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Sheena Yap Chan is a keynote speaker, podcaster, consultant, and author on building self-confidence. She currently inspires women through her award-winning podcast called The Tao of Self Confidence where she interviews Asian women about their inner journey to self-confidence. Her mission is to help Asian Women boost their confidence to live their authentic selves, help Asian Women create a voice in the world, and create a stronger representation for Asian women. Sheena has been featured on MindValley,, FOX, Manila Times and more. She is also the TOP 100 Filipinos to follow on LinkedIn for inspiration and learning in 2021. She is also the co-author of the International bestselling book Asian Women Who Boss Up.

"When I saw my home city of Cebu be affected by Typhoon Odette back in December, my heart was crushed.  There was so much damage in the city and even some of my friends have lost their homes but they were still able to bounce back.  When I heard about this fundraiser, I knew this was a way to help people who were less fortunate bounce back better and knowing they have the support to rebuild their life stronger and better.  When we help one of our Kababayan, we help the whole Nation because they see what is possible for themselves." - Sheena Chan

Shanaia Gomez is an actress, TV commercial model and singer.  She is also a talent of Rise Artists Studio, a unit of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic.  Born in Ireland and raised in Canada, Shanaia moved to the Philippines when she was14 to start her career in the entertainment industry.  One of her missions is to spread positivity and good vibes as much as possible.   Shanaia has also been featured in METRO Magazine, Manila Bulletin and more.

"I have always been passionate about the environment and enhancing the lives of our kababayans so when I heard about this fundraiser, I knew I had to do my part.  My mom is from Cebu and when Typhoon Odette hit the province and city, I was devastated not only because my family was directly affected but so were my fellow Cebuanos." - Shanaia Gomez

WWF-Philippines' Build Back Better Boats Project aims to create a new modern design of boat that will be faster, better, stronger so that it can be of use to fisherfolk for decades to come. The Bigay Tibay boat was designed by premier industrial designer, Mark Bautista, to be robust enough to withstand strong waves and storms. It was also designed in close consultation with tuna fishers federation in Lagonoy gulf so that it has features that fit their exact needs whenever they go out to sea.

The boat has features to help fishermen when they haul their catch, a covered hold to store the fish, a cleaning area built on the outriggers, a solar panel with headlights, and many other features. It is also made with a steel frame in a compartmentalized double hull design which makes it less likely to sink.

Closely working with our partners in the community, the fishers themselves are involved in the construction of the boats. Training is also provided to fishers to enable them to acquire new skills and create alternative livelihood opportunities outside of fishing.

Donate now to help build more Bigay Tibay boats and support the training of fishers in the community! With your help, we can empower more fishers and fishing communities towards becoming models of sustainability through the use of technology. You can also donate via bank transfers, Paypal and Paymaya QR Code. Kindly check the details in the gallery photos.

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  • Sheena Yap Chan

    PHP 12,000 11/18/2022 06:31:17 PM UTC

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