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.




Monday, December 01, 2014

Fernbank Museum's Winter Wonderland Exhibit features the Philippine Tree



 
 
Since 2010, the Philippines’ participation at the Fernbank Museum's Winter Wonderland program in partnership with the Philippine Honorary Consulate and the Filipino community celebrates the Filipino values, tradition and culture. 
 
We invite you to visit the exhibition opening on November 21-January 11.  For details, please visit http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/explore-exhibits/special-exhibitions/winter-wonderland/.
 
The Philippine Tree on exhibit is designed by Your Flowers by Isabel presented through the generous support from A. M. Logarta, R. Pantaleon, Mr. & Mrs. Batol, Mr. & Mrs. Bixby, Mr. & Mrs. Ramilo and Mr. & Mrs. Jose, Mr. & Mrs. Villongco, Mr. & Mrs. Fernandez & Ms. Luk. 
 
 


Winter Wonderland 2014 Partners

We would like to thank our 2014 Winter Wonderland partners for their support of this exhibition.
  • Alif Institute and Arab American Women’s Society of Georgia
  • Alliance Fran├žaise d’Atlanta
  • Atlanta - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Sister Cities Committee
  • Atlanta Sister Cities Commission
  • Atlanta Tbilisi Sister City Committee and Georgia to Georgia Foundation (Georgia)
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (India)
  • Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
  • Consulate General of Argentina
  • Consulate General of Canada
  • Consulate General of Greece
  • Consulate General of Guatemala
  • Consulate General of Haiti
  • Consulate General of Honduras
  • Consulate General of Ireland
  • Consulate General of Israel
  • Consulate General of Japan and Fukuoka Sister Cities Group
  • Consulate General of Mexico and Institute of Mexican Cultures
  • Consulate General of Peru
  • Consulate General of Switzerland and Swiss American Society of Atlanta
  • Danish American Chamber of Commerce
  • German Consulate General Atlanta and Goethe-Zentrum/German Cultural Center Atlanta
  • Ghana Council of Georgia
  • Honorary Consul General of Turkey and American Turkish Friendship Counci
  • Honorary Consulate General the Republic of Liberia
  • Honorary Consulate General the Republic of Philippines and Galing Foundation
  • Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Chile and Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Hungary and Hungarian Club of Georgia
  • Kenyans in Atlanta
  • La Societa Italiana
  • Por Venezuela
  • Puerto Rico Tourism Company
  • Sons of Norway Vennekretsen Atlanta
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta and Atlanta LEO Club (Taiwan)
  • Thai Association of Georgia 
Winter Wonderland is made possible in part by The Nissan Foundation in support of Cultural Learning.

Friday, November 07, 2014

The 8th Youth Leadership Award and Filipino Teachers in Georgia Appreciation Day

James Tierra & Je'an Francis Cantilang



The 8th Youth Leadership Award and Filipino Teachers in Georgia  Appreciation Day

"It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted." -Linda Conway

The board of Galing Foundation Inc. in partnership with the Office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta announces the nomination process for its 8th Youth Leadership Award.

Selection Guidelines:

The Galing Foundation, Inc. Board and its designee will select one student from middle school and one student from high school.
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.

Procedure:
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 E-mailed to: galingfoundation@yahoo.com and anafelblackburn@yahoo.com by no later than January 10, 2015.


I. Selection: A selection committee composed of 3 distinguished members of the Filipino community 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 (report card) as well as active involvement in extra-curricular activities of the school.

B. Community Service: Willingly volunteers his/her time and resources to schools and/or communities through non-profit 501 ©3 charitable organizations in Georgia when called upon; (proof of rendered service to state and/or federal recognized charitable organization) benefiting communities in need. Please see attached YLA Service form 2014.

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.

E. Essay: Growing Up Filipino-American: A Personal Retrospective (minimum of 300 words)
 
 
This year's celebration will highlight some of the distinguished Filipino teachers serving in the state of Georgia.   

The more you work, study and develop your ability to contribute more to the lives and well-being of others, the better life you will have in all areas". - Brian Tracy, Motivational Speaker, Author.

Former Youth Leader Honorees:
2013 – Je’an Francis Cantilang (H.S.) of Locust Grove, GA.

2012 – Camille Mapua (H.S.) of Woodstock, GA
             Shereen Ragheb (M.S.) of Atlanta, GA
2011 – Kimberly Moriles of Jonesboro, GA
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
 
To receive nomination forms, sponsor or for more information, please call 404-925-2639 or email anafelblackburn@yahoo.com  GFI is is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt charitable organization registered in the State of Georgia. EIN 20-5508331


The Youth Leadership Program 2014 is made possible through the generous support from








Dr. Cecile Bregman, Mr. & Mrs. Francis Cantilang, Ms. Marilyn Doromal, Makabayan GA,
Mr. James McSweeney, Ms. Didi O'Connor/Harry Norman Realtors, Ms. Eleanor Pascual and Ms. Pam Peterman.


