News archive

2016:

A 12 year old American girl seeks help for babies in Samar island, Philippines.

Nothing is impossible with the passion of Samantha to helping others in her "Hug a Baby for Christmas" mission
for the poor newborns across the world. Please support her mission. Inquiries can be sent to info@projectmichelangelo.org.

Hug a baby


October issueThe 6th quarterly installment of Angel Rising Magazine is here. Project Michelangelo Foundation proudly presents the October 2016 issue with Jennifer Zhang on the cover, an international Chinese model and the 2015 Miss Friendship Ambassador of Chicago. Read the inspiring articles by women and for the women of all races, cultures, and creeds. Click here to view: www.angelrisingmag.com.

A message from Jade I. Sayson, ARM Editor-in-Chief:

“Hello angel risers! We all know that with the colder weather and shorter days comes the smell of autumn in the air, excessive pumpkin spice lattes, and cozy sweaters. The hustle and bustle of September has finally come to an end, and as we’re trying to recover from the busy month whether it was with school or work, the changing of the seasons has never been so refreshing. So what better way is there to relax and unwind than to sit down with a cup of coffee and our latest issue? We wish to continue inspiring you as always with one-of-a-kind stories from our writers and with hopes that their personal experiences will encourage you to go out and make the most of your own. As the holidays get closer, remember to take some extra time to show those who matter to you some extra gratitude and lovin’! There are so many things to be thankful for every day, big or small; sometimes we forget to take the time out of the busyness of our lives to pay attention to the little details!”



Mission Bull’s Eye III empowerment and confidence building of special needs children with Scripture and Archery a success!

For the 3rd year in a row, Project Michelangelo Foundation’s empowerment and confidence building for special needs children and young adults with Scripture and Archery has been an enormous success in Kankakee County, Illinois. Last Oct. 7, 2016, sixteen diplomas of participation were awarded with the title “Angel Archer” held at PMF Headquarters in Bourbonnais, Illinois, USA. Presiding the graduation commencement were Angel Arnela Karabegovic, Miss Teen Illinois International 2015, Lieut. Donell Austin Sr., Kankakee Police Department, SPEC4 Larry Chisausky, US Army, Vietnam Veteran, SPEC4 Nick Fowler, US Army Veteran, co-founder of Agape Outdoors with Brian Wells, Tina Wells, and Woody Larsen, and Jojo Sayson, PMF Founder.


Prayer balloon release for good intentions for loved ones and for the world from the special needs children and young adults as well as their parents and guardians.

October issuePMF Angel Arnela Karabegovic poses with Angel Archer Crystal with her diploma.


Angel Archer Mercedes assisted by PMF Angel Ashley Nagel.


Angel Wing Commander Nick Fowler of Agape Outdoors teaches a student with paralysis of the arm to use his teeth as an alternative technique.


Angel Archer brothers Alejandro and Enrique showing off their scores.


Our Danielle Kim Asis on Progeria was featured again for the 2nd time this time on GMA TV Network


Our tiny angel Kim was interviewed in a 2nd TV feature by a 2nd TV network, GMA for another special together with Project Michelangelo Foundation’s advocacy in finding other possible Progeria cases in the Philippines. To date, we have 5 live cases that PMF is currently coordinating with the Progeria Research Foundation and Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Kim, now on her 2nd year of clinical trials with Lonafarnib, a life-extending drug for Progeria cases, is scheduled to fly from the Philippines to the USA this coming December 2016. Jojo Sayson and VP Dr. Imelda C. Banting will meet up with Kim and her Dad to assist in their travels and treatment.
https://youtu.be/L0YZ2ZJLVHw


Danielle Kim Asis has dreams of becoming a school teacher one day and build a new house for her Dad, Mom, and siblings.


Danielle Kim Asis and her family poses with GMA TV celebrity Rhea Santos during the video tape recording of the interview feature in Novaliches, Philippines.



In an on-going mission of support and love to the special needs students of Blessed Ville Foundation, our PMF Vice-President Dr. Imelda Banting Cruz, sends a “balikbayan” box of school supplies and goodies received this September 27, 2016. Blessed Ville Foundation School for the children with Special Needs in Tagaytay, Rizal, Philippines, is partially supported by kind PMF donors locally from abroad.

PMF VP Dr. Imelda Cruz Banting, New York, USA


 


Jojo Sayson delivers a Motivational Seminar Fund Drive to benefit the PMF Empowerment and Rescue Missions for the end of the year 2016

In an effort to replenish and supplement the finances of Project Michelangelo Foundation, PMF Founder, Jojo Sayson delivered a motivational seminar to earn donations last Sept. 24, 2016.

The title of the 3 hour seminar was “Unleash the Hidden Potential to Create the Best Times of Your Life.”

The event was provided by the First Baptist Church in Kankakee, Illinois and photography/video by Steve O. Voigt. Music inspiration was a song rendition by angel Emilie Rose Danno during the intermission. The seminar comprises teaching a blend of mental methodologies for motivation using Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Scripture, and ideations from Quantum Mechanics.

