Stories of Resilience admin
The 30-year history of Habitat for Humanity Philippines
is much like the story of the Filipino — it is a story of resilience.
Resilience is the constant journey of building and rebuilding.
It is remaining strong and growing amidst challenges and adversity.
That’s why on our 30th anniversary, we give you Habitat for Humanity Stories of Resilience — a peek into the lives of these remarkable Filipinos
to see how their story of strength and hope is truly the story of every Filipino.
I am Fernando Zobel de Ayala, a Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Leader.
My journey with Habitat for Humanity started about 20 years ago and I’ve learned so much from these unique experiences — from working alongside volunteers to turning over homes for families, and eventually seeing their lives transform.
I admire the people’s dedication and sacrifices they have made in this organization. They remind us that there is always another day — there is always hope that things will get better.
Our work will not stop until everyone has a decent home to go to everyday, and I hope that our mission to assist our fellow Filipinos will transcend generations.
I’m Jose Mari Chan, businessman, singer-songwriter, and an advocate of positivity.
I have always looked up to my father who went from being a small sugar trader in Iloilo City to becoming the second biggest sugar trader in the country. He had encountered some failures but those did not stop him from improving himself and getting where he wanted to be – he is my model of persistence and resilience.
He has inspired me not only in my business but also in my music. Music is a gift from God and is meant to be shared. Seeing and hearing the Filipinos’ appreciate your music is the greatest reward for a singer-songwriter can get.
I consider helping our Filipinos – those who are working for me and those who listen to my music as my social responsibility. It brings me fulfillment to witness these people raise and educate their children.
Help me continue to inspire our fellow Filipinos in improving their lives.
Together, we can make a difference! Join me and this cause by donating to my Habitat Fundraising page or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to make an offline donation.Your donation will support families in their desire to own dream homes and provide a sustainable livelihood for families in Habitat communities.
I am Derek Ramsay, an athlete, an actor, and a family man.
I have made some mistakes in my life. I turned my back on my family for over a year to find my way but eventually realized that without my parents, I would not be here. My parents told me that if you decide to do something, you have to give your best that is why I want to give 200% in everything I do.
One thing I notice about Filipinos is even with the living conditions that they have, they bounce back and realize that there’s more to life. I have fans tell me that the simple act of greeting them makes them forget about their problems even for a short while. I want to continue doing that.
Help me put more smiles on our resilient Filipinos’ faces.
I am Ferdie Cabiling, the Running Pastor, a book author, and a proud Habitat Philippines supporter.
I run and go the distance for those who can’t — for my son who has Sturge-Weber syndrome, for the poor kids who can’t go to school,for those who are going through painful times.
I use my talent for running to show people how to be resilient by believing in God, persevering through pain, and staying focused on the finish line of our own personal races in life.
As a pastor of Victory, we worked towards a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines; seeing that its mission of putting God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope mirrors our church’s desire to honor God in every area of life.
I am Kenneth Cobonpue, a designer, innovator, Filipino and a proud Habitat Philippines supporter.
Together, we have shared our passion for high-quality Filipino made designs. Today, I invite you to share another cause that is close to my heart that will create a better Philippines through safe, decent shelter. This same advocacy will strengthen women and youth to create positive cycles of strength and self-reliance.