KMU Mobilizes for the Homeless

Before the Covid 19 lockdown, Benjie Abad, a.k.a. Mang Urot, was operating a soup kitchen he called Karinderia ni Mang Urot. He and his wife, younger daughter and assorted volunteers were feeding the needy three nights a week, sometimes in a bank parking lot, sometimes at the Abad home in a typical middle class subdivision in Metro Manila.

 Benjie and I spoke via Facebook Messenger when he was in Quezon City and I was in Antipolo. Thanks to KMU for the photos.

Benjie’s story

It was almost eight years ago when you set out to feed the hungry. Can you Read More

A Look at Drug Rehabs in the Philippines

In order to find out what treatment was available for addicts in the Philippines, I talked with a friend who went through treatment himself, became a member of a 12-step fellowship, worked in rehabilitation centers and got his second college degree in social work in order to help others. We spoke in person at a restaurant in Cavite Province.

Jessie’s story

Congratulations on finishing your degree. I understand this is not your first.

No, my first one was in business management. But then I got the call to get into social work. I wanted to be able to do more … Read More

KMU Celebrates Six Years

I started following the adventures of my friend Benjie Abad (aka Mang Urot, aka James Braddock) even before he set up his soup kitchen, the Karinderia ni Mang Urot, or Mr. Annoying’s Eatery. He’s featured in several posts on this website: his discovery of his mission (Link), a photo essay of the soup kitchen in the Bank of Commerce parking lot on the corner of Quezon Avenue and Examiner Street  (Link), a personal profile (Link) (Link), a delivery of lunch and school supplies to a rural school (LinkRead More

Filipino Volunteers Help the Disadvantaged

On March 6, I went to the Go Volunteer Expo in the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati in order to meet some members of the 25 participating non-profit organizations. Their aim is to improve the lives of Filipinos, particularly the underprivileged. My friend Benjie Abad was there from Mr. Urot’s Eatery or Karinderia ni Mang Urot. Benjie’s program has inspired spin-offs, and he’s expanded his activities to include donations to schools in isolated or impoverished areas. He has appeared on this website several times—listed in the index—under his pseudonym and has been the subject of television short documentaries. 

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Benefit for a Filipino Musician

Recently I sat on the porch outside Tago Jazz Café with Nickie Mossman, and she supplied the words to go with the photos I’d taken at a benefit a few nights before at Cafe Astana in Makati. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Nickie’s story

The benefit we had was for Joel Galang, who was my pianist from 1987 until I went to Hong Kong in 2007. We were like siblings. His parents loved me, and I was really like a member of the family. I came back in 2011 when my mother got cancer because I needed to look after … Read More