(L-R) Golf Director Jeffrey Bernaldez, Actor and Director Cesar Montano, and Habitat for Humanity Philippines Managing Director & CEO Charlie Ayco
Antipolo, Rizal - Cesar Montano, multi-award winning actor and director, celebrated his birthday this year by organizing two fundraising events towards Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Bohol.
The first of which, an open golf tournament dubbed “The 1st Cesar Montano Golf Par-Tee” was held at Valley Golf Country Club, Antipolo, Rizal on 14th August.
Montano’s friends from the industry joined the social competition and stayed on for an intimate gathering to celebrate his special day. Famous well-wishers present at the event were Ariel Rivera, Tonton Gutierrez and wife Glydel Mercado, Zanjoe Marudo, Bearwin Meily, Bayani Agbayani, Smokey Manoloto, Gary Lim, retired basketball star Vince Hizon, news personality Arnold Clavio, former Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan, and entertainment columnist Dolly Anne Carvajal. Filipino singer and composer, Noel Cabangon, led guests in singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Montano, whilst Habitat’s staff brought out Montano’s birthday cake.
Montano again emphasized the pressing rehabilitation and housing needs of Boholanos, which often get overlooked because just three weeks after the mega quake hit Bohol, super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) also devastated the Philippines.
“We would like to thank Cesar Montano on his initiative to raise funds to help our kababayans affected by the earthquake in Bohol”, Charlie Ayco, Habitat for Humanity Philippines Managing Director and CEO said.
“The road to rebuilding a community, let alone a province, is a long process and one that involves a lot of time and sacrifice.
“The public’s attention gets diverted from the needs of the affected to other equally important issues in politics and in the nation, such as super typhoon Haiyan.”
Ayco further addressed the importance of overlooked rehabilitation and disaster-struck zones such as typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) of 2011 and Pablo (international name: Bopha) of 2012.
“Rehabilitation for both of these typhoons are still underway, though these disasters have already been forgotten by the public”, Ayco said.