Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, husband of the Megastar Sharon Cuneta, and the young Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs behind Anvil Business Club, donated 2,000 bags of rice to urban poor families in Tandang Sora, Kamuning, Santol, Kaunlaran, Sto. Niño and Sacred Heart in Quezon City, recently and also in Tondo; both efforts in cooperation with Mayor Joy Belmonte and Mayor Isko Moreno, himself a former actor.
This was a post-Chinese New Year civic project of the business club to help ease pandemic sufferings.
In Q.C., Anvil was represented by Chairman Wilson Lee Flores, Vice-President Jayson Sze and Director Katherine Yap, while Sen. Pangilinan was represented by Chief of Staff Atty. Third Bagro. Q.C. Mayor Joy Belmonte was represented by Councilor Irene Belmonte. In Tondo district of Manila, Anvil Chairman Flores, director Aldrin Derrick Chua and director Vicente Sy supervised the donation with Atty. Bagro.
The Anvil officers personally delivered rice packs for the urban poor families, all of whom expressed their gratitude even shouting “Maraming salamat.” Some used the Mandarin version of the same, “Xie-xie,” screaming from their windows.
After the activities, Mayor Joy Belmonte held a Zoom dialogue with Anvil entrepreneurs to discuss her anti-COVID-19 initiatives, including the vaccine roll-out.
She also discussed City Hall’s socio-economic, business investment, educational, poverty alleviation, food security and green projects.
Anvil officers cited Mayor Joy Belmonte for her cultural and tourism projects, such as the QCX Museum, QCinema International Film Festival (now on its ninth year and accepting entries to its short film competition, with details in QCinema’s Facebook page), the beautification of Q.C. Chinatown and the upgrading of Kamuning Public Market including its famous tailoring and textile shops.