Yup, that’s right. The President of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, stopped by Cala’anan today to lay a ceremonial block in the wall of the first house of 6000 that Habitat for Humanity will be building – with the help of All Hands volunteers, of course! There was much cheering and hand shaking and giving of speeches, including with a shout-out to the international volunteers who had come from all over the world to help the community and the country.
Decked out in our finest (read: cleanest) All Hands shirts we circulated in the crowd smiling for photos and admiring our hard work. Well not mine specifically, but a team of our volunteers has been up at the build site for the last three days helping the ambitious build schedule stay on track and hauling heaving things and getting dirty like all good volunteers do. And just to put the cherry on the cake, a representative of San Miguel, one of the largest businesses in the country, not only promised some of their wonderful beer gratis to quench the thirst of our hardworking folks, but also offered me a part in a TV commercial for their famous beer. I’m going to be famous!