13/12/2012: CRISTETA VILLACORTA ALEGRIA FOUNDATION DONATES TO DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF TYPHOON PABLO
The Cristeta Villacorta Alegria Foundation turned over to the Philippine Consulate General on 12 December 2012 the amount of US$ 2000.00 as its donation to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the benefit of the devastated communities and victims of the recent Typhoon Pablo.
Photo shows the founder of The Cristeta Villacorta Alegria Foundation, Dr. Cristeta Alegria (3rd from right), handing over the check donation to Consul General Bayani V. Mangibin. Joining them are (R-L) Post’s Finance Officer Bernadette Galura, Consul Edgar Tomas Q. Auxilian, Mr. Rodney C. Webb, son-in-law of Dr. Alegria, and Cultural Officer Mildred C. Sayurin.
The Cristeta Villacorta Alegria Foundation
In 2008, Cristeta Villacorta Alegria celebrated her 80th birthday with family and friends in Vallejo, California. It was a huge family get-together – gathered to pay respects to a woman who has spent a lifetime in service to her family and to her community. In addition, her four children all successfully pursued professional business careers in the US - Cesar Jr., an attorney, now Chief Legal Counsel with PG&E in San Francisco, CA; Cristino, a civil engineer, now a freelance product designer in Vallejo, CA; Corazon and Conrado, both dentists, co-owners of Harmon Loop Dental Clinic in Dededo, Guam.
Her family began looking for appropriate ways to honor their matriarch, and ultimately decided to form a charitable foundation in her name. It was incorporated in 2011, and was awarded tax exempt status in 2012. The stated goals of the Foundation include supporting orphanages in the Philippines, providing scholarships and assistance to deserving students, and providing assistance in recovery from natural disasters.
Bio - Cristeta Villacorta Alegria
Cristeta Villacorta Alegria was born in Urdaneta, Pangasinan in the Philippines in 1928.
After she graduated from Urdaneta Community High School, she studied dentistry at the University of the Philippines in Manila, ultimately graduating with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.). While she returned to Urdaneta to work as a dentist, Cristeta was also a “natural social worker.” She would often provide free services to her patients, or if the patient had no money she would receive fruits and vegetables as payment in return. She was always willing to help the needy and the less fortunate, and later made sure that she instilled these values in her children.
She later met and married Cesar Alegria, an attorney working with the Social Security Administration, in 1958. By 1965, they had four children – Cesar Jr. (attorney), Cristino (engineer), Corazon (dentist), and Conrado (dentist).
When President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972, to suppress increasing civil strife and the threat of communist takeover, her husband Cesar believed that the immediate future prospects for the family in the Philippines were bleak.
Cesar and Cristeta eventually came to Guam in 1977 as professional visa holders. Their four children stayed with their grandmother in the Philippines at that time. They reunited in Guam in 1983 after their parents had saved enough money to buy a house.
In Guam, Cristeta had work orders for the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) in the Government of Guam, but when they arrived her job was phased out. Andersen Air Force Base was in need of workers at that time, so Cristeta was given a job to work with the Vietnamese refugees. She later worked at the Guam Memorial Hospital as a Medical Social Worker, then for DPHSS until she retired. Cesar worked for the Guam Attorney General’s Office, and retired as a Consumer Advocate at the same time as Cristeta in 1994. Cesar later contracted cancer, and passed away in 2000.
Cristeta is a kind, caring, and very religious person. She has a very strong Catholic faith. She is optimistic, outgoing, happy, and has a variety of friends. She always finds solutions to problems. Her favorite pastimes are cooking, gardening and praying. She is very independent, and lives on her own at her own home.