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 assistance programs.
In 1993, the then 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 education 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 Metro Manila and all of the provinces in the Philippines. 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. Members of the Board and program directors who participate in program activities in the Philippines pay for their own travel and board and lodging.
Feed the Hungry, Inc. Team
Sec. Albert del Rosario
Gretchen del Rosario
Wilfrido J. Buhain, M.D.
Lottie T. Buhain
Founder/Executive Director Emeritus
Tess R. Alarcon
Celia Pangilinan Donahue, Chairman of the Board
Celia joined Feed the Hungry, Inc. in 1998. As a member of the Board of FtH, she served as concurrent Scholarship Chair for five years, during which time she established the Celia P Donahue Scholarship Fund and personally funded the education of 12 college students in the Philippines. She spearheaded the Books Program to supplement Department of Education mandated books and materials in impoverished schools. A veteran of FtH project implementations, Celia skipped only one year of implementation—in 2009, after her back surgery.
Celia is an entrepreneur by profession who has owned and managed consulting businesses that ran the gamut from travel and events planning to government procurement, engineering services in oil and gas to sourcing ferro alloys in steel manufacturing and finding supply of raw materials for chemical product solutions. A Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service graduate from the University of the Philippines, she was the founding Vice President and then President of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. She was the Convenor and first Executive Vice President of the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce in the United States. An active community leader, she has served as board member, trustee, officer, or event chair in other organizations, to name a few like US Pinoys for Good Governance, UP Alumni Association and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC). She served for many years as Director of the Tourism Advisory Council of the Philippines North America Division covering Washington, D.C. and the states of Maryland and Virginia. She was voted by the Filipino Women’s Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in America and Canada.
Notwithstanding her professional life and her many charity endeavors, the light of her life will always be her three sons, and, so far, four “pogi” grandsons.
Board of Directors
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.
Carlos C. Alvano
Carlos is a retired Mechanical Engineer who worked in the private industry for 14 years and at the Internal Revenue Service for 26 years. He is a widower who lost his beloved wife, Anita, after 43 years of marriage. Together, they raised three boys they are very proud of—Albert, Bernard, and Carl, who all graduated from VA Tech. He is active in the Fil-Am community and is recognized as the founder of the Philippine Association of Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE). He is also active in the church serving as an Usher, substitute CCD Teacher/Catechist, and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Antoinette C. Dakanay, Program Director, Education: Scholarships
Toni is presently working in the International Monetary Fund as senior administrative assistant. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree, major in marketing management from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila. She is a Board member of the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition and past vice-president of the World Bank Group-IMF Staff Filipino Association. Active in the Fil-Am community, she served as a volunteer in US Pinoys for Good Governance. Aside from her civic activities, Toni devotes much of her time serving in her church, Living Spring Community Church.
Eufrosino A. Guevara, Secretary
Presy has volunteered for several years now in FtH implementation programs in the Philippines. He brings in architectural, artistic, and leadership experience to the FtH Board of Directors. With 20 years of hotel architecture at Marriott Corporation, then several more years with Nehmer and Associates, BBGM Architects & Interiors, and Gordon and Greenberg prior to retirement, he looks forward to contributing productively to FtH projects. He intends to draw from his past involvement in special projects of Mayor Antonio Villegas, such as various parks, playgrounds, street beautification and schools in Manila, Philippines, and his quality control of plans and specifications of over 60 various Marriott Hotel product types that yielded unprecedented savings of 15% of usual construction cost.
Milagros C. Nazal, Program Director, Gift-giving
Mila is a retired employee of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) where she worked for 16 years, and the World Bank Group for almost 10 years. She has served officer (secretary, treasurer, and 2nd vice president) of the World Bank Group/IMF Filipino Staff Association for several years prior to retirement and as community volunteer for different Filipino-American organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. A graduate of Strayer University, she has three sons and ten grandchildren. Her interests are cooking and listening to music, among others.
Larry V. Pacis, Deputy Treasurer
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 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/IMF (International Monetary Fund) Filipino Staff Association. He loves to play golf and tennis.
Belen M. Saramosing-Ramirez, Program Director, Education: Books
Belen graduated at the University of Mindanao with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, major in Banking and Finance. After graduation, she worked as Executive Assistant with various American-owned companies exporting Philippine bananas from Mindanao like Philippine Packing Corporation (a Del Monte Corporation), Standard Fruits Company (a Castle and Cooke Corporation subsidiary), Checkered Farms and Davao Fruits Corporation (a Sumitomo of Japan company). In 1970, she migrated to the United States and lived in Honolulu, Hawaii. In Honolulu, she worked as a Flight Attendant for Pan American World Airways (PAN AM) for several years. After PAN AM, she joined Philippine Airlines as a Customer Service Representative at the Honolulu International Airport. She was then sent to Washington, D.C. District Sales Office as Officer-In-Charge. In 1988, she established her own full service travel agency, Travelhouse, Inc., catering to the travel needs of Filipino-Americans. Travelhouse, Inc. is now in its 27th year in business. Belen is a member of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area (PACC-DC), Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. (PAFC) and the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). She was a recipient of the 2005 Dakila Achievement Award in Business Leadership given by the PAFC. She is married to Dr. Rodolfo P. Ramirez.
Angelita C. Sese, Program Director, Infrastructure
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.
Solita Magahum Wakefield, Treasurer
Solita was a Senior Research Officer at the International Monetary Fund since 1991 and a consultant at the World Bank. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Economics from Maryknoll College, Philippines and Long Island University, New York, respectively. She was a doctoral candidate at New York University and George Mason University. She is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society, New York chapter).
She served the World Bank Group/IMF (International Monetary Fund) Filipino Staff Association as Vice President for 2 years, then President for 4 years. She received the TOFA (Twenty Outstanding Filipinos Abroad) award in 2010. Solita joined FtH in 1993. She was a member of the Board, chair for medical mission and feeding and nutrition, and currently Board Treasurer.
Gloria T. Caoile, Program Director, CARE (Calamity Assistance and Rehabilitation Endeavors)
Gloria 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 1999 “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 1.3 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 and a very cute granddaughter.
Dulce V. Guevara, Program Director, Feeding and Nutrition
Dulce was a graduate of College of the Holy Spirit with a BSHE-major in Food and Nutrition, a registered Dietitian and an MS in Food and Nutrition from Centro Escolar University. Dulce was a Senior Public Health Nutritionist at Manila Health Department and later became the Food Service Director of Ospital ng Maynila. In the U.S.A., she was a Food Service Director for Sodexho Marriott for a few years and on to head the dietary department of some of the best companies, nursing and retirement homes in the Washington, D.C. area. She was also active in the Filipino community, volunteering in various Filipino-American organizations. She served as Board of Director for PAFC (Philippine American Foundation for Charities) for two terms, President of College of the Holy Spirit MWDC Chapter, Executive Advisory Board of CHSNAF 2006—present, and Vice President of CHSNAF 2014—2016. An avid volunteer and supporter of Feed the Hungry, Inc. for many years, and currently the FtH Program Director for Feeding and Nutrition Program.
Dennis P. Ocampo, Program Director, Livelihood
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 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.”
Celso T. Mataac, Jr.
Januario G. Azarcon, Esq.