Uniqlo PH to donate P1.5M to flood victims

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 09 2012 05:22 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2012 01:25 AM

A Uniqlo employee welcomes guests at the company's first store in the Philippines during the pre-opening event last June 13, 2012. Photo by Fernando Sepe Jr., ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s first Uniqlo store is set to donate 3 million yen (P1.5 million) to victims of floods caused by the heavy monsoon rains in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

On its Facebook page, Uniqlo Philippines said the donation will be given to SM Foundation, the socio-civic arm of the SM group of companies.

SM is the joint venture partner of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., which carries the Uniqlo brand.

“The Fast Retailing Group today announces that it will donate, thru its brand Uniqlo Philippines, 3 million yen (1.5 M pesos) to aid flood victims in Metro Manila and the surrounding areas where heavy monsoon rains have recently caused serious flooding damage,” Uniqlo Philippines said on Thursday.

“Commenting on today’s announcement, Katsumi Kubota, chief operating officer of Fast Retailing Philippines Inc., said, ‘Uniqlo is saddened by the current natural occurrences in the Philippines, and we would like to express our deep sympathy to all Filipinos who were affected by this calamity. We stand together with our Filipino friends in providing a helping hand,’” it added.

Uniqlo opened at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City last June 15 and is currently one of the largest shops inside the mall at 1,550 square meters.

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