Churches in the Visayas region rebuild by Wong Chu King Foundation

Mighty Corp’s humanitarian arm, Wong Chu King Foundation who is known for reaching out to the needy, doing educational and church projects in the country, vowed to rebuild churches in the Visayas region. The historical churches in Bohol and Cebu were severely damaged during the earthquake last year.

According to executive vice president and official spokesperson of Mighty, Retired Judge Oscar P. Barrientos said that the destruction of churches during the quake in Bohol and Cebu has prompted Mighty Corp to continue with its mission to strengthen the Filipino faith.

“The recent calamities that hit the country last year only strengthened the Filipino faith. Mighty Corp. will continue to build churches that Filipinos go to in their times of great trials,” said Barrientos.

Meanwhile, Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tirona expressed support done by Mighty for clearing its name amidst of the negative news against the company.

Tirona added that Mighty Corp adheres strictly to the company’s commitment to its corporate social responsibility.

Last year, the foundation helped renovate the Diocesan Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Naic, Cavite, and rebuild the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat in Cagayan. They also supported students who deserve to receive scholarship programs, with beneficiaries from the elementary to the college level.

Mighty Corp, Wongchuking renovates church in Cavite

Mighty Corp‘s humanitarian arm, Wong Chu King Foundation is celebrating its 24th anniversary. The foundation is known for their renovation of churches, giving livelihood projects and scholarship grants around the country.

Mighty Corp's Wong Chu King Foundation feeds the residents of Payatas
Mighty Corp’s Wong Chu King Foundation feeds the residents of Payatas

They recently turned over its renovation project for the historic Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in Naic, Cavite. The said church is the largest in the said province.

We cannot allow this historic church to go into disrepair because it had not only strengthened the Filipino faith but also stands as a mute witness to the martyrdom of the defenders of Philippine freedom and nationhood,” said Alexander Wongchuking, the foundation’s executive director

The said project with the help of Mighty Corp was started in June 2013 and completed last month. The turnover was held yesterday, March 30.

Meanwhile, Wongchuking said the church had always been near to the hearts of his family and board officers of the foundation and members since Nelia Dy Wongchuking, its president and chairman of the board, was born in Naic and traces her roots to the town and its church.

Our project aims to maintain the original structure, essence and sanctity of the church,” said James Navarette, general manager of Wongchuking Foundation.

At first, the foundation focused on repairing the church’s roof and ceiling. But Mrs. Wongchuking heard of the personal project of Fr. Virgilio Saenz-Mendoza, the parish priest, and the people of Naic to refurbish the outer walls of the church,” Navarette added.

Mighty Corp’s foundation implemented church roof and ceiling repair from August to December 2012. They also supports educational programs and projects, funded the renovation of the social hall and three classrooms of Naic Elementary School.

Mighty Corp’s Wong Chu King Foundation funds chapel construction for Xavier School

Mighty Corp‘s Wong Chu King Foundation funds the the construction of the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Senior High School Building for Xavier School in San Juan City.

The chapel will be dedicated “in loving memory of the friendship” of Mr. Wong Chu King, patriarch of the family that formed WCKF, and Jesuit priests Jean Desautels and Ismael Zuloaga.

According to Wong Chu King Foundation vice president, the Sacred Heart Chapel of Xavier School’s senior high school building is being built “in line with the cause and passion for education of my father, our family patriarch.”

Wong Chu King was one of the school’s founding donors. Fr. Desautels, a French-Canadian Jesuit, was one of the school’s founders and its first president and director. Fr. Zuloaga was the school’s longest-serving president and director at 19 years, from 1966 to 1985. The school is named after St. Francis Xavier, one of the first leaders of Jesuit missions in China.

“Fr. Desautels went door-to-door in Manila for donations to buy the land needed to set up the school,” the WCKF vice president recalled. “At 3:30 pm on December 15, 1955, Fr. Desautels closed the deal and purchased the land barely an hour and a half before the 5 p.m. deadline agreed on with the seller of the land on which the school was eventually built.”

“All of us, my siblings and I, graduated from Xavier School and imbibed the Jesuit’s God, education and service-centered mission,” he added.

“This project is our way of honoring our father’s friendship with the Jesuit community and paying forward
for the excellent education we received from the school,” said Alex Wongchuking, WCKF executive director and Caesar’s elder brother.

