Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Happy Halloween for Tapulanga!

Every year, the Barrientos brothers, Diego and Andro, and their friends and even young at heart parents go all out for Halloween. This year they decided to collect candies for a cause and remembered their Tapulanga scholars, Reign and Ian.

They asked Anton, Tyler, Lucas, Mayur, Kody, Kabir, Lucas, Anton and another Lucas to bring toys, books and candies or anything they wish to share. And all came with these gifts and their scary faces!

After almost two hours of pillaging for candies, they brought home their loot and shared with Tapulanga!

Thank you very much Andre, Luis, Lucas, Kabir, Anton, Tyler, Lucas, Kody, Diego, Lucas, Mayur and Andro! May other kids follow what you have done!  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eat. Share. Love. 2014

Eat. Share. Love. 2014

Join us in our 6th Annual Fundraiser!
Eat. Share. Love. 2014 is a buffet dinner event with silent auction, raffle, door prizes and entertainment.  It will be held on November 21 at 6 PM at La Proa 1 and 2 Halls, L’Fisher Hotel, Bacolod City.
Dinner ticket is at Php 500 and Php 250 (children ages 6 – 12 years and nannies).  Kids 5 years old and under are free.
Raffle ticket is at Php 200;  iPad mini Retina model; only 150 tickets to be sold.

Please RSVP by November 19 (mgolez@tapulanga.org or 0998-1732788).

If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact us on or before November 15.  


L'Fisher Hotel, L'Fisher Chalet Tower II and L'Fisher Ecotel
Tinihaban Agricultural Corporation

Hawaiian Philippine Company 

Mayor Jose "Oti" Montelibano, City of Silay 
The Mercantile Insurance 
Ayala Land Corporation VisMin
Akubo Software Philippines, Inc.
Anonymous Donors

Standard Insurance
Orix Metro Leasing Finance
Datalink Technologies, Inc. 
SVG Schuurmans and Van Ginneken Philippines, Inc.
Twin Shell Service Station
Hotel PAGCOR Bacolod
Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc.
 ADK Computers
SWIP Travel, Inc.
Dongon, Leong and Associates
Congressman Alfredo B. Benitez
Time Out Restobar
Anonymous Donors
Ceres Pasalubong

My Channel Cable Network

Php 100 gift certificates from Taters Snack
Php 100 gift certificates from Grill Guru
Php 100 gift certificates from Bascon Cafe and Restaurant
Php 150 / Php300 gift certificates from Grand Royal Spa
Php 200 gift certificates from Fruits in Ice Cream
Php 220 gift certificates from MY PhAat Traditional Thai Foot and Body Massage
Php 250 gift certificates from Fogo Grill
Php 250 gift certificates from Roli's Diner
Php 250 gift certificates from eL. Kay Salon and Waxing Spa
Php 250 gift certificates from Massage at Home
Php 250 gift certificates from Anak ng Baka
Php 250 gift certificates from Imbiss Sausages
Php 300 gift certificates from Inaka Japanese Restaurant
Php 300 gift certificates from Livewell Spa and Massage
Php 500 gift certificates from Aboy’s Restaurant
Php500 gift certificates from Café Uma
Php500 gift certificates from Trattoria Uma
Php500 gift certificates from Bacolod 18th St. Palapala
Php500 gift certificates from Felicia's Pastry Cafe
Php500 gift certificates from Mushu Asian Restaurant and Lounge
Php 500 gift certificates from 21 Restaurant
Php 1000 gift certificate from Italia Restaurant Bacolod
Php 1000 gift certificate from L'Kaisei Japanese Restaurant
Php 500 gift certificates from Branded for Less
Php500 gift certificates from Kamiseta (Robinson's)
Php 950 gift certificates from Play Studio Specialty Photography
Php 2,500 gift certificates from Sarabia Optical
Signature Massage gift certificate from The Cocoon by L'Fisher
Gift Certificates from Chicken House
Gift Certificates from YSA Skin and Body Experts
Gift Certificates and Body products from Soybe's Place Flowers and Gifts
Gift Certificates from Heart Warmers
Gift certificates from Sugarland Hotel
Gift certificate from The Quiet Place
Gift certificate from Nature’s Village Resort
Brazos de Mercedes from Cake Castle Bacolod
Revel Bars from Miren Desserts Cafe
Fondant Cake with Moist Dark Chocolate Cake from Quino's Cakes and Pastries
Sansrival from Ann Co Cakes
Assorted Tarts from Virgie's Homemade Products
Table lamps from Lopue’s East Centre
Lampshade from Art Energy
Lampshade from Jojo Vito Designs Gallery
Bags from Azatri Souvenirs
Bags from Papel Handicrafts
Bags from Tickled Tripper
Bags from Kiculo Crafts
"Pilo" Soft Storage from Hacienda Crafts Company
Eyeglass frame from Sarabia Vision
Electric Ice Shaver from Season's Trading
Bath and Body Works products from Margie Abello
Beach and Eco Bags from Margie Abello
J.C. Penny Home Bed Sheet Twin Set from Anonymous donor
Tools of the Trade Basics 10-Piece Cookware (Stainless Steel) from Anonymous donor
Pyrex 15-Piece Bake and Prep Set from Anonymous donor
Wilton 4-Tier Dessert Tower from Anonymous donor
Blue Aster 6-Piece Bath Towel Set from Anonymous donor
Multiple Choice "Isadora" 20-Piece Dinner Set from Anonymous donor
3 Boxes of Spritzerglas (Wine glasses) from Sheila Yap-Saratan
Adidas Real Deal Shoes from Ramon Iligan
Tattoo mobile wifi stick from Globe
Brothers Printer from IEC Computers
Philippine and US Coin and Bill Collection from Matthew Ledesma
"The Ruins" Mural by VIVO Handicrafts
Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Ting Cristales
Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Joan Honoridez
Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Jojo Regollo

