Founder and Benefactress

Consuelo Zobel de Ayala y Montojo Terrentegui Zambrano Alger was born into a family which had been at the top of the business, social and cultural scene of the Philippines since their introduction to the country some 400 years ago.  Her ancestors founded the Ayala Compañia during the Spanish period and have operated it for more than 150 years.  The family has retained a reputation as business entrepreneurs who contributed to the development of the country throughout the years.  Today, Ayala Corporation is known around the world as the premier company of the Philippines.

In 1940, Consuelo married a young American army officer, a West Point graduate, who was stationed in the Philippines.  After his retirement in 1970 as a three-star general, they decided on Hawaii as a permanent residence.  General Alger died in 1986.


"My mission will begin after 
my death.  I will spend my 
heaven doing good on earth..." 

Mrs. Alger was inspired from her earliest days by the words of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who said, “What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.”  Consuelo wrote on the subject, “St. Therese did what I want to do in life…to let fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses.  My mission will begin after my death.  I will spend my heaven doing good on earth.”

Uniquely suited to her calling, Consuelo committed the tremendous resources she inherited from her family toward the accomplishment of this mission of mercy.  In early 1987, Consuelo met Patti Lyons who was just then beginning to develop a shelter for street children in the Philippines.  Through this fateful meeting, the initial seeds took root from which Consuelo Foundation was ultimately grown.

Mrs. Alger’s dream was further realized with the help of a group of diversely talented board members, a dedicated staff and many caring friends.  All joined the cause in a common bond to ensure Consuelo’s compassionate vision becomes a reality.

Consuelo died on November 29, 1990, though her memory lives on forever through the legacy of good works perpetuated by her establishment and endowment of Consuelo Foundation.

Roses have begun to fall from Heaven.

-This biographical sketch was written by Lt. Cmdr. Sheldon Geringer, U.S. Navy, A friend of the Foundation.