City of Dreams Manila pioneers ‘Soap For Hope’ program
(The Philippine Star) - August 27, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — City of Dreams Manila held a kickoff activity of its first “Soap for Hope” program in the country’s integrated resorts to strengthen its commitment to long-term sustainability of its operations.

“Soap for Hope” is an award-winning global program of Diversey with hotels. The initiative  aims to eliminate soap wastes from the 938 rooms of City of Dreams Manila’s luxury hotels – NÜWA, Nobu, and Hyatt – by hygienically reprocessing used soaps into new soap bars, and donating these to various charitable institutions and NGOs that the resort supports.

Used soaps from the hotels are cut into cubes, soaked in a sanitizing solution, molded into 120g or 500g bricks and cut into fresh soap bars after drying.

Diversey’s global director for creating shared values Stefan Phang was the special guest at the kickoff, along with Mesa ni Misis founder and Soap for Hope’s partner in the Philippines, Juana Manahan Yupangco. City of Dreams Manila’s senior vice president and chief operating officer Kevin Benning spearheads the implementation.  

“City of Dreams Manila team is delighted to support ‘Soap for Hope’ to help reduce waste for landfills and provide basic materials for sanitation to our adopted communities and orphanages in Paranaque and other nearby cities,” he said. “This project will not be possible without our partner organizations and most importantly the unwavering enthusiasm and spirit of volunteerism of our employees.”

During the kickoff activity, Phang demonstrated to about 50 volunteer trainers how to properly recycle leftover soap bars.

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