FRANKLY, my dear, Bill Gates gives a damn

by Lito Ocampo Cruz/AJPress

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives a cool P22.8 million ($500,000) donation for RP’s typhoon Frank relief efforts.

He set our worlds on fire and changed the way we live – and give – forever.

His last day at the office had a Hollywood ending to it.

On June 27, 2008, the credits rolled and an era was over. Bill Gates walked into a standing ovation, and into the sunset. There was a crowd of 800 in the Redmond Conference Center as thousands of other employees watched the man and the moment online.

That 70’s gang from Seattle gave him a bound scrapbook of photos and mementos of the company he founded with Paul Allen in 1975. After all, what else can you give a man who has everything, including Microsoft?

Barely two weeks after Bill Gates retired, his legacy showed its soft spot again. Just last Wednesday, July 9, the Microsoft founder and the world’s third richest man, donated $500,000 – equivalent to P22.8 million as of Wednesday’s exchange rate – for the victims of typhoon “Frank” in the Philippines.

The United States-based Catholic Relief Services (CRS) country representative Michael Frank said that the funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would be coursed through the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace. Frank also said that the foundation responded to the call for donations issued by the CRS.

The funds would be use to buy emergency assistance packages for families left homeless and displaced by the calamity in the Panay region and Cotabato City.

Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.

For Bill Gates and the typhoon Frank victims, “tomorrow is another day.” (

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