Nine-year-old Daniel Cabrera studies along a sidewalk in Cebu. Photos courtesy of Joyce Torrefranca
MANILA – A couple who participated in the Ambassador's Tour donated solar lamps to a Filipino boy whose photo showing him studying outside a fastfood establishment went viral.
Richmond-based couple Rumy and Marj Mohta said they searched the city of Cebu after their stay was extended due to bad weather. The couple was in Cebu as part of the 10th Ambassador’s, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT).
"It turned out to be a blessing as Marj and I visited Daniel Cabrera at his school and donated Solar Study Lamps from ?#ThriveSolarEnergyPhilippines? for him and other similar kids in his school," Rumy said.
Rumy is Principal Director of Thrive Solar Energy Philippines (TSEP), a leading manufacturer and distributor in the Philippines of lightning systems and solar power packs.
"His Principal, Mrs. Alma Bardoquillo, and his teachers were very appreciative of our donations. This was one of the highlights of my trip to Cebu, a great and warm city with beautiful people,” Rumy said.
The ACGTDT is the flagship tourism project of the Philippine Embassy and the Consulates General in the U.S. An annual activity since 2005, the Tour has also become a venue for Filipinos and Americans to explore trade and investment opportunities in the Philippines. After the basic program, participants who wish to see more of the country have several post tour options to choose from.
"I sincerely thank Rumy for his thoughtfulness and generosity. I am certain that his gift of solar study lamps has inspired Daniel and the other children to continue working hard on their studies," said Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Jose Cuisia.