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Aboitiz-donated AGAPP Classrooms Total 246 in the Past Six Years

ABOITIZ AGAPP CLASSROOMS DONATED. Last April 29, the Aboitiz Foundation turned over to the Department of Education 30 AGAPP (Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa) Silid Pangarap kindergarten classrooms to several schools nationwide, bringing the total number of Silid Pangarap classroom donated by the Aboitiz Foundation since 2011 at 246. In the photo are Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Antonio R. Moraza, Chairman Erramon I. Aboitiz (1st and 2nd from left, respectively), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sonny Carpio (1st from right). Also with them are Pinky Aquino Abellada, AGAPP Chairperson; Mario A. Deriquito, DepEd Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages; and Noemi Sebastian, APRI Vice President for Corporate Services (4th, 3rd, and 2nd from right, respectively).

A total of 30 AGAPP (Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa) Silid Pangarap kindergarten classrooms were recently donated by the Aboitiz Foundation, the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group, to the Department of Education (DepEd), putting the cumulative number of Silid Pangarap classrooms donated by the Aboitiz Foundation since 2011 at 246.

These Silid Pangarap classrooms, built in 15 schools nationwide, were turned over to the Department of Education (DepEd) last April 29 at Enderun Colleges, Taguig City as part of the Aboitiz Foundation’s continuing commitment to education and are seen to benefit 1,800 kindergarten pupils.

Aboitiz Foundation officials, namely Chairman Erramon I. Aboitiz, Trustee Antonio R. Moraza, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Augusto Carpio III, together with AGAPP Chairperson Pinky Aquino-Abellada and DepEd Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages Mario A. Deriquito were present during the turnover ceremony. Other DepEd and local government officials as well as kindergarten teachers and principals from beneficiary schools were also in attendance.

Since 2011, the Aboitiz Foundation, in partnership with AGAPP, has spent over P143 million to build 246 Silid Pangarap classrooms in 123 schools nationwide, benefitting over 55,000 kindergarten students.

“We in Aboitiz believe that a better-educated youth means a better Philippines. We believe that it is in education where we can create the greatest impact so it is only fitting that we allocate the bulk of our CSR budget to it,” Aboitiz said.

In 2015, the Aboitiz Group spent a total of P415 million on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives that had a positive impact on the lives of over 500,000 direct beneficiaries. Of this amount, P232 million or 56% was allotted to realize the Group’s promise of delivering a better learning environment for students through facilities and assets alike.

It was also last year that DepEd recognized the Aboitiz Group as a long-standing partner in the government’s bid to uplift the state of the country’s public education system, and as the Philippines’ biggest contributor to public education.

“Indeed, AGAPP Silid Pangarap is more than just a school building. To the excited and curious little girls and boys it has welcomed over the years, it is where their dreams and imagination are awakened and nurtured.  It is our privilege to be able to do our part and we commit to continue doing our part to help make our youth become lifelong learners,” Aboitiz added.

Philippine Geothermal supports 2016 Earth Day Youth Eco-Camp in Albay

Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. (PGPC) joins the Tiwi and Albay Local Government Units in celebrating the 2016 Earth Day in Albay province through an Earth Youth Eco-Camp with the theme “Youth Leaders Unite for Coastal and Fishery Resources Protection.” Held on April 20-22, more than 70 youth leaders, teachers and partners from government and nongovernment organizations, participated in the event at the Tiwi Watch Station cum Coastal and Fishery Resources Learning Resource Center.

The youth eco-camp was organized under Environmental Conservation Sustaining Tiwi’s Aqua-Agri Resources (ECO-STAR), a corporate social responsibility program co-funded by Philippine Geothermal to develop and promote Tiwi’s coastal eco-tourism potential and provide livelihood to tourist services sector. ECO-STAR recognizes the importance of protecting Tiwi’s coastal and fishery resources by instilling a deep sense of stewardship among the youth and the 12 coastal barangays of Tiwi. Tiwi is known as a sea turtle haven in Albay because of its improved coastal and marine biodiversity for years of implementing a coastal and fishery resources management program also supported by Philippine Geothermal.

ECO-STAR program partners Tiwi LGU, WWF Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Red Cross, Albay Blue Lane Eco-Nautical Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other government/non-government organizations also supported the event to fulfill its primary objective to develop youth vanguards with deep commitment and sense of responsibility for the environment and biodiversity conservation.

The three-day camp became a fun-filled learning activity on leadership, coastal and fisheries management, biodiversity protection, astronomy, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. Integrated in the learning modules are cross-cutting themes such as gender and development, food safety and security, and social entrepreneurship. The program organizers hope that the ideas learned by the participants from the eco-camp will resonate with their families, schools, and communities.

The event received favorable feedback, as one youth-participant described it as a fun learning experience which provided an opportunity to create new friendships.  Employee-volunteers mainly from the  Facilities Engineering department of Philippine Geothermal who facilitated the team building games and exercises, also found the event an enriching experience because it allowed them to share their knowledge with youth leaders in their community.


