Waves for Water
Access to clean water is a basic human right. It improves one’s overall health, reduces poverty and increases opportunities for education and employment, contributing to the advancement of individuals and their communities. In 2016, Discovery Hospitality officially launched #TogetherForWater, its partnership with international NGO Waves for Water through an outreach in Nagtipunan, Quirino. Found in the mountainous northern part of the Philippines, the indigenous Agta community was given access to clean water through 10 water filters, which can positively impact 1,000 people.
In 2017, the Group’s hotels and resorts pledged to raise PHP 200,000 each for their respective neighboring communities in need of clean drinking water.
Discovery Shores Boracay donated 60 water filters to 120 households in Sitio Carla in Caticlan. This is where the indigenous Ati communities reside, who can now rest easy knowing that they have safe drinking water for their families.
Next in line was Discovery Primea, who exceeded their target from a highly successful charity dinner in Flame Restaurant, presented by General Manager and Chef David Pardo de Ayala. Proceeds of the fundraising efforts were used to provide 30 water filters and two rainwater harvesting systems for the Dumagat Tribe in Bulacan — the perfect way to kickstart the Christmas season in 2017.
Club Paradise Palawan brought more sunshine to the Tagbanua Tribe in Sitio Camanga, Coron, Palawan. 60 water filters were donated to give the indigenous community access to clean water in their remote island. The resort initiated fundraising programs like Adopt-A-Household, where staff personally pledged to donate 1 water filter to 1 household in Sitio Camanga. Club Paradise Palawan also set up the Sweet Kitchen Kiosk For a Cause in the Kasadyaan Festival in Coron.
Meanwhile, Discovery Suites Manila and Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay teamed up to climb the steep mountains of the north to donate 60 water filters to the Aeta Tribe in Sitio Yangka, Capas, Tarlac. Their visit to the far-flung community was made possible with their unique fundraising acitivity Ride for Waves for Water, where donors “ride” for a cause in Ride Revolution for fun spin classes.
For more information on Discovery’s #TogetherForWater CSR project, and to take part of this laudable cause, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery Hospitality is proud to have been a part of the Sustainable Seafood Week 2017, in support of artisanal fishing. Artisanal fisheries are small-scale fisheries that use traditional techniques and small boats, which are vital to livelihoods and food security. Since 2016, the leading hospitality Group has attested to promote the importance of sustainable sourcing for its seafood by partnering with Philippine-based fishing firm Meliomar.
Another sustainability effort from the Group is the support of the Heirloom Rice Project in the Cordillera region. Home to several tribes and ethnic groups, each with its own set of customs, religion and folklore, the cultural diversity in the terraces is unified by one thing: rice. The Department of Agriculture – International Rice Research Institute, for its part, is focusing on the farmers and their traditional rice varieties. Reinvigoration of traditional farming in the region will then assure not only the livelihood of farmers, but also the survival of rice culture and the revered terraces.
A must-try heirloom rice dish from the Group is Restaurant Verbena’s Arroz Loco. A well-loved favorite in Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, the sinful paella-like creation has aromatic heirloom rice covered with tiger prawns, Manila clams, herb-baked oysters, sausages, crab fat, crispy chicken thighs, barbecue red-braised pork belly, salted duck egg, shaved queso de bola and chicken fat croutons.