Culion Foundation, Inc.

Culion Foundation, Inc. (CFI) is a non-stock, non profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of Filipinos through programs in public health, environment, and community development.

Health

Providing patient-centered interventions to improve health outcomes.

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Environment

Championing environmental sustainability through restoration and education.

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Community Development

Empowering communities for sustainable development and brighter futures.

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CFI At A Glance

FR. JAVIER OLAZABAL Y MENDOZA, SJ

Founder of Culion Foundation Inc.

At 60, Javier Olazabal y Mendoza moved to Culion to fulfill his dream of serving leprosy patients, not to retire. Born on January 7, 1909, in St. Jean de Luz, he was a Spanish citizen. Ordained a Jesuit in 1946, he never abandoned his dream of serving in Culion, even while holding prominent roles in Spain.

In 1971, Father Olazabal was assigned to Culion, where he served for 18 years, affectionately known as Father Ola. Despite his ascetic appearance, he was a determined and compassionate figure. He found 700 leprosy patients living in hopeless conditions and worked tirelessly to improve their lives.

As the island’s chaplain, he provided regular church services, recruited Eucharist ministers, and solicited funds for infrastructure projects. He was a comforter and friend to the patients, organizing activities and offering personal support. Known for his kindness to children, he often gave them candy and cookies.

Father Ola lived simply, closely mirroring the lepers’ lifestyle. He wrote thousands of letters seeking aid and advocated for multidrug therapy (MDT) in the 1980s. He saw the first patients cured in 1987 but died on September 10, 1988. He was honored with both Philippine and Spanish flags at his burial and is interred in Culion’s Church of the Immaculate Conception. A monument stands in his memory. He once said, “My God, I want to go to the very end with these suffering people, whatever may happen to me.”

Don Jose Ma. Soriano Sr.

Founder of Culion Foundation Inc.

Don José María Soriano was a Spanish-American industrialist with business interests in the Philippines and a discreet philanthropist. In 1970, he became Minister Plenipotentiary of the Philippines to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Co-owner of San Miguel Corporation, he formed a group known as the “Three Musketeers” with Ramon Pedrosa, Antonio Infante, and Pedro Picornell. 

A devout Catholic, Soriano was introduced to Culion by Father Olazabal at a Spanish community event. He and his “Three Musketeers” tackled the island’s challenges, leading to the formation of the Culion Foundation in 1976 with the Isabel Cultural Corporation and the Philippine Jesuits. This nonprofit aimed to improve public health and empower marginalized communities.

Don Jose Luis Gamarra

Founder of Culion Foundation Inc.

The Protegee & student of Father Olazabal and the President of Fundacion ANESVAD who funded hospitals for leprosy patients, granted educational support, and provided infrastructure assistance projects in Culion.

Learning from its rich experience in Culion, the foundation is promoting the lessons in leprosy control in other projects it supports elsewhere in the world, including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.

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CFI co-organizes NTDs Stakeholders and Partners Forum

CFI co-organizes NTDs Stakeholders and Partners Forum

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Empowering Communities in Eliminating Tuberculosis
CFI implements TB in the Workplace Project

Culion Foundation, Inc. partnered with the Quezon City Health Department and Samahan ng mga Manggagawa at Manininda ng Kamuning (SaMMPalKa) to launch the Tuberculosis (TB) in the Workplace Project. With this partnership, the group was able to empower their representatives through a capacity-building workshop, formulate their own TB workplace policy, and conduct lectures and information dissemination campaigns to educate and raise awareness about TB.

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Culion Foundation, Inc. impacts Filipino lives through ACF

The Culion Foundation, Inc. is one of the players helping combat the TB epidemic. It continually strengthens its engagement with the DOH, LGUs, development partners, and the community to ensure that services such as active case finding are delivered to the underserved and vulnerable members of the community. Through the ACF project, CFI aims to make TB screening available and accessible, especially to those at-risk groups who have no financial capability to avail of chest X-rays (CXR).

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The Partnership of Culion Foundation, Inc. and the Municipality of Magdalena
A Testimonial from Philippine Councilors League Laguna member Mary Grace Reodica

CFI had the privilege of witnessing the firsthand cooperation of a dedicated councilor of Laguna in delivering a transformative impact of free TB screening. The initiative from Magdalena Councilor Mary Grace Reodica has played a crucial role in preventing and controlling the spread of infectious disease within the municipality of Magdalena and amplifying it to the whole province of Laguna.

