Wong Chu King Foundation Funds Xavier School Chapel

Wong Chu King Foundation, a non-government organization that supports education in its projects and programs, is funding the construction of the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Senior High School Building for Xavier School in San Juan City.

The chapel is dedicated “in loving memory of the friendship” of Mr. Wong Chu King, patriarch of the family that formed the Wong Chu King Foundation, and Jesuit priests Jean Desautels and Ismael Zuloaga.

According to Caesar Wongchuking, Wong Chu King Foundation vice president, the Sacred Heart Chapel of Xavier School’s senior high school building is being built in line with the cause and passion for education of his father.

Wong Chu King was one of the school’s founding donors.  Fr. Desautels, a French-Canadian Jesuit, was one of the school’s founders and its first president and director.  Fr. Zuloaga was the school’s longest-serving president and director at 19 years, from 1966 to 1985.

The school is named after St. Francis Xavier, one of the first leaders of Jesuit missions in China.

“This project is our way of honoring our father’s friendship with the Jesuit community and paying forward for the excellent education we received from the school,” said Alex Wongchuking, Wong Chu King Foundation executive director and Caesar’s elder brother.

The foundation is also financing the schooling of hundreds of poor but deserving students all over the country.

Wong Chu King Foundation is the social arm of Filipino-owned cigarette manufacturing company Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp.

Massive Quakes Prompted Mighty Corporation and Wong Chu King Foundation to Build More Churches

The recent devastation in Bohol and Cebu brought about by massive quakes has firmed-up the advocacy of Filipino-owned tobacco company Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp to build and restore more churches in the region and in other parts of the country .

Mighty Corporation executive Vice President and retired Judge Oscar P. Barrientos said in a statement that the destruction of churches in Bohol and Cebu prompted the company to continue its mission to rebuild historical churches and in a way bring hope and strengthen the faith of Filipinos.

“The recent calamities that hit the country last year only strengthened the Filipino faith. Mighty Corp will continue to build churches that Filipinos go to in their times of great trials,” said Barrientos.

Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tirona and Cagayan Archbishop Emeritus Diosdado Talamayan expresses support for the programs of Mighty Corporation and its social arm the Wong Chu King Foundation.

Last year, Mighty Corporation through the Wong Chu King Foundation, helped renovate the Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Naic, Cavite, and also rebuild the Basilica Minore of the Our Lady of Piat in Cagayan.

Mighty Corp and the Foundation also supported poor but deserving students through scholarship programs and initiated relief operations in Bulacan and Cavite during the surge of massive monsoon rains last year.

 

Mighty Corporation and Wong Chu King Foundation Assists Paranaque Medical Outreach

Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp through its social arm – Wong Chu King Foundation has donated medicines to the Our Lady of Peace Mission Hospital Foundation to boost its medical mission to thousands of poor families living in Paranaque City.

Wong Chu King Foundation aims to perpetuate the memory of Emmanuel Wong Chu King, philanthropist and patriarch of the Wongchuking family by helping the poor and underprivileged sectors with their nutrition, medical, education and livelihood needs.

The Our Lady of Peace Mission Hospital Foundation on the other hand is being administered by the Sisters of Saint Paul of Chartres.  They have extended health care to indigents including ward accommodation since 1984.

“While we continue to give free healthcare and surgical needs to poor families, our hospital also offers very low rates for various medical services for those who can afford to pay,” said Sr. Eva Fidela Maamo, the hospital foundation’s president.

Sr. Eva Maamo was given the Mother Teresa Award of the Philippines in 1992, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1997.

Grants from government agencies and private organizations like Mighty Corporation, enables the hospital to maintain an emergency room, an out-patient department and in-patient services, an operating room, laboratory and radiology services, along with   charity programs for the poor.

Evolving from a medical mission program, the hospital has expanded its services to assist the poor communities and squatter areas in Metro Manila and Cavite City along with the 110 indigenous peoples’ communities of the country.

The Wong Chu King Foundation also funded the Hapag-Asa Integrated Nutrition Program of Assisi Development Foundation to help provide for the nutritional needs of more than 8 million children all over the Philippines.