Signing the deed of donation are Marietta Wongchuking- Co Chien, WCKF Director; Johnip Cua, Xavier School chairman of the board of trustees; and Fr. Aristotle Dy, school president and director.

Mighty Corp‘s Wong Chu King Foundation also financing the schooling of hundreds of poor but deserving students and restored historical churches all over the country.


Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation

Mighty Corp’s Wong Chu King Foundation feeds the residents of Payatas

Mighty Corp‘s charitable arm, Wong Chu King Foundation entered in an agreement with the Payatas Orione Foundation Inc. (PAOFI) with the help of the UP College of Law Class of 1978 to feed the malnourished children of Payatas.

Mighty Corp's Wong Chu King Foundation feeds the residents of Payatas
Mighty Corp’s Wong Chu King Foundation feeds the residents of Payatas

Payatas Orione Foundation Inc. (PAOFI), a philanthropic non-government organization implementing health, nutrition and education programs to children and tuberculosis patients from poor families in Payatas, Lucena City and Mauban, Quezon.

Under the signed memorandum of agreement (MOA), the three entities will provide nutritious meals to 75 children beneficiaries in one of the PAOFI feeding centers in Payatas for one year.

The meal which includes a therapeutic food supplement initially provided only to tuberculosis patients but was later found to be effective for malnourished children as well.  The supplement, which can be spread on bread or mixed with rice, consists of peanut butter paste, coconut oil, soya, micronutrients, multivitamins, sugar and powdered milk.

“PAOFI’s program aims to ensure that the children each achieve their normal weight within a year from enrolling in the program,” said Fr. Mroz.

The MOA signing that was held at the Wong Chu King Foundation (WCKF) office located at Sultana Street in Makati City was attended by James Vincent Navarette, WCKF general manager;  Fr. Martin Mroz, PAOFI executive director; and Atty. Antonio Ocampo, representative of UP College of Law Class of 1978.

“The foundation specifically aims to establish an average weight gain of two kilos above the normal level of nourishment for each child and impart knowledge to participating parents in the preparation of nutritious and balanced food,” Fr. Mroz added.

Mighty Corp through the Wong Chu King Foundation aims to help the people of Payatas, especially children who are in need of nutritional intervention.  The feeding program will be administered by PAOFI and it will run a total of 240 days, five days a week, from Monday to Friday.

Child Enrolees will be required to undergo a de-worming procedure before taking part in the program.

Once a month, a volunteer nurse will record the weight and height of each child.  At the end of the year, the feeding center staff will discuss the progress of each child with the parents.  Children who have not reached the desired weight will be required to stay for another year in the program or until they have reached their target weight.  Children who achieved the desired weight will graduate from the program and will then be replaced by new program enrolees.

“The supplement was first used in Malawi, in southeast Africa, and has been used in the Philippines for three years,” Fr. Mroz said. “This has become possible here because the machine used for making the food was donated to us from the USA.  A manufacturing facility was set up for this purpose in Barangay Fairview, Quezon City.”  He added.


Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation

Mighty Corp lauded on their apostolic works

Mighty Corp lauded on their apostolic worksThe Roman Catholic prelate of La Union has commended the social action arm of cigarette manufacturer, Mighty Corp on giving their top priority to apostolic work and Catholic education in its programs and projects. According to Bishop Rodolfo Beltran of San Fernando City said Mighty Corporation‘s Wong Chu King Foundation donated to church projects and funded the education of poor students in Lagawe, Bontoc, in which includes four seminarians.

The parents of these students are low-income farmers producing only for local consumption. You can imagine the positive impact this kind of support has for them,” Beltran said. WCKF renovated the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat Church in Piat, Cagayan in 2012 and the Diocesan Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Naic, Cavite last year.

In case you didn’t know, Wong Chu King Foundation created in 1990. They aims to perpetuate the memory of Wong Chu King, the family patriarch, a philanthropist known for his generosity to the poor. The foundation’s thrust include scholarship programs and raising funds for charitable causes. Auxiliary Bishop Ricardo Baccay of Tuguegarao City said that WCKF’s work as “A step in the the direction … if WCKF is out to help schools, putting up libraries is the best form of help it can give.

Archbishop emeritus Diosdado Talamayan of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao City said: “I have personally known Mrs. Nelia Wong Chu King, WCKF chariman of the board of trustees. She and her family are great devotees of Our Lady of Piat. They have erected a chapel in Malolos City, Bulacan, dedicated to Our Lady of Piat, which was blessed by many Bishops led by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales in 2012.