Hot Wheels Batman & Robin Batmobile
BAYO Floral Dress
Rajo Laurel's Rags2Riches Edition Clutch Bag
Rafe New York - Carrie Medium Handheld Tote 
Gap Blouse, size Large
Gap Sleeveless Blouse, size XL
Shoe Girls Stilletto, size 38
MIA Glee Army Green, size 8 1/2
Lantern from Domesticity
Trivelino Table Lamp from Artisan Island Crafts
Watercolor Painting in Glass Frame from Pinky F. Lizares

To see photo of items and other details, click on this:  

Merzci Pasalubong
Brazos de Mercedes from Cake Caste Bacolod
Assorted Tarts from Virgie's Homemade Products
Crystal ball paper weight from Lopue's East
Monopods from Sun Cellular
Tattoo mobile wifi stick from Globe
Supercard from Shakey's Pizza
50th golf umbrellas from St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City

Tapulanga Foundation, Inc.  has been providing educational and healthcare assistance to impoverished families in the rural areas of the Negros Occidental, Philippines.  We currently send 350 children to St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City, a private, highly accredited school, for free.  We also provide them with books, school supplies, daily lunches in school, immunizations, medical check-ups and much more.  Deserving high school students are also given a chance to go to college on full or partial scholarships.

Our healthcare program provides free medications, diagnostic procedures and annual medical free clinics to the Hacienda Tinihaban community and scholars of the foundation.

Our event entitled “Eat. Share. Love. 2014” aims to promote awareness about Tapulanga Foundation and to generate sponsorships and funds for our college scholarship program, so that we may give those with less a chance for a better life.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meet our 350 Scholars in SFAS for SY2014-2015

It’s back to school time!  St. Francis of Assisi School in Silay City is definitely off to a great start with a record-breaking number of scholars this year.  With the generosity of our supporters from the Philippines and abroad, we now have 350 scholars – that’s 63 more deserving kids compared to last year!  We know we say this over and over again but we cannot stress it enough: giving these children access to a better education would not have been possible without your help.  YOU are changing their lives now and YOU are giving them a chance for a better future.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

So, without further ado, we present to you the Tapulanga scholars for school year 2014 – 2015!



Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Special thanks to Felix Querubin and Dyari Daniel Paz from the yearbook office of the University of St. La Salle for taking these awesome photos!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

10th Anniversary Fundraiser | SUDS + SIPS = SCHOLARSHIPS

Join us for our 10th Anniversary Fundraiser.
Suds + SIPS = Scholarships is a cocktail party to be held at the City Tavern at Fig@7th, 735 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA (Google Maps), on Saturday, October 4 at 5pm.
Tickets $30 includes bar food, free drink and special cocktail menu.
Click here to purchase tickets.


Summa Cum Laude
Lee and Mickey Segal

Magna Cum Laude
Herd Real Estate Investments
Bill, Joy, Fred & Winston Herd

Cum Laude
Liza de Leon
Alton Pabon

Gibson Les Paul Studio electric guitar (value: $1400)
4 tickets to Disneyland & California Adventure
2 tickets to Six Flags Magic Mountain
Round-trip airport limousine service (value: $250) from Avalon
Two (2) $50 gift cards from City Tavern
Rafe New York bag from Zenny's Vintage Accessories
Gift basket (value: $60) from Earth Balance
Gift basket from Stone Brewing Co.
DVDs from Warner Home Video
Gift card (value: $315) from UltraZone Laser Tag
Gift basket from Warner Bros. Consumer Products
3 iPhone cases and 2 clutch bags from Rafe New York
2 clutch bags from Nine West
3 handbags from Anne Klein
Gift basket of cosmetics from Paul & Joe
2 tickets to the San Diego Zoo
Gift baskets from Physicians Formula

The Friends of Tapulanga, a U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, gives people a chance for a better life by providing educational and healthcare assistance to impoverished families in the rural areas of the Philippines. Our various programs include: - elementary school scholarships - high school scholarships - college scholarships - lunch meal program - infant feeding program - public hospital assistance - disaster emergency relief - children's summer workshops - volunteer vacation program

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Salamat! - A Tapulanga Foundation newsletter

Thank You for Your Kindness and Generosity!