Angel Emilie Rose Danno, Christian singer


Kim AsisOur tiny angel Kim Asis has been featured on TV by ABS-CBN, The Filipino Channel with a feature interview by TV host Korina Sanchez on Rated K show with bilateral permission & approval from her parents & Project Michelangelo Foundation in the hopes of creating awareness on Progeria or the advanced aging condition for children as well as our on-going search for other children with the same condition primarily in the Philippines. We are partnered with the Progeria...Research Foundation under the auspices of Dr. Leslie Gordon at Boston Children's Hospital in assisting to give a chance for these children to receive clinical trials of new drugs in the hopes of prolonging the life of these young ones & ultimately lead to a cure. PMF is also partnered with No Thanks Needed through Thomas Quigley for transport & misc. assistance when our Progeria children fly to the USA. For inquiries regarding Progeria in the Philippines, please contact through Facebook, our PMF Exec. Director & Progeria Liaison Enrico L. de Guzman & for medical inquiries, our PMF Angel Medical Team through our PMF VP Doc Ime Cruz. God bless us all. You may also email us through info@projectmichelangelo.org. God bless the children. Hugs to all. - Jojo Sayson, President/Founder PMF

Click the link below to view Kim's interview:
http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/life/08/28/16/how-progeria-stricken-girl-battles-condition


Kim and Rochelle
Here is a look into the adventures of Kim & Rochelle in the arms of Project Michelangelo Foundation with PMF Vice President Dr. Imelda Cruz Banting and PMF President Dr. Jojo Sayson carrying Kim Asis at Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts in December 2014.
R.I.P. our dear angel Rochelle (1997-2016).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRbKE-ZkKL8&feature=youtu.be


Project Michelangelo President Jojo Sayson and McKenna Leitschuck, Miss Nebraska 2015/Angel Rising Magazine International PRO visit the Philippines

Project Michelangelo travels from the USA to the Philippines for a 2 week mission from Metro-Manila, Luzon to Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao from July 15- 30, 2016.

McKenna Leitschuck and her mom Lisa Leitschuck travelled out of the USA for the 1st time to join our Philippines team in humanitarian missions for children with various illnesses and disabilities and orphans as well as meeting with various reporters from TV and radio through a press conference. Angel Rising magazine was also promoted in the agenda but most of all to spread a sense of camaraderie between angel members and volunteers of PMF Philippines. The 1st batch of PMF Presidential Awards/Angel Medals of Honor were also presented by Dr. Jojo Sayson for dedication and humanitarian services above and beyond the call of duty to serving the Lord.

Blessed Ville
The PMF Team at Blessed Ville Special School Foundation for special needs and children with physical and learning disabilities last July 28, 2016.

McKennaAngel McKenna feeds an orphan at Mt. Moriah Orphanage in Bukdinon last July 26, 2016.


 

signatories
Project Michelangelo Foundation International and Bukidnon State University Memorandum of Agreement signatories last July 26, 2016. (From left to right) Dr. Jojo Sayson, PMF President/Founder, Dr. Oscar Cabañelez. BSU President, Enrico L. de Guzman, PMF Exec. Director, McKenna Leitschuck, Miss Nebraska 2015, Apol Mora, Ms. Beautiful Planet 2016, Doc. Ted "Everest" Esguerra, PMF Chief Medical Officer/Rescue Field Commander, and Rhondell M. Paraiso, PMF-BSU Liaison/Rescue Commander. All of the signatories also received the 1st ever PMF Presidential
Award/Angel Medal of Honor for exemplary volunteerism above and beyond the call of duty.

rescue volunteers
Doc Ted "Everest" Esguerra and Dr. Jojo Sayson with our PMF rescue volunteers at Bukidnon State University in Malaybalay, Northern Mindanao.

presidential awards
Mr. Leo Riingen, CEO, Informatics College (left) and Dr. Eulalio "Doc Ayong" Lorenzo, President/General Manager, Excellence Poultry & Livestock Specialists Inc. (right) receive the PMF Presidential Awards last July 29, 2016 in San Mateo, Rizal Philippines.

Romualdo San Pascual
Romualdo San Pascual, PMF Missions Coordinator (center) receives his PMF Presidential Award/Angel Medal of Honor last July 28, 2016 in San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines.

hedgesDarryl Hedges, President of High Altitude Balloon Adventures receives the 1st PMF Presidential Award/Angel Medal of Honor for supervising our successful PMF Space Mission in cooperation with the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) initiatives of the NASA IVD Team for the International Space Station.
View the launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GcY1V8Mfd0

 

 


Rochelle Memorial Fund

Hear Rochelle sing for the last time at Boston Children's Hospital. R.I.P dear Rochelle, may the Lord Jesus Christ restore you whole again. - with love from your PMF family


April Angel Rising Angel Rising Magazine celebrates its one year anniversary! Last July 1, 2015 we launched our 1st humanitarian magazine we christened “Angel Rising Magazine.” We scrambled an editorial team who were willing to take on this vision of creating a free on-line resource to empower women all over the world and we took a big leap to creating this publication. Time flies but the passion and blessings have been always palpable within the constant stream of articles submitted from past and present all-female authors affirmed the fact that there must be calling to publish this magazine and so we did and now it is one year old! The promise of worldwide readership and sharing of original articles, recipes, prose, and poetry prove once more that we are here to stay.

This 1st anniversary celebration, we present you with our July/Summer 2016 issue in the themes of single motherhood, travel, and overcoming difficult challenges. On the cover is single mom beauty queen Lournalyn “Apol” Mora, Mrs. Queen of the Beautiful Planet, Philippines together with a poignant interview by Sheilla Habab and a very inspiring story of faith and redemption about Jesi Stracham, Miss North Carolina Wheelchair 2016 written by McKenna Leitschuck, our Angel Rising Magazine International Public Relations Officer and titleholder as Miss Nebraska International 2015. Read up on many more heartfelt stories of amazing blessings and thoughts on how to overcome depression and living life with gratitude through travels and so much more.

