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.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Annoucement: 2013 Youth Leader Nominees and Selection Committee Members

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On its 7th year, Galing Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta congratulates Je'an Francis Cantilang of Locust Grove, GA and James Tierra of Lawrenceville, GA as the 2013 Youth Leader Nominees. 
The Youth Leadership Award initiative aims to promote academic excellence, volunteerism and active engagement among the youth of the Filipino Americans in Georgia for the benefit of their communities and beyond.

The 2013 YLA Selection Committee Members are James McSweeney (Special Assist, US Presidential Libraries), Maryann Moriles (Nurse, Neonatal ICS at Southern Regional Medical Center) and Myles Villoria (Project Leader Employee Services at Delta Airlines).                                         
The Youth Leadership Award and Volunteer Appreciation ceremony will be held in January 2014
(details to follow).  Contact Ana Blackburn, Program Director 404-925-2639 or

Friday, December 13, 2013

LDERA Program: GFI ships box nos. 228 & 229 for Mindanao Outreach

December 13, 2013

Roswell, GA - GFI ships box nos. 228 and 229 (invoice no. 7492 via TFC/Jay Suarez's cargo shipping).  The boxes full of quality educational materials were donated by Myleene Santana, Grace Abalos, Marilou Arnold and members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church to benefit LDERA (Library Development and Educational Assistance) program recipients in Mindanao namely: Amado M. Quirit High School and Lamlifew Elementary School. 

Click here to learn about the 2013-2017 LDERA Program recipients.

GFI thanks all of their generous donors and partners for their continued support for the children of the Philippines. 

Civic & Youth Program: GFI board, youth leader and partners meet and greet with Georgia Governor

December 9, 2013

Georgia State Capitol- The board of Galing Foundation, Inc. and partners visits the State of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal in recognition of the Youth Leadership Program. 

In photo (left to right): Ana Blackburn (Program Director), Sgt. Von Doromal, James McSweeney (2013 YLA Selection Committee Member), Mary Anne Stachowiak, (Board Member), Janice Alcalde (2008 YLA recipient), Marilyn Doromal (NaFFAA R4 chair), Governor Nathan Deal, Bernard Turner (volunteer), Arjho Turner (Mindanao Outreach Director) with daughter Hannah Turner, Jane Rolen (Advisor) and Toni D. Luetgers (Exec. Director)

Now on its 7th year, the Youth Leadership program was initiated in partnership with the office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta to promote academic excellence as well as the importance of volunteerism, active engagement and commitment among the youth, in charitable organizations that benefits the community and beyond.   

The Former Honorees: 
2012 – Camille Mapua (H.S.) of Woodstock, GA & Shereen Ragheb (M.S.) of Atlanta, GA
2011 – Kimberly Moriles,
2010  - Jordan Alexandar Moratin of Grayson, GA
2009 – Joanne Kelly Utt of Senoia, GA
2008 -  Janice Alcalde of Chamblee, GA
2007 – Omar Ragheb of Atlanta, GA 

Special thanks to presenter Ms. Brianne Drake,  2013 President of Metro South Association of Realtors, a Keller Williams Atlanta Partner

Fernbank's Winter Wonderland features the 2013 Philippine Christmas Tree designed by Isa Thompson

Winter Wonderland features a Philippine Christmas Tree designed by Isa Thompson

From November 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014, visit the Fernbank Museum to celebrate and experience holiday traditions from the Philippines and all around the world.

About the Philippine Christmas Tree
Simbang Gabi (Dawn Mass) is celebrated throughout the Philippines from December 16-25.  Catholic churches across the country open doors before daybreak for special Mass services.  Five pointed star lantern (parol) adorned as tree topper and around the tree symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus Christ.  Originally illuminated by candles, parol lights the path of those attending in areas before there was electricity.

About the Designer
Isa Thompson is the owner of Your Flowers by Isabel.  Her passion for flowers was realized in her own wedding in the Philippines.  With a Masters in Business Management from AIM (Asian Institute of Management-Harvard Affiliate, Manila, Philippines), she runs the company with the loving support of her husband. 

"Christmas in the Philippines is a celebration of the  birth of the future King of Kings through a cultural depiction of the Star of Bethlehem (Parol) and the Nativity Scene (Handcarved Frame). Furthermore, the ingenuity of the Filipinos is best demonstrated through the use of  abundant resources  such as "Capiz", "Burlap", Twigs and Branches in creating unique tree ornaments." - I. Thompson
To learn more about the 2013 Philippine Tree designer, please visit Your Flowers by Isabel
Many thanks to Fernbank Museum, The Philippine Honorary Consulate General, Isa Thompson, Reina Pantaleon, GFI volunteers and supporters of the Winter Wonderland 2013 Exhibition.

The Philippine Christmas Tree at Fernbank's Winter Wonderland project is under the GFI Community Partnership Program made possible through the Office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta. 

For information, please email:

LDERA Program: November Newsletter from Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy

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December 13, 2013

Roswell, GA - GFI receives a copy of the November 2013 newsletter from Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy, an LDERA (Library Development and Educational Resource Assistance) program recipient.

Highlights of CBDA's accomplishments are:
  • Approval of permit from the Department of Education to operate serving grades 7th, 8th and 9th for school year 2014-2015.
  • Deaf students have been introduced to basic, functional and general literacy and development.
  • Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in the lives of Christian Sampang, Ton Ton & Malou Velez.
Many thanks to Dr. Carolina Woodley, School Administrator, Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy and all supporters for the incredible partnership focused on serving the deaf community in Tarlac, Philippines.