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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How the Philippines changed me

A good percentage of this blog is pointing to acts of kindness I had done to help poor Filipino's but the reality is I had received far more blessings from you. These blessings cannot be purchased with money. These are riches that come through the unique culture you have.

It is really an incredible love story I have with you. I brought you my material blessings, good heart and energy to help you with your poverty and in turn you taught me that far more important than material riches are the love of God, Family and friends.

The more I think about it, the more I realize how blessed I was to be able to spend so much time with you. I discovered things in your poorness that I had never known before. Things that are pretty much absent from the fast paced culture I came from.

I tried my best to fix your problems using the proceeds from my work. The help I had brought you as far as dollars is concerned cannot compare the the wealth you already have in a culture of family and deep faith. I hope all of you reading this can truly see how rich you are. To be one in heart and value each other as members of a family is far more precious than owning a Mercedes and a nice house. You cannot buy with money what you have.

I saw this especially when I was donating in public hospitals. Families who would sacrifice to the fourth generation to be there for a suffering loved one. The love I saw with second cousins treating distant uncles and aunties with the utmost respect touched the deepest part of my heart.

Loving each other through the hardest of times
I had no idea how important our family was until I learned from you dear Filipino's about it. And you are right. There is nothing more important on this earth besides our relationship with God than our own family. I was so confused about my own family until you healed me with your culture. Now I have the best relationships, the deepest affection and strongest commitment. Before it was all about how much money I could make and what kind of fame I could achieve in the eyes of others.

You gave me so much dear Filipino's. I love you so much for that. I am truly humbled by the opportunity I had to serve you. For never did I realize that your people and country were going to give me the greatest gift that money cannot buy. That is the knowledge of the importance of our own families. The material world and going for the American dream stole that from me for many years. I was lost in a fog of thinking that material gain could provide me contentment. I was wrong. Loving my wife and daughter makes me happy. Loving my mom and dad and being there for them makes me happy. Appreciating people and accepting them for who they are now makes me happy.

Me and my wonderful nephew Joshua
I just want to tell you dear Filipino friends that whatever makes you smile in adversity, never lose that part of your culture. Whatever makes you sacrifice for your family, never lose that. Whatever inspires you to have faith, hold on to that and never let it go.

You are a powerful people, more powerful than most of you realize. This power is far greater than the things that keep you down. If you could see it as I do as an outsider whom you have touched, you would see that you are living in one of the richest cultures in the world. The riches you hold are rooted in love and there is nothing more powerful in the universe than Love.

"God is love"

Thank you for changing my life dear Filipino's!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our first years of marriage

The best experience that I ever had in the Philippines and still ongoing is my wife. Marrying her has trumped everything prior I thought was a good experience.  What an amazing story my wife''s life is. She really started out in a very challenging way. Very very poor. So poor in fact that she had to eat root crops to survive as a child. Yet her life through an amazing unfolding of events that educated and strengthened her led to our paths crossing in 2007.

We had an amazing wedding and honeymoon on the Island of Palawan in February 2008. I even made sure I did it in the traditional way by asking her guardian (mom) for her hand in marriage together with my parents present whom we had brought over from the States for the occasion.  My wife and my parents soon became as close as soul mates as a long time need of my wife was fulfilled in her union with my parents. It was very beautiful to see.


After Palawan we settled into our home in Tarlac where we learned to face the challenges of managing such a big property together. Frankly I was grateful for the extra hand as I had found it quite task to do it by my self. She added that extra breath that was needed to help me have the creativity to make the finishing touches on our property.  My wife wanted to make the most of her new opportunity by sharing our property with others, especially church groups who were looking for a place to hold retreats and seminars. For the first two years of our marriage we were quite focused on helping the local community and various groups of people who enjoyed the property together with us.

Our baby daughter joined us at the end of 2008 and added that special dimension to our relationship that is hard to describe by words. My wife Chona is a wonderful mother and committed very much to teach our daughter what is most important in life. Because of that commitment our daughter is excelling in all aspects of her life. It's beautiful to see.

The first years of marriage were not without their challenges. We had various employee issues to deal with as well as financial struggles too. Not only were my wife and I adjusting to each other but our workers and the community as a whole was getting to know us as a couple. This is why we tried to open up our lives as much as possible to interact with people.

