Bridging Stakeholders

A Regenerative Celebration of Gratitude
The Energy Development Corporation’s first virtual Regenerative Thanksgiving Concert owes its success to the collective efforts of EDC’s valued stakeholders from around the world. This initiative was held on December 8, 2021, and aimed to contribute to social change for the young underserved musicians of the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY). All proceeds from the concert were used to supplement the purchase of their musical instruments. The 40-minute live stream concert was graced with astounding performances from the OFY and a surprise guest Ms. Lea Salonga, who delivered a beautiful rendition of the EDC hymn. Although brief, the concert was well-received by online spectators. The audience of EDC employees and stakeholders were captivated by the performances and got to share the night of music with their friends and families.

The OFY is the main performing arm of Ang Misyon, a non-profit organization based in the Philippines.

Ang Misyon believes that teaching orchestral music to the youth can help achieve social change. It also aspires to develop gifted, disadvantaged youth through orchestral music’s potential to transform lives while providing alternate career routes in the classical music profession.

The Joy of Giving and Receiving for Social Good
Gift Giving: A Virtual Christmas Bazaar Pop-Up was also held to benefit communities supported by the EDC, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI), and GStuff. The pop-up served as an online market platform for partner communities to showcase their products and collect all the proceeds gathered from the event. On November 18, 2021, the online pop-up was opened by hosts Ernie and Michelle Lopez. Online RSVP guests were invited to contribute by purchasing products made by social enterprises from the partner communities. Some of these enterprises were Baslay Farmers Association and Lim-ao Integrated Farmers for Empowerment (LIFE), which are supported by EDC; and Seeds of Hope and Dreams and Tumana Eco Warriors Organization supported by ALKFI. They sold quality products such as cold-pressed premium virgin coconut oil, Arabica coffee beans, and tablea.

“We all believe in the vital support needed to develop community-based social enterprises as they become agents of transformation in their areas,” Ms. Lopez expressed. In a special message, Ms. Roberta Lopez-Feliciano, ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director, also invited the audience to reflect on the importance of becoming more conscious about the products we consume and knowing about a product’s ethical story. “Everything you’re about to behold was conceptualized and made by various communities around the Philippines with the single desire to help themselves live a better life through various social enterprises. You are not only purchasing gifts for your loved ones; you’re purchasing and investing in a better future for all these communities.” 

During the program, community members from both EDC’s and ALKFI’s supported communities were able to join live, a way to acknowledge the working hands and stories behind each item.classical music profession.