Makabayan Georgia, Inc. (MGI) was established in May 12, 2008 to empower Filipino Georgians and friends, to make a difference in their communities, in the Philippines, and elsewhere in the world. All contributions to MGI are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code as a Public Charity entity with 501 (C) (3) tax exempt status.

MGI supports the annual June 12 celebration of the anniversary of Philippine Independence from the Spanish rule, to showcase the Philippine culture and heritage thereby providing prospective supporters a better perspective of where their contributions go. The MGI livelihood programs empower even the most needy, to become productive citizens and make a difference in their own communities.

 

Willee Bonus
Chief Executive Officer
Makabayan Georgia, Inc.

Willee is married to Erlinda, with two sons, Jonathan and Brian and grandson, Tyler. He is a Business Analyst for the State of Georgia Employee Retirement System.

Community Involvements:

  • Asian Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC) - 2003 President
  • Asian-American Commission for a New Georgia - 2003 – 2010 Commissioner, under Governor Sonny Purdue.
  • The Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta - 2004 President

 

Didi Boado O’Connor

Chief Finance Officer

Makabayan Georgia, Inc.

Retired from academia at Emory University, married to Ralph O’Connor Jr. Ph. D of CDC with whom she raised three children: Lyra, Ryan and Kevin, and a proud and doting “lola” to Nora and Max. Didi has managed to combine a successful home life, a professional academic career, a fulfilling business career in real estate and a very active involvement in the Filipino American/Asian community in Atlanta.

Didi’s passion to share, promote and preserve the Philippine culture and heritage, was apparent early on her community involvement from 1985 to 2000, holding positions with the Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta as Folk Dance Director/Instructor, Culture Chair, and Debutantes’ Ball Program Director/Choreographer.

Community Involvements:

  • Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of GA – 2004, 2009, 2010 President
  • The Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta – 1996 Olympic Year President
  • Asian American Chambers of Commerce of GA (AACCGA) – Executive Board Member
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce – Member, International Partners Council
  • Advisory Council on International Relations (ACIR) – Member
  • Recognized by Georgia Asian Times as one of 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia (2011)
  • Recognized on June 12, 2009 “Outstanding Filipino American
  • Community Leader” By the office of the Philippine Honorary Consul Raoul Donato
  • Award recipient for “ Most Outstanding Fil-Am Member” - 1986

 

Doddy Ward is the Corporate Secretary of Makabayan Georgia, Inc.

 

Doddy is a well-traveled entrepreneur who truly understands "world affairs” both from the business and political perspective. She was born and raised in Calamba, Misamis Occ. She graduated from Misamis University, Ozamiz City in 1983 and has a Bachelor degree in Accounting. Doddy worked as Accountant at the Misamis University from 1983 to 1989. Currently, she works at Investigative Consultants International as Administrative Manager, a business founded by her husband TJ Ward a CEO and President of the company.

 

Community Involvements:

  • Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (PACCGA) – 2003, 2004 Treasurer
  • St. Marlo Women’s Club - 2006-present Member
  • The Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta (Filo-Am) – 2010 President
  • Recognized by Georgia Asian Times as one of 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia (2010)
  • Caring for Others, Inc - Director

 

Eleanor Mae Pascual is the Community Affairs Director of Makabayan Georgia, Inc.

A resident of Georgia since 1979, Eleanor Mae Pascual is employed as a paralegal with the Corporate Law Department of State Farm Insurance Companies in Atlanta. She is Co-Chairperson and Founding Member of the AsiaNET Employee Resource Group at State Farm. Eleanor is a musician by avocation and sings soprano with the Jubalheirs and the Kayumanggi Choral Group. She also serves as choir director and organist at Clarkston International Bible Church. Eleanor is married to Alex Pascual, a structural engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They have three grown children (Andy, Jonathan and Eileen) and four grandchildren (Ella, Alex, Jasmine and Rory).

Community Involvements:

  • The Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta (Fil-Am) – 2007 President
  • Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (PACCGA) – Treasurer
  • Asian/Pacific-American Council of Georgia (APAC-GA) – Vice-President, Executive Board
  • Georgia Asian Pacific Islander Community Coalition (GAAPICC) – Steering Committee
  • Asian Cultural Experience in Georgia (ACE) – Philippine Team Captain, Organizing Committee
  • Recognized by Georgia Asian Times as one of 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia (2008)

 

Willy Blanco is the Information Director of Makabayan Georgia, Inc.

Willy Blanco is married to Edwina Hilario, and father to Nicole and Kevin. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia from the Chicago area, in October of 1991 when he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager for Beckart Environmental, Inc. for the Southeast territory, USA. Willy has been with the same company since 1988.

Community Involvements:

  • Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (PACCGA) – 2011 President
  • Asian Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC) – 2009 President
  • The Filipino- American Association of Greater Atlanta (Fil-Am) – 2008 President
  • Recognized by Georgia Asian Times as one of 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia (2008 and 2009)