Youth participants and sponsors headed to the shoreline to meet with volunteers from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and community members for a clean-up drive held simultaneously with the Earth Day celebration in Albay.

Participants released three different species of sea turtles as part of the activities of the Sea Turtle Awareness and Rescue (STAR) Center


AG Saṅo, a climate activist and Filipino artist, shares skills in mural painting using marine species as subject.

The ArtBGC Mural Festival Returns to BGC

Splashes of color are ready to fill the walls of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) celebrates ArtBGC Mural Festival 2016. Now on its sophomore run, ArtBGC promises vibrant new murals and programs to make art and culture more accessible to BGCitizens.

The festival is done in collaboration with L.A.-based art consultancy, LeBasse Projects, and Honeycomb Communities. Multi-disciplinary artists such as: PastelFD, Andrew Schoultz, HOTxTEA, Bunnie Reiss, Aleks Kocev and Blaine Suque are bringing in their unique brand of creativity, hoping to build on the iconic atmosphere of BGC. Representing the Philippines in this festival are Kris Abrigo, Trip63 and ArtBGC Open Call winner, KFK. All artists, international delegates and select guests of BAFI will be treated to a welcome dinner hosted by the local government unit of Taguig. Keep an eye out for these talented individuals this May 12 to 21 as they make their mark on W 5th, NET One, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Stopover and BGC Corporate Center.

While the painting is ongoing, BAFI has created a variety of programs to bring art closer to the community. The Alveo Art Tours are designed to walk you through the different mural sites – old and new.  These daily tours start at the Alveo showroom along 28th Street. The Mind Museum will host Cafe Scientifique – a world-wide movement to bring science closer to the public through conversation. Public art will be discussed and dissected on May 14. Both events are free and open to the public.

Community takes on a bigger role this year. Coming from last year’s hype, BAFI was able to develop a small army of volunteers that will either be apprenticing under the muralists or running around BGC as part of the Street Team. Volunteers will be rehydrating and recharging at Burgos Eats thanks to Max’s Group. BAFI is also partnering with Fort Bonifacio Development Foundation, Inc. (FBDFI) to bring art to BGC’s neighboring communities. The artists will be painting with the children of Taguig on the afternoon of May 16, leaving behind unforgettable memories and a colorful mural.

For more details and updates, visit or follow BGC on Facebook (, Twitter (@ExploreBGC), and the official event Instagram account (@artbgc).

For more information, please contact Mikey de Quiros of Full Circle Comms, Inc. at 09178141929 or 6371116/1118.

Worldbex Back to Back Generosity

Worldbex Held Its Back to Back Events for the Benefit of ALKFI

Worldbex recently held a back-to-back setof events for the benefit of the ABS-CB Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation – the 21st annual Philippine Building and Construction Exposition and the 12th Manila International Auto Show. Both of the events were held at the World Trade Convention Center in Pasay City.

The 21st Philippine Building and Construction Expo showcased different works of architecture, design and landscaping from close to 500 booths. On the other hand, the 12th Manila International Auto Show took pride with the cutting-edge technologies of the new automobiles in the market. Vintage, restored, and customized cars also fancied the eyes of the guests.

With partners like Worldbex, ALKFI continues to assist Filipino families and children through its different programs.

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Amcham Scholarun 2016: Netsuite Employees Run For A Cause – The Second Time Around

NetSuite has always been ahead in ensuring that its employees are enjoying a balance of work and leisure. Through various company-sponsored activities, such as charity races, NetSuite employees are able to enjoy a refreshing break from their hectic schedules while still maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle.

This past February, NetSuite employees in the Philippines had the opportunity to join, for the second year in a row, the 5th American Chamber Foundation ScholaRun at the Bonifacio Global City. A total of 200 NetSuite employees ran for the benefit of the AmCham Foundation Scholarship Program, joining over 2,000 runners from different sectors and companies also supporting the cause., the corporate citizenship arm of NetSuite, partnered with software donation grantee American Chamber Foundation Philippines, Inc. to help raise enough funds to send 100 scholars in the Philippines to a university.

Before the race started, NetSuite employee volunteers led the warm-up exercises to prepare the NetSuite participants. Volunteer photographers were also present to capture the employees’ winning moments during the run. Food was also distributed before and after the race to ensure that the NetSuite runners are well-nourished throughout the run. There were also games, raffles, as well as an awards ceremony for participants.

Joining the AmCham ScholaRun 2016 was indeed a perfect start to a great year ahead. It was not only a corporate-sponsored activity, but also an effective way to promote a healthy lifestyle and camaraderie among NetSuite employees. Most of all, it paved way for an opportunity to serve the underprivileged and further manifested NetSuite’s commitment to helping nonprofit organizations.

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