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48 Wealthy People Who Help Change Lives in the Philippines

The notable men and women that are committed to changing the country
By Paolo Chua for |



Here are some of the country's leading philanthropists and what they do to support arts and culture, education, environment, health, and more.



1. Erramon Aboitiz, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.


Erramon Aboitiz, the CEO and president of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, also heads the Aboitiz Foundation. The foundation focuses on education, enterprise development, environment, as well as health and well being.


2. Ramon Ang, San Miguel Foundation



The man behind San Miguel, Ramon Ang, is an active supporter of various causes. Most notably, in 2017, Ang gave financial aid to the families of those slain in Marawi through the San Miguel Foundation.


3. Jose Mari "Butch" Albert, Operation Compassion


Fila Isport life, Inc.âs Jose Marie T. Albert doubles as the president of charitable organization Operation Compassion. The faith-based organization works toward "community development and reaching less fortunate children which includes feeding and outreach programs for the indigent and street children."


4. Carmela Andal-Castro, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation

The Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation was founded in 1988Ââto improve the quality of life of disadvantaged children, women, and families in the Philippines and Hawaii.â In the Philippines, Carmela Andal-Castro acts as managing director with a focus on child abuse prevention and treatment programs that benefit thousands of children, women, and youth.



5. Diosdado âDadoâ Banatao, Philippine Development Foundation and Dado Banatao Educational Foundation


The founder of Tallwood Venture Capital, Diosdado âDadoâ Banatao, is also the man behind the Philippine Development Foundation and Dado Banatao Educational Foundation. PhilDev works âto create an ecosystem of science and technology in the Philippinesâ while his scholarship foundation awards grants to Filipino students that excel in engineering and technology.


6. Tony Tan Caktiong, Jollibee Group Foundation



Food chain founder Tony Tan-Caktiong started Jollibeeâs corporate social responsibility arm in December 2004. Today, its programs include community-leadership development, scholarships, feeding programs, and even relief aid during disasters.


7. Jose "Joey" Concepcion, Go Negosyo


In 2005, Joey Concepcion founded Go Negosyo with the belief that poverty can be alleviated through entrepreneurship. The organization encourages and helps people "to take charge and make the most of their resources and abilities by utilizing and transforming these into viable enterprises."


8. Ramon R. del Rosario Jr., PHINMA Foundation, Inc.



Founded by Ambassador Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr., Don Filemon C. Rodriguez, Ernesto Escaler, the PHINMA Foundation makes lives better by offering scholarships, grants, other programs.


9. Frederick Y. Dy, St. Luke's Foundation

 Through the St. Luke's Foundation, chairman Frederick Dy makes quality healthcare and medical education accessible to everyone. The foundation is also involved with charitable, educational, social welfare, and health research programs.



10. Alex Eduque, MovEd Foundation


Eduque founded MovEd in 2012 when she was 22 years old. The foundation strives to give every Filipino child "quality early childhood education."


11-14. John Jr., Johnson, Henry, and James Gokongwei, Gokongwei Brothers Foundation

The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation got its start in 1992 after John Jr., Johnson, Henry, and James donated shares of their stock in JG Summit Holdings. Today, it continues to build the future through education by partnering with academic institutions, offering scholarships, building learning facilities, and partnering with many other JG Summit groups.




15. Angelo King, Angelo King Foundation, Inc.

Filipino-Chinese motel magnate Angelo King started the Angelo King Foundation in 1978. According to Forbes, King uses the foundation to address educational, cultural, health care and spiritual needs.


16. Jean Henri Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc.


Cebuana Lhuillier's President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier heads the PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies' social responsibility arm, the Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. The non-profit organization was established in 2000 to "help the country's economy by giving scholarships to deserving students including the handicapped youth."


17. Oscar M. Lopez, Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.



A non-profit organization, the Lopez Group Foundation was founded by Oscar M. Lopez. The charitable institution supports the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of other Lopez Group Companies.


18. Regina Paz "Gina" Lopez, ABS-CBN Foundation


The daughter of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Eugenio Lopez, Jr., Gina founded and acts as the managing director of the ABS-CBN Foundation. The non-profit organization helps disadvantaged Filipino children through social and outreach programs.


19-20. Chuchu Madrigal and Ging Montinola, Consuelo Chito Madrigal Foundation



Consuelo Chito Madrigal established her own foundation on July 11, 1997, and focuses on scholarships, livelihood, and nutrition programs to improve the qualities of life in several communities. Today, the organization is headed by her nieces Chuchu Madrigal and Ging Montinola.


21. Antonio "Tony" Meloto, Gawad Kalinga


Meloto founded Gawad Kalinga and currently acts as chairman of the poverty alleviation and nation-building movement. Gawad Kalingaâs goal is to "end poverty for 5 million families by 2024."


22. Aurelio Montinola, BPI Foundation, Inc.

Established in 1978, the BPI Foundation works toward "the social and economic well-being of the Filipino people through Education, Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Sustainability."


23. Margie Moran-Floirendo, Ballet Philippines Foundation



Aside from advocating peace, Margie Moran-Floirendo also acts as president of the Ballet Philippines Foundation. She is joined by chairman Antonio "Tonyboy" O. Cojuangco, May May Liechtenstein, and Mercedes Zobel. The foundation supports over 200 scholars yearly through the Noordin Jumalon Scholarship Program.


