CRNA Niles Perlas receiving an award at Malacañang Palace.

CRNA Niles Perlas receiving an award at Malacañang Palace.

Sorsogon City, Philippines – Niles and Meleneus Perlas, a Filipino couple residing in New York, USA recently donated $5,000 for The Lewis College (TLC) in their desire to support the needy but deserving students in Sorsogon. Half of this amount was donated by KDP Foundation, a foundation set up by Mr. and Mrs. Perlas named after their daughter Kristine Perlas.

This scholarship from KDP Foundation is for students who are poor but have exemplary performance in studies and passed the screening of the TLC Executive Committee. The other half will be for an evergreen loan fund, the Niles and Meleneus Loan Fund which will be made available to qualified TLC graduates who lack funds for processing their papers but are already scheduled to work abroad.

CRNA Niles Perlas is the Chairman of Filipino American Medical Inc. (FAMI), a non-profit corporation founded in 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. Perlas and friends in New York city. FAMI brings American and Filipino-American physicians and other medical professionals to the Philippines to serve the poor. She also worked as an Anesthetist for the Hospital for Special Surgery for 20 years and retired this April. Her husband, Meleneus Perlas, is Vice President of a Real Estate Investment Company and project manager in Jeffries Morris. Together with her husband, Mrs. Perlas has donated in numerous projects in her province of Nueva Ecija and other missions to help the poor in the Philippines. Their family’s charitable work is clearly seen in their medical missions at www.ifami.org. As Mrs. Perlas mentioned, “It is our pleasure to serve the needy.”