More than 55 guests, comprising mainly of London and South East-based Filipino professionals and business owners, celebrated this momentous occasion, which provided the perfect opportunity to mingle, catch-up with old friends and also discover the impact that our two-year partnership with Romulo Café has had on young Filipinas from low-income families.
There was a real buzz in the air with lots of chatter and laughter with everyone enjoying the delicious Filipino canapes and bowl food.
Since our "Great Taste of Opportunity" scheme began in 2015, the funds raised by Romulo customers have enabled three young Filipino women to receive full scholarships to attend hospitality education and receive on the job training at Wonder's partner school, FPTI.
Wonder’s very own Philippines advisor, Charlene Ching, updated guests on the great progress that the Romulo Scholars are achieving in the Philippines and that of the extension project of Anihan school, increasing their annual capacity from 120 to 250 students.
The evening continued with JJ Formento, Wonder supporter and founder of Ajos Trust, a social enterprise championing sustainable development in Ajos, a rural farming and fishing village in Mulanay, Quezon Province, the Philippines providing his testimony and update on the progress of scholars he has supported.
A silent auction provided guests with the opportunity to bid for prizes from Mimi’s Hotel, Eurostar, Romulo Café, the Royal Albert Hall and original paintings from Filipina artist Boots Estrada to help raise additional funds for our projects and support the education and empowerment of more girls.
Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we raised more than £3,200, which will go towards the scholarship fund and contribute towards the Anihan extension project, providing more students with the opportunity to create a brighter future for themselves and their families.