Fund Raising


Collected for 2012-2013: $107,578.58


Donors from Infantahins to build the Gabaldon


Segundo and Evelyn Amarga
Maria Alejandra Arizala
Octavio Arizala
Rodolfo & Neneto Arizala
Cesar & Sonia Astrera
Hector & Fabbee Bunag
Erlinda Bustonera
Kelly and Annabelle Clayton
Renato & Norma Coronel
Eddie Cua
Nilda Cua
Samson & Carolina Cua
Pol & Sally Derilo
Ricardo & Malou Espinosa
Mario & Tita Espiritu
Marites Espiritu
Melecia Garcia
Nony & Emmie Garcia
Rudy & Bennie Garcia
Kevin & Trish Glodava
Kirsten Glodava
Mark & Mila Glodava
Venchito Gucon
Manny & Marilyn Ibanez
Marc Ibanez
Paul & Mercy Ignacio
Josefina Juntereal
John & Joannes kirtley
Maricar Knize
Mario & Norma Leodones
Reynaldo & Merlita Miguel
Ramon & Myrna Monreal
Jures Ocampo
Imelda Orantia
Linda Poblete
Thomas & Sonia Pope
Felicidad Prohibido
Sandra Recio
Jon & Amor Santiago
Nonong & Carmelita Telan
Isabel Tena
Junlo & Rowena Tena
Jovy Valentino
Frederick & NoraVillamayor


