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, February 19, 2013

Galing Foundation, Inc. Board 2012 Annual Report

Galing Foundation, Inc. Board

2012 Annual Report

Programs & Activities:
GFI L.D.E.R.A. Program (Library Development & Educational Resource Assistance) a system of receiving new and gently used quality educational resources from local donors for distribution in the Philippines through its outreach coordinating (volunteer) team of partners.
GFI Philippine Outreach includes recipients from the provinces of Sarangani Province and South Cotabato through the following schools & public library:
1. Kipalkuda Elementary School
2. Landan National High School
3. Maligo Day Care Center
4. Maligo Elementary School
5. Maligo Public Library
GFI shipped a total of 31 “balikbayan” boxes
GFI  C.V.P. (Civic and Leadership Programs), a system of coordination created to  produce and organize  programs that are designed to promote civic and leadership information. 
GFI Youth Leadership Award program includes students from the State of Georgia and Mindanao Awarded 4 Filipino American students from the State of Georgia during the “Gratitude, Goodwill & Compassion” event held on Dec. 7 and 2 Filipino students from Mindanao.
GFI P.S.P. (Partnership and Support Program), a system of coordination that promotes collaboration with organizations and advocacy groups established for the purpose of education, civic leadership and cultural literacy. 
GFI Partnership Program includes NW PhilAm Family Easter Picnic, Dogwood Festival, OCA Summer Family Picnic, Queen of Angels End of School Year Book Drive, Friends of Roswell, FSA (Filipino Student Assoc.) UGA, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at National Archives, Cross of Life VBS & Social Concerns International Dinner Benefit, Philippine Consular Outreach, Fernbank Museum’s Winter Wonderland & California Pizza Kitchen Fundraising 
2012 Donors & Supporters:

AccessPhilippineAtlanta, Alberto Family, Asian Pacific Historical Society, Arjho C. Turner &Family, Assist 2 Sell, Atty. Mai P. Hecht & Family, Ana Blackburn & Family, Bernadette Manaois-Muyot, Cross of Life Lutheran Church, Friends of Roswell Library, Gerard & Sarah Mauricio, Grace Richards & Family, GSU Asian Studies, James McSweeney &the National Archives at Atlanta, Jane  & Bill Rolen , Jay Suarez & Company, Jocelyn Robles & GFI Mindanao Outreach Volunteers, Lehnie Estacio & Family, Lisa Tierra & Family, Luetgers Family, Mabuhay Store, Marilyn Doromal of FFFAOG & NaFFAA Region 4, May Kinnunen & NW Phil-Am Assoc. of GA, Metropolitan Atlanta CFC, Moriles Family, Philippine Honorary Consulate General Ray Donato, Ragheb Family, Sandy Spaeth & Queen of Angels Catholic School, Saranai Club, Social Concerns Ministry at Cross of Life, Tricia Sung & OCA GA, WWAAC Foundation, Zumba Ladies of McDonough – (Fidelina Hunt, Ghie Osorio Skaggs, Imee Niehoff, Josie Aron, Khrys Ingram, Linabeth Varner, Mary Anne Stachowiak, Normay Bray, Rosanna Cartey)  In  Remembrance  of Cross of life Member:Robert Koch

Financial Report:
Total Amount of Donation Received: $3627.81

Total Expense: $4,241.00
Galing Foundation, Inc. Board:
President: Scott P. Luetgers
Vice President: Lolita M. Daya
Secretary: Arjho C. Turner
Treasurer: Ces Alberto
Program Director: Ana Blackburn
Community Relations Director: Bernadette Manaois
Executive Advisor: Jane Rolen
Executive Director: Toni Daya-Luetgers

Feb. 19, 2013 GFI Board announces LDERA Program 2013-2017 recipients

GFI LDERA Program 2013-2017
Atlanta, GA- Februrary 19, 2013- The Board of Galing Foundation, Inc. (GFI) announces the recipients for the 2013-2017 LDERA (Library Development and Educational Resource Assistance) program as an international outreach in the Philippines. The following is the list of beneficiaries, including each school’s basic profiles and educational resources needed:

Name of School
Ages  and Number of Students
Wish List for Type of Books
(All Subjects)
School Supply Request
1. Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy (CBDA)
Magurul-gurul, Anupul, Bamban, Tarlac
 4 years old to adult
14 Students
Basic Education Curriculum
Picture Books/Ages 0-4
Chapter Books/Early Readers Ages 5-8
Middle Grade/ Ages 7-10 and Ages 8-12
Young Adult/Teens Ages 13-18
2. Lamlifew Elementary School
Lamlifew, Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani Province
5 to 18 years old
236 students from Kinder to Grade VI
Basic Education Curriculum transitioning to K-12 Education
Chapter Books/Early Readers Ages 5-8
Middle Grade/ Ages 7-10 and Ages 8-12
Young Adult/Teens Ages 13-18
200 pens
200 pencils
300 crayons
300 notebooks
3. Amado M. Quirit Sr. National High School
Barangay Kihan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province
12 to 26 years old
266 students
Currently uses 3 curriculum in one:
1. K-12 Education
2. Revised Secondary Education
3. Basic Education Curriculum
Middle Grade/ Ages 7-10 and Ages 8-12
Young Adult/Teens Ages 13-18
300 pens
300 pencils
300 crayons
300 notebooks

We would like to congratulate and thank the respective school administrators for the submission of the application and the interest in participating for the next 5 years of the LDERA Program.
Thank you as well for the GFI partners, supporters and volunteers both in Atlanta and in the Philippines!

