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On Focus: Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation

Gabriel's Symphony Foundation (GSF) was founded by Senator Pia S. Cayetano in memory of her son, Gabriel, who was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Trisomy 13
Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation
Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation

Gabriel was born with a cleft lip and palate, a hole in his heart, and was perceived to be deaf and blind due to the disorder. He lived for only nine months. Soon after, Gabriel's Symphony Foundation was born.

Since 2002, the Foundation has passionately pursued its mission of making a difference in children's lives. Among its projects are:

GSF
GSF
1. Cleft lip and palate operations. Over a thousand children have been successfully operated on.

2. Programs and medical assistance for the visually and hearing impaired. These include hearing aids, artificial eyes and year-end activities.

3. Outreach programs that include running clinics, field trips and various weekend activities for disadvantaged children like the Daanghan’ Barefoot Running Kids, the girls from Marillac Hills, and more.

4. Sports programs, including an annual sports fiesta fund-raiser and grassroots sports camps particularly for football and triathlon — swimming, biking and running all over the country.

The most recent beneficiary is the "Batang Rogie" charity named after 19-year—old UP football scholar Rogie Maglinas who hails from Masbate. He passed away on February 2, 2016 from complications resulting from cancer. In what would be his last Christmas back in his hometown, Rogie, like he always did, brought home football gear for the kids and spent time coaching them. To honor this courageous young athlete, the Foundation will continue what Rogie started.

Gabriel’s death in 2001, though painful to those who loved him, continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children.
Pinay In Action Football Fiesta
Pinay In Action Football Fiesta
And this coming February 13 & 14, 2016, Pinay In Action (PIA), Senator Pia Cayentano's advocacy arm promoting sports and women empowerment, will be holding the "Pinay In Action Football Fiesta" to be held at Bonifacio High Street. Check out the details at Sports Manila and join-in on the fun and help an advocacy at the same time.

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