A very special thanks to our Editor-in Chief Miss Jade I. Sayson for constantly developing the layout and design of our magazine and for creating all our beautiful covers with cover girls Ashley Hatfield, Miss Illinois 2007 and Executive Director of the Miss Illinois Organization for the Miss America Organization, Jen Groover, celebrity motivational speaker and genius entrepreneur from New York, Maya Elhala Levavi, one of Israel’s 50 most influential women, Jamie Rivera, celebrity singer of the Philippines, and currently, Lournalyn “Apol” Mora, single mom beauty queen and 1st Mrs. Queen of the Beautiful Planet. We give a grateful shout-out to Robert Healey of the University of California, San Diego, as our ever-diligent website manager. Read up on our Angel Rising Magazine and become an “Angel Riser!” Visit www.angelrisingmag.com and be amazed.


Project Michelangelo now has 5 Philippine Progeria children under their protection and medical assistance

Progeria childrenIn a constant search to assist the Progeria Research Foundation and locating the very few rare cases of Progeria that afflict children causing advanced aging and shortened lifespan, Project Michelangelo set out to find the few cases suspected in the Philippines. We now have 5 of these wonderful children to assist medical care and empower through the mission directorship of angel Enrico de Guzman, our PMF Missions Team Leader and Coordinator based in Manila, Philippines. Our 3rd and 4th cases are both siblings and received their clinical trials with the Progeria Research Foundation at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. They were received by our PMF Vice President, Dr. Imelda Cruz Banting of New York accompanied by her family.

Progeria Angel team

The 5th case was recently discovered through social media and our PMF Angel Team comprising Enrico De Guzman, Bebot de Guzman, Ms. Queen of the Beautiful Planet Apol Mora, and Dennis Asis, was dispatched in the far reaches of Bicol, Philippines to meet the family to prepare them for application for clinical trials with the Progeria Research Foundation.


Project Michelangelo Foundation reaches space, a High Altitude Balloon Empowerment Mission

Last May 30, 2016 on Memorial Day at Koerner Aviation Airport in Kankakee, Project Michelangelo Foundation (PMF) in partnership with the NASA IVD Team for the International Space Station, High Altitude Balloonist Darryl Hedges of HAB LLC with volunteers from the Kankakee Area Radio Society (KARS) conducted a successful mission to send a payload to space pulled by a High Altitude Balloon at an estimated altitude via telemetry of over 98, 832 ft., almost three times the cruising altitude of commercial jetliners. The payload carried Astronaut Bob, a 12 inch G.I. Joe action figure, a copy of Springboard to Heaven, the Jojo Sayson Adventure motivational book with proceeds directly donated back to the children's empowerment & rescue missions of PMF, mission patches of PMF & the NASA IVD Team, flags of the United States, France, and the Philippines. This space mission endeavor is also a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational awareness & a commemoration for the victims of the Paris terror attack in 2015. The Actual Flight Time of the High Altitude Balloon flight to space and back to Earth with a parachuted payload equipped with 2 GoPro cameras and flight recording instruments was 2 Hours 6 Minutes 53 Seconds. The altitude, direction, temperature, speed, ascent and descent rate information were tracked in real time via telemetry and GPS using the APRS.FI website by Mission Control held at Jojo Sayson’s Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation clinic in Bourbonnais. Finally, the payload was retrieved in a field by the Launch/Chase Team east of the launch site past the Indiana State line 26.67 Miles from the launch site. This Mission to Space was primarily intended to inspire both children and educators to become pro-active in achieving higher educational standards and promote peace and cooperation to all the nations of the world.

Rappler.com news on this story: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/135075-filipino-scientist-nasa-sends-astronaut-bob-space


Mission Ted Trees, Angels planting trees in the Philippines

June 5, 2016, Mission Ted Trees: Angel Rhondell M. Paraiso leads his PMF volunteers mobilizing 500 youths to the mountains devastated by forest fires to plant 4,500 saplings in a reforestation initiative to prevent erosion and save the forests of Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. Tree saplings donated by Angel Doc Ted Esguerra, PMF Chief Medical Officer & Rescue Field Commander. PMF is truly proud of these true angels of humanity and nature. God bless these amazing souls!


Project Michelangelo Foundation assists the Easter Seals Telethon 2016

On April 16, 2016, Project Michelangelo Foundation participates in assisting the annual fund drive of the Easter Seals Telethon live on Channel 4 Comcast Cable TV held at the Kankakee Park District Recreational Center. Special guest was Miss Kankakee 2016 Annika Strolle. "an Angel & a Hero for every Child." God bless the children. Present (from left to right), angels Gabby Fowler, Lyndsay Zasada, Jojo Sayson, Dr. Genevieve Stalla, Brian Zasada Jr.


April Angel RisingWelcome Springtime with our April 2016 Edition of Angel Rising Magazine! We thank all our editorial and creative team, our writers and contributors but most of all, our readers. A special thank you to Philippine singer, composer, and inspirational Diva, none other than Miss Jamie Rivera for being our cover girl and feature on our 4th installment in our humble outreach to empower women all over the world with faith-based articles that will surely enrich the inquisitive reader. Become an angel riser and read to learn and be inspired by our magazine at www.angelrisingmag.com. Below is a message from our Editor-in-Chief, Miss Jade Sayson.

"Hello angel risers! I'm so happy to say that our audience has been growing the past few months, and we are beyond excited to present this brand new issue to all of you! Spring is approaching quickly and these fresh and intriguing articles will surely get you in the mood for the season. With our main goal always to inspire and advise, this month's issue revolves around beauty, fashion, and the arts. Read away, and cheers to spring and warmer weather!"

