Gawad Kalinga to hold ‘Hope Philippines’ events in Las Vegas April 30

All systems go for the GK Hope Ball-Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – All systems are go for the first Philippine Hope Ball in Las Vegas as the committee, spearheaded by Dr. Mike Micabalo and his wife Luz, leaves no stone unturned to assure the success of the “most ambitious and ground-breaking society event” that will fund the construction of the first 150 homes for 150 families in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, Metro Manila by April 30, 2012.

The Philippines Hope Ball is scheduled for Saturday, April, 30, 2011 in Las Vegas.  Registration and Cocktails begin at 5pm …. For further inquires contact Mike & Luz Micabalo (702.375.7874), Louie Gosioco (702.372.9227) or email Maggie Villanuvea ( For hotel accommodation information, CLICK HERE.


Gawad Kaling USA is honored to be the cause of one of the most inspiring social events of the year – the Philippine GK Hope Ball. This gathering of the most eminent and prominent leaders in continental USA will list who’s who among the FilAms who have had a longing to give back but may not know how. This campaign will also highlight the new breed of Filipinos in America who fuel their love for our beloved Philippines not with words but with action, and not because one is Ilocano or Visaya but because he is Filipino.  The Philippine GK Hope Ball is the celebration of a campaign where we hope to provide homes to at least 150 families in Bagong Silang, Philippines through Gawad Kalinga in what would be a flagship village for all to honor and admire as one’s own.Between now and April 30, 150 homes will rise. And they will rise because you have chosen to partake of true charity- where giving is not a dole out but as an investment in restoring human dignity. We Filipinos in America will build, and we will build as one.

Ultimately, this event seeks to establish a legacy of hope and a sense of harmony that will translate into valuable support on the ground for the poor of the Philippines. The Gawad Kalinga Philippine Hope Ball will bring together for the first time diverse sectors in the Filipino community in the US to create something more important than history: HOPE.

Gawad Kalinga to hold ‘Hope Philippines’ events in Las Vegas April 30

What happens in Vegas on the weekend of April 30, 2011 will NOT stay in Vegas.

Rather, what will happen that weekend will change the lives of many living in poverty in the Philippines through the tireless efforts of Gawad Kalinga to save 5  million families from poverty by 2024.

Hope Philippines is not one but 2 events with this goal in mind that will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 30, 2011. The day begins at 6:00AM with the GK Celebrity Golf Classic to be held at the Palm Valley Golf club followed by lunch at Desert Vista. The Philippine Hope Ball will be held in the evening in the Grand Ballroom of the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino,in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be a celebration of a campaign where we hope to provide homes to 150 families in Bagong Silang, Caloocan.

Your support will go a long way in helping GK achieve the goal of building giving HOPE to many of our less fortunate “kababayans” back home.

For further information, please contact Rick Munda at (562) – 244-0813 or, Maggie Villanueva at (949) -413-7851 or, or Tess Castro at (323) -683-8943 or

Hope is Rising as the Hope Ball draws near…

The site in Bagong Silang recommended to be the GK USA Hope Village, is a resettlement project of the National Housing Authority (NHA). In 1997, 245 families were relocated to the area and were given temporary housing, however, the project to build the permanent dwelling never materialized. At present time, NHA has approached Gawad Kalinga to build the permanent home structures.  Of the 150 homes GK USA will build in the Hope Village, 8 homes have been completed, 52 have been funded with more on the way through this historic endeavor.

Witness the completion of the homes and meet the families who have been helped via Skype at the The Philippine Hope Ball on April 30th!


Taboo to attend the Philippine GK Hope Ball charity event on April 30th

Join Gawad Kalinga USA (GK USA) on Saturday, April 30th, to celebrate the completion of GK USA’s 1st Hope Village which is being constructed in Bagong Silang, Metro-Manila, Philippines.

To be held at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, the Hope Ball will be a gathering of GK supporters, “kababyan,” or  families and friends, from all over including celebrity advocates such as Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Sony/Epic recording artist Jasmine Villegas, and Miss Siagon’sStephanie Reese to name a few.  As well as renowned guests including, CNN Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida, GK Founder Antonio Meloto, and Vice President of the PhilippinesJejomar Binay.

On April 30th, partners and beneficiaries will connect LIVE via Skype at the ball. It’s not too late to be a part of this momentous event!  Be the bearer of hope.  Make a difference that lasts a lifetime.  Be part of a living legacy.  Then, come celebrate the victory with us in Las Vegas!

To be part of this historic effort, become a partner and support a program.  Give hope to those have been needing it the most.

We Are One Filipino Conference | 4.30.11 | 10:00am | Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, NV

Filipinos Unite! Join the "We Are One Filipino" Conference on Saturday, April 30th at 10:00am to connect and awaken the Global Filipino. Visit for more details.

GK USA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with Tax ID 35-2361640. 



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About rictandag @rictandag @LVHelpGro Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Republic of the Philippines 1979-1980; Financial Management training Program [FMP], G.E., Appliance Park, Louisville, Kentucky 1981-1982 Champion [two days] Jeopardy 1986 Attorney, Los Angeles, CA 1989-1995 Disabiility Rights Attorney,, Las Vegas 1998-1999 Immigration Asylum Attorney, throughout the State of Kansas 1999-2001 Supply Logistics Specialist, UPS Las Vegas, 2006- present [business] advocate for: [Gawad Kalinga, tagalog for "to give care"]
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