

The board of Galing Foundation, Inc. invites children (ages 3-12 yrs.) to join Batang Galing, a children's workshop.

Date: Monday, April 4 (11am-1pm)
Place: Mabuhay Store
Address: 4645 Jonesboro Road Suite I
Forest Park, GA

The objectives of the program are to introduce the following:
1. The Philippine alphabet
2. The national flag and meaning of its symbols
3. The anthem and its translation
4. The Filipino values
5. Filipino Games
6. Filipino food

For reservation or questions, please call (404) 290-5416

Sign-up & email the information back to
Name of Child:
Email Address:

This program is free and open to the public.

Reference: National Commission for Culture and for the Arts


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Friday, April 1 "Meet & Greet" Ms. Jocelyn Robles, GFI Outreach Coordinator at Taki

Photo: Jocelyn Robles on right distributing educational materials from Atlanta, Georgia, USA donors of Galing Foundation, Inc.

Galing Foundation, Inc. board invites you to "Meet & Greet" Ms. Jocelyn Robles, GFI Mindanao Outreach Coordinator on Friday, April 1, 2011.

Learn about:
* Mindanao before GFI's intervention
* Mindanao outreach today
* Galing Mindanao, the vision
* What is Galing Partnership?

Join us on Friday, April 1 at 5:30pm. Plan to stay and dine in. Taki will donate 10% of your bill less tax to GFI. Sing-a-long with GFI and Circle of Fifths. Sign-up starts at 6:30, performance starts at 7:00pm.

For more information, please contact Ana Blackburn (404) 925-2639.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Save the Great Dates: Make a Difference in the Lives of Filipino Children

Save the Great Dates:

3/27 - Volunteer Day for Consular Outreach & Community Welcome & Information Program
4/1 - Join GFI Open House with Ms. Jocelyn Robles & Got Talent Night at Taki
4/4 - Volunteer at Children's Workshop at Mabuhay & Mabuhay Anniversary
4/5 - Volunteer for Galing Tour at Fernbank Museum & Picnic at the Park
4/14 - Dine with GE at Altobeli's benefit dinner (Randy Barnes, Toni Luetgers, Jordan Moratin)
4/16 - Join Philippine participants of Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park
4/17 - Volunteer for GFI School Supply Drive at NW Philam Picnic
4/30 - Volunteer at Cross Of Life International Dinner
5/14 - Join the Munting Tinig Award Ceremony & Family Picnic
5/27 - Volunteer to help pick-up donation from Queen of Angels school for shipping to Mindanao

For questions, please email:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A big thanks to participants of "I Got Music Talent, and It Shows"

Photo: Maria Anunziata of Circle of Fifths & Ana Blackburn, GFI Program Director

"I Got Music Talent, and It Shows" raised $68.20 for Galing Mindanao Outreach last
February 5th. The entertainment was lead by Circle of Fifths with special participation from leaders and members of the community.

The GFI Board wish to thank Grace Ragheb, Shereen Ragheb, Arjho and Bernard Turner, Tony, Ces, Aaron, Angelo Alberto, Lucy Baet, Ann, Jordan and Jace Moratin, Magnerica Malley, Ana and Jeff Blackburn, Luisa Godbold and her mother, Rica Sitiar, the Luetgers family and Willy Blanco.

Philippines at Dogwood Festival: Featuring the Blaan Tribal Dance by Jocelyn Robles

Ms. Jocelyn Robles represents the Blaan Tribe IP of the Philippines at Dogwood Festival on Saturday, April 16.

Click here for more information.

Friday, March 04, 2011

DepEd Office of the Secretary: Luisitro confident that PH can achieve Functional Literacy for All by 2015


Luistro confident that PH can achieve Functional Literacy for All
by 2015

With barely four years away from the deadline to meet the education targets, the
Department of Education, through the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC),
vows to strengthen efforts and spearhead policies and programs that will help
achieve the biggest goal of the country -- “Functional Literacy For All”.
“Yes, it can be done. If we work smartly and diligently together, we can deliver
on our promise,” as Education Secretary Armin Luistro pointed out that the
country’s commitment is not to simply achieve EFA but to provide basic
competencies to everyone to achieve Functional Literacy for All.

