Beating the blues

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Dear Toto,

In case you or your friends would like to help the “Natasha Goulbourn Foundation,” which aims to educate about combatting depression, please see below and the attached about a run in Dasmarinas Village on the 9th of April.


Ana Lopez


Dear Friends,

Hope that you can join our upcoming run in April for the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation! Please see details below and registration form attached. All for a good cause! 🙂 Kindly pass on to friends and family that would be interested too.

Thanks so much!

All the best,


Dear Friends! You are invited to RUN!!! Gather friends & family for the April 9 run in Dasmarinas Village! We are 1 of 3 beneficiaries & I need to get registrations in ASAP

A thoughtful addition to our fundraising is If you can get friends to pledge P100.00 per kilometer that you & the others are running – that would be wonderful!

Meantime, attached is the registration form, or I can send you some – let me know ok! Please join!


Jeannie, Frances and Katrina

COME & JOIN New Balance “Raising Hope” run, for the benefit of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation!

Date: April 9, Saturday at 6:00 a.m.

Venue: Dasmarinas Village, Makati

Registration: Ongoing until March 31, Thursday

Categories & Prices:

3k Fun Run – P 400.00 w/ free t-shirt

5k – P 600.00 w/ free t-shirt & singlet

10k – P 600.00 w/ free t-shirt & singlet

We encourage you to invite friends to pledge P100.00 (or more ) for every kilometer that you run, for the benefit of NGF!

Attached is a registration form. Please call us to reserve your number, limited slots!!!

Contacts: Margie – 897-2217 / 0927-291-4916

Pixie – 811-6856 / 0917-815-3636

Rizal in Rome

Dear Readers,

In case some of you would like to help raise the life size bronze statue of our National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Piazzale Manila in Parioli, Rome, here is a worthwhile project…  Donations are EE 1,000 upwards.

Thank you,

Toto Gonzalez


Cynthia Romualdez Velez

McKinley Road,

Forbes Park, Makati City

February 21, 2011

As I went about the City of Rome last year, I visited the Piazzale Manila in the prestigious district of Parioli where hundreds of Filipinos, mainly migrant workers, converge daily around a bust of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. It is their gathering place away from home.

This year marks the 150th year since the birth of Dr.  Rizal (June 19, 2011). To celebrate this incredibly significant milestone, a life size bronze monument at Piazzale Manila is proposed to replace the existing bust which is currently one of the tiniest Rizal monuments worldwide.

The story of Dr. Rizal represents the courageous spirit of migrant Filipinos, the “heroes” of our generation. Today, Italy is home to more than 150,000 Filipinos. The legacy of Dr. Jose Rizal is not only for migrants, but also for the children of Filipino Italians who must learn to appreciate the life, teachings and patriotism of our national hero.

The Philippine Embassy to the Holy See, through the efforts of Ambassador Mercedes A. Tuazon, has been granted by the City of Rome, the necessary permits to erect the new life size bronze statue of Dr. Rizal. In coordination with the Ambassador, we appeal to your generosity to help make this project a reality.

The artist to be commissioned is still under consideration. It will either be an Italian, Giorgio Conta, or a Filipino master based in Rome, Tomas Concepcion.  Both have made life size bronze statues of Pope John Paul II which are now considered some of the best modern statues in the Vatican.

Total project cost is €28,000 euro (twenty eight thousand euros).  The cost of the bronze statue is €25,000 euro and €3,000 euro for the transportation, installation and improvements of the island at Piazzale Manila where the statue will be mounted. The park covers an area of 1,248 square meters with a beautiful fountain at the center of this mini park.

As the legacy of your generosity as a donor, your name will be immortalized on a plaque on the monument or in a time capsule in Rome.  Your tax-deductible charitable donation will be directed through the Center for Peace Asia Foundation, Inc., who will issue the charitable tax receipts. Ms. Lydia L. Sison is in-charge of receiving the donations address is 391 Dr. J. Fernandez Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City 1550 Metro Manila Philippines, telephone (632) 5311314.

I hope this project will find favor with you as it pays fitting homage to our national hero in the eternal City of Rome. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require more information or details. Thank you very much for your kind consideration.

Yours truly,

Cynthia “Cindy” Romualdez Velez