KALINANGAN YOUTH FOUNDATION, INC. (KALFI) is a private non-stock, non-profit Foundation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 14, 1983 and with the Bureau of Internal Revenue as a Donee institution on October 28, 1983. Subsequently, KALFI was accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) on April 11, 2003.
Tasked with the primary purpose of providing holistic formation of high school, university students and young professional women, KALFI put up Study Centers in key locations where it can best be accessed by the youth. Thus the following Study Centers were established:
a) Iraya Study Center (1987) in Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
(caters to University of Sto. Tomas, University of the East, Far Eastern University)
b) Banilad Study Center (1983) in Cebu City
(caters to San Carlos University, Cebu Doctors College, UP-Cebu, Cebu Institute of Technology)
c) Daniw Study Center (1990) in Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(caters to University of the Philippines, Ateneo, Miriam College, PSHS)
d) Balanghai Study Center (1994) in Ortigas Complex, Pasig City
(caters to University of Asia and the Pacific, St. Paul’s College, Poveda)
In 1984, Lunday Study Center opened its doors to University of the Philippines-Diliman students. In 2004, Lunday merged with and transferred its operations to Daniw Study Center in Loyola Heights since both were close to and catered to the same universities.
In 2005, Vinta Center was established. Volunteers from the center worked in collaboration with Daniw Study Center to help and assist in the activities for the young professionals.
KALFI assists three other Study Centers owned by affiliate Foundations: Tahilan Residence and Study Center, Tanglaw University Center and Narra Nueva Center, in running similar KALFI programs for the youth. Tahilan Residence and Study Center is located at Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila, near De La Salle University, St. Scholastica’s College and UP Manila. Tanglaw University Center is located in West Triangle Homes, Quezon City and Narra Nueva Study Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Since 1983, KALFI has ensured the uninterrupted offering of year-round programs of activities for youth development focused on character building and service to society. To accomplish this, the above Study Centers are run by a dedicated and competent Management Staff with the valuable help of numerous volunteers. Each Study Center has a Patrons Association that helps in financial and marketing needs.
Through the years, hereunder are some highlights to KALFI’s history:
Alumnae are in positions of responsiblity in their respective fields:
- Dr. Vanessa de Villa, Surgeon, Hongkong University
- Dr. Marissa de Guzman, Multi Awardee, Department of Psychiatry, UP-Philippine General Hospital
- Arlene Keh, President, CG&E Holdings
- Dr. Daisy Lopez, Chairman, European Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Diliman
- Dr. Aliza Racelis, Professor, UP-Diliman
- Dr. Francene Calero-Racho, Dean, School of Communications, University of Asia &the Pacific
- Dr. Marya Svetlana Camacho, Asst. Dean, College of Arts and Science, University of Asia & the Pacific
- Dr. Severina Villegas, Consultant, University of Asia and the Pacific & Director, Woodrose School
- Ma. Gina Rama, Director, Rosehill
- Emylou Visaya, Director, Southcrest School
- Socorro L. Bautista, Executive Director, Consuelo Chito Madrigal Foundation (CCMF)
- Linda Valenzona, Consultant, CBCP/USEC (former), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Present crop of students are leaders excelling in their schools. Several have topped Professional Licensure Examinations.
Conferences & Congresses organized by the Foundation:
- Inter-university Sportsfests “Paligsahan”, Laguna Hills Camp, Calamba, Laguna, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001
- Education: “Home and School: Partners Towards Better Education” (Tanglaw University Center, 2002)
- HRA: “Service Industry: A School of Humanity” (Anabel’s Restaurant, 2001)
- Communications: Media Mindset 2000, II (UP-ISMED, 1999)
- Education: Re-Engineering Education for the 21st Century (UP-ISMED, 1998)
- Communications: Media Mindset 2000 (UP-ISMED, 1997)
Rural and Urban Community Projects:
- Old Balara Elementary School, Diliman, Q.C.
- Siniloan, Laguna (2001)
- Bula, Camarines Sur (2002)
- Balete, Batangas (2003)
- San Juan, La Union (2003-2005)
- Maragondon, Cavite (2004)
- Gerona, Tarlac (2004-ongoing)
- Lingayen, Pangasinan (2005)
- Liliw, Laguna (2005)
- Malolos, Bulacan (2006)
- (2013) Camarines Sur, General Santos
- Consistent participation in UNIV International University Congresses in Rome
- Recipient of foreign funding from Fomento (Spain), Istituzione per la Cooperazione Universitaria (Italy), Kirche (Germany), Matsushita Foundation (Japan), etc.
- World Youth Day participation: 1993 (Denver), 1995 (Manila), 1997 (Paris), 2000 (Rome), 2006 (Cologne); 2008 (Sydney), 2011 (Madrid)
- Since 2004, a National Service Training Program (NSTP) partner: Iraya Study Center-UST – A.R.A.L. (Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School, Tatalon, Q.C.) and Balanghai Study Center-UA&P – T.O.P. Students (Oranbo Elementary School, Pasig)
- Recipient of Matsushita Electric Union Service Award (1994)
- Recipient of grants from Metrobank Foundation, ABS-CBN Foundation, San Miguel Corporation, RMN, Unilab, RFM, MetroIndex Garments, Inc., etc.;
Since its PCNC accreditation, it has conducted regular training seminars for its Board, Members, Management Staff and Volunteers to further improve the professional delivery of its service to society.
Board of Trustees:
Elenita S. A. Sandejas
Shyrelle Therese Pizana
Marie Rose Marcella
Lili Rose Embuscado
President – Elenita S. A. Sandejas
Vice President – Monette Pablo
Treasurer – Mimie Huang
Corporate Secretary – Nini Veloso