In line with his mission to help the community amid the COVID-19 crisis, Cebu-based philanthropist, Manny Osmeña (better known as Manny O.), mobilized the distribution of food donations to 20,000 families in Barangay Punta Engaño and Barangay Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. This “Operation Ayuda” is a banner project of Hope Now Philippines Foundation, Inc. in collaboration with Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, Ibiza Beach Club and Manny O. Wines—four divisions under the Manny O. Group of Companies— and with Conching Bread.
The food packages include essentials such as rice, bread and Vitamin C to help disadvantaged families. The team’s meticulous planning and coordination meetings with barangay officials led to the success of their door-to-door distribution.
In addition to the community drive, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu heeded the call to help healthcare workers by providing boxes of shower caps to be used as added Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Batches of packed lunch and other essentials are also given out to frontliners.
The team is also awaiting delivery of 500 protective body suits, to be donated to medical professionals.
“We want to send a message of hope and solidarity, especially in this time of adversity. We will all rise and heal by helping others,” says the hotel’s General Manager, Max Huber.
All these relief efforts take after the philosophy of Manny O., who carries his Christian mission through relentless philanthropic work and finds inspiration in a Bible passage in Matthew 25:40, Jesus said: “In as much as you did it to the one of the least, you did it to ME.”
HopeNow Philippines Foundation, Inc., the charity arm of the Manny O. Group of Companies, was founded in year 2014. With its vision of giving hope to people who have lost their hope due to circumstances beyond their control, the thrust of the foundation is to advance the well-being of disaster victims and vulnerable people through medical relief and community rehabilitation projects. Aside from turning over 200 homes to calamity survivors in 5 affected communities, HopeNow has also provided sustainable livelihood, as well as rehabilitation and mentoring programs.