Can you believe the year is half over?  Time sure flies especially when you’re busy…and we definitely have been! We thank all of YOU for your support and making our work possible.

“Takbo para sa Kabataang Pinoy '14”

A race organized by the Philippine Pediatric Society was held last April 6, 2014 at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila.  Entitled “Takbo para sa Kabataang Pinoy '14” (or “Run for the Youth”), the organizers had two beneficiaries and Tapulanga Foundation was lucky enough to be one of them.  Executive Director MicMic Abello-Golez, former President Robin Abello, our new President Dr. Jo-an Ledesma-Millonado, and past and present Board Members Lizzie Ledesma, Vicky Ledesma-Tanchanco and Jay Abello joined in the fun with their family and friends.  Funds received will be used towards the health care program of t he foundation.  Thank you, Philippine Pediatric Society!

“Cards For Charity Campaign”

Ever heard of that really popular game called “Cards Against Humanity”?  Well, one of our longtime supporters, Dr. Alvin Sanico, came up with his own game and called it “Cards For Charity!”  This clever card game allowed a player to form different words just by turning the letters upside down.  The Cards For Charity Campaign offered donors a free set of game cards for donations as small as $5.  The very successful campaign ran for six weeks and the beneficiaries were Boats for Busuanga and Tapulanga Foundation.  The campaign raised enough funds to provide scholarships and books to 10 Pre-Kindergarten kids and 10 boats to the Typhoon Haiyan victims of Busuanga.  Salamat, Alvin!

“75 Scholars in 30 Days Challenge”

The “75 Scholars in 30 Days Challenge” was definitely a challenge for us but we made it – and even exceeded our goal - because of your generosity.  This fundraising campaign was done solely online and it was definitely a testament of how much people believe in the power of education.  Because of YOU, we are blessed to welcome 100 new scholars to the school!  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your support and trust.

There is more in store towards the latter half of the year as we strive with our commitment to give needy children a chance for a better life.  Stay tuned…and, as always, MADAMO GID NGA SALAMAT!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Embracing the Challenge

It’s the start of another school year. For one Tapulanga scholar who graduated at the top of his High School class, the coming school year promises to be an exciting and challenging one. Dominic Kyle Barnuevo is very fortunate to have been accepted into the BS Fisheries program of the University of Philippines Visayas-Miagao with a partial scholarship.   

           Kyle has spent his entire life in Silay City, Negros Occidental.  The thought of having to study in a university in a different province and of being away from his family for the first time was certainly daunting for Kyle.  Last May 15, Kyle had to take his first trip outside his home town in order to fulfill his pre-enrollment requirements.  Kyle admits that the experience of seeing the large university grounds, which will be his home for the next four years, was quite intimidating.  Although he knows that it will not be easy adjusting to his college life in this totally new and different campus, Kyle is committed to his decision to obtain his college degree in UP.  He is fully aware that he will be getting the best education in this prestigious university, which, in turn, will provide better opportunities for him in the future.

 UP Visayas has granted Kyle 8O% subsidy on his tuition fees.  However, Kyle still needs financial assistance for the remaining 2O% of his tuition fee, his miscellaneous fees and board and lodging expenses.  Tapulanga Foundation is presently raising funds and looking for donors to help cover some, and hopefully all, of Kyle’s college education expenses for the next four years.       

We salute Kyle for his ambition and determination to face this new adventure without hesitation.  Just as Kyle is embracing this challenge, Tapulanga Foundation is likewise embracing the challenge of supporting Kyle all the way, with the help of our generous donors.  Let us help Kyle create a better future for himself and his family.

“Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.” 
Bernie S. Siegel

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Silay Summer Workshop Returns

The Silay Summer Workshop Returns

     Two years after the last workshop, Tapulanga Foundation's Silay Summer Workshop is back on track this year, starting from April 3 to May 2, 2014. We had 145 students who joined the different classes offered -- basic and advanced painting and drawing, hip hop dance, basic and intermediate guitar, and sports camps in the field of basketball, volleyball, and football.