— Jade Sayson
Editor-in-Chief


In commemoration of the Lenten Season, Jojo Sayson, Founder of Project Michelangelo Foundation, shares his expedition to the Holy Land in Israel in October 2015 by praying for all who struggle, those in pain, and those who need consoling in 2 videos recorded by Angel brother Hani Gawi of Jerusalem. Pray with Jojo on the links below.

Tomb of Lazarus
Prayer from inside the Tomb of Lazarus [VIDEO]

 
Holy Mount of Temptation
Prayer from the Holy Mount of Temptation [VIDEO]



Project Michelangelo Foundation launches an empowerment endeavor R.E.A.C.H. (Readiness & Emergency, Actions for Church & Schools) spearheaded by Angel Missions Team Leader Rhondell Melendez Paraiso in Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, Philippines last Feb. 2016.  "For my love to the children of Mindanao - abandoned, orphaned and abused -  to the volunteers whom I considered my own and for the mission of this house that I instill in my heart ... I am your humble servant, my friends, my brothers and sister, my fellow angels." - Rhondell M. Paraiso.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RxADnmuohY

The Power of Children's Love with the NSRC CDMU:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqG7e4mKcEs

Thank you from Tatay Rhondell & the Bukidnon PMF Volunteers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvm-Ex75G2o



For the years 2014-2015 and counting, Project Michelangelo Foundation's angel Rico L. de Guzman aka "The Toyman" has been an actively inspiring officer of the association as Mission Team Leader for the empowerment of children in the Philippines. Project Michelangelo Foundation proudly gives tribute to this servant of the Lord in guiding the lost back to God by his selfless servitude. He abides by our motto "an Angel & a Hero for every Child." Special thanks to our angel video editor, Rhondell Melendez Paraiso, Angel Missions Team Leader of Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, Philippines.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdwQEXji-30

 


Our Angel Rising Magazine is now on its 3rd installment.

Meet Maya Elhalal Levavi, one of Israel’s 50 most influential women, Liz Parkinson, the Shark Whisperer & more exciting articles on conquering fears, motherhood, romance, and original recipes. A special thanks to the dedication of our high energy Editorial/Creative Team and to our women writers from around the world. Do share this free on-line resource with your friends and loved ones. Please visit www.angelrisingmag.com

Hello angel risers! Can you believe how fast the new year has snuck up on us yet again?! For the month of January, our diverse group of talented writers have collaborated to create another series of stories especially for you! The focus being on motherhood, conquering fears, and a hint of romance, we hope you are able to walk away from reading this with a little bit of inspiration for the new year. We’ve come a long way from our first issue all thanks to your support and cannot express our gratitude enough. We hope these original articles bring you wisdom to enrich your life. Loads of love and cheers to 2016!”

Jade Sayson
Invited Acting Chief Editor
January 1, 2016


Barcroft Productions & Zig Zag Productions filmed a documentary on Progeria or advanced aging in children in cooperation with Project Michelangelo Foundation featuring Rochelle Pondare of Bulacan, Philippines. A special thanks to Poppy Chandler from the UK for coordinating with PMF VP Dr. Imelda Cruz Banting, the Angel Medical & Support Team of Project Michelangelo Foundation and the Progeria Research Foundation (www.progeriaresearch.org). Special thanks for a cameo appearance of our 2nd Progeria case Kim Asis. "an Angel & a Hero for every Child." Watch this episode on https://youtu.be/8kZUfDlX8gE


Angel on the go...
a mission to the Philippines

by Caryl Duenas, PMF Volunteer

My vacation filled with life, hopes, and dreams.

This past September 2015 I was able to spend an extended period of time visiting my homeland, the Philippines. During my stay I was able to accomplish many of the things I previously wished to do. Every day I was energized knowing I would be sharing my love and blessings with so many others. [READ MORE]


The Alliance of Superheroes, an outreach of Project Michelangelo Foundation using the personas of superheroes is on its 20th year this 2016 in visiting children especially those who are ill or with life threatening conditions in hospitals. PMF Founder, Jojo Sayson (as Batman) began visiting children since 1996 and since then, he has been joined by many friends throughout 20 years of yearly visits every Halloween with the message of prayer,
hope, & devotion to the Lord your God.
(Disclaimer: The superheroes portrayed are properties of DC & Marvel Comics. All costumes are commercially bought items.)


Project Michelangelo is proud to announce that it now has an Angel Team empowering orphans and disadvantaged children in Malaybalay City, Province of Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, Philippines with a dynamic Angel Team Leader, Rhondell Melendez Paraiso.


2015:

Angel Rising MagazineAngel Rising Magazine (ARM), the latest outreach product of Project Michelangelo Foundation has been well-received and the new and hardworking Editorial Staff was able to produce our 2nd issue published October 1, 2015. Our free on-line humanitarian magazine has been blessed with an outpouring of inspiration and talent and is slowly reaching women from all walks of life. The momentum moves forward as the 3rd issue is now in the making. A special thank you to our October cover girl, Jen Groover, a celebrity motivational speaker and amazing business entrepreneur who tirelessly continue to motivate thousands in her career. Kudos to our invited acting Chief Editor, Jade I. Sayson who created the 2nd beautiful cover and the layout of the various articles collected by our editorial staff through the leadership of ARM International Liaison Caryl Duenas and technical publishing by our webmaster Rob Healey of the University of California, San Diego. Read about the inspirational interview of Jen Groover by Miss Nebraska Kenna Leitschuck, as well as motivational, medical and naturopathic topics on Breast Cancer, Beauty, as well as original, delicious, and healthy recipes to create and taste. Read about the curious life of an elderly child with a rare condition of advanced aging, Tandem Surfing, an emerging new sport and so much more. ARM believes in the nurturing power of the woman to change the world a better place tomorrow. May Angel Rising Magazine become a stepping stone for an empowered society. Enjoy! – Jojo Sayson, Publisher ARM


