Meet Some of the Philippines' Most Generous Givers


The generosity of these givers are shaping a better world. Here's what these philanthropists are doing to make a difference in the lives of people.

Erramon Aboitiz, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.

Erramon Aboitiz, the CEO and president of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, also heads the Aboitiz Foundation. The foundation focuses on education, enterprise development, environment, as well as health and well being.

Ramon Ang, San Miguel Foundation


The man behind San Miguel, Ramon Ang, is an active supporter of various causes. Most notably, in 2017, Ang gave financial aid to the families of those slain in Marawi through the San Miguel Foundation.

Jose Mari “Butch” Albert, Operation Compassion

Fila Isport life, Inc.’s Jose Marie T. Albert doubles as the president of charitable organization Operation Compassion. The faith-based organization works toward “community development and reaching less fortunate children which includes feeding and outreach programs for the indigent and street children.”

Carmela Andal-Castro, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation

The Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation was founded in 1988 “to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged children, women, and families in the Philippines and Hawaii.” In the Philippines, Carmela Andal-Castro acts as managing director with a focus on child abuse prevention and treatment programs that benefit thousands of children, women, and youth.

5. Diosdado “Dado” Banatao, Philippine Development Foundation and Dado Banatao Educational Foundation

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The founder of Tallwood Venture Capital, Diosdado “Dado” Banatao, is also the man behind the Philippine Development Foundation and Dado Banatao Educational Foundation. PhilDev works “to create an ecosystem of science and technology in the Philippines” while his scholarship foundation awards grants to Filipino students that excel in engineering and technology.

Tony Tan Caktiong, Jollibee Group Foundation

Food chain founder Tony Tan-Caktiong started Jollibee’s corporate social responsibility arm in December 2004. Today, its programs include community-leadership development, scholarships, feeding programs, and even relief aid during disasters.

Ramon R. del Rosario Jr., PHINMA Foundation, Inc.


Founded by Ambassador Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr., Don Filemon C. Rodriguez, Ernesto Escaler, the PHINMA Foundation makes lives better by offering scholarships, grants, other programs.

Frederick Y. Dy, St. Luke's Foundation

Through the St. Luke's Foundation, chairman Frederick Dy makes quality healthcare and medical education accessible to everyone. The foundation is also involved with charitable, educational, social welfare, and health research programs.

Alice Eduardo, Alice Eduardo Foundation

Late in 2018, Forbes recognized Santa Elena Construction and Development Corp. president Alice Eduardo as one of the top philanthropists in Asia. In 2014, she partly funded an isolation ward at Philippine General Hospital as well as helping build a dormitory to house patients' families. Eduardo has also continually supported the Tuloy Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.

Alex Eduque, MovEd Foundation

Eduque founded MovEd in 2012 when she was 22 years old. The foundation strives to give every Filipino child “quality early childhood education.”

John Jr., Johnson, Henry, and James Gokongwei, Gokongwei Brothers Foundation

The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation got its start in 1992 after John Jr., Johnson (deceased), Henry (deceased), and James donated shares of their stock in JG Summit Holdings. Today, it continues to build the future through education by partnering with academic institutions, offering scholarships, building learning facilities, and partnering with many other JG Summit groups.

Angelo King, Angelo King Foundation, Inc.

Filipino-Chinese motel magnate Angelo King started the Angelo King Foundation in 1978. According to Forbes, King uses the foundation to address educational, cultural, health care and spiritual needs.

Jean Henri Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc.

Cebuana Lhuillier's President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier heads the PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies’ social responsibility arm, the Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. The non-profit organization was established in 2000 to “help the country's economy by giving scholarships to deserving students including the handicapped youth.”


Oscar M. Lopez, Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.

A non-profit organization, the Lopez Group Foundation was founded by Oscar M. Lopez. The charitable institution supports the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of other Lopez Group Companies.

Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez, ABS-CBN Foundation

The daughter of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Eugenio López, Jr., Gina founded and acts as the managing director of the ABS-CBN Foundation. The non-profit organization helps disadvantaged Filipino children through social and outreach programs.

Chuchu Madrigal and Ging Montinola, Consuelo "Chito" Madrigal Foundation

Consuelo "Chito" Madrigal established her own foundation on July 11, 1997,which focuses on scholarships, livelihood, and nutrition programs to improve the qualities of life in several communities. Today, the organization is headed by her nieces Chuchu Madrigal and Ging Montinola.

Antonio “Tony” Meloto, Gawad Kalinga


Meloto founded Gawad Kalinga and currently acts as chairman of the poverty alleviation and nation-building movement. Gawad Kalinga’s goal is to “end poverty for 5 million families by 2024.”

Lourdes Reyes-Montinola, FEU Educational Foundation Inc.

The president and chairman of FEU's educational organization works with others to "ensure that Far Eastern University provides the best education possible for its students." Montinola is also tied to Nicanor Reyes Educational Foundation, Nicanor Reyes Memorial Foundation, FEU-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, and Museum Foundation of the Philippines.

