The Fernando and Rosa Bautista (FRB) Foundation is the generation-to-generation charitable arm of the Bautista family. It was established on May 12, 1988 primarily to perpetuate the ideals and aspirations of UB founders Fernando and Rosa. It is a non-stock, non-profit foundation focused on giving back to Baguio and its surrounding areas.
The Bautista family has become a major contributor to the educational scene as they have established the University of Baguio. Amongst their other mission in life is to uplift Filipinos quality of life here in Baguio and its surrounding areas.
The University of Baguio has become the lifeblood of the Bautistas. Excellence in the field of academics has become the family’s core value. However, the family recognizes that culture and sports and new avenues make a holistic person.
Tatay Fernando had in his heart a special place for sports. In fact, he holds the record for being the only Filipino with the most number of attendance to the Olympics and ASEAN Games (Inquirer, 1990). He recognized the need for funding for equipment and travel for sportsmen. He often took this out of his own pocket. He was also active and headed organizations such as the Lions and the Jaycees in medical mission endeavors and scholarship grants.
Nanay Rosa was active in organizations such as the Mother Butler, Soroptomist, Girls Scout and other worthwhile organizations. She supported and headed efforts for livelihood trainings, medical and dental missions, and feeding programs as well as scholarship programs for seminarians. Her most prized projects were those that concentrated on literacy book drives and remedial reading classes.
Nanay and Tatay Bautista seemed to know when, where and how to properly give to people. They knew that education and scholarships were the key to uplifting the lives of the people. They knew when a hearty meal would help someone and when to reach out and provide medical care. With sensitivity and intelligence, they were able to give the help that was most needed and appropriate. It is our wish to teach charity in all Baguio generations to come, charity that is expressed not just through material things but by sharing time, talent and skills as well.
The Foundation is currently being headed by the third generation descendants of Fernando and Rosa. They have kept to the spirit of intelligent and charitable endeavors.
THE FRB COLLEGE and GRADUATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
Yearly, the FRB sponsors 10 to 20 teachers from public and private schools who intend to continue their master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Baguio. Ten to 15 deserving college students are also chosen for the scholarship program. The program covers the school costs like tuition, miscellaneous, and laboratory fees.
(THE FRB Technical and Vocational Scholarships)
The Foundation provides training in the school and barangay level for technical and vocational skills such as barber hair science, hair cutting, manicure and pedicure, ethnic weaving, cell phone repair, accessory and jewelry making, food processing and baking, and basic computer skills. This program also includes a funding for TESDA scholars. Annually, around 150-200 persons receive scholarships.
THE FRB FEEDING PROGRAM
Every year, FRB chooses five public elementary schools to sponsor for its feeding program. More than 30 of the most malnourished kids are catered in this said program per school year. They are given meal augmentation for at least 220 days.
THE FRB PAMASAHE MO, SAGOT KO PROGRAM
The Foundation adopted Baguio City SPED Center for this program wherein 25 to 30 school children with special needs are given jeepney travel allowance for 10 months. This ensures that the kids who live far away and who do not have enough will get to attend school.
THE FRB SCHOOL QUALITY AND FUNCTIONALITY PROGRAM
The Foundation also provides necessary equipment and furniture to help schools function better. The Foundation’s main focus is on improving classroom and library functionality; thus, FRB joins and supports the “Brigada Eskwela” program of the government. In some areas the Foundation provides seed money for electricity, Internet connection and library shelves or seats.
THE FRB BOOK DRIVE
This has become the Foundation’s flagship program. FRB generates as much as 500-1000 books per year, which are given to chosen elementary and high schools to help them start or expand their library. The goal is to help private school students feel a connection to public school students and out-of-school youth (through the Alternative Learning System program of the Department of Education) who may not have the same resources. The Foundation does not just generate books but also generates the values of caring, giving and sharing.
THE FRB COMPUTER DRIVE
The Foundation also strives to make every public school armed with technology by looking for old but not too-outdated computers that students in the public school may use.
THE FRB SPORTS PROGRAM
The Foundation continues to support sportsmen by providing sports equipment and allowance. It supports sports competitions, referees seminars and accreditations, and helps fund sporting groups in their need for competition and travel.
READING AND LITERACY PROGRAM
The Foundation conducts seminars for public school teachers which tackle subjects such developing and improving reading the child's comprehension skills and good study habits as well as parenting.
OTHER PROGRAMS: DONATIONS SPONSORSHIP, OUTREACH, MEDICAL AND DENTAL MISSION
The Foundation joins medical and dental missions in Baguio City as well as its surrounding areas. It provides “Pamaskong Handog” items, hygiene kits and other school supplies for chosen pupils of different public schools. It likewise sponsors activities and programs of different organizations.