Overview

The Campaign for Filipino Children is Apl.de.ap Foundation International’s health initiative. The International Executive Committee of the Foundation, guided by the Foundation’s Executive Director Ted Benito, deliberated and agreed unanimously on the choice of the Campaign’s first project Apl of My Eye, a project that addresses pediatric blindness in the Philippines.

There are two main reasons for choosing this project: First, our founder Apl.de.ap is legally blind. Second, we want to address a childhood blindness issue in a sustainable way. We are addressing the issue of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a pediatric ailment that can cause blindness among premature babies, through the continuing professional training of medical practitioners in the Philippines and the provision of diagnostic equipments.

Although ROP has profoundly affected the lives of many children and their families it has not been sufficiently addressed by the medical community in the Philippines. The goal of the Apl of My Eye program is to create the local capacity in the Philippines to properly diagnose and treat retinopathy of prematurity once and for all.

Apl.de.ap Foundation International

The first priority of the Apl.de.ap Foundation International is education. The Foundation built a music studio and computer lab in the two schools that Apl attended in his hometown of Sapang Bata in the province of Pampanga, Philippines: Sapang Bato National High School and Holy Angels University. These facilities provide opportunities for disadvantaged Filipino children to unleash their musical and technology talents. The initiative also includes the development of teacher training modules, a mentoring program and educational scholarships.

Apl.de.ap Foundation International also sponsors 14 scholars at the Angeles University in Apl’s hometown. The Foundation also participates in the Department of Education initiative to build new schools especially in far flung and hard-to-reach areas of the country. To date, it has built 15 new schools including one in the war-torn area of Zamboanga in Mindanao.

Apl.de.ap suffers from an eye ailment and he is considered legally blind. The Campaign for Filipino Children is its first health initiative and it is in line with the Foundation’s education priority because of its emphasis on training doctors and creating local capacity in the medical community in the Philippines.

The Leadership of Apl.de.ap Foundation International

Ted I. Benito – Executive Director
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Ted I. Benito is an in-house, corporate senior paralegal with a nano-technology/bio-pharmaceutical, multi-faceted company based in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he worked at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLC in their government contracts and intellectual property departments. Since 2003, Benito has also been an independent producer/director and has focused his efforts on presenting, promoting and producing the talents of Filipino-American and Asian/Pacific Islander artists in all entertainment genres – television, cinema and film, music and literary publishing, concerts, theater, recordings and internet platforms. In this capacity, he has produced events for many local, statewide and international non-profit organizations.

Recently, Ted added “Commissioner” to his title when was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California State Commission on Volunteers.

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Members of Executive Committee

  • MEL AVANZADO
  • ANTONIO BENJAMIN
  • MILDRED DEANG
  • SONIA T. DELEN
  • RENE ENCARNACION
  • J. ROBBIE FABIAN
  • FRITZ FRIEDMAN
  • GERRY GARCIA
  • REGINA MANZANA-SAWHNEY
  • KRIZIA MENDENILLA
  • RUBEN NOCOS
  • CORA ORIEL
  • ROBERT SANTOS
  • AUDIE VERGARA
  • POLO MOLINA – EX OFFICIO
Sonia T. Delen, Chair of The Campaign for Filipino Children

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Selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. by the Filipina Women’s Network, Sonia Delen is probably best known for her business acumen and an unrivaled empathy for the many global causes that are privileged to have her as benefactor.

Sonia is a Senior Vice President for Bank of America Merril Lynch in San Francisco.

She is Executive Producer of the full-length documentary film, Harana, which chronicles one of the most-revered, Filipino traditions. She is also an entrepreneur and a community leader in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also one of the founders of AcuGlobal Endeavors, the international trading and licensing company that specializes in the exchange of good and services with various Asian countries.

The appointment of Sonia Delen as Chairperson of this inaugural project of the The Campaign for Filipino Children is both strategic and very meaningful. Her business and social linkages are instrumental in garnering support for the project. As a matter of fact, Sonia’s longstanding relationship with Western Union played a key role in convincing the company to support the campaign as lead sponsor. But equally important, Sonia understands the challenges of the families of disabled children and specifically the concerns and issues that come with having a blind child. Sonia’s eldest son David is blind.