A Faith that Builds and Adopts

May 2007

December 2008

“The book 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help our Country has also allowed me to do two important things I had long wanted to do. First, with the proceeds of this book, I was able to help in the construction of a chapel in Barangay Pinaginpinan, a poor barangay in Negros Occidental. When I was in that place in 2001, I noticed that the people there did not have a chapel for worship. So during Sundays, the people would go to the next barangay to hear the Sunday mass. I was touched by that. So I made a silent promise to myself that I would help in the building of the chapel in that place. For me not to forget that promise, I wrote it on page 56 of the book. So when this book started making money, I also started setting aside funds for the chapel. In the early part of 2007, we completed the money, so we helped in the building of the chapel. The chapel was blessed on May 12, 2007. Because of the money from this book, we are also able to send scholars to school. As of today, this book is supporting 38 scholars, 11 of whom are in college. One of them graduated magna cum laude and valedictorian last March 25, 2008 in Negros Occidental.”

– From a speech at the Aboitiz Future Leaders’ Summit, August 2, 2008

“I also promised myself that someday, when God would allow it, I will build a beautiful chapel in Sitio Pinaginpinan, a paradise hidden in the mountains, protected by one hour of travel distance from the heart of Kabankalan City, deep south of Negros Occidental. Though quaint and laidback, it is a beautiful place. Albeit without a church. Not even a chapel. I was born there. At a time when it was only reachable by foot and carabaos. My mother used to teach Grade 2 students in a public school there.”

– From 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country