The Beautiful Heart Foundation, Inc. was the brainchild of Dr. Anacleto B. Millendez and was
conceptualized sometime August 2005 in honor of his elderly and ailing
80-year old mother named Corazon Belleza (Spanish name for Beautiful
Heart), who was born in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, Philippines but
spent most of her life in Pikit, Cotabato. Corazon Belleza Millendez is a
woman with a beautiful heart.
The little acts
of kindness, love and compassion that Corazon Belleza has
shown through out her lifetime and her deep sense of faith in God served
as an inspiration for the seven major thrusts (representing her seven
children) of this foundation and these can easily be remembered by the
The foundation was officially registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last December 19, 2005. Mother
and daughter, the late Corazon Belleza Millendez and the late Engr.
Celeste "Baby" Melliza, two women with beautiful hearts. Photo taken
January 4, 1994
The formal launching of the Beautiful Heart Foundation, Inc. was last
February 5, 2006. It coincided with the 80th
birthday of Corazon Belleza Millendez. A prayer
service was prepared by the Marist Brothers led by Bro. Edgar
Ceriales, FMS, who also hails from Pikit, Cotabato.
Excerpts of Bro. Edgar's opening remarks:
morning everyone. We will just modify and make up something to make
these occasions memorable especially to Nang Azon, who raised children -
great children! In a movie, usually the film is very good because of
the actors but in reality, there are people behind the film - great
films. And usually these people behind great films are not
being recognized. And I guess that is the role Manang Azon played in her
life in raising great children for that matter.
I have a constant connection with Dr. Millendez. First, I am indebted
to him in one way or another when he, more or less, extended the life of
my sister. And probably, he can be in contact with us for a time and
we will have a connection with him as far as Notre Dame of Marbel
University is concerned. That is a probability.
So, the idea is to pay tribute to Manang Azon, who raised great
children who are making a difference in the world. And people who are
raising children are not usually recognized, only the actors are
recognized. Bro. Pat, FMS, our
Campus Minister at Notre Dame of Marbel University will do some reading
and some sharing. Then, and after that let the song "You Raise Me Up"
be a collective expression of what Nang Azon has been and will be. For
the song, our lead singer is Bro. Arnel, FMS."
by Councilor Pilar C. Braga of Davao City
am very honored to be invited to the 80th birthday of Mrs. Corazon
Belleza Millendez and for the launching of the Beautiful Heart
is my first time to meet Mrs. Millendez, who, I have learned from all
the tributes given to her from family and friends, is truly a loving
mother and a great lady. I feel as if I have known her all this time
because of my friend Dr. Anacleto Millendez, who is a shining reflection
of his great mother. I salute the mother as I salute the son!
What could be a greater gift to a mother than to launch the Beautiful
Heart Foundation in her honor for truly she is the reason and
inspiration for the foundation that is anchored on love and services for
one may serve without loving but no one can love without serving.
I am also happy to meet all these beautiful people from Pikit and of
course the Millendez clan and may your tribe increase because you bring
joy to the people all over by the unselfish service you give to our less
fortunate people... truly admirable!
And this is my prayer to Mommy Azon... to enjoy continued good health,
long life, and the blessing of family solidarity anchored on love...
happy birthday Mommy Azon and God bless you and your family abundantly. Thank you!
With Fr. Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez, O.M.I. during the wake of Corazon Belleza Millendez last December 22, 2008.