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It’s not all acquisitions for tycoon Ramon Ang; giving back in a big way is important, too

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JESUITS hear Mass during the Ignation feast day.

Yes, the Society of Jesus—more commonly known as the Jesuits—is relatively more affluent than other religious orders.

This is due, in part, to their network of friends and supporters around the world, which is generally composed of the upper crust of their respective societies. Because of this, the order founded by a Basque nobleman in 1540 has financial resources that are the envy of all but a few other groups in the Catholic church.

This is not to say, however, that their money is infinite.

ANG turns over his donation to Fr. Antonio Moreno S.J.

In fact, newly designated Provincial Superior of the Jesuits‘ Philippine province concedes that the group’s resources are being strained by the soaring cost of providing medical care for its elderly priests.

“A number of Jesuits are getting older and older, and quite a number of them are ill right now,” Fr. Antonio Moreno S.J. tells SundayBiz.

Naturally, the Jesuits are committed to caring for their elderly members—whether the priests are local or foreigners— as all of them have dedicated their entire lives to uplifting the lives of Filipinos nationwide.

But caring for them means investing in medical care and facilities that run into the millions of pesos—a level of strain that even the wealthiest of religious orders need help with.

Enter businessman Ramon S. Ang.

During the Mass to celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola last week, Fr. Moreno announces to the assembly that Ang—the president of conglomerate San Miguel Corp.—will donate P120 million of his personal funds to the local Jesuit community for it to build a new infirmary where its elderly and ill priests can receive the best medical care available.

The new facility will be a multi-story affair built adjacent to the Loyola House of Studies on the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Fr. Moreno says its planned 30 rooms will be a quantum leap from the present facilities used by elderly Jesuits: a simple two-room clinic.

“Our facilities right now are insufficient to meet our needs, so this new facility will be a big help for us,” he says.

According to the chief of the   Philippine Jesuits, the facility—tentatively dubbed a “health and wellness center”—will cater to priests who will be on “assisted living,” those who require 24/7 medical attention, or even those with less serious health problems.

Elderly Jesuits based in the provinces may also be flown and relocated to Manila for centralized health care, he says.

ELDERLY Jesuits will soon be served by a new clinic.

Last week, Ang turned over the first tranche of his donation to the Jesuits in the form of a P60-million check, with the second tranche to follow once construction is underway.

Fr. Moreno says they plan to break ground for the facility by December  this year, with construction to go into full swing by January 2014 and completion expected after a year.

“Mr. Ang’s donation frees up [some of our resources],” he says, discussing the costs associated with caring for the Society’s members.

This is, of course, not the first donation that Ang has made to the Jesuits in a personal capacity. Last year, the businessman made a very low key donation to Xavier School for a new gymnasium in the school’s new campus in the Nuvali community in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Ang declines to reveal how much he donated, but the cost of the new “Ramon S. Ang Gymnasium” is rumored to be over P70 million.

As the head of the country’s largest conglomerate, Ang has also given new impetus for San Miguel Corp.’s corporate social responsibility thrust.

Under his guidance, San Miguel donated P500 million last year to Gawad Kalinga for the group to build 5,000 homes in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong.

That amount was the single biggest donation made by a Philippine company in local corporate history—a feat made more astounding by the fact that San Miguel’s total CSR donations for 2012 hit almost P1 billion.

Recently, the conglomerate has also laid out an ambitious plan, with Ang’s prodding, to have a more systematic program for its CSR activities. Special emphasis will be given on initiatives in the sphere of education.

As for the Jesuits, it looks like the start of a long relationship with Ang (who is not an Ateneo alumnus, although his children are).

“We hope that this partnership continues,” Fr. Moreno says. “[Mr. Ang] is very pleased with it, and we gave him the proper recognition.”

During the mass where he was recognized, Ang himself had few words, but was visibly happy with the affair.

“The Jesuits are excellent priests and educators,” he says. “I will continue to help them. Whatever they need.”

Enough said.


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Tags: Jesuits , Ramon Ang , Religion , San Miguel Corp. , Society of Jesus

  • klepto

    Wow and dami tsumutsupa sa uten ni Ramon!!!! Bumibili siya ng lugar sa langit.

