By ANCOP USA Communications
ANCOP USA, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas International, will conduct a
Disaster Preparedness Summit on October 18-19, 2014 at Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Chicago, IL.
As the conference title connotes, the Summit is aimed at educating and training organizations involved in providing help in times of disasters or catastrophes.
To register, please go to www.ancopusasummit.org
Details about the Summit, including speakers, can be seen at the flyer below.
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ANCOP-USA CFO Rollie Balanza and Board Member Tony Ventura on Tacloban mission trip. Meetings with Archbishop Du, Mayor Petilla if Paly, and Jude Abenoja – CFC Leyte Area Director. — at Villa Socorro Subdivision, San Isidro, Ormoc City.
Please walk with us to give needy children an education for a brighter future. The ANCOP Walk brings together hundreds of participants across the U.S. and North America, walking together to help the poor in the Philippines and third world countries. – Please register at www.ancopusawalk.org
By ANCOP USA Communications
ORLANDO, Florida – The USA Global Pinoy Singing Idol (GPSI), jointly sponsored by ABS-CBN DZMM and CFC ANCOP USA, was successfully held at the sprawling Calvary Assembly of God in this city on April 5, 2014.
Jolilorlyn Q. Wenghofer of Chicago, IL. and Alessandra Jay Morales of San Diego, CA. were adjudged GPSI USA Champions by the three-member board of judges composed of Fr. Ramon Bolatete, Marilen Laguitan and May Ceniza of ABS CBN. Fourteen singers participated.
According to Roger Santos, Executive Director, ANCOP USA, the two winners were awarded $1,000 each and free round trip tickets and weeklong stay in Manila for the Global Finals of GPSI sometime in January 2015.
Ahwel Paz of DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, who was one of two emcees, entertained the audience endlessly throughout the afternoon program with his instant wit and humor.
Paz, the brain behind GPSI, is a former scholar turned sought-after stage and TV director, actor, host and events specialist. Melody Garcia-Muniz of Orlando was co-emcee.
In post contest interviews with some members of the audience, this Newsletter gathered a common observation saying all singers who competed were very good.
The other 12 singers were: Aaron Caras (FL); Giselle Delos Reyes (MN); Vanessa Quillao (FL); Michael Toledo (FL); Ian Ramos (FL); Kyle Mercado (FL); Cheryl Badiola (FL); Jozen D De Leon (TX); Michael Rey Calalang (NJ); Martin Honor (MD); Maria Raina Rivere (MD) and Rodel Sajor (CA).
Manila singer Pops Fernandez and actor Gabby Concepcion were guest performers during the competition. Both were virtually mobbed by fans who uncontrollably ran to the stage to be close to their favorite actors.
GPSI taps the musical talent of aspiring Filipino American singers living around the world. The proceeds in the US go to the ongoing CFC ANCOP USA projects for the poor, including the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Central Philippines.
According to Francis Sonny Perez of CFC ANCOP Florida, one of the event coordinators, some 1,200 people, mostly Filipino-Americans, witnessed the five-and-a-half-hour program which was covered live by DZMM Teleradyo in all its stations around the world.
Perez said people who came were not only from Florida, but also from Louisiana, Texas, California, Maryland and Illinois, among others.
Eric Villanueva, President of ANCOP USA & National Director, CFC USA, thanked all those who worked behind the scenes, especially members of Couples for Christ/ANCOP Florida which led to the successful conduct of GPSI in the Sunshine State.
Villanueva also enjoined everyone to watch for announcements of the 2015 GPSI soon.
All the board members of CFC and ANCOP USA together with their respective wives were on hand and provided support to the event’s huge success.
PRESS RELEASE ON Charitable Giving Assistance Act,
25 March 2014
PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS PHILIPPINE
CHARITABLE GIVING ASSISTANCE ACT
WASHINGTON, D.C.—United States President Obama today signed into law a legislative measure that would allow American taxpayers to claim deductions for donations they made to support relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
The enactment of the Philippine Charitable Giving Assistance Act, which would also allow US taxpayers to continue making tax-deductible donations to typhoon victims in the Philippines until 15 April, was immediately welcomed by the Philippine Embassy.
