The children’s book “Extraordinary Manny” was recently introduced to the public by the PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF), together with other corporations and foundations that are part of the MVP Group Tulong Kapatid.
Gian Lao is the book’s author, while Mark Andres is the illustrator. The book provides readers with an insight into the life biography of Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP), who is the Chairman of PLDT and Smart. In the book ‘Extraordinary Manny,’ MVP details the struggles he faced, the discoveries he made, and the wins he achieved on his path to becoming the Extraordinary Leader he is today.
While preparing this book, Lao, who began his career with MVP as his speechwriter and now serves as his executive assistant, reflected on the personal discoveries he had made about the company.
“Whatever is extraordinary about MVP comes from these ordinary things. I hope that kids who read this book can recognize the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the ordinary in the extraordinary,” shared Lao.
At the book launch held to coincide with MVP’s birthday, family, friends, and colleagues of MVP also looked back on their special moments with MVP.
“At the end of the day, all work that has been done and our accomplishments is not the work of just one man. It’s always a team effort,” said MVP. “The story is not finished when you find success. The story is finished when you find success for everyone else.”
“Our duty to be of service to others in PSF, along with other MVP-led foundations, is year-round, yet we make special efforts in July of each year because it is Corporate Social Responsibility Month. This is a month of giving, and we also celebrate our Chairman’s birthday–a tradition that naturally evolved owing to the generous character of MVP,” said Esther O. Santos, PSF President.
In partnership with the People Group of PLDT and Smart, PSF also launched an employee fundraising campaign that aims to deliver copies of ‘Extraordinary Manny’ to public schools nationwide. With support from First Pacific HK, PSF is releasing an initial 5,000 copies with the hope of reaching children all over the country and inspiring them to become extraordinary in their own way.