The Wong Chu King Foundation (WCKF) is a non-government organization and a social arm program of the Filipino-owned tobacco company, Mighty Corporation. Their project is focused on providing funds and help for apostolic work and Catholic education.
Aside from their support to San Juan City by funding the city’s big educational projects and program, WCKF is also dedicated to conserving historic churches in the Philippines, including the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Senior High School for Xavier School.
The chapel is devoted “in loving memory of the friendship” of Mr. Wong Chu King, patriarch of the family that formed the Wong Chu King Foundation, and Jesuit priests Jean Desautels and Ismael Zuloaga. “This project is our way of honoring our father’s friendship with the Jesuit community and paying forward for the excellent education we received from the school,” said Alex Wongchuking, Wong Chu King Foundation executive director, and Caesar’s elder brother.
Sta. Rosa de Lima Parish
Another one that has been refurbished by WCKF is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, the Sta. Rosa de Lima Parish in Barangay Annafunan West in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan province. The church has been granted a new roof, trusses, and ceiling under the governance of parish priest, Fr. Fredel Agatep.
Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
One of their successful projects is the renovation of the largest church in Cavite, the historic Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Mrs. Wongchuking insists additional support to Fr. Virgilio Saenz- Mendoza’s personal project on completely restoring outer walls of the church. Wongchuking said the church has always been near to the hearts of the Wongchuking family and all WCKF board officers and members since Nelia Dy Wongchuking, the president and chair of the board was born in Naic and has her traces her roots to the town and its church.
According to Alex Wongchuking, churches play an important role in the Philippine history which stand as a mute witness to the martyrdom of the defenders of the Philippine freedom and nationhood.
Mighty Corp. and WCKF goodwills are to uphold the Philippine history, as they stand and live as a Filipino company and organization.