“The immediate signing by President Obama of the Philippine Charitable Giving Assistance Act underscores the importance the US Government places on the immediate recovery of typhoon-devastated areas in the Philippines,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said.
The Ambassador thanked President Obama for his prompt action on the measure and lawmakers led by Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono and California Rep. Eric Swalwell and their cosponsors for introducing the measure and ensuring its passage in Congress.
“I wish to reiterate the profound gratitude of the Philippine Government and the Filipino people for the generous outpouring of support and solidarity by the US Government and the American people to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan,” Ambassador Cuisia said.
The Embassy said the new law was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Swalwell and was co-sponsored by 35 congressmen—26 Democrats and nine Republicans. It was unanimously passed as House Resolution 3771 on Monday.
On the other hand, Senate Resolution 1821, sponsored by Senator Hirono, and supported by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Foreign Relations Committee Chair Robert Menendez, among others, was passed on 6 March.
The Embassy, quoting the Office of Senator Hirono, said the new law would allow taxpayers who donate to the relief efforts in the Philippines after the President’s signature on 25 March and before 15 April 2014 to take the charitable deduction when they file their 2013 tax returns.
Taxpayers who donate in this timeframe but have already filed their taxes can amend their tax returns to receive these benefits this year.
Without this law, taxpayers can claim a tax deduction for contributions they make to charities, but they receive the tax incentive many months later after they file their tax returns the following year. The law eliminates this delay. ###
3 college graduates from St Martin sponsored by Ancop USA. The one in green Rene Borigas was cited best IT student, Best Thesis and Best in Journalism. He was immediately hired as member of the college faculty of AMA University. God is really good! — with Rizal Ting, Vida Maria Cuares, Roger Santos, Romeo M. Medina, Cresencia Dela Cruz- Reyes, Ferdie Garcia and Jannie Bagapuro.
Feb.16,2014; Seville Banquets
It’s that wonderful time of year again when we all came together to celebrate, dress up,
and boogie down at the annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance of CFC ANCOP (Couples For
Christ’s Answering The Cry Of The Poor)!
This year has been aptly entitled , “LIVE, HEAL, LOVE” due to the many events that
have befell our brethren and our “kababayans” (countrymen) during the past year.
The wrath of typhoon “Yolanda” or better known as Haiyan worldwide was physically felt
by our countrymen back home but was, likewise, emotionally felt by the world as we all
sat helplessly watching the numerous images of desolation and ruin.
People from all over the world gave what they could and reached out as best they can.
This devastation has brought out Heroes and Leaders amongst us and that deep
realization that safeguarding the only life we have is as important as to LIVE fully the
days, months, or years we have left before we are called back to the Hands of Our
Maker! But not to merrily go along our own way but to help and reach out to the people
in need! To HEAL holistically_ the sick, the dying, the spiritually lost due to such a
devastation is brought about by an act of kindness and giving of our time, talent, and
treasures to those in need. And lastly, to LOVE unconditionally through it all
and to never cease helping and giving no matter what the cost.
As always, it was a wonderful and intimate event
graced by our family, friends, our Couples for
Christ (CFC) brothers and sisters and new faces
and new found friends___
all partners in nation-building!
All heroes to a very important cause
that hits close to home!
The meaningful invocation was given by Fr. Ramil
Fajardo , and memorable performances by
ARIA( Divine Aleonar,Nina Mea Vidal, Jerrick
Torreno), 2014 Regional Global Pinoy Singing Idol
winner Jing Wenghofer, Melina Medina, Michael
Calibugar, and a beautiful dance rendition of “Dahil Sa Iyo” (Because Of You) by Hula
and Beyond Dance Group made the night even more special!
May we all continue to LIVE, HEAL, and
LOVE as we grow in generosity and
selﬂessly give of ourselves and share the
blessings the Lord Almighty has given us!
To all of YOU, a heartfelt