Manila Bulletin
Project Michelangelo’s very own Dr. Ted Esguerra hits the headlines of the prestigious Manila Bulletin newspaper as he dangles precipitously to drop relief goods from a helicopter on a mission of mercy to provide assistance to families whose homes were devastated by Typhoon Lando North of Manila in October 2015. Project Michelangelo Foundation partnered up with PureForce Rescue Corp., RAHA Volunteers Fire Department, and the Wilderness Search and Rescue Philippines. A very special thank you to all the donors and volunteers who made this Air Rescue and Relief Operations a success. God bless us all.

 

 


Dear kind humanity,
I share with you a special moment during my humanitarian travels to the Philippines this summer of 2015 when I had the chance to visit our Progeria case Rochelle in Bulacan. Through the kindness of my uncle Tony Valcos, a dog breeder, we were able to procure Rochelle's wish, a Shih-Tzu puppy. Here is that special moment when she received her puppy. Thank you to the Islan family, Valcos family, Sayson family, & officers of Project Michelangelo Foundation "Bulagkaster" Romualdo San Pascuall and Enrico L. de Guzman. Thank you Progeria Research Foundation, donors, & supporters. God bless us all with indefatigable hope I pray for all who read this. God bless. - Jojo Sayson



PMF Chief Medical Officer Doc Ted Esguerra & the Philippine Rescue Team in Nepal


Project Michelangelo Foundation responds
to the Earthquake Tragedy in Nepal

Dear World,
As we go along our way bombarded by the everyday news of violence and tragedies, it is so easy to get calloused & become apathetic to suffering elsewhere outside our fences. On April 25, 2015, when a massive earthquake left over 8,000 dead & thousands more injured in Nepal, Project Michelangelo Foundation has been tapped by the Good Lord to assist in partnership with the Energy Development Corporation’s Emergency and Disaster Response Unit (EDC-EDRU) and several other Philippine entities through the valiant & compassionate spirit of our PMF Chief Medical Officer Ted 'Everest Doc' Esguerra. Lord, please guide us that we may continue to move forward together and rekindle active compassion from those who witness these disasters. Please watch over our Philippine rescue team. I pray that we would have sufficient funding for logistics & manpower. I know you will provide Lord. We march forward. Hugs. - your servant, Jojo Sayson, President/Founder PMF

Filipino responders to assist Nepal quake survivors



Superhero Fun Walk set for May 16, 2015
in Bourbonnais, Illinois, USA
to empower children with special needs

LEARN MORE: Project Michelangelo Foundation Mission Bull's Eye: Mikey's story


Leo birthday

Happy 51st birthday angel Leo Riingen! Leo is the CEO of Informatics Philippines (http://www.informatics.edu.ph/ihpi/) who celebrated his birthday last April 10, 2015 with the children of CHILDHaus, a half-way home in the Philippines for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Our angel Leo celebrates his birthday yearly at this facility. Angel Leo is also an International Board of Director and benefactor for Project Michelangelo Foundation in its missions to empower children Leo birthdaywho are afflicted with life-threatening illnesses, those abused, orphaned, or disabled. His valuable help made it possible for PMF to send a Progeria case (advanced aging disease in children) from the Philippines to Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA last December 2014 for life extending clinical drug trials. Thank you for your generosity and kindness angel Leo. PMF salutes you and prays for you.


 


ArnelaArnela Karabegovic has been crowned Miss Teen Illinois United States 2015. Arnela represented Project Michelangelo Foundation on her platform and competed for a 3 day pageant at the Copernicus Theater in Chicago, Illinois from March 27-29, 2015. On the 29th Arnela bested her division competitors and was crowned Miss Teen Illinois United States 2015! She will be competing again to represent the State of Illinois from July 2-7 at the Miss Teen United States nationals in Washington, D.C. All the angels and heroes of Project Michelangelo Foundation will be praying for your success Arnela! Arnela’s passion is helping empower children with disabilities and special needs using scripture and archery training in Project Michelangelo’s Mission Bull’s 2014 and Mission Bull’s Eye II coming up in July 2015 in cooperation with GOTCHA. Godspeed Arnela Karabegovic!


Da BulagkasterProject Michelangelo Foundation is proud to announce that our PMF Philippine Missions Coordinator Romualdo “Da Bulagkaster” San Pascual is the newly elected Council Member of PWD (Persons with Disability) Sector of the National Anti-Poverty Commission of the Office of the President of the Philippines. The appointment was held during the National Forum on Sustainable Development for Persons with Disabilities last January 22-24, 2015 at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila Philippines. Congratulations Ka Rommel!



2014:

Rochelle is joined by Kim in Boston for Progeria clinical trials

By Jojo Sayson

Rochelle and Kim The only 2 known cases of Progeria in the Republic of the Philippines, Rochelle, 17 and Kim, 8 traveled 10,000 miles to Boston Children’s Hospital from Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, 2014 for medical tests and clinical trials of a new drug Lonafarnib for life extending treatments. This mission is a joint cooperation between The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) with its collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital and Project Michelangelo Foundation in the Philippines. Results thus far of lonafarnib use for children with Progeria are very promising in what appears to be longer life expectancy and improved well-being for those being treated. The tremendous work by PRF’s Medical Director Dr. Leslie Gordon and all of the researchers are giving hope to those with Progeria and their families as well as the staff of Audrey Gordon at The Progeria Research Foundation office in Peabody, MA. Rochelle and Kim have been both so elated that this chance to travel to Boston has given them and their loved ones so much hope in living longer and normal lives.