During the one-day dissemination forum of the 2008 Functional Literacy
Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) results, Luistro mentioned that,
“while these figures clearly show an increasingly literate world, they also tell us
that progress is excruciatingly slow. This means that one adult in five remains

Based on United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s
(UNESCO) latest data which were released to mark this year’s International
Literacy Day, documents showed that almost 80 percent of the world's
population aged 15 years and over are now literate, including more women than
ever before.

“It is intolerable that around one in five of the world's adults are illiterate,” noted

It also shows that there are still more than 25 countries that by 2015, are
unlikely to achieve any more than a 30 percent improvement over their year
2000 literacy rates. Without major additional efforts to fight illiteracy, these
countries will account for 92 percent of the world's illiterate population in 2015.
Luistro furthered that the figures “tell us that meeting the goal set by the Dakar
Meeting in 2000 to halve adult illiteracy by 2015 will clearly be an uphill battle.
And unless an extraordinary effort is made, the percentage of illiterate adults will
fall by only another five percentage points by that date.”

UNESCO Director General said that, “There are still 800 million adult illiterates”
(UNESCO Headquarters, 2010). "How can we build equitable information
societies or thriving democracies if so many remain without the basic tools of
literacy? How can intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding prosper when
the literacy divide is so great? And how can poverty be eradicated when the
roots of ignorance are left undisturbed?"

With the situation posing a challenge, DepEd, LCC and the National Statistics
Office (NSO) have joined forces in conducting a functional literacy and mass
media survey among Filipinos. Gathered in 2008, the data spelled out literacy
achievement that will help provide a clearer picture of the scope of the country’s
illiteracy problem.

The very essence of the data gathered is to see “the picture, the
milestonesHhow much have we achieved? Which regions ranked highHor low
and therefore require urgent intervention? Which local communities need to be
given more attention? What policy and action agenda could be derived from
such a situation?,” stressed Luistro.

As Luistro discussed the results, he calls upon everyone – the Council and the
panel of discussants to help LCC prepare key strategies, recommend relevant
policies and map out concrete actions to push forward Functional Literacy for
All. “We need to mobilize strong political and financial support for education,
galvanize additional commitments and build a reinvigorated vision for the
national literacy agenda.”

He also challenged everyone to do their share by saying, “given the remaining
four years to achieve Education For All, I think all of us should be fueled by that
deep sense of urgency for us to be able to achieve that communal vision of
functional literacy for all Filipinos by 2015.”

Thursday, March 03, 2011

March 9: GFI Volunteer Opportunity

Re: GFI Volunteer Opportunity

Seeking a few volunteers to come and join GFI at the 2011 CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) Information Session on March 9, 2011

9:00am – 12:00
United Way Building
100 Edgewood Ave. – 1st floor (Logan Room)
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

CFC will go over the 2011 applications, 2010 accomplishments and 2011 changes/updates. Please let me know if you plan on attending.

This is a great opportunity for those who are intersted in learning how they can help or serve as volunteer for Galing Foundation, Inc.

RSVP by Tuesday, March 8:

Salamat Po,
GFI Board

April 17: NW Phil-Am Assoc. of GA "Easter & GFI School Supply Drive"

Northwest Phil-Am Assoc. of GA invites you to its annual EASTER EVENT!

2334 Bells Ferry Rd. Marietta, GA 30066

This is a potluck event, free and open to all members and friends of NWPA.
Please bring your favorite dish to share and a liter of soda.



A Non-Profit Charitable Organization since 2005 lead by Ms. Toni Daya. It promotes the importance of functional and English Literacy in rural areas in the Philippines. Please, we need your support to help these children in need. And you can help by donating some school supplies and books as well. All your donations is well appreciated.

We hope to see you all! Maraming Salamat Po!

For more information of the event, please call the following Officers:
May Kinnunen @ 678-431-9336
Lucy Andrade @ 770-875-8191
Hermie Ragan @ 678-267-4773
Fely McMichen@ 404-434-0492
Thess Spaid @ 678-591-9686

Munting Tinig rehearsal for Dogwood Festival begins this Saturday, March 5 (2-3pm)

Galing Foundation, Inc. AMOPP (Art & Music Outreach Partnership Program) with Munting Tinig invites all children ages 5-15 yrs. old to join Munting Tinig, a Filipino Children's Singing Group to perform at the 75th annual Dogwood Festival ( at Piedmont Park under the direction of Ms. Virgie Baccay.

For more information on Munting Tinig (on how to join or volunteer), please contact:
Grace Ragheb: (404) 786-7728
Toni Luetgers: (770) 410-7653