MESSAGE FROM THE HTFI PRESIDENT:
 
 
February 2017
 
 
I am honored and excited to accept this opportunity, as President of the Handang Tumulong Foundation, Inc. (HTFI), to build on the great work that my predecessors have done in raising funds and ensuring the Foundation’s ability to provide immediate assistance during calamities, not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well.  I join them in thanking our many kind-hearted supporters and donors. This year, we will be holding our 8th Annual 5K Run and 1Mile Walk,  HTFI’s flagship project since 2009. With your continued support, we hope to make this event even more successful. 
 
As our past president, Nelsie Parrado moves on to new challenges, she takes with her the immense gratitude of all the officers and members of the board of trustees for her great leadership and for having ably guided the Foundation during her tenure.  I am certainly counting on her wise counsel during my term.
Our website has been re-designed with you in mind. Please feel free to explore our website to learn more about our organization and how you can get more involved, i.e., by joining our events, serving on a committee, or the board of trustees or simply by helping fund our endeavors. Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or feedback.
 
Thank you for your continued support.  Let's make 2017 a banner year for HTFI.
 
 
Alex L. Esteban
President, HTFI
 

PAST, CURRENT AND FUTURE FUND-RAISING EVENTS:

The devastating flood in most of Luzon and greater Metro Manila, as a result of continuous monsoon rain in August, 2012, mobilized HTFI to organize a fund-raising event aptly named “HTFI_TGIF Pasayaw”.  It was a pot luck dance held at the Philippine Center in New York on Friday, 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM on August 24, 2012.  There was no set amount of donation, but the organization left it to the generosity of the people attending how much they would like to give to help in the relief efforts.  All net proceed was sent to different localities in Metro Manila.  The Board of Trustees approved the sending of $1,500 @ to Sta. Lucia Parish in Novaliches, Sot. Domingo Church in Quezon City, care of KADAUPAN, which ministered to the evacuees who took refuge in the church, and to Sta. Cruz Laguna Association, which counterpart in their town were doing relief works to the townspeople living by the edge of the lake.  

When super storm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey in October 2012, Handang Tumulong Foundation helped 17 Filipino American families in Brighton Beach and Staten Island with a token amount of $200 per family to tide them over while they rebuild their lives turned upside down by the flood which destroyed their belongings and properties.

On October 6, 2012, HTFI held “Lakad Tulong Loves 2 Help 5 K Run/Walk”, the annual main fund-raising event of HTFI.  It was held at the Liberty State Park in Jersey City.  The participants were a mixed bag of Filipinos, African American and Hispanics. 

On the first quarter of the year since 2010, the group held a cultural show to raise funds for future calamities, which seems to occur with clockwork precision during the months of August, September and October.  True enough, in October 2012, Super Typhoon Pablo slammed northern Mindanao, creating untold devastation in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.  HTFI immediately disbursed $2,000 to Ateneo de Davao University, a Jesuit university, to help their relief efforts for the victims in devastated areas.  To increase the relief funds for the Pablo victims, HTFI, with the help of three noted choir groups in New Jersey – Filharmonix Choir, the Bayanihan Singers, and the Kayumanggi Chorale - held a Benefit Concert to raise funds for the victims of typhoon Pablo on January 4, 2013.  The event was held at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center in New York City, and with the support of the Philippine Consulate General in New York, and Consul General Mario De Leon, Jr.  $4,340 was sent to Ateneo de Davao to help in the rebuilding effort of the university at the devastated site.

Last September 22, 2013, HTFI held a 5 K Run/walk at Bayonne Park in New Jersey.  The Philippine Pediatric Society was active participants having 30 young children joined the walk to instill in their young mind the importance of walking to promote good health and prevent obesity.   Plans are already underway for October 4, 2014 for the same activity to raise funds.  It will be held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

HTFI sent funds to aid victims of the recent earthquakes in Bohol province in October, 2013.  When the strongest typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit the Philippines, HTFI held a concert at St. Vincent Church in Bayonne New Jersey on November 30, 2013.  It featured local groups and artists such as the Kayumanggi Chorale, the Bayanihan singers, Ms.  Rosemarie Flores and Father Roy Regaspi.  Other organizations also held fund-raising events, namely the Pinoy Aid; Philippine American Chamber of Commerce based in New York, the group of Elton Lugay, and the family and friends of Maritess Lilien of Manhattan, and chose Handang Tumulong Foundation as the beneficiary. 