Non-Infantahin Donors


A Taste of Italy
Abando, Napoloeon & Marciana
Ahern, John & Jan
Albyn, Mary
Allen, Frank & Jere
Almuete, Marivic
Altevogt, Jan
Alvarez Foundation
Alvarez, Guillermo & Annette
Amon, Elizabeth
Andersen, Scott & Lynn
Angell, Mike & Leanell
Anonymous
Aranjuez, Cristeta
Archdiocese of Denver
Arrupe High School
Ashmann, Marshall & Amelia
Asuncion,n, Virginia
Atienza, Pablo & Esther
Aye, Andrew & Theresa
Atwell, Scott
Baker, Raymond & Frances
Bandong, Naty
Banzon, Dolly
Banzuela, Mary Ann
Bartley, K.D. & C.E.
Bascanot, P.P. & V.C.
Bautista, Elaina
Beaudette, Therese
Bergeon, Christopher & Annette
Best, Chad & Heather
Betts, Steve & Nancy
Bosch, Warren & Karen
Botardo, D.S. & E.G.
Brandsma, Michael & Molly
Breitenbach, Randy & Maureen
Brock, Kurt & Charlene
Brown, Mary Lou
Buczkowski, Lee
Buntua, Connie
Cabigas, Emelita
Canaria, Apolonio & Alma
Canlas, Lourdes
Cardosi, Julius & Mary
Carr, Andrew & Nancy
Carrol, Arturo & Marcia
Carter, Helene
Carter, James & Maryanne
Casil, Rosa
Cassidy, Pete
Caulkins, Edward & Robin
Cavan Corporation
Chadwick, Scott & Stacie
Chaplick, Scott & Camilla
Church of the Risen Christ
Close, Joan
Colorado State Bank & Trust
Competente, Perfecto & Estrella
Corder, Steve & Pat
Coushane, Bruce & Jennie
Craige, Catherine Laboure
Cropp, Deacon Bob & Peggy
Cruz, Arnie & Ana
Cunnane, Brian & Kay
Curran, Gerald & Nida
Damore, Tony & Diane
Davis, Jim
De Dios, Bobby & Regina
De Leon, Remedios
Deniken, Andrew & Leslie
Dennehy, Jan
Devera, Melva
Digo, Dawn
Donaldson, Linda
Dulay, Ovideo
E.M. Weckbaugh Foundation
Eason, Timothy & Shirley
Eckrich, Mark & Joan
Edwards, Jennifer
Eggert, William & Elizabeth
Engelmann, Karl & Melissa
Espeja, Roann
Esteron, Cristeta
Evans, Kevin & Linda
Fabro, Brigida
Faley, David & Jodi
Fangman, Matt & Terri
Filby, Matt & Julie
Filipino Night
Finegan, Jean
Fleming, Fred & Adeline
Fons, Randal & Sharon
Forster, Sue
Frank, Jim & Connie
Franzen, Steve & Kim
Frontz, Jasper & Jennifer
Funderburk, Ben & Sheri
Galicia, Maria Elena
Gallagher, Greg & Carrie
Gallagher, Mike & Liz
Gallo, Joe & Sylvia
Garden Chase Investment
Garovillas, Marie
Gerken, Ray & Tommie
Glodava, Phil & Donna
Goggin, Noel & Nimh
Golden Press
Goldwire, Hal & Miki
Gorder, Andrew & Jill
Granada, Mark
Green, Rev. John
Grepo, Norma
Grooters, Daniel & Jennifer
Gruidel, Jeff & Jennifer
Hagan, Mark & Madonna Borger
Hall, John & Linda
Hanzlik, Bill & maribeth
Harper, Anthony & Pamela
Harper, Victor & Jean
Hartman, Kendra
Havernan, Patrick & Johanna
Hayes, Charles
Heath, Chris & Laura
Heintzelman, Steven & Shelly
Heule, Tom & Lisa
Hilt, Mary Ann
Holtz, Thomas
Holzkamp, Kurt & Angela
Hone, Mack & Lisa Millet
Horne, Joanne
Hueckel, Glen & Sharon
Hut, Art & Laverne
J.P. (Bill Hanzlik's Friend)
Janiczek, Joseph & Mary
Jantomaso, Patricia
Jeske, Tim & Shar
Job, Sheryil
Johnson, Corey & Loraine
Jomoya, Rosalia
Jotte, Robert & Sonia
Jurlalero, Cornelia
Keating, Gary & Bridget
Keller, George
Kelley, Colleen
Kelley, Mark & Melanie
Kemberling, Rev. Andrew
Kennedy, Samuel & Elizabeth
Kennedy, Burke & Denise Munger
Kimzey, Bill & Carolyn
Kleman, Paul & Michelle
Kopp, Kevin & Nancy
Krietsch, Ann
Laber, Garald
Lane, Bill & Linda
Lane, Joyce Marie
Large, Robert
Leadbeater, Ellen
Liwanag, Wilfredo & Ludy
Lum Lung, Paul & Colleen
Mabley, Laura
Majka, Martin & Cindy
Malcolm, James & Holly
Malone, Bill & Terry
Manansala, Fred & Catherine
Mandapat, Elizabeth
Maranan, Melinda
Martin, Andrew
McAdam, Gary & Claudia
McCarthy, Patrick & Chris
McCoy, Maryann
McDermott, Shawn & Dana
McElhiney, Jan
McGarrity, Jeff & Sonia
McGowan, Dan
McGuigan, Maureen
McKenna, Tim & Marie
McKinzie, Gary & Jackie
McMillion Foundation
McPherson, J.R. & Ellen
Meno, Deanne
Mercer, Todd & Katie
Meske, Randal & Lucia
Micek, Leonard & Laura
Miller, Alan & Karen
Miller, Dorothy
Miscellaneous Cash
Mitchell, V.S. & A.F.
Modz, Frank & Bernadett
Monark, John & Barbara
Monark, Rosemary
Moore, Forrest & Shirley
Morrisoe, Patrick
Morton, Julie
Murphy, Mark & Kelli
Nagle, Midge
Natterman, Mary
Nepel, Jay & Jennifer
O'Brien, Jim & Susan
O'Shea, Ray & Colleen
Ocampos, Rodrigo & Bernadita
Olorvida, Cresencia
Oro, Patrick & Lisa
Orzal, Juliet
Osterman, Michael
Our Sunday Visitor
Pablo, Leony
Pallazo, Dominic & Ellen
Panasci, Ernest
Pasion, Phil & Lynne
Paterson, Nancy
Payos, Manilena
Pennies from Heaven
Perchiazzi, Tom & Amy
Perry, Sam & Becky
Picardo, Virginia
Piccone, George & Kristi
Pietro, Diane
Pitrone, Russ & Lucy
Polakovic, Mike & Terry
Post, Rick & Sharon
Priester, John & Rosemary
Pristera, Bob & Jo
Pruneda, Efrain
Rafferty, Jerry
Ramirez, John & Mary Lee
Rapatan, Thelma
Rapp, Dick & Nancy
Rastrelli, Deacon Alan & Brenda
Reed, Tom & Shelley
Reichardt, Gerry & Frances
Reyes, Araceli
Reyes, Angelita
Rice, Mary
Ricupero, Karen
Rivera, Antonio & Aurora
Robertson, David
Rood, Donna
Rorick, Brian & Beth
Rossi, Msgr. Walter
Runberg, David & Liz
Sablada, Amalia
Sakas-Sluder, Elena
Salem, Hassan & Sheila
Salvato, Mark & Laura
Samuels, Denzil & Shari
Sanderson, John & Joni
Sangalis, Steve & Moiria
Schaffer, Rev. Darrell
Schmidt, Andrew & Helene
Schneider, Joanie
Seeds of Hope
Sengco, Ronald & Mary Ann
Serra-Dagat, Reema
Shinner, Steve & Cindy
Sillecchia, Lucia
Smerker, Mimi
Smith, Colleen
Smith, Don & Eileen
Smith, Harris & Linda
Smith, Lee
Smith, Phil & Shari
Smith, Todd
Smooke, Douglas & Jean
Spirit of Chrit
St. Mary's Catholic Church
St. Rose of Lima
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Stern, Tom & Katherine
Stevenson, Dean & Connie
Stroud, Steve & Mary
Sturges, Jerry & Jennifer
STM Office
STM Religious Education
STM School 2nd Grade, Mrs., De la Cuesta
STM School 2nd Grade, Mrs. Dornbos
STM School 2nd Grade, Mrs. Wink
STM School 5th Grade, Mrs. Whitehouse
STM School Student Council
STM Youth Ministry
Sullivan, Bill & Tricia
Sullivan, Douglas
Sweeney, Kevin & Rosanna
Sullivan, Joseph, Sean, Mike and Gracie
Talana, Mario & Loreto
Tapp, Mike & Betsy
Tedesco, Thomas & Karlyne
Terry, Jim & Stacy
Tewahade, Kebere & MIna
The Kelley Foundation
Victorian Tea Party
Thompson, Bob & Shelley
Thompson, Mike & Jane
Thony, Lucien & Olivia
Tilahun, Mengistu & Migbar
Todd, Richard & Joanie
Torres, Nestor & Marilyn
Trask, Linda
Trouchton, Terry & Marybeth
Turner, Patricia
Turner, Vicki
Utenick, Michael & Mary Ann
Uy, Cecil
Vargas, Rose
Vizurraga, Tony & Deanne
Walsh, Darren & Julia
Wegener, W.S.
Weger, John & Ruth Freige
Wegner, Len & Cathy
Welch, Marge
Weston, Leo & Bernadette
White, James & elizabeth
Wiley, Richard & Michelle
Wilhoite, William & Karen
Wolach, Pat
Wolberg, Wayne & Neice
Wood, Dennis & Linda
Wooods, Keith & Sally
Wright, Richard & Elizabeth,br /> Wulff, Sydnia
Yanez, Marcelina
Zacher, Karen
Zakovich, Paul & Marleen
Zapapas, Jim & Jan
Zimmerman, John & Mary
Zimmerman, John & Megan
ZTL Foundation

