The 9th Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation’s (GSF) 12-Hour Multi-Sport Celebration In Memory of Gabriel was successfully staged last September 3, Saturday, from 6am to 6pm at the Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa City.
The annual fundraiser held in memory of Gabriel Rene Cayetano Sebastian, Sen. Pia S. Cayetano’s son who died from complications of a rare chromosomal disorder in 2001, has been raising funds for almost a decade to help children with special needs and indigent kids.
Triathletes and multi-sport enthusiasts, celebrities and corporate teams came and spent the day joining various sports events lined up by GSF. Many of the participants also brought along family members to cheer for them as they competed. (See complete list of winners below)
Past and present beneficiaries of the GSF were also present, including the Barefoot Running Kids of Daang Hari, girls from the Marillac Home in Alabang, officers, members and kids from the Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children (PAVIC), as well as young children who benefited from free surgical operation for cleft lip and palate, who were brought by their parents to the venue to personally thank Sen. Cayetano and GSF.
The mini-football tournament for kids organized by the Younghusband Football Academy was also well-attended, drawing more than 20 teams from various schools and football clubs from all over Metro Manila.
Some of the celebrities who graced the 9th GSF include popular actor and TV host Richard Gutierrez, who also joined the bike-a-thon where he won second place; Philippine Azkals stars James and Phil Younghusband, who also helped Sen. Cayetano present awards to some of the winners; the famous racing ‘Team Pangilinan’ family led by lawyer-host Anthony Pangilinan; and triathletes Arland Macasieb and Noy Jopson, Filipino elite champions of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 in CamSur in the 2011 and 2009, respectively.
Also present were GSF’s resident Ironman Maiqui Dayrit, who will bring his fund-raising efforts to the world Ironman championships in Kona, Hawaii this October; Women’s Health editor Lara Parpan; and members of the Cayetano family: Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano; Ren Cayetano; and Barangay Fort Bonifacio Chairman and TV director Lino Cayetano .
The GSF would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to corporate sponsors which made the event a success, including Hyundai Alabang, Century Tuna, Nestlé Philippines, Smart, San Miguel Corporation, Timex, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola Foundation, Krispy Kreme, New Balance, Speedo, Alaska, and Carman’s.
Special thanks also go out to Carlos de Guzman of swimbikerun.ph who turned over 29 pairs of shoes from his website’s shoe drive efforts; to everyone who donated old pairs of jeans, shirts, jackets and books for the GSF’s ‘Recycling Depot Project’; Sifu Robert Green and his group who taught self-defense to the children using the martial arts discipline, Wing Chun; Tonji and Sylvia Ramos who took the kids to bird watching in Ayala Alabang; Coach Jojo Durias of the Younghusband Football Academy; Coach Rick Reyes of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines; Coach Ani de Leon-Brown; and Mayor Jerry Pelayo of Candaba, Pampanga.