GREENWICH, Conn. – Singing Filipino Christmas classics is a great way to pump up the holiday spirit. The carolers of the the Filipino-Amateur League in Connecticut or FALConn are not only spreading good cheer to families in Connecticut, they are also sending messages of peace, joy and charity.
Outgoing Falconn President Eduardo Cabello said, “Especially Christmas, like today we’re doing some caroling; caroling for a cause, actually. Whatever proceeds from this we’ll donate it to the FalConn Community Fund.”
With thousands of dollars raised throughout 2014, FALConn has built two classrooms in Hinundayan, Southern Leyte and another two in Bukidnon in Mindanao.
“God has given as the chance that we can give back. To me that’s the most important thing,” FALConn VP Francis Guzzello said. “If you can see in a child’s eyes that he has a book or a pencil to write something, that’s an indescribable feeling that you can have. At least you have achieved something.”
For areas in the Philippines devastated by calamities, the group also provides relief operations and financial and livelihood assistance such as providing locals with fishing boats.
Here in the U.S., FalConn charity works include: volunteering as first responders to devastated areas brought about by hurricanes such as Irene and Sandy; providing first aid to public events such as the New York City Marathon; and providing hot meals for local soup kitchens.
“I just want to say we’re very grateful sa lahat ng tao rito, sa Filipino community because of their unwavering dedication and commitment to serve at sa lahat ng generous donations na binigay nila,”said FALConn Vice President Barbara Magtibay.
“Especially now since it’s Christmas time, it’s the best time to give and feel that you have done something for one child at least smile and happy,” Guzzello said.
For these Filipino carolers, giving back doesn’t only happen during the holiday season, it happens all year-around and it’s given with a joyful heart.