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December 2016

Meet our Beneficiaries

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Last November 14, the French photographer Arthur Perset visited the villages of FP-UA in Cebu. He met some of the future beneficiaries of the site currently being built in Bogo City and listened to their stories. He also talked to the current beneficiaries of our very first village, the “French Village” in barangay Agujo in Daanbantayan where 76 families now live. Here are their stories.

Future beneficiary families from barangay Sambag in Bogo City

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Maximino from barangay Sambag in Bogo City in front of his current house. Barangay Sambag is a slum next to the sea. He has been selected to be relocated in the FP-UA relocation site

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Maximino and his dog inside his current homes.

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Richard, Nenette and their child Hyacint in front of their house in barangay Sambag. They have also been selected as one of the beneficiary families to be relocated to the FP-UA village.

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A home in barangay Sambag. This barangay has been identified for the selection of beneficiary families because of the poor conditions in which people live in there and its proximity to the sea. It is a “no-build zone” and a very dangerous area in times of typhoons.

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Another home in barangay Sambag, Bogo City.


Ongoing constructions in barangay Cayang in Bogo where the Foundation’s relocation project is located

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Future home being built

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Ongoing constructions. Once completed, the village will be composed of 46 homes as well as a multi-purpose center.

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Workers onsite.

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Workers on site

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A worker on site.


Visit to the first rehabilitation village of FP-UA in Daanbantayan Municipality, also in the north of Cebu Island

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Menita and her children in their new house.

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Menita and her children in front of their new house in barangay Agujo in Daanbantayan

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Arlene and Nanay, two neighbours in the French Village in Daanbantayan.

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Neighbours chat in front of their houses in barangaya Agujo, Daanbantayan.

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Kids of the French village

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A mum and her kid in the French village.

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Ms Cuyos taking a stroll with her kid through the village.

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The French village in Daanbantayan. This village was inaugurated in November 2015.

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On the left side, the family Cuyos and on the right side, the family Fortunato.

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Analene visits her former village, which was very close to the sea.

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Analene visits her former village, which was very close to the sea.

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This is one of the homes in her former village.

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The village was very close to the sea. Most of the beneficiaries lost their homes there during typhoon Haiyan because of the storm surges.

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Analene in front of her former house.

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A street vendor parcours the French village, where Analene and her family have been relocated, looking for clients.

We would like to thank Arthur Perset for taking and sharing these photos.



The funds raised during SB 2016 will enable two families to move into disaster-resilient houses

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During Soirée Beaujolais 2016, which took place last Tuesday November 29 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, the FP-UA Foundation organised a silent auction which proceeds will be used to help complete the construction of it’s third disaster-resilient village in Bogo City, in the north of Cebu Island. The village, once completed, will welcome 46 families who are former victims of typhoon Haiyan.

Top celebrity Solenn Heussaff as well as up and coming local artists, Piaget Martelino, Alfonso Recto and Chris Verayo, each donated one of their artworks for the occasion.


Installation of the exhibit during Soirée Beaujolais. Paintings from left to right: Chris Verayo’s “Home is Where the Heart Is”, Solenn Heussaff’s “Liberty”, Piaget Martelino’s “A Miles Davis Tribute to Jack Johnson” and Alfonso Recto’s “Female Nude on Red”.

The funds raised by the end of the night are enough to enable two families to move into their disaster-resilient houses; complete with electricity as well as running water.

At the moment, the construction of the houses, which is financed by Cités-Unies France, is nearing 70% completion. However, the village will still need to be connected to electricity as well as water, gutters and evacuation systems still need to be built in order for the selected beneficiary families to be able to move in. This is why the Foundation designed a “Sponsor a Family” program that allows a company or an individual to sponsor the installation of one of the 46 families into one of the disaster-resilient homes. As such, the inauguration of the village is thus scheduled for the middle of 2017.

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Ongoing constructions on the rehabilitation village where the proceeds of the auction will be used.

The families selected are former victims of typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines three years ago and left scores dead or missing in the region. Because they live in “no-build zones” close to the sea, they were the first hit by the powerful winds of Haiyan. With little economics resources available, these families were, until now, unable to re-build stronger houses and unable to relocate in safer places further inland. The project of the FP-UA Foundation aims to provide them with a strong and sturdy home where they can feel safe in times of disasters.

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Richard, Nenette and Hyacint of barangay Sambag in Bogo City. This family is one of the selected beneficiary families of FP-UA’s rehabilitation project.

The Foundation would like to thank the artists, Solenn Heussaff, Piaget Martelino, Alfonso Recto as well as Chris Verayo for putting their talent at the service of typhoon victims.

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The FP-UA team with the artists. From left to right: Elodie Turpin, Chris Verayo, the President of the Foundation Philippe Gauthier, Alfonso Recto, Piaget Martelino and Clementine Turgeon, Executive Director.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the companies that are participating to this rehabilitation project: Cités Unies France, SYD Conseil, Pernod Ricard, Worldwide Food Distribution, Republic Cement, Megacem, The Wong Chu King Foundation, Delfingen, Asia Inspection, Annexus International, Archetype and Total Philippines.