About Us

Who We Are


J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc. (JAAF) is the social
development arm of the Araneta Group—a diverse and
progressive group of companies anchored on property
development, food service, leisure, and hospitality.
Our History

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Incorporated in 2002 with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, JAAF is a non-stock, not-for-profit
organization dedicated to the vision and legacy of its
founder, DON AMADO. A visionary builder, he believed that
every Filipino deserves a good life, and always wanted to





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We empower Filipino individuals, organizations, and communities who host the Araneta Group to excel in education, culture and the arts, sports, community development, and encourage spiritual enrichment by opening GATEWAYS TO OPPORTUNITIES.


Our work in JAAF is influenced by the same values that guided Don Amado as a family man, industrialist, and patriot: GENEROSITY, EXCELLENCE, PIONEERING, and COMMITMENT

Program Themes

Our program themes envision a holistic impact to the communities we serve that perpetuate the legacy of Araneta

EDUCATION: We recognize that education is one of the cornerstones for broad-based and inclusive growth; pathway out of poverty and inequality; and nation building.

CULTURE, THE ARTS & SPORTS DEVELOPMENT: We espouse stewardship and the promotion of Filipino culture and heritage, sports & artistry for the advancement of our national identity.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: We value each individual, and that every single act of kindness creates a caring community.

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT: We support the proclamation of the Gospel and the discipleship of the nation.


JAAF started as a grant-making organization with Don Amado’s children (Jorge, Judy, and Maria) continuing his philanthropic legacy by extending assistance to disadvantaged groups and individuals. It has become a grant–operating organization with programs focusing on education, culture, arts, and sports development, community development, and religious/spiritual development.

GRANT-MAKING: JAAF partners with like-minded organizations to support their programs and projects that are aligned with the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities.

SCHOLARSHIPS: JAAF supports deserving and underprivileged students with scholarship opportunities in the communities it serves.

GATEWAY GALLERY: JAAF manages and operates the Gateway Gallery, the art and history museum of Araneta City. It is devoted to the promotion of Philippine culture and the arts, and aims to bring it closer to the public. It is home to SiningSaysay: Philippine History in Art, a landmark project that presents the entire history of the Philippines through 30 large history paintings. SiningSaysay is a joint project of the Araneta City, University of the Philippines’ Office of the President and the UP Alumni Association.

EMERGENCY RELIEF OPERATIONS: JAAF provides immediate relief to meet the basic subsistence needs of the disasters and calamities-affected communities.

SPECIAL PROJECTS: JAAF implements various activities on health, environment, community building, livelihood and the likes for its communities. It also provides volunteer opportunities for Araneta employees to participate in its community outreach activities.

LEGACY PROJECTS: JAAF’s special interest projects that celebrate the vision and legacy of J. Amado Araneta, such as the publication of the Araneta Center Coffee Table Book.

Our Team


Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Officers & Appointees and Fulltime Staff

Board of Trustees
Jorge L. Araneta
Judy A. Roxas
Margarita A. Fores
Manuel A. Roxas
Maria Stella Marquez Z. Araneta
Joseph D. Bernardo
Jose T. Pardo
Victor P. Lazatin
Dr. Benjamin T. Alimurung
John Peter Chick B. Castelo
Juan Rowell L. Recinto
Executive Committee
Judy A. Roxas
Maria Lourdes Socorro R. Ojeda
Margarita A. Fores
Atty. Philip U. Ang
John Peter Chick B. Castelo
Lorna D. Fabian
Antonio T. Mardo
Juan Rowell L. Recinto
Christine Diane C. Romero
Janet Ruth M. Solsoloy
Edith E. Casidsid
Officers & Appointees
Chairman - Jorge L. Araneta
President - Judy A. Roxas
Treasurer - John Peter Chick B. Castelo
Corporate Secretary - Atty. Philip U. Ang
Corporate Accountant – Nelon N. Medina
Internal Auditor – Edith E. Casidsid
Fulltime Staff
Executive Director - Christine Diane C. Romero
Deputy Director - Glenda Dawn B. Carlota
Gateway Gallery Curator - Gregorio R. Apolonio III
Administrative Officer - Leonor Carmela D. Gealogo
Gallery Officer - Helen N. Valenzuela
Program Officer - Yasmin Sofia N. Medina

Contact info

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+63 2 8588-4000 local 7297

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Gateway Tower, Araneta City