Mango Tree, with the support of its customers, is able to generate P100,000 from its fund raising program in support of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Inc. (DSAPI). The fund raised is turned over by Mango Tree’s general manager, Karen Tanchanco-Caballero to DSAPI executives, Agnes Lapena and Tony Pasia.
It has been another successful year for Mango Tree, and to mark its second year anniversary, the Thai restaurant continues its commitment to giving back by partnering with Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines (DSAPI), a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to offer support to families who have a child with Down Syndrome. According to Ms. Tanchanco-Caballero, “We know that every year is a blessing so what better way to celebrate another blessing is by giving back our blessings and supporting DSAPI”.
Founded in 1991 by a group of dedicated and committed parents and physicians, DSAPI works to initiate, develop, promote, and support programs and projects that would help people, especially parents with children suffering from the disorder, to understand what it means to have Down Syndrome, and to value and accept them with warmth, love, and understanding.
Mango Tree presents a check for P100,000 to DSAPI in support of the foundations free clinics for children with Down Syndrome and their families.
Mango Tree’s Down for Thai: A Fund Raising Program for DSAPI Gets Generous Support
In Photo (Left to Right) From DSAPI: Jeremy Lapena, Tony Pasia, Adette dela Paz; Mango Tree Executives: Kathy Santiago, Betsy Esguerra, Karen Tanchanco-Caballero and DSAPI: Agnes Lapena
To help promote awareness as well as support DSAPI’s free clinic, Mango Tree launched a special menu for its fund raising program, DOWN for Thai. Thai food lovers were given a chance to be a part of this cause, too, when they ordered from the Down for Thai menu that included Mango Tree’s Crab Festival dishes, Pad Thai Goong, or Gai Hor Bai Toey. The program ran from March 28 to June 1, and proceeds from the menu items will be part of Mango Tree’s donation to DSAPI to support them in their efforts to provide quality health care for children with Down Syndrome. DSAPI children also participated in the program by assisting Mango Tree food servers. “You see our children have down syndrome or persons with disability have fewer opportunities so for them to be able to serve just for a few hours is really a big thing for them and the general public, people who come here, customers have seen that they can contribute, that they can be useful, that they can be part of society so it opens doors for our children”, says Agnes Lapena, president of DSAPI.
Jeremy Lapena ambassador for DSAPI presents to Karen Tanchanco-Caballero, General Manager of Mango Tree, its Plaque of Appreciation for supporting its free clinic initiative for children with Down Syndrome and their families. Mango Tree presented a check for P100,000 generated from its efforts, supported by Mango Tree customers.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference through great food and wonderful dining experience,” says Eric Teng, president and CEO of Mango Tree Philippines. “This year we choose to celebrate with children with Down Syndrome and help raise awareness in the country, because there is nothing we would want to see more than for these children to grow into their fullest potential,” he adds.
In Photo (Left to Right) DSAPI: Tony Pasia, Jeremy Lapena; Mango Tree: Karen Tanchanco-Caballero, Betsy Esguerra, Kathy Santiago; and DSAPI: Agnes Lapena