Golf tournament with a cause raises $8k to assist medical patient under Bantay Bata in PHL
REDWOOD CITY, CA – The 3rd Bayanihan Cup, an annual Filipino golf tournament held in Sunol Valley Golf Club in Sunol, California, rang true to its name by raising funds for ABS-CBN Foundation International’s Bantay Bata (Child Watch) program last June 29.
Bayanihan Cup is the brainchild of Ed Salaguban, president of the Phil-Am Golf Association (PAGA). An avid golfer, he founded the tournament as an event where members of various Filipino American golf clubs can get together for “something fun” and “something good” at the same time. With the support of golfing buddies like Mango Tours owner Johnny Francisco and tournament co-founder Sonny Manuel, they aimed to show that the Filipino practice of “bayanihan” – where people pull together for the “bayan” (town, community or nation) through the “bayani” (a person who heroically dedicates his/her life to serve others) – is alive and well on the golf course among Filipino players of the sport.
This year, the event raised more than $8,000 net revenue to support a medical patient under the care of Bantay Bata (Child Watch), a program of ABS-CBN Foundation International.
“The energy and commitment of the core team who worked so hard to make this event a very successful one is truly inspiring and impressive. Philanthropy can be fun when people of the same noble intention come together for a meaningful purpose,” says Jo Ann Kyle, Managing Director of ABS-CBN Foundation International.
The winner of the 3rd Bayanihan Cup is team Hampas Lupa led by its president, Rudy Paez. They bested 127 golfers from different Northern California cities. Prizes included branded golf paraphernalia donated by Fely Merchan, a home theater system from JBQ, Velaqua water filter, a round trip ticket to the Philippines donated by Philippine Airlines and many more.
The event was graced by Mayor David Canepa of Daly City who is very supportive of Filipino groups and a firm advocate of charity work.
“It is PAGA’s desire to hold and grow this event annually,” said Salaguban. “PAGA’s main goal is to make this event sustainable so that in the years to come, Filipino American golf clubs and its communities will continue the PAGA legacy.”
ABS-CBN Foundation International (AFI) is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged Filipino families and children in the Philippines and around the world. AFI is a committed advocate of public service and accomplishes its mission through supporting the programs of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. in the Philippines.
For more information visit www.abscbnfoundation.org.