News & Announcements

5th Anniversary Celebration

posted 16 Jul 2014, 20:48 by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated 16 Jul 2014, 20:48 ]

The Board of Trustees of the KASAGIP Charitable Trust cordially invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting and 5th Anniversary Celebration.

Sunday, 27 July 2014
2.00 - 5.00 pm
Hapai Building, 879-881 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

Annual Report
Award Presentation

RSVP by July 21
Rachel Pointon: 021 156 9894 / 528 5238
Mar Esparas: 021 142 1372

Activities for 2013 Upper Hutt Santa Parade

posted 24 Nov 2013, 19:14 by Mildred Laurilla   [ updated 2 Dec 2013, 15:27 ]

Hello Everyone, 

We are inviting participants to the 2013 Upper Hutt Santa Parade.  The parade starts at 3pm Saturday December 7.  This also coincides with the 2nd Street Appeal fundraising for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, organized by the KASAGIP Charitable Trust.

The theme for this year’s parade is Christmas around the world.

So for the Philippines, we are expected to wear our colourful national costume/dress.
If you have drums you can play the better, to add some festivity.

Please reply to me, or contact Ate Belen Salandanan, her phone num 9707960 or send her an email if you want to participate in this event.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Rachel and the KASAGIP Team

Typhoon Haiyan Street Appeal organizers (KASAGIP) calls for Volunteers

posted 14 Nov 2013, 18:37 by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated 14 Nov 2013, 18:37 ]

Hello Everyone,

KASAGIP Charitable Trust has been granted permit by the Upper Hutt City Council to do street collections for Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims in the Philippines.

KASAGIP is looking for volunteers (from age 14 up) to head to the main streets in Upper Hutt to shake buckets on the following days:

1) Saturday, 23 November 2013 (from 8am-2pm)
2) Saturday, 7 December 2013 (9am-5pm, during the Christmas Parade).

The more man power we have, the more money we can raise.

Come along and help us help our members of KASAGIP.

Please reply to this email or text me on 021 156 9894.

Thank you and Regards

Rachel and the KASAGIP Team

Bake sale and garage sale for typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines

posted 13 Nov 2013, 13:39 by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated 13 Nov 2013, 13:40 ]

Hello to All our Kababayans/KiwiPinoys/Kiwi Friends,

Firstly, KASAGIP would like to thank everyone for your generous donations.

Without your help, we can do nothing.
Once again, we need your help and support.

The KASAGIP Charitable Trust, Friends of KASAGIP and the Filipino Community in Upper Hutt will hold a bake sale and garage sale on 
November 23, 2013.
Where: Front lawn of St Joseph Catholic Church, Upper Hutt.
Time: 08:00 am - 1:30 pm.

First thing we are hoping for is to get donations for the bake sale.
If you like to get your bake on and bake something or even buy something for the sale that would be super awesome. If you know of anyone who would contribute please pass on this info.
If you and your friend can contribute for bake sale, please text/call Vangie Ford on 021 2560960 or email

And please don't forget, if you have any good quality and fast moving 2nd hand items that you would like to donate for the garage sale, please contact Rachel on (04) 528-5238 or 021 1569894 or send me a private message.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept old TVs (CRT), PCs, monitors, non-working electronics, textbooks and magazines (example, Women’s Day).

Please come and help support our fundraising, the money raised will go to the family that the group had already identified and to the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the most affected regions of Western and Eastern Visayas in the Philippines.

In addition, if you would like to make a cash donation to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda), you can course your donation thru the following:
a) KASAGIP Charitable Trust
• Kiwi Bank Account, 38-9009-0649421-03.
• Particulars: Name of Individual/Organization
• Reference: Haiyan

b) Or to the following organizations that are currently leading relief operations in the Philippines: (taken from the Philippine Embassy, Wellington Website)

1) Philippine Red Cross (PRC)

2) National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC)

Thank you for your compassionate and generous hearts.

Rachel Pointon, Friends of KASAGIP and the Filipino Community of Upper Hutt

Fundraising for Rojo and Laurilla Family

posted 31 Oct 2013, 17:16 by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated 31 Oct 2013, 17:17 ]

Hello to All our Kababayans/KiwiPinoys/Friends, KASAGIP Charitable Trust would like to ask your support for the family of the Late Mr Justo Rojo, Father and Father-in-Law of Mimi and Jarvis Laurilla.

The KASAGIP will hold a garage sale on November 2, 2013.

Where: 724 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Time: 08:30 am - 1:30 pm.

Please come and help support our garage sale, all proceeds go to the family of the deceased.

If you would like to know more about this fund raising please contact Rachel on (04) 528-5238 or 021 1569894.

In addition, if you would like to make a donation to the family, you can course your donation thru the KASAGIP Charitable Trust Kiwi Bank Account, 38-9009-0649421-03. Please include "MrRojo" plus your name as reference.

