The Roman Catholic prelate of La Union has commended 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.
Bishop Rodolfo Beltran of San Fernando City said MC’s Wong Chu King Foundation (WCKF) has donated to chruch projects and funded the education of poor students in Lagawe, Bontoc, including 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,” Beltran said.
The foundaion renovated the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat Church in Piat, Cagayan in 2012 and the Diocesan Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Naic, Cavite last year.
Created in 1990, the foundation aims to perpetuate the memory of Wong Chu King, the family patriarch, a philanthropist known for his generosity to the poor. The foundation’s thrust include sholarship programs and raising funds for charitable causes.
Auxiliary Bishop Ricardo Baccay of Tuguegarao City described WCKF’s work as “a step in the the direction … if WCKF is out to help schools, putting up libraries is the best form of help it can give.”
Archbishop emeritus Diosdado Talamayan of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao City said: “I have personally known Mrs. Nelia Wong Chu King, WCKF chariman of the board of trustees. She and her family are great devotees of Our Lady of Piat. They have erected a chapel in Malolos City, Bulacan, dedicated to Our Lady of Piat, which was blessed by many Bishops led by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales in 2012.”