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Events in 2017
  • [24/Jul/2017]
    I Can Fly Program, Cathay Pacific
    Cathay Pacific Airways Manila held its third I Can Fly Program on July 24-29, 2017. As in past years, PCCCI coordinated with and volunteered to help i.. more
  • [09/Jun/2017]
    The Start of a School Year in FPTI-ERDA Tech
    Ms. Elena Ongkiko-Santos of PCCCI visited FPTI-ERDA Tech to hand over financial support for its old and new scholars... more
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  • [15/Aug/2017]
    Letters from Our UPHSI Scholars
    It is so heartwarming to receive letters from our scholars in Iloilo, whom we are unable to easily visit. At the start of a new school year, they wrot.. more
  • [11/May/2017]
    UPIS Update
    PCCCI caught up with its UPIS scholars to get their take on the new program and curriculum... more
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Members' Corner

Kindness 37,000 Feet Above Sea Level


September 22, 2014... Two days after the PCCCI ball, I operated flight CX 806 to Chicago. While introducing myself to and chatting with First Class passengers inflight, one passenger asked me, "How are you?" I replied, "A bit tired, but feeling good." He asked, "Why are you feeling tired?" I told him about the PCCCI ball, and that as part of the core group who organized it, I had been extremely busy the days prior to the ball. He said, "Tell me more about it." So I told him the PCCCI story- why we formed an NGO, why we do an annual fund raising ball, the various activities of PCCCI, and the support and assistance we give scholars. He said, "Tell me more about the children. I also like sending children to school." I gladly and proudly told him about our UPIS scholars. Before landing in Chicago, he gave me his calling card, saying, "Email me and I promise you that I will reply to your mail no matter how busy I am."

February 2015... A visit to ERDA, a vocational secondary school where graduating students are armed with a high school diploma and a TESDA skills certificate, presented the need for sponsorship for many promising but impoverished students. I sent my passenger an email, and true to his promise, he replied promptly. We exchanged emails and he indicated he wanted to sponsor 6 students. I sent him 10 profiles of students to choose from. Within 15 minutes of sending him the email, he replied, "I will take them all." I was speechless! It was Friday. He asked for bank details to transfer the money. On Monday, the sponsorship money was wired through.

His name is Russ Hornsby, gentleman, CX Diamond Card frequent traveler, benefactor.

To show their appreciation for their sponsor, the students wrote Mr. Hornsby letters to thank him. Here are the heart-warming words of children given a chance to better their futures.