Gerald Anderson to launch K9 search and rescue foundation on 27th birthday

Gerald Anderson with Fredo, the best K9 in his team. 


No matter how busy Gerald Anderson is, he has found time to put up his own foundation.

For his 27th birthday on March 7, the Always be My Maybe lead star will be launching his non-profit organization, the Gerald Anderson Foundation.

Part of his mission is to assist recovery missions for missing people during calamities and unfortunate events by providing highly-trained search-and-rescue personnel and dogs.

Thus, he and his brother Ken Anderson has been undergoing training with the Philippine Coast Guard K9 Group since last year.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press at his blogcon on Tuesday, March 1, Gerald said that he's presently in the process of creating a team of volunteers.

"Proseso pa siya, it’s still in the works pa. Last year ako nag-start, last year pa kami nag-start.

"I’m still building the team.

"But last year kami nag-start mag-training and next Monday, March 7, na po ang launch.

"After that, dun ko po ilo-launch for donations and ano…Once na mag-start na yung donations, I think mas mabilis na po yung proseso."

What inspired him to put up this foundation?

Gerald answered, "It’s about putting a team together, a search and rescue team with K9s na trained para po maghanap ng missing people.

"Kasi alam naman po natin na palaging may nangyayaring calamities sa bansa natin...hindi natin ma-stop iyan e, mother nature iyan.

"Ang puwede lang natin magawa e mabawasan yung mga taong namamatay or yung nasasaktan, and this is the best way I think na kaya kong gawin.

"Kasi tuwing may calamities, I’ve always done my part with ABS-CBN. Pumunta po kami ng Tacloban with my friends.

"Pero parang palaging may kulang e may mga puwede pa akong gawin, and ito na po yun."

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The Star Magic talent added that it's his way of fulfilling his dream of joining the military.

He explained, "Excited nga ako kasi it’s always been a passion to…Ewan ko, ako passion ko talaga pumasok sa military nung bata pa lang ako kasi I come from a military family.

"Akala ko yun yung magiging ending ko, pero pumasok ako sa PBB [Pinoy Big Brother] so iba yung pinasukan ko.

"But itong foundation, itong K9 unit is a way of fulfilling yung passion na andito pa."

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The former Pinoy Big Brother housemate wishes to build a k9 kennel and headquarters.

But he can't do this alone.

He said, "Masakit [sa bulsa] but kasi, I know I’m doing something na I love so okay lang.

"But kaya nga excited na ako ma-launch din yung foundation kasi kailangan talaga namin yung donations.

"Kasi in the future, siyempre, gusto ko rin po magkaroon ng sarili kong headquarters, sarili ko kennel.

"E, hindi ko po kaya iyan kasi I have so many mouths to feed also, hindi lang mga aso."

Currently, his team is composed of four handlers and four trained dogs, including his own named Fredo.

He said, "Apat, apat po yung aso namin. Apat din po yung handler kasama ako, kasama yung kapatid ko, and two handlers.

"Yung K9 team, hindi siya talaga dapat malaki, e. Hindi siya dapat maraming aso. It has to be parang alam mo yun, ma-kontrol mo lahat.

"Hindi siya parang kasing-laki ng coast guard or ano, ito small team but we need big help so ayun."

Fredo is a German Shepherd.

He came into his life while shooting ABS-CBN's fantaserye Dyesebel with Anne Curtis and Sam Concepcion.

Fredo is the name of Gerald's character in the series.

Without meaning to play favorites, the 27-year-old Kapamilya star bets on Fredo as the best K9 in the team.

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"Siya yung pinakamagaling talaga mag-search. Nag-search kami nung isang araw, sobrang layo kasi pag nagte-training kami, meron kaming isang tao na mauuna dun sa gubat at magtatago siya.

"Yung sobrang hirap, kahit kami hindi namin alam kung nasaan siya.

"'Tapos sasabihin mo lang kay Fredo, ‘Search.’

"Andun na siya sa search mode, and then susunod ka na lang sa kanya hanggang sa mahanap niya.

"And kaya niya maghanap ng tao kahit saan, kahit anong environment, kahit saan."


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