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.

 

DIDI O'CONNOR

Chairman of the Board

678-923-2027

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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

 

MAYETTE P. BAYANI

Corporate Secretary

404-316-9238

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Marianne Pedrezuela Bayani, Mayette for short is a Senior Corporate Tax Accountant for Heidelberg USA Inc. She graduated from UST with honors and once was the youngest professor at the same university. An alumna of Indiana University Institute of Professionals in Taxation and UCLA Masters in Accounting. She worked public accounting in Los Angeles before moving to Georgia in 1993 to join AT&T as a Tax Accountant. Mayette is also the manager and the lead vocals for the JAMMRS Band. She helped several charitable organizations obtained their 501C3 status. She is also a licensed Notary Public. Mayette is married to Art with two sons Avery and Jason.

 

Community Involvements:

  • The Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta (Fil-Am) – 2016 President
  • American Society of Notaries – Member
  • The Philippine Nurses Association of Georgia Foundation, Inc. (PNAGF) – Accountant
  • Atlanta Tax Club – Member
  • St Joseph Catholic Church – Choir Member and Lector

 

DODDY WARD

Finance Director

404-932-4090

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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 (Fil-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

Community Affairs Director

404-683-0606

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Eleanor Mae Pascual is a native of the Philippines and has been a Georgia resident since 1979. A familiar face in the Asian American community, Eleanor shares much of her time, talent, and resources in promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Filipino culture. She relishes the role of “bridge-builder” between the Fil-Am community and the larger Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Georgia and is an active and tireless volunteer for AAPI causes. Eleanor recently retired as a litigation paralegal with the Corporate Law Department of State Farm, after 22 years. A musician by avocation, Eleanor also served in music ministry for many years – as soloist, choir member, organist/pianist, and music director. She currently serves as church pianist at Clarkston International Bible Church and enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends. Eleanor is married to Alex Pascual, a structural engineer, and they are blessed with three children (Andy, Jonathan and Eileen) and ten beautiful grandchildren.

Community Involvements:

  • The Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta (Fil-Am) – 2007 President
  • Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (PACCGA) – 2014 and 2015 President
  • Asian/Pacific-American Council of Georgia (APAC-GA) – 2017 President
  • WWAAC Alliance Foundation, Inc. – Corporate Advisory Board Member
  • Philippine American Center of Georgia – Vice President, Board Member
  • Georgia Immigrant Alliance for Civic Empowerment (GIACE) - Member
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) - Member
  • Atlanta Council on International Relations (ACIR) - Member
  • Recognized by Georgia Asian Times as one of 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia in 2008, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Recipient of Advancing Justice–Atlanta’s 2015 Community Champion Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Recipient of the State Farm Volunteer of the Year Award in 2016

 

WILLY BLANCO

Information Director

770-331-9540

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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)

 

 

WILLEE BONUS

CEO Emeritus

678-471-4893

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