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47th Founding Anniversary
Celebrating its Past and Sustaining Gains Towards Universal Health Care for All Filipinos

On June 9, 2023, the Culion Foundation, Inc. (CFI) celebrated its 47th Founding Anniversary with the theme “CFI: Stronger @ 47, Celebrating Our Roots.” The event marked a momentous occasion to reflect on CFI’s profound impact over the past four decades. President Mr. Alberto Lim highlighted CFI’s vision of Universal Healthcare, striving for equitable access to quality care for all Filipinos. Mr. Eugenio Caccam echoed the commitment to create a society where health is a human right, transcending mere ideals. CFI’s journey exemplifies resilience and innovation, uniting the staff to address health, environmental, and community challenges together. The anniversary celebration invigorated the team to march forward, reinforcing CFI’s unwavering dedication to its founding principles. As CFI steps into the future, it stands tall as a beacon of hope, promising a brighter and healthier future for the Filipino people, leaving a lasting legacy of care and empowerment for generations to come.

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Empowering Communities in Eliminating Tuberculosis


CFI implements TB in the Workplace Project

Culion Foundation, Inc. partnered with the Quezon City Health Department and Samahan ng mga Manggagawa at Manininda ng Kamuning (SaMMPalKa) to launch the Tuberculosis (TB) in the Workplace Project. With this partnership, the group was able to empower their representatives through a capacity-building workshop, formulate their own TB workplace policy, and conduct lectures and information dissemination campaigns to educate and raise awareness about TB.

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Culion Foundation, Inc. impacts Filipino lives through ACF


The Culion Foundation, Inc. is one of the players helping combat the TB epidemic. It continually strengthens its engagement with the DOH, LGUs, development partners, and the community to ensure that services such as active case finding are delivered to the underserved and vulnerable members of the community. Through the ACF project, CFI aims to make TB screening available and accessible, especially to those at-risk groups who have no financial capability to avail of chest X-rays (CXR).

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The Partnership of Culion Foundation, Inc. and the Municipality of Magdalena

A Testimonial from Philippine Councilors League Laguna member Mary Grace Reodica

CFI had the privilege of witnessing the firsthand cooperation of a dedicated councilor of Laguna in delivering a transformative impact of free TB screening. The initiative from Magdalena Councilor Mary Grace Reodica has played a crucial role in preventing and controlling the spread of infectious disease within the municipality of Magdalena and amplifying it to the whole province of Laguna.

Read More

47th Founding Anniversary
Celebrating its Past and Sustaining Gains Towards Universal Health Care for All Filipinos

On June 9, 2023, the Culion Foundation, Inc. (CFI) celebrated its 47th Founding Anniversary with the theme “CFI: Stronger @ 47, Celebrating Our Roots.” The event marked a momentous occasion to reflect on CFI’s profound impact over the past four decades. President Mr. Alberto Lim highlighted CFI’s vision of Universal Healthcare, striving for equitable access to quality care for all Filipinos. Mr. Eugenio Caccam echoed the commitment to create a society where health is a human right, transcending mere ideals. CFI’s journey exemplifies resilience and innovation, uniting the staff to address health, environmental, and community challenges together. The anniversary celebration invigorated the team to march forward, reinforcing CFI’s unwavering dedication to its founding principles. As CFI steps into the future, it stands tall as a beacon of hope, promising a brighter and healthier future for the Filipino people, leaving a lasting legacy of care and empowerment for generations to come.

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Certification and Accreditation

Culion Foundation, Inc. TB ACF Team Receives Service Award for Outstanding Contributions in Tuberculosis Active Case Finding in the Municipality of Cavinti, Laguna.

On the 4th of August 2023 at the 9th Sambalilo Festival, the Culion Foundation, Inc. TB ACF Team has been a recipient of a service award for their exceptional efforts and significant contributions as partners of the local government unit in providing free TB screening. This recognition highlights their unwavering commitment to combatting TB and improving public health outcomes.

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CFI by Numbers

High-risk individuals screened for TB

MSMEs engaged for the installation of TB program

Individuals screened and found positive for leprosy

Mothers and children supplemented with Vitamin A

Small businesses supported

Eco-warriors capacitated

Mangroves planted

International partners

National partners

CSOs/NGOs