To uplift the spirit and well-being of the poorest of the poor, the abused and the desolate through feeding, community and economic development, gift giving, educational scholarships and classroom building, and calamity relief and emergency medical assistance programs.
In 1993, the then the current president of the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Filipino Staff Association, Tessie Alarcon (aka Tessie Calderon), together with husband Pablito Alarcon, founded Feed the Hungry, Inc. (FtH). Thereafter, FtH became a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that reached out to street children in the Philippines and provided them a good meal during the Christmas holidays. As the program progressed each year with the help of a group of Filipino-American volunteers residing in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area and a number of World Bank Group and IMF Filipino staff doing fund-raising events within the community, FtH evolved into an organization with programs geared not only to feeding malnourished children and giving gifts, but had expanded to include educational programs providing scholarships and books including textbooks, livelihood and infrastructure programs building classrooms, and calamity relief and emergency medical assistance. Today, Feed the Hungry, Inc. volunteers are involved in numerous projects that have assisted over a million program beneficiaries in all of the provinces in the Philippines and Metro Manila. Through partnerships and collaboration with government and non-profit organizations in the Philippines, FtH, with its ever-growing volunteers and donors, continues to play a valuable role in assisting the poorest of the poor, providing resources for a better future for those in dire need and giving hope to the needy.
Board of Directors
Feed the Hungry, Inc. is an all volunteer organization. The Board of Directors is responsible for providing guidelines in the implementation and/or programs and resource allocation to support the mission of the organization. The Chairman of the Board and the Executive Director are responsible for the operation and execution of programs. Funds raised by Feed the Hungry, Inc. are spent on programs that directly benefit recipients in the Philippines. Less than one-percent of funds are spent for administrative cost. Members of the Board who participate in program activities in the Philippines pay for their own travel and lodging.
Teresita Calderon-Alarcon, Founder/Executive Director Emeritus
Teresita graduated from the University of the East with a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance. She retired from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after 23 years of service. She also worked with the United Nations in New York and Procter & Gamble. After the death of her husband Aurelio B. Calderon, she established a memorial scholarship fund in her husband’s honor at the LaSalle University in Manila, Philippines which has benefitted hundreds of scholars. She also turned over thousands of his book collection which is now called the Calderon Filipiniana Library. Now married to Pablito Alarcon, they founded Feed the Hungry, Inc. in 1983. As Executive Director, Tessie has been the guiding spirit of the organization. Her tireless efforts have brought Feed the Hungry, Inc. international recognition including one of the Philippines highest civic awards – the Presidential Lingkapil (Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino) Award in 1998. In 2007, the organization was a finalist in the North America ABS-CBN Gawad Geny Lopez Jr Bayaning Pilipino sa America. Besides devoting countless hours to Feed the Hungry, Inc., Tessie finds time to volunteer in other organizations. She is a board member and treasurer of the Progressive Alliance of Filipino-Americans, Inc., member of the Asean Circle in Washington, D.C., and former adviser/officer of the College of Holy Spirit Alumnae Association. She has served as president of the Filipino Association of the World Bank and IMF. She is a former board member of the Alliance for the Control of Tuberculosis in Children and the Foundation for the Aid to the Philippines. Her civic contributions have been recognized through various awards including the Dakila Award of Washington D.C. for outstanding community leader, award recipient of the Chicago Hall of Fame, Twenty Outstanding Filipino-American awardee in the U.S., and first recipient of the World Bank/IMF Filipino Association outstanding member award.
Lottie Buhain, Chairman of the Board
Lottie is a prominent community leader in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area with active affiliations to several organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. She married a physician and became an active volunteer in several medical organizations. She served as President of the Auxiliary to the Association of Philippine Physicians in America (the national association of Filipino physicians in America) and also served as President of the Philippine Medical Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC Auxiliary. She was Chairperson of the Scholarship program of the Philippine Medical Foundation, Treasurer of the Alliance for the Control of TB in Children, and an active volunteer in the UP Medical Alumni Association – Baltimore Washington, D.C. Chapter. As a community leader, she was the overall Chairperson of the Philippine Festival Committee under the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, which involves the undertaking and organizing several month long events commemorating the celebration of Philippine Independence. She is a member of the Progressive Alliance of Filipinos and Americans, Inc. and a Board member of the Assumption Alumnae Association Abroad. She has received several Presidential service awards and is one of the Twenty Outstanding Filipino Americans and one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in America and Canada. She is married to Dr. Willie Buhain. They have two children, Ronald and Edgar Buhain.
Evangeline F. Ganuelas
Vangie is a product of the University of Santo Tomas (BS Medical Technology) and the American University in Washington, DC (MSOD). A World Bank retiree, Vangie served as president of the World Bank Group/IMF Filipino Association for four years. An original incorporator of Feed the Hungry, Inc., Vangie also served as the Chair for two years, and was Board Secretary of FtH until her appointment as Executive Director in 2012. As Executive Director, she runs the operational activities of FtH and coordinates projects under the six core programs with the program directors, as well as conducting outreach activities together with the Board Chair.
Pablito graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. He took graduate studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He served as a commissioned officer in the Philippine Coast and Geodetic Survey, navigating a survey ship throughout the Philippines. He worked as a professional engineer with the Washington D.C. Dept of Public Works, Water, and Sewer Utility Administration where he retired after 22 years of service. He subsequently formed a real estate company and became a realtor/broker helping hundreds of Filipino families own their homes in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Active in the community, he served as President of the Philippine Association of Metropolitan Washington Engineers and chairman of its scholarship committee where he established an endowment fund to help students to become engineers. He is a current member of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Philippine American Foundation for Charities. Together with his wife Tessie, he co-founded Feed the Hungry, Inc. He has assumed responsibilities for overseeing and monitoring the completion of classroom construction. About 97 classrooms throughout the Philippines have been built. Pablito was inducted into the Asian Academy Hall of Fame on November 2005 in Athens, Greece.
Gloria T. Caoile
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute (APAWLI), the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding
member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), a national organization of Asian Pacific American labor union members. She has served on the boards of several civil rights groups including the Filipino American Civil Rights Advocates and the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations. She was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Advisory Commission of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to advise the president and the federal government on how best to respond to the health needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Besides her work with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, Gloria has devoted a significant amount of her time promoting community and economic development programs that help the poor in the Philippines.
In recognition of her work, Philippine President Fidel Ramos, in 1997, presented Gloria with one of the Philippines’ highest civic award. In 2001, Filipinas Magazine presented Gloria its Achievement Award for Community
Service. She is also the recipient of the l999 “Filipina First” award, a program sponsored by the Philippine American Foundation to honor Filipino-American women and their unique achievements.
Gloria’s professional experience includes more than 30 years of service with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a l.3 million-member union. At the time of her retirement, she was the assistant to the AFSCME President. Although retired, AFSCME continues to call on Gloria for special assignments. In her most recent
service, Gloria led a disaster response and relief team to help 3,000 AFSCME survivors of hurricane Katrina. She headed a similar effort on behalf of AFSCME a few days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. She personally managed the AFSCME September 11 Fallen Heroes Fund to assist members who were directly affected by the tragedy.
Gloria is currently an active volunteer promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in the political process. She encourages members of the immigrant community to vote, to volunteer in civic organizations, and to
do their part in helping America maintain a healthy democracy. Civic involvement continues to be her lifelong passion and commitment.
Gloria is married to Benjamin Caoile. They have a daughter.
Entrepreneur and business owner. A bridge and partner in trade between the United States and the ASEAN region. Owned and managed a travel agency for 22 years. Active trader of steel industry products for the past 12 years. Received Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree from the University of the Philippines. Founding Vice President, and former President of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area. Convenor and first Executive Vice President of the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce in the United States. Director, US-Philippines Tourism Advisory Council.
Retired. Manager, World Bank. Born in San Pablo City, Philippines. College – Ateneo de Manila University. Work experience includes Xavier School, IBM Philippines, Computer Information Systems, Inc. FTH volunteer since inception in 1993. Served as FtH overall Chairperson from 2002 to 2003. Active member of the Filipino community in Kona, Hawaii having served as Vice-President of the Filipino Organization of Kona (2004-2008). Currently, Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Global Solidarity Ministry of St. Michael’s Church in Kona. Married to Sol Ilagan, one of the original incorporators of FtH.
Soledad B. Ilagan
Retired from the World Bank in 2003. Currently serves as the Secretary of the North Kona Catholic Community Finance Council. Also an office volunteer for St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Serves as President of the Paulinian Global Foundation, Inc. Former Vice President of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Filipino Association, former Secretary of the Filipino Organization of Kona, past President of the Hawaii Council of Filipino Catholic Clubs, and former President of St. Michael’s Kona Filipino Catholic Club. Soledad was an original incorporator of Feed the Hungry, Inc. in 1993. She is married to Angelito Ilagan.
