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Dominique Lemay

Founder, Chairman Emeritus

Our Founder, Dominique Lemay, is a distinguished French humanitarian. He founded the organization for poor, abandoned, orphaned, neglected and abused children.

Dominique first came to the Philippines in October 1987 to conduct research on street children. At the time, the country was beginning the work of rebuilding its economy, having collapsed financially and economically during the Marcos regime. The country was deeply in debt and millions lived below the poverty line. Touched by the plight of Manila’s street children, Dominique, together with some Filipino social workers, established the Virlanie Foundation in June 1992. The name Virlanie is a contraction of the names of his daughters Virginie and Lauriane. Virlanie’s close ties with the city government of Manila began when he reached out to them to provide support to the city’s drop-in centers for street children, the Manila Youth Reception Center and the Reception and Action Center.

A Message From Our Founder

Achievements & Awards

In Paris, Dominique studied Theology in Montmagny Seminary, and Psychology and Sociology in Université Paris 13 and Institut Catholique de Paris, respectively. He obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology in 1973, and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1987 from Fondation INFA, Nogent-sur-Marne.

  • (April 2014) Dominique is named Chevalier (Knight) in the French Légion d’honneur for his 26 years of work with the street children of the Philippines

  • Rizal Knight A Rizal Knight honors and upholds the values and ideals of the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal.

  • (2008) Dominique is recognized by People Asia magazine as one of its “People of the Year.”

  • (June 23, 2006) He is recognized as one of “Ten Outstanding Manileños” for his contribution to humanitarian work in the City of Manila.

  • (December 2001) He is awarded the Human Rights Prize by France for Virlanie’s valuable contribution to human rights through its work with disadvantaged children in the Philippines.

    Acting President
    Independent Board


    Corporate Secretary
    Independent Management Consultant


    Managing Director, ITG Singapore and ITG Malaysia


    Board Member
    Head/Lead, Marketing Business Partners for Subsidiaries and Affiliates of MERALCO


    Board Member
    Honorary Consul of Monaco to the Phils; Co-Founder, Mercato Centrale


    Board Member
    Independent Photographer


    Board Member
    Shared Services Strategic Advisor

    Our Board of Trustees

    Virlanie Foundation, Inc. is composed of highly skilled professionals from various sectors.

    The Virlanie Family

    We are a multi-cultural team with diverse skill sets


    Professionally trained in various disciplines and dedicated to improving the lives of children

    Arlyne A. Fernandez, RSW

    Executive Director

    Jerryl Cuneta

    Resource Development Manager

    Chez Ebot, RN, MSM

    Communications Manager

    April Jane Gamil , CPA

    Finance Manager

    Monica Mortega

    Human Resource Manager

    Paz Angay, RSW

    Support Services Manager

    Lanie Fowler, RSW

    Residential Program Manager 

    Faidah Cayongcat, RSW

    Shared Services Manager 

    Emma Solasco, RSW

    Community-based Program Manager

    Marie Francoise Michel, LT

    Street-based Program Manager

    Ann Fernando, MSCP (Cand.)

    Health Services Coordinator

    Dolly Alejandro

    Educational Services Coordinator