Saturday, April 4, 2015, Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
Iskwelahang Pilipino’s race team of 35 (ages 16 months – 80) joined over 200 runners and walkers at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) annual 5K run around the reservoir. Geared with red bandanas to identify our participation, race bibs and denim patches made by the Youth Empowerment Prospect group (with messages like “no excuse for abuse”, and “victim blame is a shame”), the IP team ran/walked two loops from start to finish. The energy and enthusiasm of the IP children and adults impressed the ATASK council leaders who were wondering all these years “where are the Filipinos?” (in Boston). They finally met us!!
ATASK primarily serves Asian families and individuals in Massachusetts and New England who suffer from or are at risk of suffering from domestic violence.
Rappler, October 2014
Rappler, a social news network features Iskwelahang Pilipino on their Balikabayan page.
June 7, 2014- Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts
It was a perfect day to fly the Philippine flag at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The IP Rondalla troupe waited in queue for their turn to perform to a crowd of Pilipino residents in the New England area as well as passerbys walking through the Plaza and into the downtown crossing. Mabuhay ang Pilipino on this their 116 year of Independence.
[slideshow_deploy id=’424′]Sunday, March 30, 2014. The relentless rain did not dampen the spirits inside the elegant ballroom at the Tewksbury Country Club on Main Street. The grandiose high pine wood ceiling was crowned with an impressive chandelier giving the IP fundraising event a touch of class. Chef Paul Wahlberg, owner of “Wahlburgers” and “Alma Nove” in Hingham, MA, (and now chef celebrity of the reality show, “Wahlburgers” on A&E cable) donated all the food served at the cocktail and silent auction. Marc Ginsburg, owner of the country club offered this charming ballroom space and the use of his staff (free of charge) for the afternoon soiree. The auction bids and raffle prizes tipped the goal to over $10K. All monies will be given to three schools in the Visayan Islands (the Loboc Central Elementary School in Bohol; the Pedro E. Candido Memorial National High School in Hernani, Eastern Samar; and the Pilar Central School in Camotes Islands, Cebu). Through the help of the Tanging Yaman Foundation, a licensed NGO in Manila who acts as a conduit between donors and the beneficiaries in the Philippines, the funds will help rebuild a “rehearsal room” at the Loboc school; purchase armchair desks for the Eastern Samar High School; and stock educational materials for the library at the Camotes Island school.
Chef Wahlberg told everyone present at the affair how he loves the Filipino people and even got introduced to his favorite dish, “dinuguan”. He was impressed with the rondalla performance and stayed awhile to have photos taken with some of the donors. Mabuhay to all our generous friends and families at Iskwelahang Pilipino!