HTFI  presented a group coming from Leyte, and have familial ties to victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, the world renown Leyte Dance Theater at Montclair State University on June 13, 2014, as part of our continuing efforts to raise ready funds.  Plans are underway to increase our donations to the rebuilding efforts of the devastated towns in Leyte and eastern Visaya.

Last February 2014, the Philippine Consulate General in New York under the leadership of the Honorable Consul General Mario De Leon embarked on a rehabilitation project for the victims of Eastern Visaya most hardly hit by typhoon Haiyan called Build A Shelter Project, in partnership with the Philippine Jesuit Foundation and Gawad Kalinga.  The Build a Shelter Project also sought partners in this project to build houses for displaced victims of the typhoon.  HTFI donated $16,500 towards this goal of building a house at $3,300 @.   An additional $1,350.00 was subsequently donated for the project.  Total donation to the Build  a Shelter Project in 2014 was  $31,114. 

$1,000.00 was given to the Archbishop of Manila, his Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle when he came to New York for his conferment of Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Fordham University, for his program to aid the victims of typhoon Haiyan last February 29, 2014.

To date, for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, Handang Tumulong Foundation, Inc. has received approximately $43,000.00 for Haiyan/Yolanda victims.  Future donations for typhoon Haiyan victims will be earmarked for rehabilitation and rebuilding of the affected areas in eastern Visaya.

In 2014, Fairways Inc., a supermarket chain in Manhattan, New York donated $25,000 for victims of natural disasters.  October 4, 2014, 2014 Lakad Tulong Loves to Help was held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ.  It netted $4,842.89.  Another strong typhoon hit  Eastern Samar,  internationally named Typhoon Hagupit and locally called Typhoon Ruby.  Disaster aid of $5,000 was given to Waray Community USA Association for relief aid to stricken families wanting food and other basic necessities.  Another $3,000 was donated to disaster Tech lab which are an international group with manpower on the ground helping the typhoon victims in Eastern Samar.

On April 25, 2015, Nepal was hit with 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed 9,934 Nepalis and counting.  Many more are missing and about 23,000 injured.  It was the worst natural disaster that hit Nepal since 1934.  The Trustees of Handang Tumulong Foundation immediately voted and approved to donate $2,000 to a Nepalis  Organization based in New York, the Non-Resident Nepali Coordination Council USA.  The donation was handed to an officer of the organization during the “Back to the Past to Prepare for the Future” Dinner Dance Fund raising event of the foundation last May 2, 2015.

Last April 2015, HTFI was the beneficiary of the philanthropy of a renowned pianist, professor Maestro Pierre Luigi Sampietro who donated his amazing genius at the piano to raise funds for the Filipino people.   A concert to present the Mystic Pianist, as he is well known, was held at the Philippine Center on April 10, 2015.  The annual 5k Run/Walk netted $9,500.  Plans are again underway for 2016 to hold fund-raising events.

In 2016, Ecuador was hit with a very strong earthquake. HTFI sent $1,000 course thru the Catholic Relief Service for the earthquake victims.    Italy also suffered extensive damage due to earthquake, and HTFI sent $500 thru Disaster Tech Lab.  Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti so hard affecting the residents.  $500 was donated to All Hands Volunteers which is on the ground working  to help the hurricane victims.

The Board of Trustees is committed to perform their duties and fiduciary responsibilities, with much sensitivity to the needs of the public they serve as a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.  The aim is for the operation and handling of monies transparent and pass muster.  Handang Tumulong Foundation, Inc.  has proven worthy of the public trust, and it is the hope that it will remain as such, for the sake of the “Kababayans” who are the beneficiaries of all the  joint efforts ewof the volunteers, the donors and the sponsors.