‘2015 PH Yearbook’ celebrates the NGO

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Continuing its tradition of delivering thought-provoking works since 1936, The Fookien Times proudly launched The 2015 Philippines Yearbook at the Rigodon Ballroom of The Peninsula Manila.

The latest edition is written and edited by Jade Lopez with the theme, “The True NGO.” In the book, Lopez tackles the struggles and successes of various non-governmental organizations in the Philippines.

The conception of the book came from publisher Vernon Go and Happee Sy-Go, and according to Lopez, “As I talked to experts on NGOs and NGO leaders, [I realized] the topic was not so simple. First, there are literally hundreds of thousands of NGOs in the Philippines; some estimates put them at over 500,000. In order to narrow down the topic and give the yearbook some direction, I decided to limit the NGOs we would feature to those that did developmental work among the poor and marginalized sectors of Philippine society—only those NGOs that were independent of the church, government and most importantly organized, and run and staffed by Filipinos.”

The final result is a collection of inspiring stories and accounts from the staff of different organizations and their grateful beneficiaries.


Fittingly, the launch became a tribute to the yearbook’s subjects in a celebration of today’s heroes who work towards the betterment of their countrymen’s lives.

The book is available in all major bookstores across the country. For subscription inquiries email lermaebio@gmail.com or call 727-4957.

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