A Hardworking Community
Amanpulo has shared its entire history with the neighbouring island of Manamoc. Working closely with the Andres Soriano Foundation, Amanpulo and Manamoc have put their efforts together to ensure that everybody on the island has a chance to pursue prosperity right in their home community. Before Amanpulo was built, Manamoc depended on two kinds of livelihood: fishing and seaweed farming. The island’s remote location also meant poor access to basic services like medical treatment, education, and transportation and, ultimately, a limit to local economic growth. But today, Manamoc is a bustling community that has been helped by, and regularly interacts with, Amanpulo in terms of work and learning opportunities. Amanpulo currently runs twice-a-month learning programmes led by in-house practitioners. This includes a computer class for students of Manamoc National High School; a gardening masterclass that teaches island residents to grow their own food; and food and cooking lessons at Manamoc Elementary School. At the same time, Amanpulo encourages Manamoc’s youths to dream big and to develop themselves in order to bring long-term benefit back to the island. As it marks its 25th year, Amanpulo has launched a scholarship programme that will fund the university studies of one exceptional high-school student from Manamoc. Amanpulo hopes that this effort will open more doors and inspire the young people of the community. Beyond that, Amanpulo and Manamoc are involved in protecting and conserving the terrestrial and marine ecosystem. Planting and maintaining mangrove forests are part of daily life, and twice-yearly coastal clean-up events are actively participated in by locals and resort guests, who understand that preserving the natural environment is the most essential activity on both islands.