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See Exclusive Snaps From The 71st George Washington Charity Ball

The American Association of the Philippines (AAP), in partnership with the Arnel Pineda Foundation (APFI), recently hosted the 71st George Washington Charity Ball. Held at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La hotel, it featured special performances by Mr. Arnel Pineda of the rock band Journey, international singer Keith Martin, and Prince Ronnie Love.

The event was graced by the Honorable Mr. Sung Yong Kim, American Ambassador to the Philippines; Mr. Michael Tolentino, M.D., American Society of Retina Specialist; Mr. Craig Reines, COO, Sitel Phils., Corporation; and Mr. Kevin Tan, CEO, Alliance Global Group, Inc.


 American Association of the Philippines Chairman Rick SobreviƱas


Honorable Mr. Sung Yong Kim American Ambassador to the Philippines


Every year since the inception of one of our nation’s oldest civic NGOs—the American Association of the Philippines—the annual George Washington Ball has sought to reignite and renew our collective calling to help the less fortunate. This year, the AAP does so by highlighting profiles that the organization believes serves as prime examples of leaders, not only in industry, but as civic leaders as well.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from AAP events such as this fund the following charitable activities, and more: scholarships for Filipino and Amerasian children; medical assistance and support for beneficiaries; programs and campaigns that educate and promote awareness of Amerasian rights; and The American Historical Collection. 

It is through the support from the different partnership and association that the AAP is able to conduct its worthwhile projects and much-needed social welfare endeavors. One notable partner is Mr. Arnel Pineda through the Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc. (APFI). APFI is a non-profit local foundation which provides underprivileged children with quality education, health services, and medical attention. Mr. Pineda himself had experienced first-hand the challenges of surviving as a street kid. Motivated by these humble beginnings, he mobilized a team in helping street children rise above their circumstances.


Mr. Arnel Pineda of the Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc.



The night was very well attended by special supporters and guests, like Ms. Medy Tantoco, Mr. & Mrs. Danny Vasquez, ABS-CBN Foundation's Susan B. Afan, and Keith & Rachel Harrison. As a gesture of gratitude to all, a silent auction for very special prizes was held inside the ballroom. Arnel's performance of Journey's iconic song "Don't Stop Believin'" had the crowd rushing to the dance floor. The evening was indeed a resounding success for all who attended and, more importantly, for the many beneficiaries of The American Association of the Philippines and the Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc.


See more photos from the event in the gallery below:






In 1949, the American Association of the Philippines (AAP) was established to assist struggling Amerasians, displaced by the ravages of World War II. Since then, the AAP has established programs and partnerships with its constituent-members in the American community, the US embassy, and among multinational corporations. The AAP is the owner-in-trust of the American Historical Collection which houses approximately 60,000 pieces of media, including historical photographs, audio files, monographs, and other historical documents—in large, documenting the American colonial- and post-War eras of the Philippines’ unique history.


With reports by Marissa Lopa

Photographs by Daniel Soriano