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Happy 19th Anniversary Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines

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  • Published 2:40 pm, Nov. 13, 2014
  • Updated 4:05 pm, Nov. 13, 2014

"It has been nineteen years since we started operating the Santa Lucia International Eye Bank of Manila on October 16, 1995. And as I look back on these almost two decades, I am humbled and filled with gratitude to God for giving us this privilege of serving our fellowmen in a unique way"


The journey has not been easy… But nothing worth doing ever is. And when I think about the many people who have helped us and continue to help us in so many special ways, the burden that the eye bank carries is made lighter. Thank you to all of you… our friends in media, in the medical community, the legal community, the PNP, the DOH, and other government offices. I salute also our wonderful staff who make so many sacrifices everyday just to make sure that we can continue helping those in desperate need of sight restoring transplants. My heartfelt gratitude also goes to the members of the board of trustees who have weathered many storms and remained steadfast in their support for the mission of the eye bank. And finally, I would like to pay the highest tribute to the donors and their families whose generous act of corneal donation brought so many people out of the shadows and into the light.

We mark this anniversary also as a start of a countdown to our 20th anniversary through many changes, starting with the launching of our new website and domain name We plan to have more projects in the coming days and months that will engage you, our dear netizens, in activities that we hope will help bring our work closer to your hearts.

May our Good Lord continue to sustain us and protect us so that we can continue to serve and transform lives through the gift of sight.


Ma. Dominga B. Padilla, MD

Founder and Chair