 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Shereen and Grace Ragheb, Queen of Angels and Cross of Life donates books and school supplies to benefit Filipino children

 
Shereen Ragheb, Lauren Luetgers & Grace Ragheb
 
 

 
Jay Suarez Balikbayan Box Shipping Service


August 15, 2014

Roswell, GA - Shereen Ragheb, Youth Leader 2012 honoree together with her mother Grace Ragheb, an active Filipino community leader/volunteer donates books and school supplies to Galing Foundation, Inc. to benefit Filipino children from Amado M. Quirit, Sr. High School and Lamlifew Elementary School in Mindanao. 

The shipment of the 2 balikbayan boxes (248-249 invoice nos. PC-01112) also contains text books donated by Queen of Angels Catholic School.  The shipment was funded through the generous support of members of Cross of Life and the Social Concerns Ministry.

Please click here for updates on Mindanao Outreach.

Wesleyan School, Kate & Dillon Santana and Cross of Life donates books to Filipino children

 
Shonda Duke of Wesleyan School

Kate and Dillon Santana and Melissa Luetgers
 
Kris Penaflorida of J. Suarez Co.
 
June 28, 2014

Roswell, GA- Shonda Duke of Wesleyan School, Kate and Dillon Santana donates books to Filipino children through Galing Foundation, Inc.  These books and school supplies will benefit students of Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac, Amado M Quirit, Sr. High School and Lamlifew Elementary School of Mindanao.

The shipment of 4 balikbayan boxes (244-247 invoice nos. 107278 & 107279) were funded through the generous support of members of Cross of Life and the Social Concerns Ministry.

(Click here for GFI box nos. 242 & 243 report)

Please click here for updates on Mindanao Outreach.

Queen of Angels and Cross of Life's commitment to the education of Filipino children through GFI

 
 
 

June 3, 2014

Roswell, GA - Galing Foundation, Inc. received over 700 pcs. of quality reading and text books along with some school supplies donated by Queen of Angels Catholic School in support of  LDERA (Library Development and Educational Resource Assistance) program.  A total of 8 (GFI Nos. 234-241) balikbayan boxes (LIPS c/o Jay Suarez invoice no. 107294) were shipped to Jocelyn Robles, GFI Mindanao Outreach coordinator who is in charge of distribution benefiting  Amado M. Quirit, Sr. National High School and Lamlifew Elementary School. 

Funding of shipment was provided by members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church.


(Click here for GFI box nos. 242 & 243 report)

Please click here for updates on Mindanao Outreach.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

You are invited to attend the 5th Annual Cross of Life International Dinner on Saturday, August 23, 2014



5th Annual International Dinner & Auction

 
 
Please save the date of August 23, 2014 from 5:00pm-8:00pm for the 5th Annual International Dinner!  Invite your neighbors and friends to join us in a night of good fellowship, great cuisine, and support Cross of Life's global missions: Galing Foundation, Inc. (Philippines), Padhar Mission School (India), Malawi Mission (Africa) and Angels Haven Orphanage (South Africa).  Tickets are on sale now ($10/adult & $5/child).
 
Cross of Life Lutheran Church is located at 1000 Hembree Road, Roswell, GA 30075 with tel. no. (770) 475-9159.  Please visit www.crossoflifelutheran.org

 
Volunteer, donation and sponsorship opportunities are available.   Please contact us at  galingfoundation@yahoo.com or call Toni D. Luetgers at (770) 689-6243.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GFI at Philippine Independence Day celebration

 
Jane Rolen, GFI Advisor at Kalayaan parade
 
 
 Jane Rolen (advisor), Shereen Ragheb (youth leader), Mary Ann Stackowiak (board member), Omar Ragheb (youth leader) & Janice Alcalde (youth leader)
 
 
 
June 12, 2014 at the Westin Plaza in Dunwoody, GA, Galing Foundation, Inc. representatives joined hands with members of the Filipino American community of Georgia hosted by Makabayan Georgia, Inc. in cooperation with the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta to celebrate the annual Philippine Independence Day. 


Photo credit: Linda Reyes

Thursday, June 19, 2014

More high quality children's books to benefit children of Tarlac and Mindanao



May 18, 2014, Roswell, GA
 
Galing Foundation, Inc. ships box nos. 232 & 233 (invoice no. 10133 via RDR Cargo/J. Suarez) to benefit the children of Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac c/o Dr. Carolina Woodley, Lamlifew Elementary School & Amado M Quirit, Sr. HS in Mindanao c/o Jocelyn Robles, GFI Mindanao coordinator.
 