Monday, February 18, 2013

"Gratitude, Goodwill & Compassion" awarded outstanding leaders in the community

December 7, 2012

Chamblee, GA 

"Gratitude, Goodwill & Compassion", the 6th annual Youth Leadership Award and Community Volunteer Appreciation with Philippine Honorary Consul General Ray Donato was held at Canton House in Chamblee, GA.  The 2012 YLA (State of Georgia) nominees were Shereen Ragheb (middle school category), Van Tierra, Lee Wilkes II and Camille Mapua (high school category).  In partnership with the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta since 2007, Galing Foundation, Inc. promotes the importance of volunteerism,  meaningful engagement and commitment among the youth in charitable organizations that benefit the community and beyond for a common good. 
This year's distinguished members of the selection committee were Oliver Adams (Board of Director of Metro South Assoc. of Realtors), Estrella Cramer (Global Procurement Finance Manager at UPS) and Tomy Stone (student minister at Pine Crest Baptist Church).  The criteria were based on academic excellence, community service, leadership and character.  
Photo Credit: TAG Photography by Tristin Glaze

Photo: Shereen Ragheb, Van Tierra, Lee Wilkes II, Scott Luetgers (GFI president), Camille Mapua, PHCG Ray Donato & Ana Blackburn (GFI program director)

The FFOAG (Federation of Filipino American Organizations in Georgia) presents Ragheb & Moratin the 1st Literary Award winners of "I'm Proud to be a Filipino-American" essay contest celebrating Filipino American History Month last October 20, 2012 held at the National Archives at Atlanta

Photo: Omar Ragheb, Betty Poole, Nennette Guerrero, Jordan Moratin & Marilyn Doromal


Photo: Bernadette Manaois, Ces Alberto, Arjho Turner, Jane Rolen, Jim McSweeney, Toni Daya-Luetgers, Scott Luetgers, PHCG Donato and Ana Blackburn

The board of Galing Foundation, Inc. & PHCG Donato presents an award of recognition to Jim McSweeney, Regional Liason of the National Archives at Atlanta for his support and commitment to the Filipino community in observance of the Filipino American History Month and May 18, 2013 Filipino American History in the South project. 

Camille Mapua as 2012 GFI Youth Leader Honoree

Camille Mapua is a junior student at Wheeler High School, Center for Advanced Studies Magnet program for Science and Math.  Technology is heavily integrated into these areas and the magnet program specializes in several areas including Engineering, Robotics, Medical Biotechnology, Forensics, Advanced Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.  Camille aspires to be in the medical field of Oncology in the future to serve and nurture cancer patients. 

She is an All-A’s student since elementary and a recipient of Murray Barber Award, the highest award that a student can earn in their secondary school  She is currently enrolled and finished numerous Advanced Placement subjects in Biology, Calculus and Psychology.  With a current GPA of 4.41, she keeps herself busy to excel academically and at the same time does her other passion in life: volunteer work.  She started to dedicated her singing skills to church choir in fourth grade and never stopped doing volunteer work since then.  She spends her summer time assisting cancer patients at Kennestone Hospital and Friday nights socializing with disabled youths and adults to give their caregivers a break.  She visited assisted living site and performed musical numbers with her sisters during special occasions. 

Camille is also a talented and gifted musician.  Camille has represented her school at Georgia Music Association All-State Chorus for 4 years after passing the strict auditions.  She is also a member of the prestigious Atlanta Opera High School Institute and was nominated for 2013 Governor’s Honors Program for Music-Voice category after being selected as an alternate last year.

In addition, she tutored middle school students with their CRCT review and helps her school organizations.  Relay for Life (Wheeler Fights Cancer) and Helping Hands (Charity) raise funds to support cancer patients and feeding program. 

“If you cannot feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” is her favorite quote from Mother Theresa of Calcutta.  She finds helping people and serving others a very rewarding endeavor.  “We, ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” another quote from Mother Theresa that inspires her to help others.

