Tacloban, Philippines. September 2, 2016 – Dozens of overjoyed children previously left homeless and school-less because of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Tacloban City in 2013 look on as GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) Founder and Ambassador Mel Tiangco (9th from left), Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez (8th from left), Hanabishi representative Raniel Elip (leftmost), School Head Rommel Abeto (rightmost), other sponsors, and local officials cut the ribbon during the official turnover of the Kapuso Village Integrated School (KVIS) in Brgy. Sto. Niño, Tacloban on August 26.
In late 2013, the calamity ravaged not just thousands of homes but also hundreds of commercial establishments, infrastructure and institutions including local schools. This left many students, like those who used to go to some of the schools within or in nearby barangays which have not yet been rebuilt, to attend classes in makeshift rooms made from a patchwork of fragile wood and roof for almost three years. With their eagerness to continue studying despite the situation, KVIS proves to be heaven-sent, especially as it is within the village where most of the students’ families have also been relocated.
Hanabishi, the number one home-grown appliance brand in the country, donated appliances to furnish the new school built by the GMAKF in the GMA Kapuso Village in the barangay. The donations, which will benefit at least 400 students from Kindergarten to grade six, included ceiling fans, water dispensers, and stand fans, among others. This effort is a part of Hanabishi’s pledge to extend 1M worth of appliances for the communities in Tacloban affected by the Typhoon Yolanda.
Hanabishi President Jasper Ong shares, “Hanabishi has always believed in paying it forward and we are glad to be a part of our kababayans’ journey towards rehabilitation from Day 1. With a simple gesture like this on our part, we stay true to being a real Kapartner of the Filipino family.”
School Head Abeto, expressing gratitude to GMAKF and Hanabishi, says, “These donations from the GMA Kapuso Foundation and Hanabishi will truly make an impact to our students. Beyond the material contributions, I believe Hanabishi and GMAKF have given our children hope and the desire to dream once again after everything that our community has gone through.”
Hanabishi has been a partner of GMA Kapuso Foundation since 2012 and has already provided complete sets of home appliances for 200 houses in the Kapuso Village in Iligan and 600 houses in Leyte and Tacloban.
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