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Dusit Thani Manila partners with Habitat for Humanity in providing shelter to families affected by Typhoon Haiyan through the ‘Give a Gift of Home’ program. The hotel provides an avenue for the guests to support Habitat for Humanity’s cause by offering ways to donate. Guests can round-off their bill upon check out or give a higher amount through the online fundraising page which is

Habitat’s program aims to help the families by repairing 30,000 damaged houses through distribution of shelter repair kits (construction materials and tools worth USD349), and in the following months, start building 30,000 core houses (typhoon & earthquake resilient design at USD2,790 per unit).

A ceremonial lighting of the ‘FIRST LIGHT’, a work of art by Filipino Furniture Designer Kenneth Cobonpue was held to signify and seal the partnership of Dusit Thani Manila and Habitat for Humanity. The art work is on exhibit at the hotel’s lobby until February 2014. In photo are (left to right) Dusit Thani Manila’s Resident Manager Jun Cortez, Habitat’s Senior Director for Global Disaster Response Kip Scheidler, Habitat’s CEO and Managing Director Charlie Ayco, Habitat Philippines Youth Council Founder & Ambassador Alex Eduque, and Dusit Thani Manila’s General Manager Alex Willats.