Lamoiyan Corporation has donated P1,000,000 to Kaisa Heritage Foundation. This donation will help fund the commencement of a long-awaited rehabilitation of the Bahay Tsinoy Museum, which is housed in the foundation’s headquarters in Intramuros.
Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Lamoiyan Corporation’s founder, formally turned over the donation to Kaisa President Michael Guzman and Founding President Teresita Ang-See. This donation is aligned with Dr. Pedro’s advocacies, which include supporting various charitable causes of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc (FFCCCII) where he is currently serving as a vice president. He is also an advocate of empowering people with disabilities—as evident in the employment of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the company, which is known for manufacturing Hapee Toothpaste and other oral care and household consumer products.
Kaisa’s espousing of being a ‘bridge between two cultures’ shall certainly be better served by the upgrading of the museum’s aging features. As he tells it, Dr. Pedro’s donation to Kaisa is part of the overall corporate social responsibility (CSR) of Lamoiyan and his personal advocacy.
Supporting other initiatives
Dr. Pedro is also concurrently supporting other initiatives like Operation Smile (cosmetic repair of children born with cleft palates), Deaf Inc. (for the hearing challenged), and free dental outreach programs for the underprivileged in the society. These efforts are in line with Lamoiyan’s motto, “Making a difference for the glory of God.”
For its part, Bahay Tsinoy Museum opened its doors to the public in 1999. It is aimed at showcasing the relationship of the early Chinese with the pre-colonial era Filipinos and the evolution of that relationship on the cultural, socio-economic, political, as well as personal levels throughout history.
Another generous donor
Aside from Dr. Pedro, another generous donor also recently turned over a donation to Kaisa. Nelson Guevarra, also a board member and long-serving chairman of the External Affairs Committee of the FFCCCII, donated another P1,000,000 to the foundation. This amount will also be part of the fund that will rehabilitate the museum.
Guevarra and his family have long been supporting FFCCCII through donations. He is also part of important Chinoy community groups like the volunteer fire brigades, which his father, Francisco Guevarra, supported for many years. His mother also supported different social welfare activities of the Chiang Kai-shek College Alumni Association.