Tuesday, May 20, 2008



Los Angeles, California — Gina Alexander, the Filipina entrepreneur, designer and purveyor of the of world-famous “Photo Handbags” that have garnered a huge celebrity-following – including Halle Berry, Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, 50 Cent, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Green Day to name a few --- has dedicated her business and success to helping less fortunate children in the Philippines. Her Gina Alexander Philanthropy Project (GAPP) will host the 2nd Annual Center of HOPE worldwide Celebrity Benefit on Sunday, June 1 at the Twin Palms Restaurant in Pasadena, California.

The overall goal of this event is to raise monies in order to bring aid to sexually abused children in the Philippines. The proceeds will fund a small village in Baseco & Laguna, Philippines where a child welfare protection system was created. The facility, which HOPE worldwide Philippines has been running since 1993, is the best facility of treatment for child abuse in the Philippines today and provides daycare, short-term medical care, innovative prevention & advocacy programs, family development and livelihood learning programs. The monies will help sustain these programs as well as introduce an accelerated Grief Recovery Program to the children and village workers.

HOPE Worldwide, Ltd., WWW.HOPEWW.ORG, has helped children all over the world, especially those whose lives have been ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. They have been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Christmas Special. Gina Alexander’s Philanthropy Project (GAPP) has already helped many underprivileged or abandoned children find happy, healthy homes, like Samuel Hadjian, Gina’s godson, who was adopted by the Hadjian Family from Ethiopia after the child was found abandoned on the steps of a church.

“The event is not only about the monies that will be donated, “ begins Gina Alexander, “it’s also about bringing an awareness of kinds of philanthropy the Filipino and Filipino-American communities can bring to the table in terms of giving back to worthwhile endeavors, particularly if the recipients of the project are needy children. And, it’s also about making connections with people, resources and organization who share in the vision of giving back to the people, especially the children, of the Philippines.”

The evening will also recognize the work that various individuals and organizations are doing to help the global as well as local communities. Among those being recognized are: the L.A. based Filipino community service organization Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), the international charity World Emergency Relief (WER) organization, HOPE worldwide and apl.de.ap (from the two-time Grammy award group The Black Eyed Peas who recently started his own foundation with the goal to assist people in his home town of Angeles City, Philippines). KTLA Morning News Anchor Cher Calvin and actor/singer Michael Copon (“One Tree Hill”, “The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian” [upcoming]) will be on hand to co-host the evening’s festivities which also include a silent auction featuring items from The Jimi Hendrix Collection, the Los Angeles Lakers, gift baskets from high-end retailers, House of Blues tickets and much, much more.

Among the many invited celebrities expected to walk the red carpet are: Chilli (from the band TLC), actors/musiciansthe Basco Brothers, actress Kelly Hu (“X-Men”), Rodel Gonzales (from the band “Side-A” who is slated to perform), Camile Velasco (“American Idol” Season 3), actress Victoria Rowell (“The Young and The Restless”), Janie Hendrix (sister of Jimi Hendrix and CEO of Experience Hendrix), Moon Bloodgood of “Daybreak” and other celebrities who are confirming each day.

ABS-CBN Global, N.A. (The Filipino Channel (TFC) and Balitang America) and THE ASIAN JOURNAL are media sponsors for this star-studded gala. Tickets are going quickly and there is only a limited number of seats remaining.

The Gina Alexander Philanthropy Project Presents
The 2nd Annual Center of HOPE worldwide Philippines Celebrity Benefit
Sunday, June 1, 2008

Twin Palms Restaurant
101 West Green Street
Pasadena, California 91105

To purchase tickets, go to
or call 818.843.2562
or email jolly@ginaalexander.com