Felino JunPalafox Jr.

Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr., the founder and managing partner of Palafox Associates, designs housing developments for low-income families in Manila’s Smokey Mountain dumpsite community. For his efforts, Palafox was ranked in Forbes’ 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia back in 2013.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, PLDT Smart Foundation and Makati Medical Center Foundation

PLDT and Smart chairman Manuel “Manny” V. Pangilinan heads his companies’ social outreach arm. Since its inception, the PLDT Smart Foundation has developed programs for education, livelihood/social entrepreneurship and microfinance, disaster preparedness, youth, poverty reduction and sports. In addition to that, Pangilinan also chairs the Makati Medical Center Foundation which has programs with public hospitals, surgical missions, and rescue operations.

Ricardo S. Po, Century Pacific Group-Ricardo S. Po Foundation

Ricardo S. Po founded the CPG - RSPo Foundation in 2010 to give back to the community. It aims to help alleviate hunger and malnutrition, as well as support educational and environmental programs.

Sandy Prieto-Romualdez and Gianna Montinola, Hands On Manila

Established in August 2001, Hands on Manila (HOM) brings “an innovative and alternative model of volunteer service” to the Philippines. Its Servathon program provides members with opportunities to volunteer according to their schedule, personal expertise, and interests.

Lucio Tan, Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc.


The Tan Yan Kee Foundation is Lucio Tan’s group’s corporate social responsibility arm. The foundation is dedicated to the “Filipino people in the fields of education, culture and sports, research, health, social welfare, and manpower development.”

Socorro Ramos, National Book Store Foundation, Inc.

As the Philippines largest books and supplies store, National Bookstore uses its resources to uplift the lives of underprivileged children through the use of education. Some of its projects include Project Aral, Project Aklat Book Drive, Dry Library, and the Read Out Loud Challenge.

Enrique Razon Jr., International Container Terminal Services Foundation

Established in 2009, Enrique Razon Jr.’s  ICTSI Foundation, Inc. “undertakes community projects under three development pillars: education, community welfare, and sports in coordination and/or partnership with relevant government institutions and select non-government organizations.”

Henry Sy, Henry Sy Foundation

Established in 2008 by SM Founder and Chairman Henry Sy Sr., the Henry Sy Foundation aids “Filipino youth and Philippine social development through grants to educational institutions.”

Andrew Tan, Megaworld Foundation


Megaworld Corporation's socio-civic arm, Megaworld Foundation,  was founded in 1997 based on Andrew Tan’s belief that “education is the pivotal key to alleviating poverty in the Philippines.” One of the organization’s notable initiatives supports over 400 underprivileged scholars in 21 universities.

Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco, Tantoco-Rustia Foundation

The chairman and CEO of Rustan Commercial Corporation always takes time to support the arts through the Tantoco-Rustia Foundation. Tantoco has partnered and funded several concerts and shows including an exhibition on National Artist Ramon Valera in 2017.

Arthur Ty, Metrobank Foundation, Inc.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was established on January 8, 1979 by Dr. George S. K. Ty and supports various causes. The foundation partners with several organizations and offers “programs on recognition of excellence among key professions, education, visual arts and design, and healthcare.”

George Yang, Klassikal Music Foundation

In 1996, McDonald's Philippines’ founder and chairman George Yang established the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in the Philippines. RMHC supports Filipino children through their education (Read to Learn program) and shelter (Bahay Bulilit) programs. In addition to that, the charity arm also provides assistance in times of disaster through Bigay Tulong. In 2007, Yang founded the Klassikal Music Foundation as a way to assist those who aspire to be musicians.

Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung, Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung Charitable Foundation Inc. (MSYCFI) was established in 1991 by Salimbangon-Yeung and a few friends. Through MSYCFI, she supports Operation Smile by helping those suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities.

AY Foundation, Inc.

The AY Foundation began as the Bayanihan Foundation. Set up in 1970, the organization supports the children of Grepalife employees and sales associates through an educational fund.

Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Foundation


The Ayala Foundation is one of the leading donors in the country. Led by Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, it focuses on education, youth leadership, sustainable livelihood, and arts and culture.

Lizzie Zobel, Margarita Delgado, and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, Teach for the Philippines

Teach for the Philippines was founded in August 2012 by Lizzie Zobel, Margarita Delgado, and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado. The non-profit organization “works to provide all Filipino children with access to relevant and excellent education.”

Mercedes Zobel, E. Zobel Foundation, Inc.

Through her work with the Enrique Zobel Foundation, Mercedes Zobel helps disadvantaged Filipinos. The foundation focuses on five major programs: school infrastructure development, teacher training, student health and nutrition, learning support and other special projects.

David and Daniel Zuellig, Zuellig Family Foundation

Cousins David and Daniel Zuellig are the key movers of the Zuellig Family Foundation. In 2017, the foundation made it to Forbes’ annual list of philanthropists for its work in guiding rural governors and mayors.

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