Recently retired from the International Monetary Fund after more than 16 years of service. Also, worked for almost 10 years at the World Bank Group. Former officer (served as secretary, treasurer, and 2nd vice president) of the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Filipino Staff Association. Also served as officer/volunteer of the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. She is a graduate of Strayer University. She has three sons and nine grandchildren. She loves to cook and listen to music.
Dennis has had the benefit of being exposed to both the corporate and the entrepreneurial world in the Philippines and in the United States. The former was as a credit analyst for a premier investment bank in the Philippines and as an officer (Director of Catering) for a major U.S. hotel in the Washington, D.C. area. The latter is where he is presently involved in as a Benefits Broker for more than 30 years.
In past years, he has been involved with his local parish church and the Catholic grade school of his children where he headed a committee (START) that developed alcohol, drug prevention/self-esteem building programs. These volunteer activities led him to become a board member of a local grassroots prevention non-profit organization (PANDAA) and, subsequently, also became the head of a committee of the Fairfax County Public Schools System that oversaw and developed the same prevention programs.
Since the 1980’s, he has been volunteering with Feed the Hungry, Inc. He was invited to join the Board of Directors in 2012 and asked to head their Livelihood Program since then. In his own words, “my work with Feed the Hungry is the best way to return/give back the blessings I have received in my life, to the country that bore and nurtured me.”
Larry V. Pacis
Larry graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. He took graduate studies in Data Processing Management at Strayer University in Washington, D.C. Larry recently retired from the World Bank Group (IBRD) after 24 years of service as Information Officer. He was a former officer (served as 2nd vice president and 1st vice president) of the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Filipino Staff Association. He loves to play golf and tennis
Estela (Ethel) Sanidad
Estela is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics, and Bachelor of Laws. Recently retired from the World Bank in Washington, DC, as Senior Coordinator, after 37 years of service. Served as the first Secretary of the World Bank Group/IMF Filipino Association. Before migrating to the United States, worked for the Department of Local Government and Community Development in the Philippines. Married to Mario Sanidad, who is retired from the Navy Federal Credit Union in Virginia, with three children, Marc, Maritel and Matthew.
Lyta is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture. She recently retired from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years managing the design and construction of medical facilities in the mid-Atlantic states region. She is past president of the Philippine Arts, Letter and Media and the Philippine Council of Arts and Architecture. Married, with five children and ten grandchildren, she resides in Bethesda, Maryland. She loves to garden, paint, and read.
Felipe graduated from FEATI University with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He was a former project engineer with the General Services Administration and Voice of America. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as program manger for critical power systems. An active member of the Philippine Association of Metropolitan Washington Engineers, he serves as the chairman of the Board and Sports Committee of the association. He builds homes, and has a passion for golf, fishing, and gardening.
Percy is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, with a degree in Business. After retiring from the World Bank as an accountant, she volunteered at the Reston Hospital while living in Reston. She was a volunteer at the Aurora Hills Public Library in Arlington, where she was able to secure children’s books and set up a library in the elementary pilot public school in Lemery, Batangas. Books were also distributed at various public schools around the Philippines. She is wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoys reading and cooking.
Nina graduated from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. A Certified Public Accountant, she currently works in the Capital Markets Corporate Banking Group at Branch Banking and Trust Company. She and husband Bobby Tamayo are active supporters of many Filipino organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. As an active volunteer of the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. (“PAFC”) in years past, Nina helped make the annual Philippine Festival a success. She and her husband are the current chairs of the Dr. Jose Rizal Youth Award which is a joint project of PAFC and the Philippine Embassy. As a member of the Filipino American Institute of Accountants, Nina was hugely instrumental in the success of the 2008 National Council of Philippine American Canadian Accountants convention held in Washington, D.C. As Treasurer of the Feed the Hungry, Inc., Nina succeeded in instituting sound fiscal principles in the organization’s accounting transactions.
Roberto G. Tamayo
Solita Magahum Wakefield
Senior Research Officer at the International Monetary Fund since 1991. Consultant at the World Bank. Bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Economics from Maryknoll College, Philippines and Long Island University, New York, respectively. Doctoral candidate at New York University and George Mason University. Member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society, New York chapter).