Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Gawad Kalinga Hope Ball, October 2010

This October, make a bid for hope.


The First Gawad Kalinga Hope Ball and Fundraiser
October 8, 2010
The Peninsula Manila Hotel Ballroom

with the Vice President and Mrs. Jejomar Binay
as guests of honor
and featuring the launch of the
new Philippine national anthem video,
a concert by leading entertainers,
and a charity auction.


For the first time, Gawad Kalinga is organizing what will become the event of the social calendar for 2010. The GK Gala Ball and Fundraiser, organized with the support of The Manila Peninsula and Travelife Magazine, along with many other prominent companies. This exclusive event seeks to join the hands of Manila’s elite to raise support for the forgotten island communities of Sulu in Southern Philippines.

At the same time, this activity is meant to build a bridge of understanding and friendship between the wide spectrum of communities in the Philippines, from our brethren Muslims in depressed areas in the South, Manila’s elite, the media, and major players in corporate Philippines.

Ultimately, this event seeks to establish a legacy of hope and a sense of harmony that will translate into valuable support on the ground in this unfortunate part of the country.

The Gawad Kalinga Hope Ball will bring together for the first time the diverse sectors within the Philippines to create something more important than history: Hope.

GAWAD KALINGA HOPE BALL COMMITTEE


Tony Meloto, Honorary Chairman
Beliz Balkir, Chairman
Christine Cunanan, Vice-Chairman
Eena Meloto, Executive Director
Pinky Antonio, Production Chair
Rose Cabrera, Finance Chair
Johan Padua-Chuansu & Wee Ramas-Sullano, Auction Chairs
Mike Toledo, Public Relations Chair
Aurora Pijuan, Secretariat




The Project

To Build Holistic Gawad Kalinga Communities in Sulu.


About Sulu

Sulu is an island province of the Philippines located in ARMM. Its capital is Jolo and occupies the middle group of islands of the Sulu Archipelago between Basilan and Tawi-tawi. Its people are a mix of Muslims and Christians but generally they are mostly Tausugs. The Tausug were among the first Filipinos to embrace Islam as a religion and a way of life. They are referred to as “people of the current”, reflective of their close ties to the sea.

There is land available to build GK communities in the municipalities of Indanan, Jolo and Omar. The land can accommodate at least 20 families for each community. We are working likewise with their local government and with the provincial government so we have the necessary support to make it happen. We are also partnered with the local group of the AFP (Marines) headed by Gen. Rustico Guerrero of the Taskforce Comet. Our recent peaceful and well meaning movements/developments in Sulu has earned us strong goodwill in the area.

Target Funds to be Generated


10 Million Pesos will enable GK to:

• Strengthen the Gawad Kalinga movement in Sulu by building up our Team of Community Organizers, Teachers and other Caretakers who will manage and ensure sustainability of all existing GK communities in Sulu as well as new ones to be built. With their growing presence in the area, we will be able to reinforce the new culture of caring and sharing that will further build relationships and build long-lasting peace.
• Build 1 new community for 30 families in one barangay. This empowered community will be able to spread and build concrete hope to the nearby communities.

20 Million Pesos will enable GK to:

• Strengthen the Gawad Kalinga movement in Sulu by building up our Team of Community Organizers, Teachers and other Caretakers who will manage and ensure sustainability of all existing GK communities in Sulu as well as new ones to be built. With their growing presence in the area, we will be able to reinforce the new culture of caring and sharing that will further build relationships and build long-lasting peace.
• Reach MORE AREAS by building more communities—as much as 4 GK communities—widening the impact we have on the ground to probably reaching key strategic areas beyond Sulu but within Mindanao.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
If your company wishes to be involved in this landmark event,
please email travelife@travelife.biz
or contact Angelica Bayona
Travelife Magazine Director of Business Development
Tel. 813-8400/ 892-2620





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