Who can ever forget Yolanda? Many Filipinos lost their homes and left many of our fellow countrymen mourning over the loss of their loved ones. But Filipinos are much stronger than Yolanda, or any catastrophes for that matter. We showed strength and compassion, and together we started to cope up, rebuild, move forward and sparked camaraderie not just among Filipinos but with the world.
Bantayan, an island in the north of Cebu, is one of the severely damaged communities affected by the super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. Pru Life UK, and its charitable arm Prudence Foundation, has helped rebuild houses and shelters and provided sustainability by giving them means to get back on their feet and supplying the qualified beneficiaries with new motorized boats and pedicabs to support their livelihood.
Fruit vendor Geraldine Layaog and her family is one of Pru Life UK’s grantees of a pedicab which they use everyday to transport her goods from their house in Sta. Fe to the central market. “Pasalamat ko jud ug dako sa tabang sa Pru Life UK, ” exclaimed Ms. Layaog. I am really grateful for Pru Life UK’s assistance.
Pru Life UK continued their commitment by giving inspiration to the people of Bantayan and brought the “Fight of the Century” to the island, which was aired live in three municipalities -Sta. Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan. Santa Fe Mayor Jose Esgana was delighted that Pru Life UK gave the people of Bantayan the means and the chance to watch the fight live. iLuvCebu was able to witness how the people of Bantayan, young and old, cheered in unison for the People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao – who is an inspiration to many of us. Literally got goosebumps all over every time a jab or a punch by Manny was thrown and the crowd replied with a harmony of cheer.
“Seeing Cebuanos in Bantayan Island get back on their feet has been truly a remarkable experience for our staff and volunteers. Helping them rebuild their homes is just the first step. We hope watching the fight live gives them the opportunity to set aside their daily struggles and join in this national celebration,” said Antonio Manuel de Rosas, President and CEO of Pru Life UK.
Pru Life UK also aired the boxing match live in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Albay, Aklan and Northern Samar.
That magnificent Bantayan sunset hinting us to hope for a new, brighter and better tomorrow. <3