One particular reality we had to deal with was that the "Santa Claus" part of me needed to be curtailed once I had become a family man. For those of you reading who do not know me prior to my marriage not only was I generous I was so over the top I was considered "insanely generous" and ultimate Santa.  A friend and neighbors dream. I used to give out money and gifts like candy. It was my passion and my joy at that time of my life. But getting married suddenly changed my priorities and though I continued to be very generous it was not the same any longer. This caused some people to become resentful of my wife, even jealous of her having an influence on my life that turned down the Santa spigot.

By the summer of 2009 the jealousy of my wife got to the point that we became concerned about our own personal security and began to take steps to protect ourselves. This inspired us to be firm on our commitment to sell our property too. This situation made us reach out to others whom we sought help as we became more desperate in concern.

Even with the security concerns my wife and I really enjoyed our life together to the max. We traveled quite a bit making several trips back to Palawan and places like Baguio and Subic Bay. Her two brothers were living with us helping us out there so that allowed us to have the freedom to travel. We appreciated their hard work and they appreciated the opportunity to have a steady job.

I am so grateful for the woman God brought into my life. No doubt we were custom designed for each other. Life has never been better on a personal level since I met her.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Building our dream home in the Philippines

In my experiences of donating in the Philippines I had come to love the culture and people so much that in 2006 I decided to make my dream home there. I found a gorgeous property in Tarlac province that had it's own creek and several thousand mahogany trees. A spectacular property.

http://youtu.be/iv6Z7nuzyE4
A youtube video with gorgeous pics
See link above


An aerial pic of our paradise taken in December 2007
My original intention had always been to develop a nice place as an investment and later on sell it. When I first bought the property there was not much there. Just a couple of buildings and some run down development. It was definitely a challenge to put it all together. Fortunately I was able to be there most of the time and could really make decisions on the spot.

Workers planting blue grass near the big pool


It took a lot of hard work on the part of everyone involved. The project was a Godsend for the local community as we were able to employ during the project  over 300 people and most of them really appreciated the opportunity and additional income. And they did a great job too.  It is amazing to see the talents that people have when you give them the opportunity to be creative.
The early stages of the mansion house








It took nearly two years to complete the property and the opportunity to develop it brought many rewarding experiences to me and my wife.  Filipino's are amazing in their creativity when given the chance they really excel in all aspects of a project. It was amazing to see how they improvised and made their work as efficient as possible.




Here I am planting rice in the farm portion of the property

 I was told more than once that I did not fit the mold of expectation for a person who could afford such a property. I have never been the lazy type or one who thinks that I am too high to get my hands dirty. So during the course o the project I was right in there working side by side with the workers. It was a good experience for me too. And a good workout! I personally feel that the higher you get in life, the more you must humble yourself to stay grounded. That's why I am like that. Even Jesus said "the greatest will be the servant of all". I learned much during the course of the project. After all it was my very first development. My dad was a developer and we both figured he passed it on to me in the genes. It turned out remarkably well.

Our gorgeous 35 meter pool
Here are some more pics. Enjoy.
With swimming  as my favorite form of exercise I could not resist to make the gorgeous 35 meter lap pool. It is surrounded by gardens and kubo's. This was the place where I would do my morning laps before hitting the gym in the Japanese garden.

I never really used it as much as I should of but we estimated over 5000 people have had a chance to swim in this pool since it was first constructed.
Both my wife and I loved to share our home with others.
The main mansion house on the property

Here is a pic of our 7 bedroom mansion house. I decided after it was constructed that I wanted to keep it brand new for the future buyer so we did not stay in this house. Instead we stayed in a quaint 1 room guest house on the property.

This big house has the most incredible sunset views from the large terrace as a back drop to the 35m pool. There is also a nice balcony on the back side that overlooks the blue lagoon. It took almost a year to construct this house.


A picture of our gym located in the Japanese garden
                                                                         This unique building located in the Japanese style garden is our gym. I wanted to make it go with the motif so I had the roof corners made like a temple style. In the front is a koi pond.

The inside of the gym is wall to wall glass and even the ceiling is glass. I wanted to see the pain on my face when doing sit ups! It's very cool in there because it is located under the big mahogany trees.

I had always dreamed the maybe I could have Manny Pacquio work out there. I even bought a punching bag just in case I got the occasion to meet him.

