July - December 1993

WDFP Observer 18th Foundation Day

[Sr.Valeriana Baerts receiving the the plaque of appreciation]

Sr. Valeriana Baerts, ICM receiving the plaque of appreciation from Dr. Alejandro Roces, member of WDFP Advisory Board [audience attented the Foundation Day Celebration]

Portion of the audience, mostly disabled, who attended the Foundation Day Celebration.

The Wheelchair and Disabled Foundation for the Philippines, Inc. (WDFP) celebrated its 18th Foundation Day last September 12, 1993 with a thanksgiving Mass at 8:00a.m., held at the Caritas Auditorium and officiated by Msgr. Francisco Tantoco, who represented His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin.

After the Mass, breakfast was served which was followed by a short program during which plaques of appreciation were awarded by the association to individuals, agencies, and corporations that have given valuable and generous financial or technical assistance to WDFP during the past 18 years.

Dr. Alejandro Roces, former Secretary of Education and member of the WDFP Advisory Board, was the guest speaker. Molses S. Diaz, WDFP President presented the president’s report which was read by Irene Angiwan , while Gonzalo C. Goquiolay, WDFP Board Chairman delivered the closing remarks. Mrs. Conchita Melchor-Hechanova, WDFP Executive Director and master of ceremonies introduced the guest speaker.

Among the agencies and corporations that were awarded the plaques of appreciation were as follows:

  1. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office
  2. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
  3. Ay Foundation
  4. Ayala Foundation
  5. Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  6. Caltex, Philippines, Inc.
  7. Philippines Long Distance Telephone Co.
  8. SM Megamall
  9. National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Person
  10. UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations
  11. Philippine National Bank
  12. Development Bank for the Philippines
  13. Lank Bank of the Philippines
  14. Bank of Philippine lsland
  15. Par East Bank and Trust Co.
  16. Allied Bank
  17. Acoje Oil and Drilling Company, Inc.
  18. Vicente Goquiolay and Company, Inc.
  19. Minerva Trading
  20. Rondalla On Wheels
  21. Global Teleprocessing Services
  22. Oriental Petrolium

The following Cheshire Homes also received the plaque of appreciation for their significant role in the growth and development of WDFP as an NGO, by participating in the social, religious, sports and recreational activities of WDFP:

  1. Tahanang Walang Hagdanan
  2. Bahay San Jose
  3. Balay Kahirup
  4. Bukang Liwayway
  5. Bahay San Antonio
  6. Bahay Biyaya Student Hostel
  7. Bahay San Lorenzo
  8. Sinagtala for Men
  9. Sinagtala for Women
  10. Bahay Mapagmahal 1
  11. Bahay Mapagmahal 11
  12. Bahay Pangarap
  13. Bahay Kakayahan
  14. Bahay Liwang
  15. Bahay San Pedro

Individuals who were awarded the plaques of appreciation because of the significant role they played, as well as their generous financial and technical support were as follows:

  1. His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin
  2. Sr. Valeriana Baets. ICM
  3. Msgr. Francisco Tantoco
  4. Rev.Fr.Carlos Van Octegheim, CICM
  5. Dr.Alejandro Roces
  6. Mrs.Felicitas Diaz
  7. Justice and Mrs.Federico Moreno
  8. Dr. Emmanuel Soriano
  9. Rev. Fr.Ben Carreon, OMI
  10. Mario Villamor
  11. Dr. Mita Pardo de Tavera
  12. Mrs. Alice Reyes
  13. Sr. Roos Catry, IMC
  14. Prof .Antonio Tallada
  15. Francisco Delgado

Wheelers On The Go’ Opened at SM Megamall

Wheelchair On The Go’ is the most recent project of Wheelchair and Disabled Foundation for the Philippines, Inc, (WDFP), which was launched last July 17,1993 at the SM Megamall at EDSA, Mandaluyong to provide wheelchair service handicap, senior citizens and those who are too tired to walk around the vast shopping complex.

Ms.Melanie Marquez, former Miss International assisted by Dr. Nonoy Zuniga, NCWDP Executive Director, and Mrs. Conchite Melchor-Hechanova, WDFP Executive Director, cut the ceremonial ribbon. Ms. Nida Blanca a well-known movie actressk, among others graced the occasion.

A service-oriented project.’Wheelers On The Go’ is the first of its kind to be introduction in Metro Manila. For a nominal rental fee of fify pesos per hour for a wheelchair and a volunteer to push it, the customer is helping WDFP send a disabled student to college.

Highlights of the launching was a wheelchair parade for about 30 paraplegic who wheeled around the ground floor of the shopping mall. Television and newspaper cameramen had a field day shooting pictures to cover the launching.

Glimpses for the launching activities can be seen at the pictorials Obituary.

The Wheelchair and Disabled Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (WDFP) Board expresses with deep sorrow the sudden passing of Feksaac-Sano. a friend. college, and former WDFP Board member.