Hollywood honors philanthropists who helped build PH schools

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at May 08 2014 03:00 PM | Updated as of May 08 2014 11:00 PM

HOLLYWOOD - A couple of American philanthropists who helped build learning centers for the poor in the Philippines recently received an award in Hollywood.

Each year, the Gaymen's Chorus of Los Angeles or GMCLA, honors outstanding individuals who have lent their powerful voices to effect social change and equality.

Among the 2014 awardees are business leaders Brian Pendleton and Chad Goldman whose company have raised over $700-M for cancer charity.

The couple has made it their mission to help people in need including impoverished Filipino students in Bulacan.

"Our motto is to pay it forward and as long as kids are going to these schools and learning, were so proud," Pendleton said.

They helped through 101 Heroes, a non-profit organization founded by Fil-Am photographer Edwin Santiago in 2009.

Santiago's high profile subjects include former president Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.

"I'm really like heartbroken when I see Filipino kids working as early as age 8, they are begging for money. They are working in the markets. We're so lucky here in the US and I want to help out. I decided to build six learning centers in the Philippines and it helps about 16,000 students," Santiago said.

Pendleton and Goldman received their awards at the star-studded ceremony at the Globe Theater in Universal Studios.

One of the hundreds of people who came out to support the event, which also raised funds for its anti-bullying projects, was Filipino designer Alexis Monsanto.

"It is important to be able to be who you are and to be able to tell your stories. Especially when I was growing up in the Philippines, I was bullied in school when I was a kid because I was gay," he shared.

GMCLA, in partnership with It Gets Better Project, tours across the county to support LGBT youths.