24. Felino "Jun" Palafox Jr.

Felino âJunâ Palafox Jr., the founder and managing partner of Palafox Associates, designs housing developments for low-income families in Manilaâs Smokey Mountain dumpsite community. For his efforts, Palafox was ranked in Forbesâ 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia back in 2013.


25. Manuel V. Pangilinan, PLDT Smart Foundation and Makati Medical Center Foundation


PLDT and Smart chairman Manuel âMannyâ V. Pangilinan heads his companiesâ social outreach arm. Since its inception, the PLDT Smart Foundation has developed programs for education, livelihood/social entrepreneurship and microfinance, disaster preparedness, youth, poverty reduction and sports. In addition to that, Pangilinan also chairs the Makati Medical Center Foundation which has programs with public hospitals, surgical missions, and rescue operations.



26. Ricardo S. Po, Century Pacific Group-Ricardo S. Po Foundation

Ricardo S. Po founded the CPG - RSPo Foundation in 2010 to give back to the community. It aims to help alleviate hunger and malnutrition, as well as supporting educational and environmental programs.


27-28. Sandy Prieto-Romualdez and Gianna Montinola, Hands On Manila

Established in August 2001, Hands on Manila (HOM) brings âan innovative and alternative model of volunteer serviceâ in the Philippines. Its Servathon program provides members with opportunities to volunteer according to their schedule, personal expertise, and interests.


29. Lucio Tan, Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc.


The Tan Yan Kee Foundation is the Lucio Tan Group's corporate social responsibility arm. The foundation is dedicated toward the "Filipino people in the fields of education, culture and sports, research, health, social welfare, and manpower development."


30. George Ty, GT Foundation, Inc.

The Metrobank Group's chairman George Ty is the founder of the GT Foundation. The foundation pursues several "strategic programs that advance the development of underprivileged communities."



31. Socorro Ramos, National Book Store Foundation, Inc.


As the Philippines largest books and supplies store, National Bookstore uses its resources to uplift the lives of underprivileged children through the use of education. Some of its projects include Project Aral, Project Aklat Book Drive, Dry Library, and the Read Out Loud Challenge.


32. Enrique Razon Jr., International Container Terminal Services Foundation



Established in 2009, Enrique Razon Jr.'s ICTSI Foundation, Inc. "undertakes community projects under three development pillars: education, community welfare, and sports in coordination and/or partnership with relevant government institutions and select non-government organizations."


33. Henry Sy, Henry Sy Foundation

Established in 2008 by SM Founder and Chairman Henry Sy Sr., the Henry Sy Foundation aids "Filipino youth and Philippine social development through grants to educational institutions."



34. Andrew Tan, Megaworld Foundation



Megaworld Corporation's socio-civic arm, Megaworld Foundation, "was founded in 1997 based on Andrew Tan's belief that "education is the pivotal key to alleviating poverty in the Philippines." One of the organization's notable initiatives supports over 400 underprivileged scholars in 21 universities.


35. Zenaida "Nedy" Tantoco, Tantoco-Rustia Foundation


 The chairman and CEO of Rustan Commercial Corporation always takes time to support the arts through the Tantoco-Rustia Foundation. Tantoco has partnered and funded several concerts and shows including an exhibition on National Artist Ramon Valera in 2017.



36. Arthur Ty, Metrobank Foundation, Inc.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was established on January 8, 1979 by Dr. George S. K. Ty and supports various causes. The foundation partners with several organizations and offers "programs on recognition of excellence among key professions, education, visual arts and design, and healthcare."


37. George Yang, Klassikal Music Foundation



McDonald's Philippines' founder and chairman George Yang founded the Klassikal Music Foundation as a way to assist those who aspire to be musicians.


38-39. Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung, Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung Charitable Foundation Inc. (MSYCFI) was established in 1991 by Salimbangon-Yeung and a few friends. Through MSYCFI, she supports Operation Smile by helping those suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities.


40. Alfonso Yuchengco, AY Foundation, Inc.


The AY Foundation began as the Bayanihan Foundation. Set up in 1970, the organization supports the children of Grepalife employees and sales associates through an educational fund.


41-42. Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Foundation



The Ayala Foundation is one of the leading donors in the country. Led by Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, it focuses on education, youth leadership, sustainable livelihood, and arts and culture.


43-45. Lizzie Zobel, Margarita Delgado, and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, Teach for the Philippines


Teach for the Philippines was founded in August 2012 by Lizzie Zobel, Margarita Delgado, and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado. The non-profit organization "works to provide all Filipino children with access to relevant and excellent education."


46. Mercedes Zobel, E. Zobel Foundation, Inc.



Through her work with the Enrique Zobel Foundation, Mercedes Zobel helps disadvantaged Filipinos. The foundation focuses on five major programs: school infrastructure development, teacher training, student health and nutrition, learning support and other special projects.


47-48. David and Daniel Zuellig, Zuellig Family Foundation

Cousins David and Daniel Zuellig are the key movers of the Zuellig Family Foundation. In 2017, the foundation made it to Forbesâ annual list of philanthropists for its work in guiding rural governors and mayors.





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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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