Wong Chu King also entered into a partnership agreement with the UP College of Law Class of 1978 and the Payatas Orione Foundation Inc. for a nutrition program for malnourished children at the Quezon City dump.

Wong Chu King Foundation and Mighty Corp Donates 4M Pesos to Yolanda Victims

Wong Chu King Foundation donated P4 Million to victims of typhoon Yolanda in the provinces of Leyte, Cebu, Capiz and Ilo-Ilo.

Yolanda which affected central Philippines November last year, is the most powerful tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines in decades leaving a trail of devastation mainly in the Visayas region.  The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council listed at least 5,209 killed, 23,404 injured and 1,611 still missing and presumed dead. The Philippine government agency estimates the death toll at 10,000.

Created in 1990, the Wong Chu King Foundation aims to perpetuate the memory of Wongchuking, the family patriarch, a philanthropist who had provided assistance to the poor and underprivileged in his lifetime.  The foundation is also the social arm of local cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp.

A philanthropic non-government organization, Wong Chu King Foundation provides assistance to the poor and the underprivileged sectors of society.

Camille Arsenal, Wong Chu King Foundation coordinator, said the foundation’s board of directors led by its chairman, Nelia Wongchuking, approved the release of the funds to the victims, including assistance to 78 employees of Mighty Corporation and their dependents whose homes were either totally or partially destroyed by the typhoon.

“Wong Chu King Foundation and Mighty Corporation did not think twice after learning of the extent of the disaster.  The victims were given enough funds to enable them to pick up the pieces and recover from the disaster,” Arsenal said.  “We treat our employees like family.”

 

Three Million Tobacco Farmers to Benefit from Mighty Corp Growth

Filipino-owned cigarette manufacturing company Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp announced recently that it will increase its yield on local tobacco leaves purchases to help an estimate of three million farmers and their dependents in the Ilocos and Cagayan Valley region.

According to Mighty Corp Executive Vice President Oscar Barrientos, the company’s domestic market share dramatically increased from 5% in 2012 to 20% in 2013.

“We have earned our fair share of the market by making affordable cigarettes sold to the mass market.  We’re proud of our modest success coming from a home-grown and Filipino-owned cigarette company,” said Barrientos, who also acts as the official spokesperson of Mighty Corporation.  “With a bigger share of Mighty Corp in the market today, we are giving the tobacco farmers a fair share of our success by offering competitive prices to their crops,” he added.

Mighty Corp has championed the cause of Filipino tobacco farmers since its conception by buying a large volume of low-grade tobacco leaves at great prices.

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“Last year, we have bought even the low-priced tobacco leaves.  Had Mighty Corp not done that, it would have created a problem for tobacco farmers,” Barrientos claimed. “We are happy to offer better prices to tobacco farmers and are willing to tie-up with the Department of Agriculture and the National Tobacco Administration to cement our partnership with the farmers.” he added.

Barrientos also said that aside from the tobacco farmers, the whole country benefits from Mighty Corp’s business growth and success.

“Our contribution is in the form of taxes, which helps in the development of the country. We also employed more factory workers. Now, we have more than 2,000,” he said.

Mighty Corp is also expanding its corporate social responsibility projects through the Wong Chu King Foundation to help tobacco cooperatives increase their production.

“As far as CSR is concerned, we will have irrigation pumps in their area and provide mini tractors. This will come in the form of grant. We will have scholarship grants,” he said.

Barrientos assured the public that Mighty Corp has a long-term plan to further improve its market share to better help hundreds of thousands of tobacco leaf growers’ workers in the country.

Wong Chu King and Mighty Corp Helping Farmers and Churches in the Philippines

When Mighty Corporation created the Wong Chu King Foundation in 1990, education and catholic apostolic works were and still are two of its top priority programs.

Wong Chu King Foundation has already renovated the Basilica Minore of the Our Lady of Piat Church in Cagayan as well as the historic Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Naic, Cavite.

“I have personally known Mrs. Nelia Wongchuking, the foundation’s chairman of the board of trustees.  She and her family are great devotees of the Our Lady of Piat.  They have erected a chapel in Malolos, Bulacan dedicated to the Our Lady of Piat, which was blessed by many Bishops led by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales in 2012.” said Archbishop Emeritus Diosdado Talamayan of Tuguegarao.

