Every Shangri-La hotel and resort commits to individual EMBRACE projects, which support local causes and organizations such as education centers, charitable homes, health clinics and more. In 2009, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu partnered with Tingo Elementary School, a local school for underprivileged children. On September 29, the resort celebrated the eight-year partnership with a gift that keeps on giving - a new rainwater harvesting system.
Together with the University of San Carlos - College of Engineering, resort colleagues installed seven water tanks, each of which can store up to 2,000 liters of rainwater. Apart from students and teachers, members of the community can also benefit from the project as the stored rainwater will be available for household needs.
“In less than six months after we had the [school’s] groundbreaking, we are delighted to have the rainwater harvesting system up and running for the students of Tingo,” said Mr. Rene Egle, general manager of the resort. “Through this project, we hope the community will have a sustainable way to support their daily requirements – and ultimately inspire the students to value the importance of water conservation and stewardship for the environment.”
Since the partnership began, the resort has initiated several successful projects including livelihood training, scholarship grants and medical missions. In 2016, the resort completed construction of two school buildings that now accommodate over 100 students.
Congratulations to Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu on the successful initiative.