Rochelle and Kim

Project Michelangelo President Jojo Sayson and VP Dr. Imelda Cruz Banting together with her family met with Rochelle and Kim in Boston Logan Airport as they arrived from the Philippines together with Rochelle’s mother Rosanna and Kim’s dad Dennis. Jojo remained for the duration of the clinical trials in Boston as interpreter and caretaker. Our PMF Philippine Team dutifully assisted in arrangements and legal documents for their travel headed by PMF Philippine Missions Director Rommel San Pascual and PMF delegate and spokesperson Anngeli Chu Ong. Tremendous assistance was also provided by PMF Dr. Maria Consuelo, PMF Board of Director Leo Riingen, PMF Board of Director Doc Ayong and moral support from Chief Medical Officer Doc Ted Esguerra, PMF Springboard to Heaven agent Enrico De Guzman, PRF Trial Coordinator Kyra Johnson, and a host of many other volunteers and donors. Special gratitude to Thomas Quigley, President of “No Thanks Needed” (http://www.nothanksneeded.org/) for our transportation needs as well as the local Filipino community in Boston for their hospitality.

Rochelle and KimRochelle and Kim are now back home in the Philippines with their drug supply under the watchful eyes of our Project Michelangelo Angel Medical Team. It is statistically estimated that there are approximately 5-6 more unknown children with Progeria in the Philippines. Project Michelangelo Foundation is now on a mission to find them so they can get the unique care they need. Worldwide, experts estimate there are approximately another 175 children with Progeria still unaccounted for. Please contact PRF at info@progeriaresearch.org if you suspect that a child has Progeria and has not yet connected with PRF. For further information please visit The Progeria Research Foundation “Find the other 150” campaign at http://www.findtheother150.org/

Let it be known that Project Michelangelo Foundation is the official protectorate of Rochelle and Kim. All photos and videos of these children require legal permission for use outside the intended missions of our association. Watch ABS-CBN Balitang America on Rochelle’s arrival in Boston.


Jojo Sayson receives an award as one of 40 Rubies/Outstanding Alumni of the Royal Pontifical University of Santo Tomas College of Rehabilitation Sciences

By Anngeli Chu Ong, PMF Delegate and Spokesperson

Romualdo San PascualDec. 10, 2014, The Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila: It is a tremendous honor to receive the Outstanding Alumni Award with the PMF Missions Director, Romualdo San Pascual on behalf of Dr. Jojo Sayson, DMT on the occasion of The University of Santo Tomas- College of Rehabilitation Sciences 40th Foundation Anniversary. The momentous occasion draws inspiration for all the Thomasian community in the pursuit of greater excellence inspiring students to strive for excellence in their chosen field. The unleashing of the true Thomasian colors at the Gala Awards Night has inspired and encouraged me to fulfill my own life mission as a Thomasian myself, upon reflecting how well I am fulfilling my calling. The PMF Missions Director, Romualdo San Pascual also celebrates his birthday by committing special acts of goodness, participating in this special event.

A recipient of numerous recognition awards from the Royal Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Jojo Sayson continues to be a role model to fellow Thomasians and to everyone by living out the true Thomasian Identity as his profession embodies the ideals of what a true Thomasian is.


Rochelle approved for clinical trials in Boston thanks to the Progeria Research Foundation

RochelleOct. 7, 2014 - After a long awaited wish since 2011 Rochelle from the Philippines, who is afflicted with Progeria, has now been approved by the Progeria Research Foundation to receive a new drugs to make her heart strong and extend her life. As of press time, angels and volunteers of Project Michelangelo Foundation (PMF) headed by Dr. Imelda Cruz Banting, PMF Board of Director, in New York, Romualdo San Pascual, PMF Missions Director, in the Philippines, and a number of volunteers, are all busy preparing the necessary travel documents and a massive fund drive with One Possible of the Progeria Research Foundation. The initial goal is $25,000 to fly Rochelle and her appointed guardian from Manila, Philippines to Boston, Massachusetts, USA to begin her clinical trials. Rochelle, 17 (physiologically perhaps around 136 years of age), is ecstatic and excited that her prayers have been answered for her one last wish, “to live just a little longer.” Rochelle, has become the inspiration to forming Project Michelangelo Foundation in 2011 and has been a continued source of inspiration in our empowerment missions for children and young adults with the motto “an Angel and a Hero for every Child.” We kindly ask that you become part of Team Rochelle with the kindest donation to partake of the blessings you have received in your life. Please visit, give, or share this link. http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/TeamRochelle/2014-onepossible-campaign


Jojo Sayson receives the 2014 Hall of Fame Award for Project Michelangelo Foundation

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Jojo Sayson, President of Jojo Sayson’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Bourbonnais was selected to receive the Filipino Asian American 2014 Hall of Fame Award in Science/Humanitarian category last Oct 4, 2014. The event was held by VIA TIMES Publication and Chicago Philippine Reports TV at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. On their 20th Annual awards night, the event also coincided with the official celebration of the Filipino-American History in the Month of October in the USA. Sayson was recognized for his participation in research for the betterment of humanity in future space exploration through his active involvement with the NASA IVD Team as a scientist/co-investigator with Dr. A. Hargens of the University of California, San Diego; and for his leadership, empowerment and humanitarian efforts through his Project Michelangelo Foundation dedicated to children and young adults especially those afflicted with cancer and other life-threatening diseases; those abused, orphaned, and neglected, and those who are victims of natural disasters and calamities in the Philippines. Sayson is one of 16 selected 2014 Hall of Famers nationwide and received his Hall of Fame Award together with Illinois Governor Candidate, Bruce Rauner in the category “Friend of the Filipino People in Public Service.”

