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100% of Hunat Dabaw proceeds to go to Paquibato bridge construction

August 11, 2019 - Sunday 3:08 AM by Daniel Joaquin, Romeo Braceros

Article Banner Image (From left) Race coordinator Rey Sumagaysay, GMA Kapuso Foundation EVP and COO Rikki Escudero-Catibog, RMH Benjamen Banzon Jr., and Hunat Dabaw chairperson Megzyl Rose Jolejole appear at the Hunat Dabaw press conference on August 9

DAVAO CITY -- The longest-running fun run in Davao City hopes to raise P500,000 to help finance the construction of a 50-meter steel and concrete hanging bridge in Barangay Mapula, Paquibato District, Davao City.

The Royal Mandaya Hotel, organizer of the 7th Hunat Dabaw Bubble Run, has vowed to give 100 percent of the fun run’s proceeds to the GMA Kapuso Foundation, which in turn will take charge of building the bridge intended to aid economic development in the area.

Benjamen Banzon Jr., manager of the Royal Mandaya Hotel, said it is an honor to be partnering with the GMA Kapuso Foundation in this project, which will contribute to the development of the two sitios and one barangay in the area.

"When GMA Kapuso Foundation sought our help to help finance the construction of the bridge, the Escandor family immediately said yes," Banzon said.

In a press conference held by the hotel to promote the fun run, Banzon said community development has been their advocacy for a long time.

Banzon said Hunat Dabaw was a fun run initially conceived by their management to celebrate the hotel’s anniversary and they are happy to say that aside from being the longest-running fun run in the city, Hunat Dabaw is now also the biggest running event in the city’s hospitality industry.

"This year we are celebrating the 21st anniversary of the hotel and what a way to celebrate our anniversary with a worthwhile cause,'' he added.

Rikki Escudero-Catibog, executive vice president and COO of GMA Kapuso Foundation expressed her gratitude to the Royal Mandaya Hotel for its willingness to support their advocacy.

"The Royal Mandaya has always been our home whenever GMA artists visit Davao and we are happy to partner with them in this worthwhile cause," Catibog said.

Catibog said some GMA artists will be coming to Davao to grace the fun run, which will be held on September 8 right outside the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

When asked why they chose Paquibato District for its next project, Catibog said GMA Kapuso Foundation founder Mel Tiangco had a first-hand experience of how life is in the area when she visited 11 years ago.

A ground-breaking ceremony for the project was held on July 31 and was attended by Catibog and Banzon. They intend to finish construction by the end of November this year.

According to Catibog, the existing bridge in the area lacks structural integrity and has led to a number of deaths of Barangay Mapula residents.

The significantly wider and stronger bridge built by the GMA Kapuso Foundation and the Royal Mandaya Hotel along with a few other sponsors will be able to accommodate motorcycles and skylabs, which are the main modes of transportation in the area.

The bridge is estimated to cost around P3 million with around P500,000 to come from the proceeds of the Hunat Dabaw Run.

This is the GMA Kapuso Foundation’s third bridge in the country; the other two are situated in Camarines Sur.

Meanwhile, Hunat Dabaw chairperson Megzyl Rose Jolejole said there are three categories in this year's fun run: three kilometers, five kilometers, and 10 kilometers.

"The registration for the 3k run is P470, for the 5k run P520, and 10k run P570," Jolejole said.

She said participants of the run will receive a singlet, race bib, breakfast buffet, and an entry to the raffle for which P250,000 has been set aside.

"I urge everyone to register now because we will limit this year's participants to 3,500 which is bigger than the 3,200 participants last year," Jolejole added.

Jolejole said interested participants may register at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Gaisano Mall of Davao, and SM City Davao, where Hunat Dabaw’s registration booths are located.