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"Habitat launches “I Build My Philippines” Coffee Table Book"

It was a night of gaiety and revelry as Habitat for Humanity Philippines celebrated with the Prime Movers of the country last August 23 at the Rigodon Ballroom of Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Partners of Habitat for Humanity, both public and private, were honored for the support they have extended to the organization and its mission of providing decent shelter to all Filipino families in the country. These are partners who are part of Habitat’s “I Build”, a four-year campaign of HFH Philippines that seeks to serve as a unifying catalyst to create a community building and development model by providing innovative and sustainable housing solutions to achieve milestones in uplifting the Filipino family.

“We are eternally grateful for the generosity and dedication of our partners,” said Charlie Ayco, Habitat Philippines CEO and Managing Director. “We could not have accomplished so much without their support.”

These partners were immortalized in print through the “I Build My Philippines” coffee table book of HFH Philippines, which was also launched the same night. The book features the story of Habitat in helping Filipino families and also recognizes the contribution of its partners to its success.

In attendance included Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Chiz Escudero, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, Cong. Manny Pacquiao, Mr. Ramon Ang of the San Miguel Corporation, Doris Magsaysay-Ho of the Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Roberto Panlilio of JP Morgan Chase, and Virgie Ramos of Swatch.

“Habitat for Humanity has done much to slake nation’s thirst for dignified housing. Just as we seek to create communities, Habitat goes beyond building mere shelters and labors to create sustainable communities to uplift Filipino families. The “I Build” campaign in particular has met with the warmest receptions if not admirable success, and the seeds for healthy and vibrant communities have flourished because of this movement,” Vice President Binay said.

Habitat Ambassador Karen Davila, the creative head of the book, shared the highlights of the “I Build My Philippines” Coffee Table Book, a first for HFH Philippines. Habitat Hero Ambassador Manny Pacquiao shared how proud he is to be part of this endeavour. Habitat Ambassadors Derek Ramsay, Kim Atienza, Chris Tiu, Matteo Guidicelli, Margie Moran, Arnold Clavio, and Alex Eduque and Habitat Youth Council President Kevin Yang presented the chapters of the book.