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eBook - Planting Greatness: Organizations Accelerating Social Impact in the Philippines

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Planting Greatness: Organizations Accelerating Social Impact in the Philippines

Written by Mio Borromeo, Pancho Dizon, and Monica Padillo; edited by Kyle Nate; illustrated by Josephine Daluz; foreword by Gawad Kalinga Chairman Jose Luis Oquiñena; afterword by veteran journalist and Wish Ko Lang! host Vicky Morales 

The daily news cycle tends to be filled with negative stories of crime, poverty, accidents, disasters, and other tragedies. While the Philippines has no shortage of challenges, there are just as many change-makers focused on solving them for the better. This book collates the stories of various change-makers, including corporate executives focused on CSR, social entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders, dedicated to uplifting the nation.

This book is a must-read for anyone who wants a better Philippines, including leaders who want to learn best practices from their peers and aspiring change-makers looking for inspiration for their own unique mission.

In keeping with the book’s theme, a portion of proceeds from the book launch will fund mobile libraries through a partnership with GK's Maleta Library program. 

Featured leaders: 

  1. Darwin Flores, Former VP for Community Partnerships of Smart Communications

  2. Carlo P. Carlon, The Cyclelogist, Founder of Lend-A-Bike Project

  3. Fritzie Ian De Vera, Vice President for Lasallian Mission of De La Salle University

  4. Martha Rodriguez, CEO of Vesti Fashion

  5. Maribeth Marasigan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Aboitiz Foundation 

  6. Melody M. Del Rosario, VP for PR and Corporate Communications Metro Pacific Investments Corporation 

  7. Ruel Maranan, President of Ayala Foundation

  8. Benedicto C. Sison, Sun Life Philippines’ CEO and Country Head and Sun Life Foundation’s Chairman

  9. Med Sali-Gelacio, HR Director of Q2 HR Solutions

  10. Mylene Abiva, President and CEO of FELTA Multi-Media Inc. 

  11. Paulina Ocampo, Country Head of One Million Lights 

  12. Nina Ellaine Dizon-Cabrera, CEO of Colourette Cosmetics

  13. Quennie Alquinto, CSR Head of Gardenia

  14. Jeanill Migraso, Founder of Frontliners’ Kitchen

  15. Kat Diaz de Rivera, Community Relations Head of PLDT 

  16. Angela Fabiola de Vera Regala, PhD, President of Assumption College San Lorenzo

  17. Atty. Iris Baguilat, President of Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila) Inc.  

  18. Dr. Anton Mari Lim, Co-Founder of Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation 

  19. Illac Diaz, Founder of Liter of Light

  20. Neil Pariñas, Vice President for Lasallian Mission and Student Life of College of Saint Benilde

  21. Ryan Gersava, Founder and CEO of Virtualahan

  22. Grace David, CEO of

  23. Krie Reyes-Lopez, Founder and CEO of Messy Bessy

  24. Ian Origenes, Founder of Our Little Ideas 

  25. Marino Agbayani, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Special Projects of JG Summit Petrochemicals Group

  26. Atticus King, Owner of Victoria Court AKG

  27. Maria Yolanda C. Crisanto, SVP for Corporate Communications of Globe Telecom

  28. Javier Villarruel, Managing Partner of Bayongciaga 

  29. Sharon Jean Gonzales-Gulmatico, Founder of Morination Agricultural Products 

  30. Ignacio C.O. Sison, Chief Corporate Officer of Del Monte 

  31. Atty. Allan V. Barcena, Assistant Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Relations of Energy Development Corporation

  32. Debbie Sy, Executive Director of SM Foundation Inc.

Pre-orders will be fulfilled December 2021. In addition to the core editorial team, Planting Greatness was also made possible through copyeditors Leanne Tria and Claude Russel Sastrillo; copywriter and copyeditor Veno Centenocontributors Daphne Sagun, Rachel Rustria, Roselin Manawis, and Marcus Gawtee; and research assistants Louis Castillo, Allyza Nuñez, Nezel Temblor, and Tommy Seminiano. 


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Customer Reviews

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Em A.
In this together

This book is a vote of confidence for the future. Amidst the gloom that seems to have permanently taken residence in our daily lives due to the pandemic, the stories of people who strive to make a difference and continue to despite difficult times inspire hope. Leadership today cannot be isolated from social responsibility and this exemplifies just why. Amazing stories, amazing people.