Jojo Sayson's Hall of Fame Award 2014 Acceptance Speech

"This award is received in honor of the angels & heroes of Project Michelangelo Foundation, our Philippine Rescuers & the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, NASA, the University of Santo Tomas, the Ola Grimsby Institute, but most of all, to all the children & young adults we empower in our missions. I share with you my pre-recorded acceptance speech shown on the big screens. May you receive the blessings in the context of my humbled gratitude. Hugs to all for a beautiful life." - Jojo Sayson


GOTCHA
Project Michelangelo with GOTCHA Empowers children & young adults with special needs & disabilities

Project Michelangelo Foundation Mission Bull's Eye in cooperation with GOTCHA, a 7 Sunday Archery Empowerment Training for children & young adults with special needs, culminated in a graduation celebration last June 29, 2014 at Project Michelangelo Headquarters in Bourbonnais, Illinois, USA. Gracing our event is Miss Teen United States Wisconsin Arnela Karabegovic, our latest angel & assisted by angel Kayla Christy. Fears are no more for these young minds now with special empowerment with a new designation as "Angel Archers" belonging to the 1st Squadron Angel Archer graduates. On each of our training days, we held hands to pray & end in prayer as well. Graduation prayer was a balloon release with written messages & prayers for Jesus Christ. God bless us all.
— Jojo Sayson, Founder, Project Michelangelo Foundation
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Whazzup?!
"Springboard to Heaven, The Jojo Sayson Adventure" gets featured on Jovie Calma "Whazzup?!" Live in Chicago

A very blessed day for an opportunity to tell the story of "Springboard to Heaven, The Jojo Sayson Adventure" motivational & spiritual companion book with Hollywood biographer James Riordan & foreword by Leo Riingen on "Whassup?!" Jovie Calma Live in Chicago on Chicago Cable TV Channel 25 to telecast on July 6, 2014. A special thank you to Veronica Leighton, Tito Joe, our angel photographer Victoria Ng & the amazing host, Jovie Calma-Blanc who is Producer for Wassup?! Jovie Calma LIVE! TV Host/Anchor, Journalist, International Performing Artist, Actress, Model, Environmentalist, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Powerhouse by Day and Partyphile by Night at Jovie Calma and TV Show Host/Anchor and Entertainment/Showbiz Columnist/Social Media Director/Actress at VIA TIMES NEWSMAGAZINE / CHICAGO PHILIPPINE REPORTS TV, & additionally, an angel Global Ambassador of Jojo Sayson's Project Michelangelo Foundation. All proceeds from this book after cost will be donated back to the missions of Project Michelangelo Foundation.


Angels & Heroes of Project Michelangelo help raise funds around the world in April

DancingDuring the month of April, 2014, the angels & heroes of Project Michelangelo Foundation (PMF) participated in raising funds for a good cause simultaneously in the USA and in the Philippines. In the Western front on April 5, Jojo Sayson, President & Founder of PMF teamed up with dance partner Stacy W. Davenport, General Manager of Monical’s Pizza Restaurant, joined “Dancing for the Stars” and performed a rendition of “Singing in the Rain” in front of a crowd of over 500 cheering guests at the Watseka Community High School in Watseka, Illinois. Their routine with their signature “gravity-defying” dance move earned them the most votes to receive the Audience Choice Award for best dance couple. Dance choreography, props, and rehearsal venue care of Starlight Dance Academy in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Together with the other competing dancers, they raised close to $15,000 to benefit the Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) and the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA).


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The gravity-defying signature dance move by Jojo Sayson
and Stacy W. Davenport in the USA

In the Eastern front on April 12, 2014, our angel runners headed by Team Leader Eugene Boco participated in a 5k Run for a Child to benefit the sick children of CHILD Haus organized by PMF Board of Director Leo Riingen on his 50th birthday. The Fund Run is a joint effort between Informatics and Ricky Reyes. Three of our angels and heroes were awarded medals each for the first 100 out of over 3,000 runners crossing the finish line including Eugene Boco, Mac Milan, and John Paul. The camaraderie was most meaningful for our PMF family with a breakfast treat from angel Doc Dette Velasco and cookie snacks baked by angel S’Ann Ch’i.

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Our Angel Running Team in the Philippines, April 12, 2014, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Angel Team Leader Eugene Boco, medalist, gives the thumbs up for Project Michelangelo


DWDD radioProject Michelangelo Foundation is proud to launch our weekly Radio Program on DWDD 1134 kHz AM Radio. This radio program is aired in the Filipino language with some English and is dedicated to providing virtual companionship to empower the guardians of our children by information dissemination, discussion of issues on social problems especially those affecting women and children, those with disabilities, the sick and the lonely, our elderly, and those who are seeking spiritual meaning in their lives. Enjoy live streaming every Friday from 4-5 pm Philippine Time at www.dwdd.com.ph

2013:

A CHRISTMAS REFLECTION 2013
by Dr. Imelda Cruz-Banting
With the unimaginable disaster that hit the middle islands of the Philippines, the whole world heeded to the call...


