Lives Touched: MDF Celebrates 30 Years of Serving the Muntinlupa Communities
It was a lovely get-together as Muntinlupa Development Foundation (MDF) members, staff, beneficiaries, partners, and friends gathered to celebrate the 30th year anniversary of the foundation last October 26 at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
Among MDF’s friends who came and gave their messages were Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime “Jimmy” Fresnedi, Congressman Rozzano “Ruffy” Biazon and former Mayor and Congressman Ignacio “Toting” Bunye.
MDF President Saturnino “Bong” Belen thanked everyone who came to celebrate with MDF and emphasized that the event is a great opportunity to remember the contribution of MDF to the people of Muntinlupa. The beneficiaries present in the event agreed as a number of them approached the MDF officers and members to express their thanks while telling their inspiring stories. A group from Dangal Homeowners’ Association even presented a skit which illustrates how MDF helped them achieve their dreams of having their own homes and a reliable source of income.
MDF Executive Director Gay Francisco presented the video documentary which was prepared by three students from First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH). The three students joined the MDF staff to visit the communities and individuals helped by MDF in the past thirty years and some former MDF employees to create the documentary entitled “Lives Touched: Celebrating the 30 Years of Muntinlupa Development Foundation”. It was a great learning opportunity for the students as they were able to hear real stories of how people rose from extreme poverty with the help of organizations like MDF, the local government of Muntinlupa, and other government institutions.
Everyone was in high spirits as the gathering ended with MDF Chairman Teodoro “Ted” Javier presenting an old video of MDF’s “Big Bang sa Alabang”, the fundraiser in the late 80s which considerably helped the foundation raise funds for many of its projects in the past.
The get-together was organized by the MDF staff, former staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries.