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THE FOUNDER

Maria Christine Gabuya-Brown

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Filipino-American Magtinabangay Foundation, Inc.
FAMFI

 

I have considered my life to be blessed. I have a strong foundation of spirituality.  I am surrounded by people I love & by people who loves me.  I make a living doing what I thoroughly enjoy.  I am so fortunate & I feel a need to give something back to society.

My husband and I, along with the help of our families, operate a day care and pre-school business from our home.  We know how important it is for a child to start life healthy.  The way a child develops physically, mentally and socially determines the rest of that child’s life.

Although I’ve been living in the US for over 20 years, I grew up in Cebu City, in the Philippines.  I still have many friends & family in Cebu that I stay in contact with.  I am very aware of the ongoing poverty & hardship the children there have to endure.  People in the US know that other countries are not as wealthy as they are.  However, unless people have actually been to other countries to see the poverty first hand, they don’t understand the severity of it.

My goal is to take a proactive stance in making people aware of the tremendous need to improve the lives of these unfortunate Filipino children.  I need to enlist the support of others in the US.  Therefore, I have created a non-profit Charity foundation called Filipino-American Magtinabangay Foundation, Inc. – FAMFI.  The children are our future. By improving their lives, we improve the whole world.

“It is easy to ignore things we don’t actually see.  We get wrapped up in our busy lives and focus only on our immediate family & surroundings.  We need to remember that our big, beautiful world isn’t big at all.  Thinking on a more global level, we are all God’s children, and it is our responsibility to help each other.”

“I finally know the feeling of real joy!!!  Helping people and doing it without expecting anything in return is very rewarding- what a wonderful feeling!!!”

“I dedicate my missionary work to God because without Him I am nothing, to my parents Papa Alfie-my strength and anchor, Mama Mila – my model and best friend in the whole world, to my children Scott & Sarah – my life, pride & joy, to my borther Alfie jr., sister Gamy & their families – whose always there when I needed them, my in-laws, Dad Gerry, Mom Connie & Tom whose always been supportive to us and the last but not the least my husband Cory – the love of my life.”

I considers myself very fortunate to have a group of  Personal Spiritual Advisors and Consultants.

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Roberto F. Alesna, P.A., E.V.

  • Chairman of the Commission on Service of the Archdiocese of Cebu
  • Parish Priest of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu City

Rev. Fr. Bonaventure Maria Valles, FI

  • Superior Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate-Brazilian Mission, Brazil
  • Parish Priest of St. John  the Baptist in the Diocese of Annapolis, Goias Brazil

Rev. Fr. Trinidad Silva Jr., VF

  • Chairman of the Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Cebu
  • Parish Priest of San Nicolas Parish, Cebu City

Rev. Msgr. Pastor Espinosa Cotiangco

  • Resident Priest of  the Mother of the Redeemer Parish, Cogon, Ormoc City

 

Sr. Nieves P. Robillos, SFCC

Founder and President of Golden Heart Foundation, Inc., San Carlos Heights from corporation tax agency, Brgy. Quiot, Cebu City

Mother Teresa’s words

The greatest poverty of all is to live & to die unloved & unwanted.

Mother Teresa demonstrated that love one person at a time.

 

Yes, you must live life beautifully & not allow the spirit of the world that makes goods out of power, riches & pleasure make you forget that you have been created for the greater things  –

To love & be love.

 

Something beautiful for God what I can do, you cannot. What you can do, I cannot.

But together we can do something beautiful for God.

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Maria Christine Sacay Gabuya Brown

  • Parents: Alfeo Ralph Gabuya & Milagros Sacay Gabuya
  • Siblings: Alfeo Jr. “Beewee” and Gamy Ramos
  • Paternal Grandparents: Atty. Jesus & Clara Gabuya of Pardo, Cebu City
  • Maternal Grandparents: Eulogio “Oloy” & Fortunata “Nene” Sacay of Ormoc City, Leyte
  • Migrate to US: October 1987
  • Marital Status: Happily married for over 20 yrs.
  • Wedding Day: May 27, 1989
  • Husband: Cory Scott Brown, 44 yrs. old, an Accountant in profession
  • Children:
    1. Scott Thomas
    2. Sarah Milann
  • Residence: 1008 Hudson Lane, Napa, CA 94558
  • Occupation:  Owner and Manager of Brown’s Family Daycare, Inc.(Daycare and Pre-school), Melrose Home Health Care Services, Inc. (Nursing Agency ), Executive Director and Founder of  Filipino-American Magtinabangay Foundation, Inc. ( A non-profit public benefit corporation )
  • Education:
    1. Grade school up to 2nd yr. in High School at University of San Jose Recoletos
    2. Graduated High School at Holy Rosary School of Pardo, Cebu City
    3. College:  University of San Jose Recoletos -  BS in Commerce major in Computer Science
    4. National Business Academy, Van Nuys, California – Business Management & Computerized Accounting
    5. Napa Valley College – AS in Business major in Accounting, Child Philosophy and Psychology.
    6. Always increasing my knowledge of my profession through workshops, extra credit classes and meetings.
  • Activities in the Philippines: Until October 1987
    1. Devotion to Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes and pledge to be pure
    2. Novena every Wednesday to Perpetual Help in Redemptorist Church & every Friday to Infant Child, Sto. Nino started since 5 yrs.old with Mama
    3. Apostolic works in Pardo Parish – active Summer Catechist, Pioneer in the Catholic Youth Ministry Service – started at 12 yrs. old
    4. Drama Club in high school
    5. Muse in sports team
    6. Modeling – fashion & photography
    7. Beauty contestants
  • Activities in the US:
  1. Hobbies: Photography, Baking and Cake decorations, Cross stitch, Gardening, Reading romantic novels, Collecting Precious Moments, Dreamcicles, Partylite candles and accessories and Chatting with friends at Yahoo Messenger.
  1. Family Activities:
  • Church – Scott is an altar server, Sarah is in the choir, Cory & Christine any assigned duties like hospitality (donate and served food after mass), welcome committee (welcome church goers and give them the church bulletins and etc.)
  • Charity works:
  1. Adopt Families for Christmas – Provides meals, presents and monies for each family on Christmas Day
  2. Donate Turkey, canned goods, pastries, warm clothes, toys to Salvation Army for Thanksgiving Dinner and also help serve dinner for the homeless
  3. Very active in Fundraising activities in Napa schools and church.
  • Bowling League at Napa Bowl every Saturday – year round
  1. Junior Divisions -Scott & Sarah as a team from fall to spring. Since 1997
  2. Adult –Junior Bowling League  (our whole family as a team “The Bowling Browns”  every summer  Since 1999
  • Napa Saints Cheerleading (Sarah since 2003) – Christine as Team Mom and Assistant Coach.
  • Saint John’s Catholic School Basket Ball Team (Scott since 4th Grade)  – Cory is the score keeper
  • Napa Valley Swim Team  –  travel different town for Scott to compete
  • Napa League Baseball  (Scott, since 6 yrs. Old)  - Cory is the score keeper
  • Former President of Filipino – American Association of Napa Valley, 2002-2004. Cory is the Vice-President
  • Sponsored a Baseball team named: Brown’s Family Daycare at Napa Little League, since 2004-present
  • Sponsored Napa Saints Youth Organization – Football & Cheerleading, since 2005-present
  • Sponsored membership fee & uniforms for few indigent kids so they can participate any sports they like.

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Maria Christine Gabuya Brown By Jogi Abellanosa

MARIA CHRISTINE GABUYA BROWN

By Jogi  Abellanosa

Philippine OIC , F A M Foundation, Inc.

Ma. Christine Sacay Gabuya – a typical school mate, playmate, and the girl next door.  Not the stereotype though kay she has been reared up with  the most conservative of values, thanks and to the courtesy of her Mama Milag, aka Milagros Sacay-Gabuya of Ormoc, Leyte.  Contrary to what she is seen about being a so privileged and outgoing, well to tell you she was not.  Nang Milag is the epitome of a Filipina Mama with all the matching Don’ts and Don’ts nga gitusuk gyud sa alimpatakan sa iyang beauteous Christine.  Plus the fact that Christine has Noy Ali – Alfeo Ralph Gabuya – of a father, kaila bya tang Noy Ali, nga sayon ra kayo ang pag-ingon sa mga kauban namo “pamusilon taron mo” kun madugay ug uli si Christine, Nah – ka imagine lang gyud ko unsa ka “strict ang parents ko” syndrome ailment Christine has during her teen years.  But in spite of these “kahigpit” Christine has her share of fame before, di jud na siya ma absent sa mga muse-muse ug mga beauty contest – from our homegrown Ms Pardo, and up to being crowned as Ms. Ormoc.

Life of Christine is endless abundance of blessings! Endowed with everything a young girl hopes to have plus a close knit family – The Gabuya’s are one of the prominent, old rich-tale nga mga Pardohanon-Christine couldn’t ask for more.  Fate struck its pot when she went abroad  to find the greener pastures and true to her cause she hit Gold there.  She is married to Mr. Cory Scott Brown of Napa Valley California, an Accountant by profession, and with the marriage they have two offspring Scott Thomas 14 and Sarah Milann 12.  Christine pursue her career and became an entrepreneur and established in her acumen- Brown’s Family Daycare, Inc. and Melrose Health Care Services, Inc., these 2 establishments made Christine realize that there’s more to life than making money and holding positions like Presidents of this organization and that association in their posh Napa County-then she founded Filipino-American Magtinabangay Foundation, Inc. – this is her avenue in paying back what God has given her abundantly for the past years.  Christine’s recounts that she had this void, and unquenched pang and simply not being fulfilled feelings.  Now that she has this new “baby” – she simply quips in American twang “Now, I’m happy”.

She is a different “Christine” now, dili lang ako but the rest of the gang can attest to that- Mora’g lahi ra jud ang Christine karon ug and Christine nga ni uli, what 5 or 6 years ago.  Aside from ni loose siya to a voluptuous size 8 now, ang iyang smile as in, dili na jud ma contain.  But for me, the Christine I know when we were together in  many apostolate in the parish by the way, we were the pioneers in the Catholic Charismatic Youth Ministry Service, and active Summer Catechists in the parish – She is the same Christine giving all her love and passion for the Glory and return more abundantly what Her Creator has bestowed upon her.

To Ma. Christine Gabuya- Brown- KODUS!

 

 

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