Nice walking path along the creek
One of the best things about the property is all the room to walk around and enjoy the sights and sounds. Since most of the outside properties are rice fields the birds come to take refuge in our trees inside. At times the sounds of chirping are so loud it is incredible. Especially in the evening,

This walking path has several park benches to sit down and admire the beauty of the creek and blue lagoon. There is also large areas of blue grass to run and play on. Our dogs love it there!

Many people ask me how did I develop such a beautiful property. I simply told them I prayed about it. Truthfully I really had no experience in it. But I have a heart and creative mind. That coupled with faith in divine wisdom led to the creation of our property. 

              
Original color of the lake with view of butterfly bridge
NOW TO ANSWER THE QUESTION. HOW DID I TURN THE COLOR OF MY LAKE FROM THIS ....
                                                                                          TO THIS???
Beautiful turquoise after coloring the lake
First let me tell you why I decided to turn my lake from a ugly muddy brown color into a beautiful turquoise.                                         

 a youtube video with many pics of our blue lagoon
                                                         http://youtu.be/wANsVZ6GHIc

I was planning to do some marketing photos for the property and planned to rent an air plane so I could get some aerial shots. In thinking out of the box I asked my self how could I make the place look more attractive from the air?

I had remembered how food coloring was used in drinks to make them more attractive. So I went to the store and bought a small bottle of it for experimenting. After mixing the muddy water with it I was astonished. It came out turquoise! So the next challenge was to see where I could get my hands on some serious quantity of food coloring to do my 3 hectare lake. I was worried about our fish in the lake so I had taken a few tilapia out and put them in a fish tank with the food coloring. Not only did they not die, they became more aggressive to eat because they could see the food easier in the colored water! After coloring the lake all of our fish increase in size faster. No change in taste.

It took 75 kilos of blue food coloring to get the lake that color. And it stayed blue for 7 months until the rains overflowed the lake and washed it away. We still color it on special occasions usually after December when the rainy season is over.

We had an amazing increase in air traffic over our property after coloring the lake. We were told that it had spread in the circles of pilots and they were coming from all over to take a look at it. It was even said that they could see the blue lake from 10 miles away at 5000 feet. I believe it. When I flew over it was visible from very far away.

As much as we are fond of this property our heart desire is to move back to the States to be with my parents. Therefore we have made this property available. If you or someone are interested to speak to us about it please leave a comment with your contact info below. Thanks.

Many of you have requested more pics of our property. Here are some more. Enjoy!

My love of swimming inspired me to make this 35 meter lap pool




This was our favorite place on the property. Our guest house. We lived there.
The guest house was our favorite building on the property. We loved it so much we lived there instead of the mansion house. This one is super private and has it's own pool with gorgeous views of the back pasture area.



The terrace of the guest house had spectacular views of the lake and horse pasture
This is the view from the terrace of the guest house. It sits under the shade of the many mahogany trees that surrounds it.  And yes the wine was good! Beyond the blue lagoon is a horse pasture where we spent many hours watching the horses run. For sure this terrace was my favorite place on the property.



This is a view from the Japanese garden. Our gardeners are very talented to maintain our property well. Not one detail was overlooked.




Isn't it amazing what 75 kilos of blue food coloring can do to a brown mud color lake!



There are so many beautiful walkways to stroll around under the mahogany trees. This one leads to the butterfly bridge and then up to our mahogany forest guest house.


This is the cool shaded side of the big mansion house. We used to love to lay on the soft blue grass and play with our daughter and dogs there.


When I rented the plane to take these aerial photos it was not too hard to find our property. I could see from like 10 miles away with that incredible blue lagoon. It became quite an attraction to other pilots too. Many came to fly over it and enjoy this blue dot in the middle of central luzon.


We miss this place a lot. If any of you are interested in this place please contact us at jdgclg2@comcast.net

Monday, December 12, 2011

Our honeymoon with a home run - updated!

After a wedding that was flawless complete with a gorgeous garden reception we set out on our one week honeymoon in Palawan. After enduring a bumpy 6 hour van ride from southern Palawan we arrived in the Capital city of Puerto Princessa where we checked into the Liberty Pension House. What was so funny was that the rumor had spread that we went to a place called Amanpulo which is a 5 star $700 a night resort in the Cuyo Islands. When in fact we stayed at a simple Pension House for $40 a night! Though we probably could have afforded a few nights in Amanpulo the ritzy glitzy lifestyle was just not our bag. We wanted a simple honeymoon.

