Australians spells LOVE at Cebu’s All Saints Orphanages
By Marilie Bomediano
Photos by: Marilie Bomediano
January 29, 2017
In dual retrospection of the Australian Day and Valentines Day 2017, the memory and the legacy of two noble Australian men is once again revisited and remembered.
Yes, two related great men, the late Filo-Aussie World War II (WWII) Philippines’ United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE) War Veteran, Master Seargeant Emilio Nacua Sr , a war hero of Cebu (1916-2016) and the late Australian AIDAB Ambassador George Flowers (1936-1916) continues their legacies through the spirit of their valiant women.
Western Sydney’s Filo-Aussie humanitarian advocate Carmen Flowers, 71 yrs, the daughter of the late Cebuano war hero Emilio Nacua Sr and the widow of the late AIDAB Ambassador George Flowers, foreign aid to East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Kupang in East Timor Indonesia, the Indian dairy industry’s South Pacific Islands of Fiji, continues to respect, bridge and understand cultures from all parts of the world.
Ambassador George Flowers espoused a peaceful world with no boundaries and in the brotherhood of men, a legacy his widow, a Cebuano Filo-Aussie migrant, philantrophist and a good samaritan supported by her Maltese and Italian multicultural friends has joined Cebu’s valiant returned media forces’ Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and they have kickstarted an upcoming orphanage in Bogo, Cebu City, Philippines.
The orphanage, located on a 2 hectare hospice facility will soon be managed by a
group of religious nuns spearheaded by Sr Angela Pelayo of Oblates of Sisters of Mercy and volunteers under the guidance of the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Remedies Church under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Cebu City,
It all started when two God fearing men decided to come home to the Philippines after many years of exploits in Dubai as OFWs and started a real estate development corporation that turned into a group of companies venturing into real estate development, water, power, hotel and restaurant business and choose the school foundation as their corporate social responsibility.
JCAD group with its CEO President Pastor Arniel Joshua J. Armamento, a 44 yr old Cebuano broadcast presenter and a publisher-journalist (based in Dubai for 7 yrs) and his Vice President Pastor Jose S. Cabrales Jr, 61 yrs spiritual partner-life coach in conjunction with Mount Carmel Development headed by a Filipino-Australian migrant Ms. Carmen Flowers who also decided to help the orphans of Bogo, Cebu City in the field of education, training and daily food sustenance.
Radio DJ, engineer-educator and entrepreneur turned Pastor Armamento, the renowned publisher-editor of The Filipino Expats Magazine in UAE and JCAD Media of Cebu who was the radio broadcaster of Dubai Eye 103.8 FM with “Itanong mo kay Ambassador” on Sundays with H.E. Ambassador Libran Cabactulan, the first Filipino radio programme in the Middle East that started in 2004, serving OFW kababayans of their rights and queries.
Upon returning to the Philippines in 2009 , he started an affordable an American-Filipino Christian School for the middle class families in the Mactan portion of Cebu named St. Andres School Inc. that has later turned into a foundation with feedings that started with 120 students aiming for 250 students in the next school year.
Blacktown’s local Ms. Flowers, the Australian counterpart and project’s prime mover went back to Australia and brought with her the idea, vision and the audio/video presentation of the proposed orphanage and wholeheartedly shared it to her multicultural friends in her locality.
Minchinbury’s Maltese-Australian couple Tony and Mary Tesla as a result, visited the Philippines to check on the veracity on the land donation from Sr. Ann in Bogo City and inspected another location as an option in the highland of Minglanilla Cebu to conduct due diligence of the team.
After checking location and selecting the leaders who will run the Orphanage Foundation, the group decided to reserve the Name with the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission and formally documented by two World Peace Ambassadors and advocates from Heavenly Culture World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL) international photo journalists GMA Network Inc’ John Paul Seniel of GMA Davao City and Ang Kalatas NewsMedia’s Marilie Bomediano….thus the “All Saints Orphanages Foundation Inc.” was born.
All Saints Orphanages Limited, the orphanage’s Australian arm as a non-profit organization has a mission that started to raise funds espousing the vision to provide a home for orphaned babies that were severely affected and hit by Typhoon Yolanda, now currently focused on the handicapped or orphaned multicultural children of Cebu City, starting with 50 children.
Other pastors behind this mission are: Pastor Joselito “Jojo” Paredes 58, Pastor of Liloan Parish Cebu, Pastor Christian Tagalog, 43 of Pagsabungan, Cebu, Pastor Ricky Gumban 42, yrs 55 Ibabao, Mandaue Cebu.
On a final note, on Friday March 10, 2017, the All Saints Orphanages as a non profit organization founded in Australia by Carmen Flowers, co-founded by Tony and Mary Testa in 2016 are hosting a tax deductable dinner dance fundraiser night at Novella Events Centre at 682 Cabramatta Rd, W Bonnyrig NSW 2177 to build an orphanage for the homeless in the Philippines.
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