Basic Drawing and Painting Class with teachers Jojo Regollo and Ting Cristales

Advanced Drawing and Painting Class with teachers Jojo Regollo and Ting Cristales

Guitar Classes with teacher Jun Davo

Hip Hop Dance Class with teacher Champ Tipon

Girls Volleyball Camp with Coach Joevani Buenafe

Boys Basketball Camp with Coaches Zerlim and PJ Montillano

Girls and Boys Football Camps with Coach Junjun Villan

     The culmination last May 2 at SFAS, attended by the kids, their parents, and instructors, featured the exhibit of the Basic and Advanced Drawing and Painting classes, dance numbers by the Hip Hop Dance class, and the group recital of the Basic and Intermediate Guitar class.  The sports camps had their own separate Friendly Games, held at the St. Francis of Assisi School Covered Court and Football Field.

The comeback of the Silay Summer Workshop was made possible by the assistance of Akubo Software, AY Foundation, the Aboitiz Foundation, and various donors and parents who had put their faith and trust in us. We also give our special thanks to our media sponsor, IECC Computers, and to our Divine God, for without His blessing, all of these would not have been possible.

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 College Scholarship Grant Awardees

We have two new scholarship recipients this year!

The Klaus Pfaender College Scholarship is granted to Ivan Kent Tad-y, a soon-to-be chemical engineering student at the University of St. La Salle - Bacolod City. The scholarship namesake, Klaus Pfaender, and his wife Maricar Totengco, have been committed donors of Tapulanga Foundation's scholarship program for many years.

Two years ago, he held his 60th birthday celebration in Spain and, in lieu of gifts, asked his guests to donate to the Foundation. This effort led to a home theatre system and two aircon units in the AVR, and two new computers in the lab. Besides his college scholarship grants, he also sponsored ten scholars this year alone.

Our second recipient is Thalea Segaya, whose scholarship grant comes from a very generous, yet anonymous donor of the Foundation. Thalea plans to take up a degree in Education at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC).

Congratulations, Ivan and Thalea!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

75 Scholars in 30 Days Challenge

Can you help us make a difference in the life of a child today?

The Tapulanga Foundation is gearing up for the new school year once again. Please join us by sponsoring a scholar and give them the gift of education for a year.

We have 75 new scholars ready to start school in June. They have passed their entrance exams and our challenge is to find a sponsor for these deserving students - all 75 of them.

For as little as $30 or Php1,250/month, you can send a scholar to school for a year. You will get to know your scholar personally through letters and 100% of your donation goes directly towards their education.

Please Join Us and make a Difference in a Child's life!

·          Donating from the Philippines

**This program ends on April 30, 2014. Please forward this to at least 3-5 friends and be a part of The 75 Scholars In 30 Days Challenge! Each donor will be acknowledged on our Facebook page along with a photo of their scholar. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization - all donations are tax-deductible.**

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

An Update on the Yolanda Rebuilding Efforts

Dear friends,
We'd like to thank, once again, everyone who responded to our appeal last November to help rebuild the homes of families who were greatly hit by Typhoon Yolanda.
Rebuilding Homes
So far, we have finished repairs on the school's covered court roofing and at least 14 houses, and rebuilt 2 homes in Silay City.

We still have more homes to repair and/or rebuild, and proceeds from the Eat. Share. Love 2013 benefit dinner will be able to fix at least 20 more homes in a small community in Cadiz City (north of Silay).
Christmas Giving Program
We'd also like to thank everyone who took part and gave our scholars a Christmas package of toys, supplies, and even noche buena. Part of your donation funds the construction of a simple, 3-bedroom house for a family of four scholars!
Pureza DVDs available for purchase
Have you watched Pureza yet? The sugar industry of Negros Island is rich in history, and Jay Abello's 2012 documentary film, Pureza: The Story of Negros Sugar, gives us a glimpse of rise and fall of the province's sugarcane landscape in the 21st century.

It's the only full-length feature about Negros sugar, and now you can get a DVD copy for Php750 (excluding mailing cost for delivery outside Bacolod City). Please contact Mic Golez at 0998-173-2788 or mgolez@tapulanga.org.

For US residents, we have limited copies available, at $19.99 each (shipping included). Please visit www.tapulanga.org/pureza for more information about DVD purchases in the US.

To know more about Pureza, please visit www.purezathemovie.com.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Medical Mission 2013

Two days before Christmas, Tapulanga Foundation held its' yearly medical mission at Our Lady of Nativity Chapel in Hacienda Tinihaban I, Silay City.

The place was filled up with 100 children, from babies to 12 year old kids, together with their mothers.

Everyone received a free check-up and prescription from our two doctors: Dr. Joan Ledesma-Millonado, Tapulanga Foundation’s Vice President and Dr. Kate Abello, wife of TF president Robin Abello.

Many younger members of the Ledesma family also came to help the mission. Besides the free medicine and deworming treatment, kids received a free toy and snack after their consultation.

Thank you as well to Westmont Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for donating Biogesic Paracetamol drops and syrup!