Zobel, Purisima nominated for ice bucket challenge

Posted at 08/26/14 6:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Asian Institute of Management President Dr. Steven J. DeKrey was doused with not just one but four buckets of ice water on Tuesday, as he accepted the ice bucket challenge posed by Megaworld Corp. chairman Andrew Tan.

DeKrey nominated Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Ayala Corp. chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and IBM Philippines president Mariels Winhoffer to do the challenge or make a "substantial" donation to the ALS Association.

"The ice bucket challenge was created to have awareness about Lou Gehrig's disease by the ALS Association. This challenge is going around the world for all of us who care about the disease and who want to do our part," DeKrey said.

The video was posted on AIM's official YouTube page.

DeKrey said he also personally made a donation to the ALS Association.

The ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association is behind the ice bucket challenge. The challenge has been taken up by celebrities, political and business figures all over the world, raising over $80 million since July 29.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord, which eventually leads to paralysis.

On Monday, Tan, who is the third richest man in the country, became the first Filipino tycoon to do the ice bucket challenge. He said he will also make a donation to the ALS Association.