The boxes contained high quality educational materials of books and school supplies donated by the students and staff members of Queen of Angels Catholic school in Roswell.  Special thanks to Sandy Spaeth, Julie Smith, Sue Van Rooyen, members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church, Bernard & Arjho Turner, Eva Milhollin, Lauren & Melissa Luetgers. 
 
We invite you to please click on the link to learn more about LDERAprogram 2013-2017.
 
For more information, please contact us via email at: galingfoundation@yahoo.com or visit us on Facebook

Monday, May 05, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Jocelyn Robles, GFI Mindanao Outreach Coordinator Reports on Impact of Books and School Supplies Received



At the 26th GFI board meeting in April 23, 2013 held at East Point, GA, Ms. Jocelyn Robles, GFI Mindanao Outreach coordinator reports on the impact of books and school supplies received from donors in Atlanta.  (click here for video)


 
Students of Amado M. Quirit, Sr. National High School

Robles personally conveys a message of thanks to donors of Galing Foundation, Inc. (click here for video)



GFI board presented select artworks by Mindanao students showcased at Cross of Life Lutheran Church International Dinner and Auction held last Aug. 24, 2013 in Roswell. (click here for video)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GFI ships box nos. 230 & 231 to Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy, Lamlifew Elementary & Amado M. Quirit HS




 
 
 
April 18, 2014, Roswell, GA
 
Galing Foundation, Inc. ships box no. 230 (invoice no. 10112 via RDR Cargo/J. Suarez) for Lamlifew Elementary School & Amado M Quirit, Sr. HS in Mindanao through Jocelyn Robles and box no. 231 (invoice no. 10114 via RDR Cargo/J. Suarez) for Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac through Dr. Carol Woodley.
 
The boxes contained educational materials (books, school supplies and some electronic gadgets) donated by members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Roswell, Marie Davenport, Northwest Philam Assoc. board & members, May Kinnunen, Vladimir & Lenie Bilan, Lauren & Melissa Luetgers and anonymous donors.  
 
The shipment of the boxes was made possible by GFI's financial donors and volunteers.
 
We invite you to please click on the link to learn more about LDERAprogram 2013-2017.
 
For more information, please contact us via email at: galingfoundation@yahoo.com
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Big Thank You to Northwest Philam Association of Georgia



April 13, 2014 - Marietta, GA

The Northwest Philam Association of Georgia hosted another successful annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bells Park Ferry in Marietta serving several families and friends in the surrounding area.  An array of native Filipino home cooked meals were prepared by its members and officers as well as some familiar non-Filipino dishes enjoyed by all attendees.   

The event was highlighted with a fun filled Easter Egg hunt, a variety of contests enjoyed by children as well as by the adults and a book and school supply drive benefiting the children of Galing Foundation, Inc. 

The association has been a consistent partner of GFI on its mission to raise awareness on the importance of literacy focusing in the rural areas of the Philippines

The GFI board together with its beneficiaries expresses its gratitude to the leadership of NW Philam board and members for the consistent and generous contribution and support over the years.  Several books, school supplies and $30 monetary donation (for shipping) were received during the book drive. 

We invite you to visit, NorthWest Philam Assocation of Georgia on Facebook to learn more about its upcoming events.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Galing Foundation receives $1,555.60 from Cross of Life to support LDERA (Library Development & Education Resource Assistance) Program




March 28, 2014 - Roswell, GA-

Galing Foundation, Inc. volunteer Melissa Luetgers acknowledges receipt of $1,555.60 from Cross of Life Lutheran Church.  She thanks COL for their continued support of GFI's LDERA (Library Development and Education Resource Assistance) program.  The funds will be used to help pay for shipment of books and schools supplies received in the Atlanta area to benefit Filipino children.

For a profile of 2013-2017 LDERA benefactors, please visit: http://galingfoundation.blogspot.com/2013/02/feb-19-2013-gfi-board-announces-ldera.html

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Galing Foundation, Inc. 2013 Annual Report


Galing Foundation, Inc.

2013 Annual Report
 

Programs & Activities:

I           L.D.E.R.A. (Library Development & Educational Resource Assistance)  Program is a system of receiving new and gently used quality educational resources from Atlanta donors for distribution in the Philippines through its outreach coordinating (volunteer) team of partners.

·        GFI Philippine Outreach (5 year cycle 2013-2017) includes recipients from the provinces of Tarlac, Sarangani Province and South Cotabato through the following schools &   public library:


o   (2) Lamlifew Elementary School in Mindanao

o   (3) Amado M. Quirit, Sr. National High School in Mindanao

 

·        As of December 31, 2013, GFI shipped a total of 25 “balikbayan” boxes (24x20x20) of educational resources shipped and distributed to the following:

·        17 boxes - Mindanao c/o Jocelyn Robles

·        8 boxes -  Tarlac c/o Chito Agapito & Dr. Carolina Woodley

·        In addition and through the office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Atlanta, Delta Air Lines generously donated 10,896 pieces of amenity kits to GFI partner schools in Sarangani Province and South Cotabato, Mindanao

 


 

II          C & L (Civic and Leadership) Program, is a system of coordination created to produce and organize events that are designed to promote civic and leadership opportunities:   

o   Annual youth leadership nomination process and recognition includes students from the State of Georgia.   The 7th Annual Youth Leadership Award initiative aims to promote academic excellence, volunteerism and active engagement among the Filipino-American youth in Georgia for the benefit of their communities and beyond.


 

 

 

III         C & S. (Collaborative and Support) Program is a system of coordination that promotes collaboration with organizations and advocacy groups established for the purpose of education, civic leadership and cultural literacy. 

 

Documentation of Activities & Presence

·        State of Georgia

·        Mindanao


No.
Date
Activity
Location
    1
22-Jan
COL Social Concerns monthly meeting
Roswell
2
4-Feb
DFAE Symposium Planning at National Archives
Morrow
3
8-Feb
25th Board Meeting & NAAAP CFC Grant Award
East Point
4
4-Mar
DFAE Symposium Planning at National Archives
Morrow
5
7-Mar
COL Social Concerns monthly meeting
Roswell
6
9-Mar
Book Donation by Friends of Roswell
Roswell
7
21-Mar
DFAE Symposium Planning at National Archives
Morrow
8
23-Mar
DFAE Symposium Planning at National Archives
Morrow
9
24-Mar
Northwest Phil-Am Book Drive
Marietta
10
29-Mar
Donation by Friends of Roswell Library
Roswell
11
29-Mar
Donation by Cross of Life Church
Roswell
12
23-Apr
DFAE Symposium Planning at National Archives
Morrow
13
23-Apr
COL Social Concerns monthly meeting
Roswell
14
26-Apr
26th Board Meeting
East Point
15
5-Apr
Shipping from GFI
Roswell
16
11-May
DFAE Symposium Planning at National Archives
Morrow
17
9-May
DFAE APA at State Capitol
Atlanta
18
17-May
DFAE at Hartsfield Atlanta Airport arrival of Phil. Ambassador
Atlanta
19
18-May
Morrow
20
18-May
NaFFAA R4 Gala Awards at Westin Plaza Hotel
Morrow
21
21-May
COL Social Concerns monthly meeting
Roswell
22
29-May
Donation by Queen of Angels
Roswell
21
4-Jun
Book Donation from various donors
Roswell
24
3-Jun
DFAE Volunteer Appreciation at UPS
Dunwoody
25
12-Jun
Shipping from GFI
Roswell
26
30-Jul
COL Social Concerns monthly meeting
Roswell
27
6-Aug
Shipping from GFI
Roswell
28
20-Aug
COL Social Concerns monthly meeting
Roswell
29
24-Aug
Roswell
30
8-Sep
COL Connection Sunday Kick-Off GFI Booth
Roswell
31
24-Sep
COL Social Concerns monthly meeting
Roswell
32
27-Sep
27th Board Meeting
Vinings
33
19-Sep
Shipping from GFI
Roswell
34
12-Oct
"TEA Walk" CPACS
Atlanta
35
27-Oct
Chopstix for Charity Fundraising
Atlanta
36
1-Nov
Shipping from GFI
Roswell
37
2-Nov
Consular Outreach in Atlanta
Buford
38
17-Nov
Atlanta
39
9-Dec
GFI Youth Leaders & Partners at State Capitol
Atlanta
40
13-Dec
Shipping from GFI
Roswell

 

 

Acknowledgment of 2013 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, Delta Air Lines, DFAE (Discovering the Filipino American Experience) Committee & Volunteers, Friends of Roswell Library, James McSweeney & the National Archives at Atlanta, Jane  & Bill Rolen , Jay Suarez & Company, Jocelyn Robles & GFI Mindanao Outreach Volunteers, Lisa Tierra & Family, Luetgers Family, Mabuhay Store, Marilyn Doromal of FFAOG & NaFFAA Region 4, May Kinnunen & NW Phil-Am Assoc. of GA, Metropolitan Atlanta CFC, Moriles Family, NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) Atlanta Chapter & CFC (Chopstix for Charity), Philippine Honorary Consulate General Ray Donato, Ragheb Family, Sandy Spaeth & Queen of Angels Catholic School, Social Concerns Ministry at Cross of Life, Tricia Sung & OCA GA and WWAAC Foundation

The Board

President: Scott P. Luetgers, Vice President: Lolita M. Daya, Secretary: Arjho C. Turner, Treasurer: Ces B. Alberto, Program Director: Ana Blackburn, Advisor: Jane B. Rolen, Community Relations: Bernadette Manaois, Mary Anne Stachowiak, Executive Director: Toni D. Luetgers