The Underground River
Our first adventure was a trip up north to visit the Underground River. We took along my wife's nephew and his friend with us. We got kind of a late start so by the time we arrived there it was already 4pm and the last boat leaving for the Underground River was at 4:30.  The waves were unusually high that day and we had a great ride from the pier out to the entrance enjoying the rolling 10 foot swells. We did not have a care in the world. It was total bliss and every minute was fun!


Just inside the entrance
The actual Underground River itself was awesome. I understand it is the longest navigated river in the world at 8.2 kilometers long.  We were especially fortunate that day because of it being late and the high waves there were no other boats touring the cave while we were there. That gave an incredible serenity to the point that we could hear the swoosh of the bats wings as they flew around us. Each person gets their own spot light so you can illuminate what you think is interesting. Another fun thing we did was to all turn off our lights and spend a few moments in pitch black darkness. What thrill!

We had not booked any accommodations near the Underground River so we headed back to Puerto Princessa that night.  It made for a fairly long day but when you are on the wings of love those minor details go unnoticed.

Our honeymoon home run

 The staff at the Liberty Pension House were great and treated us like family. We stayed in room 302. I took note of that room number to memory because we are pretty sure the greatest miracle in our lives happened there. Yes, not only were we blessed with an amazing wedding, only days after we were blessed with someone else who flew into our lives ... Our baby daughter Jeminah was conceived and she joined us in October of that year. There are no words that could describe the completeness she has added to our family!



It was super fun!
With only two days left we decided to visit the Tabun Caves. This is the home of the 80,000 year old remains of the Tabun Man who was the earliest recorded person to reach the Philippines when Palawan was connected to what is now Borneo Malaysia. We had fun, so much fun as depicted in this pic. The places we stayed in were modest and some were downright old but that did not matter. We loved every moment of our honeymoon and it left us with such good memories.



UPDATE DECEMBER 2011

As time goes by quickly life has moved on for us and our love for each other grows deeper each day as we face life's challenges together.  My wife and children have added new dimensions to my life that no money could ever buy. The richness of the culture where my wife comes from is radiant in our family life.

This past November 19th we were blessed with a baby boy and our family is growing. I am amazed how fast time goes by as I reflect on our honeymoon with a home run. I guess I could call the current chapter " exile with a home run" lol He is particularity special because all of my cousins are female and that means that baby Jared is the only one who could carry on our family name.

Jared David joined us on Nov. 19th. What a blessing!

God gave me the most wonderful woman in the world!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Loving the Philippines with all my heart

LOVING THE PHILIPPINES WITH ALL MY HEART
 

 My business started to really take off in 1998 and early on I had searched for the deeper meaning to my success. I knew that not having experience or even the proper education in that which I was having success meant I was really blessed and for a higher purpose. I wanted to give back to others as a conduit of God's love.  Since I had already had experience in helping poor Filipino's when I was a serviceman I decided I would share my blessings with the Philippines.

Upon receiving my first bonus in 1998 I flew to the Philippines to give it to a family who were devastated by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. I did this as kind of an offering to the Lord for the incredible idea he had given me in my business. And as life is fair, my business started to go through the roof and continued nearly vertical for many years to come. So every year I would take my bonus and head to the Philippines to give in some way. Below are a few of the ways I showed Filipino's how much I loved them.

The great wall project in the mountains of Cebu
I loved you so much ...

When I discovered a landslide in the mountains in Cebu that closed a critical road to a barangay, I bought a bulldozer, dump truck and bucket loader so I could clear the slide and make a giant retaining wall so it would never happen again.









Making a culvert/ bridge in a dangerous location
I loved you so much ...

When a Barangay Captain told me that a mother and two children were killed when they tried to cross a gully with no bridge I got my friends together and we worked hard to make a culvert so that the people in the remote barangay had a bridge to cross.








Making cemented roads in rural areas
 I loved you so much ...

That when your road was too dangerous to travel on I gave you a beautifully cemented road. Before you were sliding and crashing and many people got injured. Now you are traveling on a first class road and all kinds of delivery trucks and even taxi's can make it to your place now. I thank you for the experience and opportunity to improve your lives so much. God bless you truly.





Mila was so brave during the year long treatment
 I loved you so much ...

That when I found you on a remote island and saw you had been walking on a broken leg for 7 years I brought you to the best orthopedic surgeon in the Philippines to have your leg fixed. I stayed with you and your family for a year to make sure you were treated good. I am so proud of your brave heart!