CSW groupAngels & Heroes Christmas Bash Professional Wrestling Event a success!
Dec. 14, 2013, Legends Sportsplex, 70 Ken Hayes Dr., Bourbonnais, Illinois, USA: Project Michelangelo partnered with CSW (Chicago Style Wrestling) for an "Angels & Heroes Christmas Bash" to raise funds for the empowerment missions for children & young adults with life-threatening diseases & disabilities, those who are abused, neglected, & orphaned. Most of the proceeds will benefit the victims of the disasters from Philippine Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda. Meiling Jin, (International Chinese model & journalist, & Board of Director) guest beauty queens including Dawn Frison Cook (National Miss) & more gave most unforgettable appearances & crowd interaction. Alyssa Norden sang the Star Spangled banner while a soldier from the US Army held the American flag. Jojo Sayson, Founder of Project Michelangelo went up on the squared ring together with Meiling & made a speech about the missions of Project Michelangelo including assistance to the Philippine Relief operations from the devastating Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda. Spectacular & high-flying moves wowed the crowd with appearances by the rock-solid Hunter Paine Csw Southland Heavyweight Champion, the amazing Tag Team Champs, The Lunatic and The Strangler with The Keeper Erik Edwards, & more. The guest of honor was Mikey Guiney could not make it from the hospital as he was still recovering from his most recent surgery but his dad Karl & twin brother Matt were present in the festivities. The night was magical as the crowd gave generous donations for the Typhoon victims as well as some giving back their raffle prizes to Mikey's dad. Christmas was in the air with so much blessings as even some of the wrestlers for the night gave up their professional fees & handed them over for Mikey's dreams. The snowstorm that day could not dampen the love that can only come from the celebrant of the Christmas season Himself, Christ Jesus. Project Michelangelo will always praise the Almighty. God bless the children, God bless the wrestlers, God bless the Philippines, but most of all God bless America. Merry Christmas to all.


Superheroes

On Oct. 26, 2013, the Alliance of Superheroes (AOS) conducts its 17th year visiting the children's wards in 2 hospitals in the Greater Kankakee County & a home for men with physical & mental disabilities. AOS has become a subsidiary of Jojo Sayson's Project Michelangelo Foundation established in 2011 to empower children with cancer & other life-threatening illnesses, disabilities, neglected, orphaned, abused, as well as those who are children at heart. Our motto: "an Angel & a Hero for every child."


Jojo Sayson Interview with "Time Out with TIMO" Web Television Talk Show 2013
[WATCH VIDEO]


CNN iReport: "Sweet Sixteen". Children with Progeria have an average life expectancy of thirteen to fifteen years but on May 26, 2013, Rochelle defied the odds as she celebrated her sixteenth birthday.
[READ MORE] [WATCH VIDEO]

Rare Progeria sufferer Rochelle Pondare turns sixteen


Project Michelangelo members Eva Eunice Reinoso and Jackie Schiffer are in the news!


CNN iReport: "On Air" by Veronica Lon, Project Michelangelo Philippine Missions Coordinator on a mission to empower women in abusive relationships. [READ MORE]


Project Michelangelo Chief Medical Officer Doc Ted Esguerra in the News on Surviving a Catastrophe [READ MORE]


Computer donation & delivery for St. Francis-VSA School for children with hearing impairment, Philippines [READ MORE]


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Project Michelangelo goes live on DWDD Philippine Armed Forces Radio: Kaibigan (Friend) Sky debut

Jan. 12, 2013 -Turnover of donations to Ka Rommel, our blind broadcaster [READ MORE]


2012:

Dec. 29, 2012 - Boys Town, Marikina, Philippines Motivational Speaking [READ MORE]

"Philippine Divine Destinations, Fashion, Beauty, Humanity" in Tiara Magazine [READ MORE]

"Springboard to Heaven, The Jojo Sayson Adventure" Book Launch Philippines 2012 with Leo Riingen, Doc Ted Esguerra, Veronica Lon, Angels & friends. [VIEW THE VIDEO]

Dr. Imelda Cruz Banting, Director of Project Michelangelo Foundation's Angel Medical Team visited the orphans of Redeemer's Home Foundation in Antipolo City, Philippines.
[READ MORE]

Maria Veronica Pantaleon is the recipient of the 2012 CNN iReport Award and selected by CNN as one of six winners out of one million CNN iReporters worldwide. [READ MORE]

View the video of our "Flash mob" event: Dancing for the Rights of the Hearing Impaired

Project Michelangelo Foundation DWDD Armed Forces Radio Interview 2012

With God, All Things Are Possible— an article by member Jennifer Mussman

The Angels of Project Michelangelo flies again with "Mission in our Hearts" last March 31, 2012 and spends an empowerment day with the orphans of Redeemer's Home in Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. The children were treated to a fun day with traditional Filipino games, face painting, treats of food and toys, singing, dancing, and prayer. New mattresses were purchased for all the orphans. [video]

Jojo Sayson's Project Michelangelo returns to Iligan City, Mindanao to empower the children victims of Typhoon Sendong last Feb. 4-5, 2012. [video] [read more]

2011:

Jojo Sayson's Project Michelangelo assists the victims of Typhoon Sendong (Dec. 17, 2011) in the Philippines. Over 1000 death toll, hundreds injured & thousands of families left homeless for Christmas. [video]

Read more: Meaning on Christmas in a manger on medical mission for the Typhoon Sendong victims

Santa hand delivers his donation to victims of Typhoon Sendong in Chicago