Bridgebuilder, Streetlight in PNBC’s CSR-themed Luncheon

The spirit of Christmas came early to PNBC as it held its Corporate Social Responsibility-themed networking luncheon cum Christmas Party on the 1st of December, 2017. The participants were given a warm welcome by PNBC President Ivar Thomasli. The event was also graced by the presence of Norwegian Ambassador Erik Forner, who gave a short inspirational message.

The Council invited representatives of Bridgebuilder Foundation and Streetlight Foundation as speakers. They were introduced by the CSR Working Group head, Mr. Ozone Azanza.

Rose Verendia, the head social worker of the Bridgebuilder Foundation who spoke on the foundation’s various advocacies. She presented their new project in Basey, Samar, which involves the building of a dormitory/sleeping quarters for a public school. The foundation is being supported in this project by Norway’s Engineers Without Borders (IUG) and Norconsult Mgt. Services, Philippines, Inc. on the feasibility study and detailed design.

Erlend Johannessen of Streetlight Foundation also gave an update on their operations in Tacloban. He shared the incredible story of rebuilding their operations after Typhoon Yolanda destroyed practically everything except the spirit of the people behind Streetlight. The heartwarming news that some of the children under Streetlight’s care from many years ago have already graduated (some recently got their teacher’s licenses) and a few more are about to follow their lead, was met with a big applause. It was indeed great to also know that Streetlight has opened other avenues for the children to pursue vocational endeavors for those who might have different skills and interests.

Erlend is a recipient of awards and citations in the Philippines and abroad for his selfless efforts in Streetlight. Among others, he received in 2016 a recognition as a Presidential Awardee (Kaanib ng Bayan) from no other than the President of the Philippines, H.E. Rodrigo Duterte.

The event was held at I’m Angus Steakhouse in Makati City, and a special Christmas menu
was prepared by the chefs. The main course being the Norwegian ‘ribbe’ (pork ribs) with traditional sidings and condiments. The traditional ‘kransekake’ also majestically graced the long tables to give an authentic feel of the Norwegian Julebord.

Merry Christmas to all!