Against all odds we fought together and you made it!
 I loved you so much ...

When your street friends told me you were hit by a car and left to die in a hospital parking lot, I came to help you. We fought together for 45 days and nights in JBL Hospital and even though the doctor told me you were going to die, I never gave up on you. And we made it! We walked out of that hospital together.







You really deserved this house my dear friend
I loved you so much ...

When I saw your good heart and struggles to be able to feed your family. And when I saw your house falling apart. I was moved deeply in my heart to make you a house. A beautiful house in the mountains. I am proud that you are a man who fears God and has no vices. You deserved it!








Teaching a family of Alan how to use the Ambo bag
 I loved you so much ...

When I saw them bring you into ICU and the doctors were too busy to teach your family how to use the Ambo Bag I came to teach your brother and sister how to care for you. I am so proud of the fact that even though you were in a coma, you responded to me when I gave you a paint brush. You my painter friend started to recover from the moment I handed you that brush.





Street kids enjoying our pool
I loved you so much ...

When the world rejected you and labeled you as "street kids" and they told you that is where you belong I opened my home and pool for you to have the time of your lives. To be able to feel what it was like not to be poor anymore. Your laughter and smiles I will never forget. You are winners, all of you!






Keeping an eye on a patient after open heart surgery
I loved you so much ...

When your uncle came to me and told me you were dying I felt so sorry for you I decided to pay for your open heart surgery so you could have a second chance in life. I will never forget how hard I prayed for you while you were being operated on. You amazed me, you had no fear.







Baguio Ondoy victims could actually smile in adversity
I loved you so much ...

When I saw on the news your suffering in Rosario Pasig after typhoon Ondoy (ketsana) I went to Macro wholesale and bought a whole van full of food and sundries to give to you the day after it happened. I am so touched to see you could smile even though you lost everything. Only you my dear Filipino friends can do this. I love you so much!



One of the dormitories for the deaf school in Palawan
I loved you so much ...

My deaf friends in Palawan that I shipped my truck from Luzon and went there to join missionaries from Hand's and Feet Ministries to build you two dormitories for your deaf school in Aborlan.
I was touched by your hearts and the sign language you taught me.





Donating a first aid/nutrition kit to a native family
I loved you so much ...

So many of you living in rural places suffer from the lack of basic first aid not being available. So I decided to make up home medical kits and give to  families so that minor problems would not turn into major ones as so often happens there.






The beginning of the house for my Ayta friend
I loved you so much ...

My dear Ayta friends when I discovered you were living in a tiny house with your 10 kids I built you a new house and made sure all the children there got the medical help they needed.








Mom at the ground breaking of the highest basketball court
 I loved you so much ...

 I made you a class A Basketball court.
My mom came over for the ground breaking of your basketball court that is the highest cemented basketball court in the Philippines. Thanks for teaching me how to play wearing slippers.







Local people employed in the making of our dream home
 I loved you so much ...

My dear neighbors that when I built my dream home in the Philippines I made sure 300 + of you were employed at sometime during the project. I know you needed the work so much.









Getting a load of drums to make community garbage cans
I loved you so much ...

To make you feel better about your living conditions I made a giant barangay renovation day. Painting, cleaning, cutting and gave you 40 custom garbage cans so you had a trash collection system.









Getting experience at rice planting in central Luzon
I loved you so much ...

I wanted you to know I was not too proud to watch you break your backs planting our rice. So I got out there made you laugh at my slowness and we planted those fields together. I really know how you feel now. Ouch on the legs!

 It was an honor to be able to share my blessings with you dear Filipino's. I truly love you.


Below are a few more pics I would like to share with you.