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For news about the Philippines:

Philippine Star
Philippine Daily Inquirer
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Is there hope in the Philippines?

By Mila Glodava

Halleluiah! Manila and the Philippines did not make the top 5 dirtiest city or the most corrupt country, respectively (see box below). Whew! We can breathe a sigh of relief, for now, but not for long. I have not seen the entire list, and therefore, don't know where Manila or the Philippines stand on these issues. What I can see though is that the Philippines did not make the top 5 least corrupt country either. So, is there hope in the Philippines?
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The Asian Development Bank lists the following as the top 5 dirtiest cities in Asia:
1. Beijing (China)
2. Xi'an (China)
3. Kathmandu (Nepal)
4. Dhaka (Bangladesh)
5. New Delhi (India)
The Transparency International lists the top 5 of the following:
Most corrupt countries:
1. Bangladesh
2. Chad
3. Turkmenistan
4. Burma
5. Haiti
Least corrupt countries:
1. Iceland
2. Finland
3. New Zealand
4. Denmark
5. Singapore
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There are two issues about the Philippines that make me hide in shame when it makes the headlines. Let me point out here that the Philippines, or any other Third World country, often does not make the headlines in the United States unless it's about something negative -- calamities, poverty or the two issues that bug me -- the dirtiest and the most corrupt lists.

I often bring up these issues at workshops I conduct on stewardship. I have conducted several workshops for dioceses in the Philippines since 2002, including one for the entire Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines in 2005. There's not much we can do about natural disasters, other than to assist in emergency efforts and to bring a sense of hope after a calamity. We have seen what the Social Action Center of the Prelature of Infanta did and is still doing after the typhoons of 2004.

