How DREAM Came About
Born from the vision of Dr. Francis Xavier Dimalanta, A Child’s D.R.E.A.M. Foundation is Baguio’s first pediatric therapy center for exceptional needs children. Located in an area underserved by health services for atypical development, the D.R.E.A.M. Foundation aims to reverse this dynamic by providing the highest quality holistic care. Through comprehensive assessments and customized programs, the Foundation strives to empower every child to achieve his or her full potential.
Dr. Dimalanta is the founder and medical director of D.R.E.A.M. A Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, he is also a Fellow of the Philippine Pediatric Society and the Philippine Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He leads the D.R.E.A.M. Team, comprised of licensed physical, occupational, and speech therapists and special education (SPED) consultants.
The team assists children who are slow to walk and talk, those not learning well, high-risk infants, and others who have:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Behavioral Problems
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Language Disorders
- Down Syndrome
- Global Developmental Delay
- Hearing and Vision Problems
- Learning Disabilities
- Sensory Impairments
A Child’s D.R.E.A.M. Foundation has helped over 3,000 children and over 5,000 parents, guardians, siblings, teachers, caregivers since its conception in 2003.
We are located in Baguio City, Philippines, the birthplace of founder Dr. Francis Xavier Dimalanta. Through his dedication to the Foundation, Dr. Francis Xavier Dimalanta continues a family legacy of service to his hometown of Baguio.
Dr. Dimalanta is the son of Baguio’s first Papal Awardee, business, civic and social leader Johnnie M. Dimalanta and Dr. Irene Dimalanta, a pediatrician in Baguio for 54 years. In recognition of the contribution of the entire family to the positive development of Baguio City, the Dimalanta family was named as one of the historic “Builders of Baguio.” The service and leadership of the 100 individuals and 84 families honored as “Builders” significantly shaped the city since its incorporation in 1909. A Child’s D.R.E.A.M. Foundation is a modern reflection of the Dimalanta Family’s historic commitment to the growth and success of the Baguio City community.
Since its conception in 2003, the Foundation has provided services to an ever-expanding circle of children and families. At present, the Foundation receives patients from Baguio City as well as areas such as: Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, La Union, Ilocos and the Cordilleras – Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga Apayao, Mt. Province, Abra, and even from the Visayas (Cebu), and Romblon in Southern Philippines.
The services of A Child’s D.R.E.A.M. Foundation’s are not limited to the Philippines. What began as a local center has expanded to attract children seeking developmental care from around the world. The Foundation has treated children from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, from such countries as: Japan, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia; Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar; Australia, New Zealand, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Finland, Switzerland; United States of America, Canada and Libya.