  • joboni96

    pag pa sexy lang ng intsik switik yan
    after na switik tayong mga pilipino

    kandarapa naman inquirer
    maging propaganda mouthpiece

  • tugas

    No offense meant to RC but with billions worth of investment in SMC hindi kaya dividend nyo ang binigay ni Ramon Ang. Btw, for those who don’t know see list of Catholic church investment.

    Company # Shares Owned Rank in Top 100 Total Investment Value
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 222,843,681 4th 12,724,374,185
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (REAL CASA DE MISERICORDIA)(BPI)41,408,841 8th 2,364,444,821
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA (HOSPITAL DE SAN JUAN DE DIOS) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)22,072,18213th1,260,321,5 92
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)6,016,62415th343,549,230
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (HOSP DE SA JUAN DE DIOS) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)4,285,57217th244,706,161
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (MAYORDOMIA DELA CATEDRAL) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)2,664,26621st152,129,589
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (ST. PAUL`S HOSPITAL) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)1,772,41826th101,205,068
    CARMEL OF THE DIVINE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, INC. Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)726,81949th41,501,365
    EL SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION FILIPINA DE PADRES AGUSTINOS RECOLETOS Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)551,38260th31,483,912
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF JARO Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)491,38564th28,058,084
    EL SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION FILIPINA DE PADRES AGUSTINOS RECOLETOS San Miguel Corp (SMC)2,370,00031st260,700,000
    SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION ARCHICOFRADIA DE N.P.J.N DE RECOLETOS San Miguel Corp (SMC)1,234,60375th135,806,330
    CARMEL OF THE DIVINE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, INC. San Miguel Corp (SMC)957,51679th105,326,760
    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TUGUEGARAO San Miguel Corp (SMC)856,63981st94,230,290
    REAL MONASTERIO DE LA PURISIMA CONCEPCION DE NUESTRA MADRE SANTA CLARA DE MANILA San Miguel Corp (SMC)809,83483rd89,081,740
    SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION DE PADRES RECOLETOS POR BECAS Y VOCACIONES San Miguel Corp (SMC)621,70289th68,387,220
    CARMEL OF ST THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS San Miguel Corp (SMC)592,95691st65,225,160
    THE DISCALCED CARMELITE NUNS OF CEBU San Miguel Corp (SMC)451,86495th49,705,040
    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF NUEVA SEGOVIA DE VIGAN San Miguel Corp (SMC)428,06798th47,087,370
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA Philex Mining Corp (PX)3,221,13515th66,677,495
    RELIGIOUS OF THE VIRGIN MARY – B Philex Mining Corp (PX)3,125,77716th64,703,584
    RELIGIOUS OF THE VIRGIN MARY-A Philex Mining Corp (PX)1,091,02769th22,584,259
    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TUGUEGARAO Ayala Corporation (AC)24,01573rd9,289,002
    KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILS, INC. Ayala Corporation Preferred Shares – A (ACPA)60,0002nd31,800,000
    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TAGBILARAN Ayala Corporation Preferred Shares – B (ACPR)10,00064th1,015,000
    DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PHINMA Corp.(PHN)159,57519th2,122,348
    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF JUAN DE DIOS PHINMA Corp.(PHN)153,88020th2,046,604
    RELIGIOUS OF THE VIRGIN MARY PHINMA Corp.(PHN)58,97552nd784,368
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA Concrete Aggregates Corp (CA)78,8469th3,469,224
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (REAL CASA DE MISERICORDIA) Concrete Aggregates Corp (CA)13,06718th574,948
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA (HOSPITAL DE SAN JUAN DE DIOS) Concrete Aggregates Corp (CA)8,31724th365,948
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE) Concrete Aggregates Corp (CA)1,89866th83,512
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (MAYORDOMIA DELA CATEDRAL) Concrete Aggregates Corp (CA)84197th37,004
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA ISM Communications (ISM)38,39948th126,333
    SOCIETY OF THE DIVINE WORD Filipino Fund Inc.(FFI)6,00024th48,000
    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF BANGUED Filipino Fund Inc.(FFI)1,50049th12,000
    CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE Benguet Corp.- A (BC)21553rd4,107
    CORPORACION DE PADRES DOMINICOS EEI75,00075th256,500

    and they say they need donations. come on….



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