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Cosmo Challenge: Help Build Homes And Improve Lives

While we want you to stay fab all the time, we won't discourage you from getting your hands dirty, either--especially if it's for a good cause.

While some of us worry about our love lives (or lack thereof), bad hair days, PMS, zits, shopping, or weight issues, a lot of our fellow Pinoys worry about how to meet their basic needs: safe and decent housing, access to health services, education, and employment. A lot of these seem unreachable to most of our kababayans.

Good thing some organizations exist to help. Last October 4, Habitat For Humanity Philippines (HFHP) joined the rest of the globe in celebrating World Habitat Day to spread the word on the worldwide housing crisis and how we can all help eradicate it.

HFHP is a Christian organization that helps build homes and communities with the help of volunteers, donors, and partners through livelihood programs aimed toward sustainable development.

In line with World Habitat Day, over a hundred volunteers, led by the Habitat Youth Council, went to Calauan, Laguna on October 2. Dubbed as “Bloggers’ Build,” the activity in “BayaniJuan sa Southville 7” brought together Emerson employees, Global Village volunteers from Shanghai American school, local social media enthusiasts, and bloggers, who all toiled under the hot sun, united in the spirit of bayanihan.

You can help, too! Ask Habitat about the next build so you can join (email You may also check them out at Mabuhay Germany, an exhibit of German products and services, at Serendra in Bonifacio Global City. It will run up to tomorrow, October 10, only. HFHP will have a mock build activity of a Habitat Disaster Response facility during the event, where you will get to see a demo of Habitat’s post-disaster activities.

Won’t this be a great new way of spending your weekend? Try volunteering for a change. You can bring your friends along, and you’ll have something new and noble to bond over. Hey, as a fringe benefit, volunteering for Habitat can help you burn a few calories, too, since the work mostly involves manual labor under the heat of the sun (don’t forget your sunscreen!).

Need inspiration? Click on the gallery below to view photos from the Bloggers’ Build. Also “Like” Habitat Philippines on Facebook and check out their website, so that you, too, can find out many ways you can help.

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