ABC Volunteers @ Gawad Kalinga
Kara Medina – Partnerships Manager
“Always the best for the least” – this core belief reminds GK that it is at its best whenever it bridges the resources and technology of the corporate sector to the many needs of the marginalized in society. It is most exciting when this maxim is fulfilled – for instance, when building materials company ABC Phil., Inc. (ABC) worked hand in hand with GK Tabora Heights to waterproof the community’s multi-purpose hall roof deck.
ABC pioneers modern tiling technology in the country. In addition to tile adhesive and tile grout, ABC offers a wide array of building materials and prides itself in being able to address specific needs of various stakeholders in the construction industry. ABC spent a couple of days in Tabora Heights to forward its commitment to “provide innovative building solutions to pave the way for improved living conditions”.
For two days, ABC worked alongside Tabora’s skilled workers in the application of the Aquashield Plus Waterproofing system, and the mortar topping with a Level T15 self-leveling screed system. Key personnel from ABC’s Technical, Lab, Design & Marketing team oversaw the project and supervised its completion. The waterproofing was finished earlier than expected and well before typhoon Karen’s landfall thanks to the enthusiasm of both ABC and the Tabora Heights workers – after all, the beloved multi-purpose hall serves as a library, classroom, and conference hall for the members of the community; the roof waterproofing only expands the MPH’s many purposes for GK Tabora Heights’ youth leadership and community building programs.
GK Tabora Heights has a storied background, one that truly exemplifies bayanihan. The area used to be owned by Tandang Sora (Melchora Aquino) and her family, before most of the lots were sold to private institutions – GK Tabora Heights used to be one such lot. In 2008, the residents mobilized themselves into the Tabora Heights Homeowners Association, and were able to negotiate and buy back the lot beside Tandang Sora’s old shrine. In 2009, they began participating in GK-led values formation programs and partnering with various individuals and groups to improve and empower their community. GK Tabora Heights has gone from fighting for their land, to finding more ways to take care of what they fought for.
It was provident that Tabora’s goals were in line with ABC’s objectives. This project, however, is only a stepping stone to a more fruitful partnership between ABC and GK – already, ABC has reached out to other GK sites in need of material, such as the 50 square meters’ worth of carpet tiles that were personally gifted by ABC to GK Baras in Rizal. Employees have also begun to volunteer in GK Fridays at GK Escopa Munting Pamayanan Village and Serbisyo Sabado at GK DMCI Village. It feels as if GK and ABC have only grazed the surface; after all, in the mission to help others, the work never really stops.
“Being part of something bigger than oneself and turning compassion into action is truly a heartwarming experience for us. More than building just communities, it is building hope in each community member that we are thankful to Gawad Kalinga for the opportunity to be part of. At GK Tabora, Escopa and DMCI, we came as strangers and left as friends. Maraming salamat po. Mabuhay!” – ABC Volunteer
ABC @ PHILBEX Cebu 2016
Cebuano design took center stage at the 13th Philippine Building & Construction Exposition held last Sept. 15-18 at SM City Cebu Trade Hall. “Uniting Strong Foundations” was the theme of PHILBEX Cebu 2016 and as such, successfully gathered the region’s most influential players in construction and design under one roof. ABC Phil., Inc. proudly showcased various innovative building solutions to attendees such as architects, engineers, designers, contractors, homeowners, professionals, students and fellow exhibitors. Booth visitors were also able to download the ABC Tiling 101 Mobile App for free and receive nifty souvenirs! For more PHILBEX Cebu 2016 event photos, visit ABC Phil., Inc. Facebook page.
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New Innovative products launched during WORLDBEX 2016
As the pioneer and leader in Philippine Tiling Technology, ABC Phil., Inc. continues to introduce innovative building products to the Philippine market. This year ABC launched 4 additional colors for their Silicone Sealant Construction Grade as well as the ABC 2 in 1 Mosaic Tile Adhesive & Grout. Level T15 Self Leveling Screed was also introduced during this fair that was held last March 16-20, 2016.
Also featured at the Worldbex Lab in the World Trade Center Lobby is one of ABC’s innovative products: Thermoshield – a Heat Insulating Mortar that is 7x more heat resistant than regular mortar.
Please see more WORLDBEX event photos by visiting ABC Phil., Inc. Facebook page.
ABC supports Filipino Architects in CONEX 2016
ABC Phil., Inc. participated in this year’s CONEX organized by the United Architects of the Philippines. Aside from learning more about ABC’s latest innovative products, visitors also got a chance to play the Construction Grade Sealant Pachinko game and won handy prizes.
Please see more CONEX event photos by visiting ABC Phil., Inc. Facebook page.