I'm John Ryan and I am one of the Lingap kids. I was admitted at the Center when I was 6 years old back in the April of 2004 at the old Lingap Center, which was literally a converted pig-slaughterhouse. Life before I came to the Lingap Center was pretty hard. I lost my mother because of pneumonia and my father was jobless. He hardly could not provide all the basic needs of our family of 9 children. I cannot eat 3 meals a day or most of the time, eat nothing at all. I was very sickly all those years brought by malnutrition. That is why, I am very thankful and happy for this enormous blessing and all the people behind this project especially to Tito John and his family for they wholistically changed me. I am now very healthy and am studying at a prestigious school outside of Cebu. This would not have happened if not for the Lingap Center who gave me another chance to have a life and an education. Thank you very much!
Greetings to everyone! This is Aileen Bantolinao, a former Lingap ward for almost 12 years. I am now happily married with my wonderful husband Dave and we are now residing in Tucson, Arizona. I spent my elementary and high school years while at Lingap. The Lingap Children's Foundation financed my further education where I attended at the University of San Carlos and completed my Bachelor's Degree in Tourism Management in Cebu City, Philippines. Following my degree completion, I was offered a yearlong internship at the Baltimore Country Club - one of the most Prestigious Clubs in the world. I am very fortunate. All of these wonderful things that I have received would not have been possible without the help and guidance of Tito John Drake, the Founder of the Lingap Children's Foundation who is not just a provider but stands as a great Father figure when our own could not. The guidance, life skills training and values provided by the Lingap Children's Foundation are with me everyday. It is truly an honor to have completed my degree and everyday of my working life will be influenced by my upbringing at Lingap. Now that I am an alumni to the Lingap Children's Foundation, its my honor to help and give back.
Tito John was my hero as he was there when I have no one to turn to. I spent all my life hearing and listening to him of how important education is and that proves it as I was able to graduate and have college degree and got an internship here at Baltimore Country Club. I am so lucky and very blessed. Thank you Tito John and to the people who has been there supporting the Lingap Children's Foundation. I owe you a lot. God will bless you.