Edu Manzano to donate 1,000 boats to 'Yolanda' survivors
MANILA - TV host and actor Edu Manzano has pledged to donate a total of 1,000 fishing boats to the survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda" in his hometown of Concepcion, IloIlo.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, the 58-year-old screen veteran said the boats will benefit the affected fishermen in the province.
"We already have 56 in construction and we will have another 32 by the month of February," he said, noting that he has tapped the help of various donors.
Manzano received an additional five boats on Friday from an anonymous donor, who coursed the donation through Fr. Edgardo Dumaual OFM CAP of Tulay Lingap Foundation of St. Francis Church. Fr. Dumaual, according to Manzano, is also tasked with identifying deserving recipients of the fishing boats.
The actor said he hopes the donation will help build a sense of community among the survivors.
"Ang ginagawa ho' namin sa Concepcion, eh sinasabi namin sa mga mangingisda, 'Kung ano man ang magiging huli mo today, dapat i-share mo din sa ibang pamilya na walang makain.' So ang ginawa namin, pangkabuhayan ng lahat," he said.
Manzano, who was also a victim of the super typhoon, shared how his family lost five homes at the height of the storm surge.
"May bahay kasi ako doon. Limang bahay namin ang nasira including sa mga relatives ko. Dikit-dikit kaming lahat eh. Isang bagsak lang ng alon, tangay lahat. So we're slowly trying to bring life back together," he said.
Manzano said he wants to remind everyone of the tragedy, concerned that donations would start to slow as attention veers away from the typhoon-ravaged areas.
"Natatakot kami kasi pag nababawasan yung attention sna ibinibigay sa plight nung mga devastated, nababawasan din yung mga donasyon," he said.
Addressing the donor of the five boats handed to him on Friday, Manzano expressed his gratitude and assured them that these boats will reach the survivors. "I speak for the people of Concepcion. I promise we will update you." -- with a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News