MANILA - The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) received P6 million on Wednesday after Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and at least 4 companies donated talent fees and other cash grants to the Philippines' largest modern government hospital.
Moreno gave his P1-million talent fee from Jag Jeans to the PGH cancer ward for children. The apparel company donated another P1 million for the ward, while food giants Kenny Rogers and Seattle's Best gave P1 million each to improve facilities at the state-run hospital.
Jag's sister companies also pooled together some P2 million in funds for the medical facility.
The Manila Mayor, a former actor, said he was also tapped to become the brand ambassador for coffee chain I.M. Coffee, which issued a P1.5-million check for PGH last week.
"Kung makakatulong naman ako para gasgasin ko katawan ko, okay lang isosoga ko mukha ko para pakinabangan ng ibang tao," Moreno said in a video where he disclosed his new endorsement deals.
(If I can help if I show myself, I'll put my face out there so people would benefit.)
Under Moreno's contract with I.M. Coffee, the company is obliged to release another P1.5-million check to PGH in the next few months, Manila Public Information Office chief Julius Leonen told ABS-CBN News.
Last week, the PGH cancer ward for children received some P24.5 million in pledged donations after Moreno told members of the Manila Golf and Country Club to raise funds for the treatment division instead of sending him gifts for his 45th birthday last October 24.
Tata Motors and Mitsubishi Motors also donated an ambulance for PGH, he said.
"Sabi ko kung pu-puwede, magpadala tayo ng 3 bata sa India o sa Taiwan para magkaroon ng transplant," Moreno said.
"Sa mga bata na nanonood na may cancer, tibayan ninyo ang loob ninyo at maraming nagmamahal sa inyo," he said.