Humility before honor
Our p-loader was donated for various community projects

My wife helped these children in need in Palawan
I donated a couple of these signs for the deaf school in Palawan
These kids got a free medical check up and de-wormed
Dodong's wife needed emergency c-section surgery in Cebu
Sending a medical team to go check on a remote village


       

 A PARTIAL LIST OF DONATIONS FROM MY HEART FOR FILIPINO'S

1.      MONATARY DONATION TO VOLCANO VICTIMS

2.     DONATION OF ARTIFICIAL LEG FOR POOR GIRL

3.     DONATION OF RURAL HEALTH CENTER

4.     DONATION OF OPERATION TO SAMAR CHILD

5.     MEDICAL DONATIONS AT VINCENTE SOTTO HOSPITAL

6.     DONATION OF JOLIBEE MEALS TO MORE THAN 400 STREET CHILDREN IN PASAY

7.     DONATION OF ARTIFICIAL LEG TO ACCIDENT VICTIM IN CEBU

8.     DONATION OF A PIGGERY IN SOUTHERN  LEYTE

9.     DONATION OF A NEW MOTORCYCLE 

10.   DONATION OF EMERGENCY CESARIAN SECTION FOR STREET PERSON

11. DONATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE FOR FARMERS IN RURAL CEBU

12.  DONATION OF TUITION FEES FOR NURSING SCHOOL STUDENT

13.    DONATION OF NEW HOUSE FOR POOR AYTA FAMILY IN ANGELES 

14.    DONATION OF EMERGENCY TREATMENT FOR AYTA WOMAN

15.   DONATION OF KIDNEY OPERATION FOR A STRANGER

      16. DONATION OF BUSINESS LOANS FOR FRIENDS 
                         
      17. DONATION OF COMPUTER TO 

      18. DONATION TO KIDS WITH LEUKEMIA

      19. DONATION OF BRIDGE 

      20. DONATION FOR A STREET KID HIT BY A CAR

     21. DONATION OF TRANSPORTATION FOR BARANGAY RESIDENTS 

     22. DONATION OF FIREWORKS SHOW FOR BARANGAY

     23. DONATION OF BASKETBALL TEAM UNIFORMS 

     24. DONATION OF TUBERCULOSIS MEDICINES AND TREATMENT 

     25. DONATION OF HEARING AID 

     26. DONATION OF CHECK UP AND TREATMENT FOR HEART PATIENT

     27. DONATION OF BARANGAY LOGOS, STICKERS, BANNERS ETC

     28. DONATION OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 300+ STUDENTS

     29. DONATION OF BARANGAY MAKEOVER 

     30. DONATION OF OPEN HEART SURGERY 

      31. DONATION OF REPAINTING A BARANGAY CHAPEL

      32. DONATED MOTORCYCLE TO FORMER EMPLOYEE 

      33. DONATION OF BRAND NEW HONDA XR 200 

      34. DONATION OF USE OF PERSONAL PRIVATE POOL FOR POOR FAMILIES
 
      35. DONATION OF 100 BIBLES TO BARANGAY CHAPEL

      36. DONATION TO BARAGAY RESIDENT FOR LEG OPERATION

      36. DONATION OF OPEN HOUSE AT OUR RESIDENCE

      37. DONATION OF VAN BUSINESS TO CEBU BARANGAY CAPTAIN

      38. DONATION OF USE OF PRIVATE RESIDENCE FOR CHURCH GROUPS

      39. DONATION FOR THE ABORLAN DEAF SCHOOL IN PALAWAN 

      40. DONATION TO GOSPEL HALL CHURCH IN PALAWAN

      41. DONATION TO FOUNDATION FOR BADJAO STREET CHILDREN

      42. DONATION OF TRUCK FOR WATER PURIFICATION DELIVERIES
 
      43. DONATION TO CANCER PATIENT LIEZEL ANGELES

      44.  DONATION OF MEDICAL KIT TO RURAL FAMILY

      45. DONATION OF FUNERALS

      46. DONATION TO BAGYO ONDOY VICTIMS

      47. UNDOCUMENTED CASH DONATIONS

                 A video of one of the cemented road donations made in rural Cebu


                           A testimony from an Ayta Friend in Sampang Batu Pampanga


FINAL WORDS CONCERNING RELEASE OF THIS INFORMATION

I am reluctant to even release this information because I have always believed as the Bible says that we should not let our right hand know what our left is doing. But after unprecedented attacks on me and my wife I found little choice other than to defend the good I have done in the Philippines. I do not boast about my donations neither will I ever. But the truth is the truth and it is my sincere desire that this truth about my loving and giving character towards Filipino’s will be made known and ultimately set us free from the evil accusations that have caused my family and closest friends  unimaginable suffering.
To those who make it their heart desire to make the truth known, may the Lord be with you and bless you a million fold for your efforts on our behalf.
Most Sincerely,

David Graham
Competed this day of February 2nd, 2010 in exile in S.E. Asia


More to come later.  God bless you