Lee Wilkes II as 2012 GFI Youth Leader Nominee

Lee Wilkes II is fifteen years old and the eldest child.  Currently, a sophomore at Tucker High School, with a GPA of 3.94. As of now, he is taking two Advanced Placement classes (AP World History and Chemistry), French III, Accelerated Math III, Engineering Foundations, and Gifted World Literature.
His hobbies include music (piano and violin), reading, writing,  cycling, and strategic games. In regards to writing, he is currently creating a book.  He participates in various extra-curricular activities; this includes being a member of TSA (Technological Student Association), the Tucker Robotics Team, and was a manager of the Tucker Varsity Volleyball Team.
His volunteer work is incorporated with  his church, Stone Mountain Seventh-Day Adventist; the work within the church involves the multi-media platform, or PA, Children’s Church, as well as assisting in  nursing home outreach-program.
His  aspiration in life is to become an Electrical Engineer, as well as help improve the community in which I live and work in.

Van Tierra as 2012 GFI Youth Leader Nominee

Van Tierra is a sophomore student, studying at Gwinnett School of Math Science and Technology in Duluth, Georgia. He is a very diligent and well organized young man. He maintains a straight A Honor roll. He's a member of the Science Olympiad and a member of GSMST's Symphonic Orchestra. Not only he knows how to play Violin at school but also plays guitar at St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church in Snellville. He's also the lead guitarist for The Few That Remain, Anthem 56 and Off The Grid bands. He is also active in volunteering in the community, fundraising events and a dedicated member of the church Life Teen group and a choir member. In the future, he wants to become an Aeronautical Engineer. During his free time he likes playing X-box with his brothers and friends.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Shereen Ragheb, 2012 Middle School Youth Leader Honoree

Shereen Ragheb is a twelve year old 7th grader at Sutton Middle School. She is a straight “A” student. She’s in her school orchestra where she plays the violin. She is now learning how to play the viola.  She loves photography and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also plays karate and is currently a red belt. When she grows up she wants to be a nurse. She believes that if you keep trying then you will succeed, so never give up!!!
Some of her many achievements & awards are Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, a two time recipient of Citizenship Award  and of Perfect Attendance Award.

Kimberly Moriles, 2011 GFI Youth Leader Honoree

Graduated with Honors from DHS High School May 2012
Ranked 12
th of 314 graduates
Dean’s Scholarship
Awardee, Berry College

I am currently majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry at Berry College, in hopes to further my education in Pre-Medicine. Currently, I have two jobs, working in the athletic department. I am part of the Fellowship, a faith based group around the Presbyterian ministry as well as Habitat for Humanity, Allied Health Club and Clubs against Cancer. I am also active in College Life which encourages the spread of God’s Word in the high school aged community through camps and regular meetings. Right now, I am training but I am so excited to work with the local youth in their high schools.

Congratulatory Message to 2012 YLA Recipients

Greetings! I am so sorry I couldn’t attend this wonderful event. I’m currently studying at Berry College, and there are scheduling conflicts. However, I would like to send my personal congratulations to all the 2012 YLA recipients! You should all be proud of what you all have accomplished. Being leaders and taking active roles in the community is no easy feat. It takes character and perseverance, in spite of any impediments that may come. And to be able to accomplish this is an accomplishment in and of itself. I pray that each and every single one of you can understand the weight of what you do- and that you all understand that any act to help and strengthen the community is important, no matter how big or small. I hope that you all continue to be leaders and help your community. God bless.

GFI Mindanao Outreach History and its Youth Leaders

by Arjho Turner

History: In 2007, the Galing Foundation, Inc. (GFI) started its outreach in Mindanao with one school and has now grown into four (4) schools with primarily indigent school children.  These schools did not have a physical library or even educational resource materials that could be of help to enhance their learning process and to develop their language skills in English. With the assistance of GFI, the teachers and students are now enjoying the use of educational resource materials sent and are considering to establish their respective school libraries. As reported by the GFI Mindanao local coordinator, GFI’s intervention gave the students the hope and pride to excel in their academics. The annual awards project is just fitting to give due recognition for the different levels of accomplishments in each school; Youth Leadership Award, Best in English Award, and Certificates of Recognition.

The success of the GFI – Youth Leadership Award (YLA) in Atlanta since       2007 has become an inspiration to adopt the same concept or model for the different GFI assisted schools in Mindanao during their respective commencement exercises starting 2009.

II. Goal:

The goal for this project is to support the GFI Mindanao assisted schools during their respective commencement exercises by giving awards to students that have shown exemplary academic accomplishments and appreciation of volunteers to the mission of GFI.

III. Objectives:
1.      To award GFI medals for Best in English in each school grade/level.
2.      To award a GFI trophy and framed certificate for the GFI-Youth Leadership  Awardee in each school level. 

Mindanao Youth Leader Honorees:
Jevern Ellaga, 4th Year High School student of Landan National High School
Jhaena Mae L. Canarejo 6th Grade, Maligo Elementary School
Vanessa M. Romarate, Landan National High School
David Lloyd S. Garmino, Maligo Elementary School
Osias Senajon, Landan National High School
Ivy Gay Panes, Maligo Elementary School
Jezebel Q. Pascua, Kipalkuda Elementary School
Crilyn N. Soria, Landan National High School
Kimberly V. Gantuangco, Maligo Elementary School
Mary Ann T. Ungat, Kipalkuda Elementary School