Many thanks and kind regards,
Rachel and the KASAGIP Team

Garage Sale

posted 12 Sept 2013, 00:39 by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated 21 Oct 2013, 13:14 ]

Hello to All our Kababayans/KiwiPinoys/Friends, 

 The KASAGIP Charitable Trust garage sale has now been rescheduled to November 2, 2013. 
 Where: 724 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 
 Time: 08:30 am - 1:00 pm. 

If you would like to know more about this fund raising please contact Rachel on (04) 528-5238 or 021 1569894. 
Please come and help support our garage sale. Your support is always making a difference to the administration of the mission and programs of the trust for the new migrants in need. 

Many thanks and kind regards, 
Rachel and The KASAGIP Team

KASAGIP Charitable Trust celebrates 4th Anniversary

posted 22 Aug 2013, 03:18 by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated 22 Aug 2013, 03:23 ]

(from left): Lower Hutt Mayor Rey Wallace, Philippine Ambassador Virginia Benavidez, Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy and KASAGIP Board Chair Mar Esparas cut the cake during KASAGIP’s 4th Anniversary held on 17th of August, 2013 at the Dowse Art Museum.

KASAGIP Charitable Trust (“Community Partners in Times of Need”) celebrated its 4th Anniversary on 17th of August 2013, at the Dowse Art Museum. Among its distinguished guests are Philippine Ambassador Her Excellency Virginia Benavidez, His Worship Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy and His Worship Lower Hutt Mayor Rey Wallace. The guests in their speeches discussed the benefits of diversity brought about by the migrant community, and the positive contributions of the migrant community in general. They lauded KASAGIP for its mission and vision and encouraged the organisation to continue to be of service to Filipinos and other ethnic groups. 

The Ambassador and the two Mayors led in the installation/oath taking of the new members of the Board of Trustees – Mar Esparas (Board Chair), Rey Cabauatan (Vice Chair), Tina Florendo (Board Treasurer) and Michael Siazon (Board Member). New volunteers were also recognised at the programme by the Ambassador, with acknowledgement of the other members of the KASAGIP who will be holding some administrative duties, including Rachel Pointon as the incoming Executive Director (and interim Board Secretary), and Ed Alforte as Petty Cash Manager. 

Mar Esparas the new Board Chair, thanked outgoing Executive Director Mimi Laurilla for her contributions as Board Secretary (in 2009) and in her role as Executive Director for almost 3 years. Jarvis Laurilla was also thanked for his role as Board Treasurer for 4 years. 

A testimonial was also given by one of KASAGIP’s beneficiaries who is now successful in New Zealand. 

The organisation wishes to thank all guests and family/friends who celebrated the event with them. 

FSB4 Financial Services was the proud sponsor of the event.

KASAGIP holds successful garage sale

posted 9 Jun 2013, 19:46 by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated 9 Jun 2013, 20:00 ]

KASAGIP expresses our appreciation and gratitude for your contributions (donation of good quality house hold items/ furniture, electrical appliances, clothing, etc) that made our recent Quarterly Garage Sale a success on the 25th of May 2013. Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers who were there to lend a hand.

We only intended an 8am-12noon sell-out but because it was a very good weather, and people kept coming in to view our items we decided to extend up to 2 pm! It is the first time we had more than 3 hours of selling!

The money will go towards our donation to a needy individual that the group had already identified.

Again, we hope for your continued support in our future garage sale activities and other KASAGIP activities as well.

Free workshop for new migrants: Job Search in NZ

posted 2 Jun 2013, 21:22 by Nick Ballesteros

“Producing a targeted CV and cover letter”

When : Thursday 13th June
Time : 10.00am-12.00pm

Topics covered:
Updating and changing your CV
Targeting CV towards a specific job or a career option
Main elements required in a supporting cover letter

“Job search in New Zealand ”

When : Thursday 20th June
Time : 10.00am-12.00pm

Topics covered:

Expanding your job search skills
Job searching strategies including networking and the hidden job market

“Interview skills”

When : Thursday 27th June
Time : 10.00am-12.00pm

Topics covered:

Interview preparation
Interview styles
Interview practice
Presenter: Robert de Cartier-McCarthy, Employment facilitator, MCLaSS

All workshops will be held at Te Awa Kairangi building, corner of Laings Rd and Myrtle St , Lower Hutt.

To register contact
Vera Xu on 589 3700 or email

Free information session for new migrants

posted 2 Jun 2013, 21:14 by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated 2 Jun 2013, 21:17 ]

10am to 11am, Friday 7 June 2013
Te Awa Kairangi Building
47 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

Presenter: Megan Muir
Community Services, Plunket

Come and meet other new migrant parents, hear what services Plunket offers families for the development, health and ellbeing of children.

(04) 589 3700

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