Board of Directors

Bill Hilf, Founder

Bill founded High Five Hope in 2008, a non-profit organization which been running basketball, soccer and volleyball programs, clinics and tournaments for hundreds of street children in the Philippines every year. High Five Hope is an effort to help desperate, at-risk children experience greater self-esteem, confidence, pride, leadership, teamwork and most importantly, happiness and hope through the power of sports. Every child deserves the opportunity to develop, to smile, and to have greater hope.

 

Patricia Bermudez Hizon

Patricia is a veteran sportscaster and has the distinction of being the first and only female basketball anchor in the Philippines. She also is the head for Marketing and advocacy for Maynilad, which is a water utility company in the Philippines. More than that, her experience doing charity work for the past 11 years through her own foundation and her vast network has been helpful to High Five Hope. She’s also very active doing sports ministry for her church, the Christ Commission Fellowship, and is busy bringing up two wonderful little boys with her husband Vince.

Angela Panaguiton

Angela “Anjg” Panaguiton is a hotelier by profession for 15 years. She graduated at University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City and during her college days, Anjg was already involved with Days With the Lord Movement – a youth organization facilitating weekend retreats to high school students of public schools. Now based in Cebu, Philippines, she is fond of diving given the nature’s gift of beaches and diving spots in Cebu and relishing the time spend with her two youngsters, JD and Gabby. She started with High Five Hope last 2010 when she helped organize the first High Five Hope Cebu Sportsfest.

Chris Levanes

Chris has over 15 years experience in the IT industry in technical, marketing and managerial roles. Originally from Australia, Chris has worked at Microsoft, Red Hat, Hewlett-Packard, as well as government agencies, including the Australian Department of Defence. He has been a resident of Singapore since 2004. Chris was involved in the launch of High Five Hope’s Philippines activities in 2007, and became a Director in 2008.

Michelle Hilf

Michelle is the Vice President and Treasurer of High Five Hope. Michelle attended California State University, Fullerton and spent 10 years as an advertising and marketing professional. She now spends much of her time volunteering in local elementary schools teaching reading and art, working for High Five Hope and spending time with her two sons, Spencer and Nolan.

Albert “Abet” Dela Cruz

Albert is an Information Technology (I.T.) Professional based in the Philippines. Abet’s career spans over two decades of creating start-ups and working for various private organizations and government institutions either as a founder, consultant, employee or volunteer. He is a basketball enthusiast that cherishes his weekly pickup game with his 21 and 14 year old sons and vows to play on until his knees cave in (He hopes that by then bionic limb replacement would have been perfected and be widely available.)

reden-websiteRedentor “Reden” Betito

Reden has 18 years of experience in non-profit social welfare agency working with children in need of special protection such as victims of abuse and exploitation, children in conflict with law and street children.  He was involved with High Five Hope since 2010 when the first High Five Hope Sportfest in Cebu City was held which benefit the children under the care of the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children (CCTFSC). Reden, who was once a street kid and a proud product of CCTFSC was also its program coordinator for 12 years.  Currently, he is the Executive Director of Cebu City’s Commission for the Welfare and Protection of Children.  He is also involved with Safe Kids Worldwide – Philippines as Cebu’s Coalition Coordinator.