Jersey choirs in June 8 Koro concert

HTFI officers and board members for 2019.

Handang Tumulong Foundation, Inc. (HTFI) and the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America, Inc.  have jointly embarked on a project  – a choral concert  to be presented on June 8.

“Tatlong Koro,  Isang Lahi, Isang Musika” will feature three outstanding choirs in New Jersey, namely the Filharmonix Choir,  the Kayumanggi Chorale, and the Bayanihan Choir.     

HTFI is a non-profit organization based in New Jersey. It was founded in 2010 through the initiative of the former Consul General of New York Cecilia Rebong and headed by its founding president, Nelsie Parrado. Its main mission is to give financial assistance to victims of natural calamities in the Philippines, USA, and elsewhere in the world.

Since its inception, HTFI has donated more than $206,000 to disaster areas. The list of donations given can be found at our website, and at our Facebook page.

Membership to the foundation is by nomination of candidates from the community and vetted by the current board of trustees.

For 2019, the current officers are Winston Umali, M.D. (President), Alex Esteban, (Vice President, Internal Affairs), Ave Pimo (Vice President, Community Affairs), Jennie Jonson (Secretary), Aniano Rabe (Treasurer), Nelsie Parrado (Public Relations Officer), Troi Santos (Technology Officer) with the rest of the Board of Trustees namely, Dennis Bernardo, M.D., Carmen Flores, Liza Galon, Amb. Leslie Gatan, Steve Parrado, and Angelita Peña.

Donations come from various fund-raising activities over the years. Since its inception, HTFI has its annual Walkathon/5K Run, now on its 10th year. Besides promoting health and fitness while meeting the foundation’s goals, it has also engaged in numerous cultural events such as the Cecil Licad Piano Concert (2010), Anyo Fashion Show (2011), Dance2Help (2012), Tatlong Koro, Pablo Relief Concert; Ayuda: Haiyan Relief Concert and the Pag-asa: Haiyan Relief Concert (2013), the Leyte Dance Theater (2014) and the Professor Sampierto Piano Concert  (2015), and co-sponsorship of Barrio to Broadway 2, the anniversary concert of the Kayumanggi Chorale, Inc. in 2016.

The concert with the three local choral groups – the Filharmonix Choir of Jersey City, the Kayumanggi Chorale Inc., and The Bayanihan Singers — will showcase local Filipino talents in choral music.

HTFI remains true to its commitment to community service and the promotion of Philippine cultural values.

HTFI foresees the need for more funds to be generated. The organization remains transparent with its finances.  

“We are humbled by the continued trust of the community in our endeavor and efforts. We are always ready to help. As such is our name: Handang Tumulong,” the group said in a statement.Handang Tumulong Foundation, Inc.

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