The Filipino Channel (TFC) Unity Cup Los Angeles, powered by the Philippine Disaster Relief Organization (PeDRO), will have its first-ever charity golf tournament in Southern California.
“This tournament,” says Managing Director Jerry O. Bennett, ABS-CBN Foundation International (AFI), “is an expansion leg of the TFC Unity Cup in the Bay Area, Northern California. Proceeds of the golf tourney will be for the benefit of AFI, a 501 c3 not-for-profit that serves as the public service arm of TFC.”
PeDRO tees off on June 2, at Westridge Golf Club, 1400 S. La Habra Hills Drive, La Habra, Calif. 90631. Check-in time is 12 noon.
“It’ll be a fun-filled day of golf and fellowship for a good cause,” continued Jerry, “followed by a wonderful dinner. There will be raffles and surprises for the golfers. Funds raised will go towards our disaster response management program in the Philippines, Sagip Kapamilya (Save the Family/Operation Relief).”
The Philippines is along the typhoon belt in the Pacific Ocean and is visited by an average of 20 typhoons annually. The country is also situated in the pacific ring of fire and is vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
“With your support towards Sagip Kapamilya,” added Jerry, you’ll be providing Filipino families with immediate relief during natural and or even man-made calamities. Partner with us as we raise funds to provide the following: Relief packs filled with rice, canned goods, and bottled water; soup kitchen; and hygiene kits containing toiletries. Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. It will be coursed through ABS-CBN Foundation International, our 501 c3 registered non-profit organization. Please be assured that tax receipts will be issued for donations.
“Through your participation at the first TFC Unity Cup Southern California in partnership with PeDRO,” Jerry O. Bennett expressed, “we will be able to further improve our services. For 15 years, AFI’s Disaster Relief Management Program has been able to positively impact the lives of thousands of disaster-stricken Filipino families and it is because of expressions of love and support like yours that enable us to keep on refining our capacity to create better futures for those who need it most. Your presence will effectively help us continue our work of restoring hope and dignity to families.”
Tee time starts promptly at 1 p.m., according to tournament chair Joey Cruz, PeDRO treasurer. Registration fee of $125 includes cart, range balls, raffle prizes, and buffet dinner. There will be a late registration fee of $135 after May 20 through May 26 (subject to space availability). For information, contact Joey Cruz (310) 938-4907; Emails: [email protected] and [email protected]; Issa Gelasio (650) 241-5589; Emails: [email protected] or [email protected].
The Philippine Disaster Relief Organization was formed in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2004, as a result of a call from the Philippine Consulate General seeking help and donations for the victims of typhoons that wrecked havoc in Quezon province in December of that year. The FilAm community responded positively to that appeal and helped raise $42,000 towards the cause and collected various relief items, too.
The formation of this group has been a historic milestone in the FilAm community in Southern California, as it was the first time that such a community-wide relief effort was mounted. PeDRO’s mission: to rebuild lives when disaster strikes. Past presidents are: Bing De La Vega, Gil Mislang, Myrna M. Baculi and Archerie G. Calunod.
Current PeDRO officers include Benito Moras Miranda, president-chairman of the board, Santos Capistrano Jr., vice president-vice chairman; Heidi J. Mariano, secretary; Lilli Khan, asst. secretary; Joey Cruz, treasurer; and Cirilo Pinlac Jr., auditor. Board directors: Manuel Baculi, MD, Lolita Frialde Bandong, Cora M. Cruz, Eleanor Martires, Jose Victor M. Martires, Serry Sabocor, Zenaida P. Sabocor, and Edith E. Sajor. Members: Emma Sabido, Linda Simbulan, and Cecile Rosana.
Benito Moras Miranda was born in Cebu City, Philippines, the son of a prominent family of Spanish/Chinese heritage. He moved to the United States in 1968, and attended Woodbury University in Los Angeles, majoring in Business Management with a minor in International Trade. By his junior year, he became the school’s first foreign student body president.
In his early years in California, ‘Benitz’ love for his country made him seek out avenues that allowed him to become a part of the Filipino-American community. By 1969, he was one of the original members of the Filipino Basketball Youth Association.
After college, he worked as operations officer for Security Pacific Bank in Burbank, Calif; then assistant cashier for City National Bank in Beverly Hills, Calif. Soon after, he moved to Montana, where he worked in Butte as HUD’s Community Development Fiscal Officer; then Billings, working for financial and investment organizations like New York Life and First Bank’s Insurance Division.
After 10 years in Montana, Benito returned to Los Angeles. By then he has honed his skills in management, creative sales and marketing strategies that helped to expand markets and maximize sales resulting in substantial profits for the companies he worked for. He was Regional Sales Manager for Care1st Health Plan Medicare Division, where he assisted in promulgating FilAm causes and used his influence in the corporate arena to gain access to corporate awareness for the FilAm groups he belonged to. City leaders of Long Beach and Los Angeles, to name a few, have recognized his contributions via Certificates of Appreciation, including such a certificate from the Philippine Consul General of Los Angeles.
Besides his strong organizational skills and charisma, he has shown leadership in the following: five-year president, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans; president, Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Filipino American Service Group Inc.; Board member, FilAm Athletes International, NAARC, and Federation of FilAm Association of Long Beach, among others.
In 2006, he was appointed as the first Filipino American Cultural Arts Commissioner for the City of Torrance, and later as Chairman; and he also served as Commissioner on Aging in that city.
PeDRO president is the Executive Manager, Senior Markets CA, Retention Department of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, independent licensee of the Blue Shield Association.
He is married to singer/songwriter, actress, producer and director; TV host and gold record awardee Becca Godinez. They have two daughters, Natasha and Ann Marie.
Save the date: Sept. 22, 2019
The Philippine Disaster Relief Organization will present “Friends…Unplugged!”: A Benefit Concert for PeDRO at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo. Confirmed artists include actress/performer Becca Godinez; singer/songwriter Odette Quesada; jazz saxophonist Ner de Leon; guitarist Myke Gonzaga; singer/songwriter Kevin Click; and special guest Morris Albert, a soft rock singer and songwriter, whose song “Feelings” with lyrics written by him, sold over 1 million copies in the US alone. All of the artists have agreed to waive a performance fee and will be donating their time pro bono. Ted Benito will produce and direct the concert. For more information, contact PeDRO president Benito Miranda (909) 263-8576. Visit http://wwwgopedro.org and https://www.facebook.com.