Woh Hup Building Homes: Manila

November 2014

For their third and final year, Woh Hup (Private) Limited (WH) sent 240 employees to the outskirts of Manila to work on an ongoing slum conversion project with Gawad Kalinga – a local community development foundation.

Field Notes

In contrast with the previous year, the groups were greeted with clear sunny skies and big bright smiles from the villagers as they eagerly awaited Woh Hup’s arrival each week.

Alongside the current plot of land the group was working on, stood 20 colourful homes. Built by WH volunteers from the previous two years, these buildings now not only provide shelter for 20 families, but more importantly a sense of security that has allowed many of the beneficiaries to explore starting small businesses out of their homes.

Trip Impact

Gawad Kalinga

Helping families displaced by Typhoon Pedring






Lives impacted


Funds Raised

Committed, dedicated and driven, the WH team worked hard on the land. Turning what were originally overgrown & uneven piles of dirt into a solid foundation upon which homes were then built. On their last week there, it was a bittersweet goodbye with 30 homes completed and a legacy left behind at the ‘Woh Hup (Private) Limited Gawad Kalinga Village’.


Edwin Lee (Video Production)
Diana Prado (Photography)

Mic Pabon (Photography)

"For me it was very touching when I heard from Tito Raul, what he told us – we’re not just providing a home for them but by showing them we care, we are providing them with a dignified way of life. That is really meaningful to me and I hope through our effort, all the staff can appreciate this.”

Woh Hup (Private) Limited Executive Director, Neil Yong recounts his experience at the Dr. Jose Rizal Gawad Kalinga Village:

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Gawad Kalinga
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