On poverty, I tell them that it doesn't bother me, or other people for that matter, that the Philippines is a poor country. There's nothing shameful about being poor. As Jesus in the Gospel, "The poor will always be with us." The government, church and non-government organizations try to address this issue in many different ways. The Pondo ng Pinoy of Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales is certainly making a dent in addressing the feeding and housing projects and educational initiatives for the poor. Filipinos also can be proud of Gawad Kalinga and its desire to eliminate Philippine ghettos in dumpsites. I like to think that Metro Infanta Foundation, which has become an invaluable resource for Infanta and neighboring towns, belongs to this group that serves the community. We know, however, there's only so much we can do, and that we cannot eliminate poverty completely in our midst. We must continue our efforts nonetheless.

Poverty is no excuse, however, for being dirty or being corrupt.

Ambassador Rudy Arizala once noted, "We are clean individually, but do not seem to care about the cleanliness of the rest of the city or society." It seems we have forgotten the saying, "Cleanliness is next to godliness." Why have the Filipinos tolerated such an existence? Why is it acceptable to go to unclean, stinky bathrooms? I often ask these questions at my workshops, which promote stewardship as a way of life, including taking care of the earth –– to keep it clean and beautiful, to plant flowers and trees, and to promote the three “Rs” – reduce, reuse and recycle.

I have seen some signs that people get it though. In Bauan, Batangas, I saw a sign in front of stores, "Tapat ko linis ko." (I am responsible for cleaning my area). I have also seen cities and towns making an effort in cleaning their surroundings. Some are making use of old tires from the junk yards as trash receptacles or pots for flowers and trees. I applaud and would like to encourage these efforts.

The last time I wrote about this issue was in 2000, when Manila made the top 5 at No. 4 as the dirtiest and ugliest city in the world. In this particular article I suggested the "Adopt-a-Street Litter Control Program" which is quite popular in Colorado, and perhaps in other states. The Philippines can do this program easily because of the number of schools and non-government organizations that can sponsor a mile or two.

I am happy to say that during my last visit in August, I saw a glimpse of this possibility. On our way home from a conference in Lucena City for seven dioceses of the Southern Tagalog, we saw hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students at each side cleaning up the shoulders of the Super Highway. It was certainly an incredible sight, making me say to myself, "There's hope in the Philippines." Of course, we need to encourage such positive events and activities so that it is not a one-shot deal, but rather a habit.

On the climate of graft and corruption, I have often lamented on the apparent disconnect between the faith and behavior of corrupt Filipinos, who take pride in being a Catholic or Christian country in Asia. While the Church is still “a trusted institution,” according to Mr. Denis Murphy in an article in America Magazine, it also has failed, not only in being the “church of the poor” but also in teaching about morality! The Catholic schools, as well as the public schools and the government, have failed the people. We must teach our children about right and wrong! We must teach them that corruption does not jibe with our faith! Edu Punay noted in an article in Philippine Star (1/1/07) that while in the past the bishops simply issue pastoral messages, they are now taking a more active stand on issues including gambling, mining, sex education, corruption in government and others. That's good news, indeed!

In stewardship spirituality, we teach not only about trusting that God will provide us with everything we need, but also about being trustworthy, about being honest in all our dealings. We must become people of integrity. Corruption, therefore, has no place in stewardship spirituality.

Shelley Ortiz recently opined, "The more I think it (the Philippines) can’t get any more corrupt, current leadership always proves me grievously wrong."

Yet we cannot give up hope! As they say, "it's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Individually, we can light a candle in our own way. Professionally and personally I like to promote the good things about certain subjects (that's why I am in the public relations field) -- Filipinos, the Philippines, Metro Infanta, the Catholic Church or St. Thomas More -- to counteract the negative news about these subjects. Collectively with institutions such as civic organizations, the Church, schools and others, we can do more. Some people have the gift of saving the whole world, but thinking in such a grandiose manner usually is an exercise in futility. What I advocate is for each one of us to find a way to make a difference one person at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time, or one town at a time.

Metro Infanta Foundation believes in this wisdom. Our scholarship program is one way we are collectively lighting a candle. There are a number of institutions and organizations in Metro Infanta working for the common good, and thus lighting their own candle. I hope that, together, we can address the various needs of Metro Infanta.
Can you imagine if expatriates from different towns would concentrate on just their own town; if all of us "light a candle," so to speak, what a difference it would make in the "darkness" in the Philippines. What do you think?