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OC Fil-Am Chamber reaches out to PHL marginalized children

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by Rey Andres

PROUD “FOSTER DAD”:  Considering the two young Philippine political figures as his own sons being their “Foster Dad” in California whenever they’re around, CA Realtor Nick Enciso of Fullerton City (at center), is flanked by newly elected Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, and the youngest governor ever elected in the Philippines, Gov. Migz Villafuerte of Camarines Sur.

PROUD “FOSTER DAD”: Considering the two young Philippine political figures as his own sons being their “Foster Dad” in California whenever they’re around, CA Realtor Nick Enciso of Fullerton City (at center), is flanked by newly elected Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, and the youngest governor ever elected in the Philippines, Gov. Migz Villafuerte of Camarines Sur.

A nonprofit group in the Cavite, a province south of Manila in the Philippines, has been busy at work rescuing, abused, abandoned and orphaned children from the streets of Manila and training them to begin a more productive life in society. These unfortunate children who when left to their own resources  will become problems when they become adult members of the society.  This marginalized youth who age range from 5 to 14 years are housed in the suburbs of Tagaytay City.

InJoy Life Children’s Home, Inc. has taken up the burden and takes care of them (close to two dozens at the last count) by providing for their physical needs and nursing their emotional wounds to eventually prepare them for productive roles. Licensed by the Philippines Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) and registered with the Security Exchange Commission, this nonprofit group has found an ally in the U.S. in pursuing their lofty goals of putting their faith into action with another nonprofit group called the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (FACCOC).

FACCOC, one of the most active Fil-Am groups south of Los Angeles, will hold its 3rd Annual Golf Fundraising Tournament at the Black Gold Golf club in Orange County to raise funds specifically for the ILCF to help it  in its work for the orphans and the distressed.

The charity effort represents  the extended reach of FACCOC in line with its vision as a “cohesive force in the business community and whose claim to being the “front door to the community” finds truism in its support of worthy causes.

FACCOC has been around Orange County for almost twenty years and has been responsible for launching projects that not only promoted unity and cohesion among its members but has been responsible in highlighting their contributions in the business and professional circles.

The business mixers and networking events that it hosted in the past have proven to be valuable activities for the members not only in generating business and contacts but also in fostering camaraderie among them.

Led this year by its president, Rodolfo “Jun” Jao, FACCOC has lined up a series of projects designed to achieve its goal of “fostering and promoting international business interests”.

FACCOC’s fundraiser activity follows the successful and well attended double feature event last month at the Westin Plaza Hotel that brought together under one roof two generations of entrepreneurs who pitched for their notable causes.

Some of the members of the entourage in the event in the business road-show called 2nd Private Investment-led Road Show organized by the Philippine Embassy, and the Council on Trade and Investments for Filipino Americans (COTIFA) are virtually in the Philippines’ “Who’s Who” of the business community who took turns in convincing U.S. investors to take advantage of the improved business climate in the Philippines and invest in many areas that the group chronicled to be reaping good dividends.

The event was graced by the presence of Philippine Ambassador to the U.S., Hon. Jose Cuisia, and Consul General Maria Hellen Barber-De La Vega.

Five young Filipino -American entrepreneurs (Mendrick Leelin, CEO/Founder Yojie Japanese Shabu-Shabu Restaurants, Mia McLeod, CEO/President of McLeod and Associates Real Estate Brokers; Mary Grace Lagasca, Owner/Executive Director of Injoy Life Resources, Inc.; Jay Baldemor, President and Founder of Gruvgear) who are all successful in the own ventures took turns later in the day to share their experiences in their business journey at the Fourth Edition of Annual Secrets to Success”.

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