The Padua Charitable Fund was founded in July
2007 with the conviction that everyone has the basic right to
a decent home, good health and education necessary to ensure the
continuity of a safe, sound and happy society!
The Padua Charitable Fund is registered with the Charity Commission
of England and Wales and with the Securities and Exchange Commission
in the Philippines. We are organized and operated solely by volunteers.
We have a Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer, a Board of
Trustees and approximately 30 members. Our members are united
by their vision, albeit in their own small way, in helping to
create a world devoid of poverty, homelessness, disease, ignorance
and illiteracy, injustice and inequality.
Home is where the heart is
Our organisation makes financial contributions towards projects
that aim to eradicate the slums of the Philippines by replacing
these through the voluntary building of decent homes, to include
basic and necessary facilities for homeless families as befit
all human beings.
The project The Padua Charitable Fund currently supports is the
building and creation of the Gawad Kalinga/Airlift Asia Inc. Foundation
Village in Better Living, Paranaque, Manila.
Gawad Kalinga (GK)/Couples for Christ (CFC) is the foremost non-governmental,
voluntary organisation in the Philippines whose main object is
the eradication of slums nationwide by the “building of
700,000 houses in 7000 communities in 7 years”. To date
GK has re-built over 900 sites all over the Philippines. The aim
is to have empowered communities whose residents are not just
receivers but are givers as well. Their work is not about dole-out
or charity, but self-reliance and a strong community spirit. It
is about uplifting the dignity of the poor by building their capacity
to respond to opportunities and enabling them to reach their highest
potential. The replacing of the slums by the creation of bright
multi-coloured houses is done by the slum-dwellers themselves
and volunteers from all walks of life, including overseas. This
is based on the Filipino spirit of “bayanihan” (concerted
or group effort).
Educate and Liberate
We aim to further provide relief of financial hardship among
these people and their families in order that their medical and
educational needs of their children are attended to. We believe
that education is the key ingredient by which the next generation
of poor, deprived Filipinos can be liberated from the vicious
poverty trap encircling their lives. We are therefore helping
to fund the maintenance and operation of a community centre within
these new housing developments. The centre will provide classrooms
for education, a library and facilities for vocational training,
handicrafts and computer studies as well as facilities for regular
visiting medical and dental staff. We continually contribute school
supplies and various items of clothing.
Street children do not go to school (left),
Gawad Kalinga school with many happy pupils (right)
The people behind PCF
Padua-Grant is co-founder and treasurer of the Padua
Charitable Fund. Isabel was born and raised in Manila and studied
at St. Scholastica's college and at the University of the Philippines
where she earned a degree in English and Comparative Literature
(cum laude). Isabel, a mother of three girls, now lives in the
United Kingdom. She is often asked to work for local councils,
social services and the NHS to help with Philippine language translation
Isabel is the sister of late brothers Reggie and Blitz Padua (below)
Email Isabel Padua-Grant at:
Ann Padua PhD is co-founder of the Padua Charitable Fund.
Rose Ann was born in Manila and has lived in the UK from age 10.
She is a prominent research scientist in Oncology, focusing on
DNA immunotherapy for the treatment of leukaemia and lymphoma.
Currently, she is working as INSERM Director of Research at Hopital
St-Louis, Paris, France. Her career includes prestigious posts
in the University of Wales, UCSF and Kings College London, as
well as numerous publications in highly respected scientific and
medical journals. Rose Ann’s interest includes swimming,
skiing, scuba diving and consuming as much theatre that time allows.
Rose Ann's father is the late Alfonso Padua (below).
Padua-King is co-founder and secretary of the Padua Charitable
Fund. Dolly, an open-minded forthright speaker, was born in Manila
and has lived in the UK from age 10. Dolly is office manager at
an architect's firm in London, and also an accomplished hairstylist
having learned her skill in the USA. And if shopping were to be
considered a talent, Dolly's definitely got it!
Dolly's father is the late Alfonso Padua (below)
Email Dolly Padua-King at:
And Finally... forever in our hearts...
The Padua Charitable fund was started in London in 2007 by the
Padua family, a very large Filipino family with members living
in England, the Philippines as well as the USA and Canada. The
sudden passing away of Padua family members, Ponching (2006),
Reggie and Blitz (2007), prompted the forming of the charity.
"Ponching" Padua graduated top of his class
in Civil Engineering (University of the Philippines), was a Fullbright
scholar at Yale University, USA and had a long highly successful
career in the Philippines, the UK and internationally. A father
of five, he reared an equally successful family in London, England.
Ponching was also a gifted singer and violinist and his talents
in opera reached a professional standard. He is survived by his
wife Rose and children who are co-founders of PCF.
"Reggie" Padua (the 3rd), named after his grandfather
Dr. Regino Padua (Ponching's late father), former Health Minister
in the Philippines and co-founder of the World Health Organisation
(WHO) in Southeast Asia, studied at La Salle College and the University
of the Philippines and lived in the Philippines until his untimely
death aged 54. A larger-than-life character, a successful businessman,
a true entrepreneur and above all, a supporter of the underprivileged.
Reggie founded Manila’s top glass-etching company, Islas
Designs, now run by his wife Maritess "Teng" Padua and
helped by their son, Brian "Bayan" Padua.
"Blitz" Padua Jr, (Reggie's youngest brother)
studied at the Ateneo University and did law at the University
of the Philippines. A talented musician and a genius at the piano
and the electric organ, he composed over 200 musical scores in
his time, winning several major awards for musical scoring in
the Philippine film industry, including two best musical scores
at the FAP awards (Film Academy of the Philippines). Blitz on:
It is because of their memory and legacy that the good we do
for others is possible.