TFC honors Filipino community heroes at 20th year gala

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 25, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Pioneers and employees of The Filipino Channel celebrated 20 glorious years as a company Wednesday night through a gala and show.

That night three Filipino organizations from North America were honored for being Global Bayaning Pilipinos for 2014.

The honorees were Anak, Inc. from Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, Carolina Medical Mission from Raleigh, NC, and the Filipino-American Community and Development Center of Toms River, NJ.

Daisydee Bautista is the executive director of Aksyon ng Ating Kabataan or Filipino Youth in Action better known as ANAK.

“It’s a reciprocal program in that not only are we helping students adjust to the new life in Canada and also the academic support and such, but also for the volunteers,” Bautista said. “It’s an opportunity to connect back with our community and with our Filipino heritage, and our group is very open to how you define that.”

The second honoree is the Carolina Medical Mission in North Carolina — a non-profit organization that sends doctors and volunteers to far-flung areas in the Philippines providing disadvantaged kababayans there free medical, surgical, and dental services for over 21 years now.

“I thank ABS-CBN. Thank you, because on the 21st year of Carolina Medical Mission, someone discovered us and, to me, that’s unbelievable. That’s why I said it must be a gift from God,” Dr. Arturo de Leon, founder of CMM, said.

The last honoree is the Filipino-American Community Development Center of Toms River, NJ educates the youth by teaching them Filipino dance and music.

They also encourage them to give back to the homeland.

After Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines five months ago they came together to help.

“In a span of two months we were able, it’s called the bayanihan, we were able to raise funds and send 59 balikbayan boxes to the victims of Yolanda,” Joji Babuschak, member of the Board of Directors for FCDC, said.

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