Aside from rebuilding churches, the foundation provide scholarships to children and dependents of poor local farmers in northern Luzon.

 

Bishop Rodolfo Beltran of La Union cited the contributions of Mighty Corp through the Wong Chu King Foundation for giving top priority to apostolic works and Catholic education programs and projects.

“The parents of these students are low-income farmers producing only for local consumption. You can imagine the positive impact this kind of support has for them.”Bishop Beltran said.

18th Century Church Restored: A Lenten Gift To The People of Naic, Cavite

IMG_0784Mighty Corporation through its corporate social responsibility arm Wong Chu King Foundation recently turned over its finished church renovation project to the people of Naic, Cavite.

Wong Chu King Foundation restored to its former glory the century-old Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary in Naic, Cavite.

The newly restored church was turned over last March 30 on the occasion of Wong Chu King Foundation’s 24th founding anniversary. 

Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista of the Archdiocese of Imus cited Mighty Corp and its foundation’s support to church initiatives and their help in rebuilding the Naic church.

“We build churches to encourage people to live a life of holiness.  With this beautiful church, one can say that the presence of God is really felt by the people, I want to thank the Wongchuking family for all that they have done not only for the church but also for the parish of Naic.”  Bishop Evangelista said during the official turn-over ceremony.

Wong Chu King Foundation started working to restore the neo-gothic structure in June last year and completed the project in February this year.

“We could not allow this historic church to go into disrepair because it not only strengthened the Filipino faith but also stood as a mute witness to the martyrdom of the defenders of Philippine freedom and nationhood,” Wong Chu King Foundation executive director Alexander D. Wongchuking said in an interview.

Wong Chu King Foundation has been renovating churches since early 2009.   Their projects include the Basilica Minore of the Our Lady of Piat in Cagayan province.

The foundation has also been helping in the seismic retrofitting of historic churches and religious structures in earthquake affected areas in Bohol and Cebu.

 

Mighty Corp and Wong Chu King Foundation Lauded for Apostolic Works

Mighty Corporation and Wong Chu King Foundation hailed by several bishops as apostolic works champions!

Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp the makers of the most affordable cigarette brand in the  country is also the main proponent for several apostolic projects in the Philippines through the Wong Chu King Foundation.

The company have been involved in various projects particularly in support of the Catholic church and their church rehabilitation and scholarship programs.

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Bishop Rodolfo Beltran of San Fernando City said that Mighty Corporation has funded the scholarship program for the poor children in Lagawe, Bontoc, that includes four seminarians.

“The parents of these students are low-income farmers producing only for local consumption. You can imagine the positive impact this kind of support has for them,” said Fr. Beltran.

Mighty Corp  through the Wong Chu King Foundation also renovated the Basilica Minore of the Our Lady of Piat Church in Cagayan province two years ago as well as the Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Naic, Cavite last year.

On preserving historic churches in Philippines

Wong Chu King Foundation (WCKF) is celebrating its 24th anniversary.

They already pledged to aid in the seismic retrofitting of historic churches in Philippines.

In fact they started renovation project for the historic Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the largest church in all of Cavite,

Alexander Wongchuking, WCKF executive director said:
“We cannot allow this historic church to go into disrepair because it had not only strengthened the Filipino faith but also stands as a mute witness to the martyrdom of the defenders of Philippine freedom and nationhood,” , recalling the church’s role in the fight for Philippine independence from Spanish, American and Japanese conquerors.

As they offered help, the foundation focused on repairing the church’s roof and ceiling. But Mrs. Wongchuking heard of the personal project of Fr. Virgilio Saenz-Mendoza, the parish priest, and the people of Naic to refurbish the outer walls of the church.

WCKF did the same help to San Juan City, The foundation celebrates by giving support to some educational projects and program by funding the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Senior High School Building for Xavier School in San Juan City. I

The Foundation is the social action arm of cigarette manufacturer, Mighty Corporation (MC), for giving top priority to apostolic work and Catholic education in its programs and projects.

 

Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation