The Mission of Gawad Kalinga USA (GK USA) is to build strong communties in the U.S. that foster pride in the Filipino-American identity, inspire civic action, cultivate spirit of Bayanihan and act together to end poverty in the Philippines.
It is the same spirit of caring , sharing and helping that fuels the work of the Bisaya Medical Association (BMA), the belief that it is the collective acts of people which makes great and even more heroic visions possible.
BMA is one of the earliest responders to build a GK Bisaya Medical Village in Talisay, Cebu composed of about 27 houses in 2005. Several years later, the BMA and BMA Auxilliary and all its members donated the BMA Medical Auxilliary Clinic with medical supplies and equipments and help take care of the medical needs in the GK Village.
As a BMA member, take pride and accept with humility the acts of heroism from each and everyone of us. Our historical and annual BMA Medical Missions contributing to the medical care of our Kababayans and contributing millions of pesos for Hospital and Birthing equipments.
We wll be in the next phase of building and participating in the rising economy in the Philippines.
In closing, allow me to congratulate the BMA and BMA Auxilliary and all its members for all these acts of heroism.
Jun Raffinan, M.D.
CEO/Chairman, Board GK USA
Executive Director BMA
Past President BMA
GK USA Website: www.gk-usa.org
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PHILIPPINES RISING! A Chance for America to See the Philippines as the New Land of Opportunity in Asia
New York and New Jersey participate in Gawad Kalinga's Social Business Conference
Volunteers and advocates of Gawad Kalinga USA aim to bring together leaders of the Filipino American community in the tri-State area in New York and New Jersey's participation in the Social Business Conference which recognizes the Philippines as the new gateway to emerging markets for social entrepreneurs in Asia. "Philippines Rising: The Gateway to Emerging Asian Markets for Inclusive Growth," will take place in eight major U.S. cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Tampa and Houston) from April 17 to May 4, 2015 .
In New York, the event will take place on Wednesday, April 22 at the Philippine Center, 556 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan at 6PM as organized by Gawad Kalinga USA New York & New Jersey and supported by the Philippine Consulate General of New York headed by Consul General Mario De Leon and the NYers for the Philippines, an association of Filipino American restaurant workers, managers, and chefs in New York headed by Jay Poblador.
The Philippines, which is the only country in Asia with close emotional ties to the United States through shared history, culture, and language, is now on the rise as the fastest growing economy in the world, next only to China. The nation has grown in popularity as a tourist destination in recent years with its year-round tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and culture of hospitality. The Philippines is emerging as the new land of opportunity for businesses in Asia, rich in natural resources with a young and growing market of over 100 million people. Forecasted to become the 16th largest global economy in just 35 years by HSBC, the country continues to experience incredible GDP growth year after year.
The Social Business Conference focuses on the Philippines as the country providing a wealth of opportunity for Americans in Asia, particularly for those interested in the emerging field of social entrepreneurship. While the economy is growing, millions of families are still living in poverty and unable to meet their basic needs while lack of access to education and livelihood opportunities perpetuates the vicious cycle of poverty. The Social Business roadshow in the United States aims to provide opportunities for Americans in social business and long-term partnerships with the Philippines as the gateway to socially progressive business and development initiatives for sustainable peace and prosperity.
Participants are expected to learn about the innovations at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm Village hub in Bulacan, a unique platform that aims to build the social entrepreneurship movement in the Philippines. It is a prototype for countryside development that will be replicated in 24 provinces within 10 years with the goal of raising 500,000 social entrepreneurs, using a simultaneous top down and bottom up approach to ensure that the country’s economic growth does not leave the poor behind.
A departure from the typical philanthropy model, GK Enchanted Farm partners the rich and the poor in the development of its social businesses and education programs and has established corporate partnerships with global companies like Air France/KLM, Shell, Hyundai, Schneider Electric, Nestlé and Microsoft. The GK Enchanted Farm also serves as a popular destination for social tourism, volunteering, and internships for people from all over the world.
New York and New Jersey's participation in this roadshow will highlight the screening of "Social Artist," a film by New York based Filipino American Sheila Yusay, which portrays labor of love for the Philippines, restoring hope and dignity among impoverished Filipino communities as demonstrated by GK's founding father, Tony Meloto. With deep conviction and sacrifice, Meloto envisions a world where no one is left behind, believing that with a growing army of volunteers and social entrepreneurs, the Philippines can end poverty. The movie is an intimate look into the lives of ordinary heroes of Gawad Kalinga,and an exploration of how a Social Artist is defined, particularly in the context of two organizations that are slowly but inexorably getting global recognition, Gawad Kalinga and GK Enchanted Farm.
The launch of "The Genius of the Poor," a book written by British journalist and social entrepreneur Thomas Graham will also take place in New York City. The book is an informative and inspiring account of Graham's transformative experience with Gawad Kalinga communities all over the Philippines. Gaining attention at the World Book Fair in Europe, the book has already been translated into French, and will be published in several other countries within the year.
The event will also feature inspirational messages from Tony Meloto and Fabien CourteiIle, a French social entrepreneur and the founder of Plush & Play, a social enterprise at GK Enchanted Farm that aims to build a global company that offers proudly Filipino, child-friendly and environmental-friendly educational toys.
The gathering in New York is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis. Online registration is required via Eventbrite.com(search: "GK USA") or click http://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-business-conference-tickets-16582781546?aff=es2. For more information on the event, please email Beth Ramirez ( email@example.com) and Shirley Domingo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send a text message to (347) 432-8598.
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My son, Ray, taught in Dgte at Foundation University Architecture Dept. for more than a year and is back in Seattle working with an architecture firm. He wants to continue his project in the Philippines by exposing students to the use of bamboo as a building block. Please spread the word of his invitation to architectural students from different schools to join him. Below is the description of the program. Application deadling is 1/31/2015