Aside from the fact that Mighty Corporation doing their charity works through their CSR (corporate social responsibility) projects, they also gave livelihood projects to the farmers from Ilocos region. They also restored churches in the Visayas region. Though having a hard time with several issues that MC is facing right now, they are standing with their goals for their business and for the welfare of their workers.

Kudos to Mighty Corporation and WCKF! Their initiatives in helping the people to rebuild the churches and their lives, not just earnings gazillions. They must be the role model in giving hope, whether it’s a typhoon victims or not.


Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation


BIR Commissioner Kim Henares weighs in on Mighty war over PMFTC

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares weighs in on Mighty war over PMFTCThe Bureau of Internal Revenue take sides over Mighty Corp and they urged Philip Morris International (PMI) to prove its allegations. They pinpointed Mighty Corporation in producing more than what it declares to the government. According to BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said that while the tax agency will not take sides in the dispute, the burden of proof rests on PMI and its local unit PMFTC Incorporation. Continue reading BIR Commissioner Kim Henares weighs in on Mighty war over PMFTC

Wongchuking Foundation donates to Yolanda survivors

Wongchuking Foundation donates to Yolanda survivors
Wongchuking Foundation donates to Yolanda survivors

Mighty Corp‘s corporate social responsibility arm Wong Chu King, has donated more than 4 million Pesos to hundreds of super typhoon Yolanda victims in Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo and Capiz.

According to WCKF coordinator Camille Arsenal, the foundation’s board of directors led by its chairman, Nelia Wong Chu King approved the release of the funds to the victims which includes 78 employees of Filipino cigarette producer Mighty Corporation and their dependents whose homes were either totally or partially destroyed by the typhoon.

WCKF did not think twice after learning of the extent of the disaster.  The victims were given enough funds to enable them to pick up the pieces and recover from the disaster,” she added.

Mighty Corporation’s  Wong Chu King Foundation also rebuilt churches all over the country.

With the aim of helping Filipino families with their livelihood and their dream for a better future, Mighty Corp, despite being dragged in several controversies is still pushing through with their initiatives with a more positive outlook this year.

Mrs. Wong Chu King said that they treat their employees like family.

The foundation that they started in 1990 is primarily aimed at providing assistance to the poor and underprivileged.  To promote education through scholarship programs and raise funds for charitable, cultural and educational purposes.


Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation


Tax drives against Mighty Corp and other companies

Tax drives against Mighty Corp and other companies In the recent Tax Watch advertisement, the Department of Finance featured top importers of five types of raw and manufactured tobacco products last year in terms of total dutiable value of imports, published alongside volume of shipments, duties paid, and average price per kilogram of these imports. In the particular ads, they included Mighty Corp. Continue reading Tax drives against Mighty Corp and other companies

Excise tax and Mighty Corp

Excise tax and Mighty CorpIn the imposed “sin tax” law, or RA 10351 on cigarettes and liquor, the reaction to reports that Bulacan-based Mighty Corp., owned by the Wongchuking family, got away last year with a P5-billion tax evasion allegation.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima ordered an investigation of Mighty C0rp for manifest smuggling and massive tax evasion in which addressing his memo to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The BOC answered with its own full-page paid ad saying that prima facie evidence of smuggling against Mighty Corporation, indicating that the company abused its privileges in its BOC-accredited bonded warehouse at its factory site in Bulacan. Prior to that, Mighty Corporation published in an ad, denied the smuggling and tax evasion, and it already remitted to the government some P8 billion in excise tax in 2013. Continue reading Excise tax and Mighty Corp

Traders monitoring trading practices of Mighty Corp

Traders monitoring trading practices of Mighty CorpMembers of Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) called for a “24/7 close monitoring” of the trading practices of low-cost cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Finance (DOF).

According to Jesus Lim Arranza, he said that would be best not only for the BOC and the DOF but also for Mighty Corp., which operates a cigarette factory in Barangay (village) Tikay, Malolos, Bulacan.

“For the government, the move would prevent further revenue leakages while its investigation of Mighty Corporation’s business practices is ongoing, and for the cigarette firm, a chance to prove its innocence in the serious allegations it is facing,” Arranza said.

He lauded the customs bureau for suspending Mighty Corp’s license to operate a bonded warehouse. Continue reading Traders monitoring trading practices of Mighty Corp