My last charitable donation of 2011 may be the best. In honor of my mother :) Donation Details

Dear Friends, we are helping the kids who were affected by Typhoon Sendong get back to school with the proper school supplies.

Here's the draft details of the project.


In coordination of Philippines' Department of Education (DepEd), six groups have teamed up – Project PEARLS, Philippine Funds for Little Kids, Happy Soles, Rotary Club of Zamboanga City, Tzu Chi Zamboanga and SAGIP ILIGAN: MSU-IIT IDS Batch 2000 Relief Operations – to help in the relief and recovery efforts for the typhoon survivors in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. 

Our primary goal is to help tens of thousands of school children in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City get back on their feet and BACK TO SCHOOL. These children lost everything and we need to help put a sense of normalcy in their lives. We would like to provide them school bags and school supplies. 

Please help us help these children back on their feet, back to school. For more info, please contact our Chief Coordinator, Anton Mari H. Lim at

The need is so great and we need to get them Back2School ASAP. We are inviting you or your group to help us adopt a class or a school! Let's bring normalcy in their lives by Sending One Sendong Kid Back 2 School at a Time! 

Thank you!

My last charitable donation of 2011 may be the best. In honor of my mother 🙂
Donation Details

Confirmation number: 2RS12233FE550231F
Donation amount: $18.00 USD

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  • Melissa Villa and Cindy Trinidad like this.

    • Melissa Villa Thank you Rick!!!

      36 minutes ago · Unlike ·  1

    • Rick Passo actually, this comes from my mother, albeit "thru" me. I will call her tomorrow and tell her of your project .. and your thanks, too.

      35 minutes ago · Like

    • Rick Passo 

      my mother was a long time educator of the deaf in my hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana USA and, of course, most of my values and life mission comes from her, at least she gets "credit" for the good things. And, if you do not know $18 is a v

      ery symbolic amount. It represents LIFE, l'chaim, as the hebrew letter chai is the 18th in the Hebrew alphabet.


      The Chai symbol is often worn by Jews as a medallion around the neck (along with the Star of David (Magen David), and the Hamsa).
      In Hebrew, the related word chaya means "living thing" or "animal", and is derived from the Hebrew word chai (חי), meaning "life".
      Jews often give gifts and donations in multiples of 18, which is called "giving chai"

      Chai (Hebrew ḥai חַי "living") is a symbol and word that figures prominently in Jewish culture. It consists of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet Chet (ח) and Yod (י).

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    • Rick Passo 

      and I "accidentally" made 2 separate $18 donations .. bahala na for a total of $36.
      The Tzadikim Nistarim (Hebrew: צַדִיקִים נִסתָּרים, hidden righteous ones) or Lamed Vav Tzadikim (Hebrew: ל"ו צַדִיקִים, 36 righteous ones), often abbreviat

      ed to Lamed Vav(niks)[a], refers to 36 Righteous people, a notion rooted within the more mystical dimensions of Judaism. The singular form is Tzadik Nistar (Hebrew: צַדִיק נִסתָר).


      The source is the Talmud itself, explained as follows:
      As a mystical concept, the number 36 is even more intriguing. It is said that at all times there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end. The two Hebrew letters for 36 are the lamed, which is 30, and the vav, which is 6. Therefore, these 36 are referred to as the Lamed-Vav Tzadikim. This widely-held belief, this most unusual Jewish concept is based on a Talmudic statement to the effect that in every generation 36 righteous "greet the Shechinah," the Divine Presence (Tractate Sanhedrin 97b; Tractate Sukkah 45b).[1]

      The Tzadikim Nistarim (Hebrew: צַדִיקִים נִסתָּרים‎‎, hidden righteous ones) or Lamed Vav Tzadikim (Hebrew: ל"ו צַדִיקִים‎‎, 36 righteous ones), often abbreviated to Lamed Vav(niks)[a], refers to 36 Righteous people, a notion rooted within the more mystical dimensions of Judaism. The singular form i…

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  • Melissa, I did not realize before now that Project Pearls is a 501c3

    Now that I have this very important information, I will be in a much better position to network with you … especially here in the US.

    You will notice that I copying this FB email to a couple of people whom you already know, Dr. Lim and Jay, and to three others whom you do not: my friends, Ron, David, and Rabbi Jacques. For their benefit, I am providing a little background info on Project Pearls:

    Helping the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines to have a better life by providing them with PEARLS:
    Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smile.


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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