OFCI Antique Through the Years, in Photos, 2014

Background Information:

OFCI Antique Subchapter, known as OFCI Antique, is one of the provincial organized groups, under the OFCI Philippine Chapter. Its mother organization, the Overseas Filipino Council International, Inc., based in Washington State, USA. is registered as a non-for-profit organization, eligible to receive tax-exempt charitable contributions. Its 501(C)3 Certificate, regularly renewed to keep it up-to-date, is as follows:

Commencing in January 2006, as a mailing list, named Overseas Filipino Council (OFC), making use of the Yahoo Groups, it emerged into the Overseas Filipino Council International, Inc. (OFCI) in the early 2007. The Philippine Chapter though got only officially organized in 2011 and consequently registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an NGO. Its Certificate of Incorporation is shown below:

As a member of the electronic group, based in Kuwait, I have availed of funding through members’ donations in 2006 – for the open-heart surgery of my grandson from a first cousin – and in August 2007- for the publication of my book, “Overseas Filipino Workers”. It was in mid-2007 that I left all the rest of the electronic groups, including the many I created, myself, and just concentrated in the OFCI egroup. It was my way of showing my appreciation and gratitude to the group members who were more than willing to partake of their personal resources in response to my call for help. When I started a feeding program in my birthplace of Mapatag, Hamtic, Antique, Philippines in March 2007, I acted, unknowingly, according to the mission statement of OFCI, to wit: “We believe philanthropy must focus on projects designed to build on the talents and expertise of the local citizens; and to exploit motivations they have, to improve their economic and social well being.” Other projects, all for the purpose of helping the poor and the needy, slowly emerged one after the other, but as a personal endeavor. When a bigger project, of building a native restaurant using “Anita’s Kitchen” was accomplished in April 26, 2014, I felt the need to organize an OFCI Subchapter for the Province of Antique, so by May 24, 2014, OFCI Antique was born!

The still unfinished “Anita’s Kitchen”, designed to be a native restaurant based in Mapatag, Hamtic, Antique. AK is a project of OFCI under its Self-Help Nutrition Program and got built in honor of its trademark owner, Ms. Anita S. Schon.

The newly-finished Anita’s Kitchen a few days before its inauguration which was attended by OFCI President and trademark owner, US-based Ms Anita S. Schon.

The first set of officers elected during an organizational meeting held May 24, 2014.

The first-ever weekly feeding under the management of OFCI Antique Subchapter, May 24, 2014.

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/


  1. Freda Editha O. Contreras (Post author)

    Thank you so much Tita Betty for visiting my blog and for your heart-warming comments.

    Yes, OFCI Antique has already started resource sharing with the establishment of the first two Units – the OFCI Antique Hugpong Mapatagnon and the OFCI Antique Hugpong Malandoganon.

    And one day, OFCI Antique and OFCI Aklan will be exchanging resources, too, as well as experiences. I give time to report so other groups will get inspired to replicate what we do. There are still actually a lot of unreported activities and projects and am hoping to be done with it before the end of January 2017.

  2. Beatrice Padilla-Duran

    Freda, you are so blessed with a God-given talent of writing!

    Thanks for sharing the historical background of OFCI Antique, it’s commendable projects and activities through the years. All those brought into existence by your passion to give back to your community and your whole-hearted generosity to share personal/family resources to implement all those community projects/activities.
    More power to you and OFCI Antique!
    Perhaps resource-sharing among OFCI Subchapters will help boost each other’s plans programs.

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