FWD Life Insurance partners with Humanity & Inclusion (Handicap International), an independent global aid organization through its Forward Together initiative that is aimed at helping young people with disabilities find employment opportunities in and outside of the Philippines.

To celebrate the partnership and communicate the goals of the endeavor to the general public, FWD Life gathered media friends in a one-of-a-kind event held last Wednesday at the Hole In The Wall restaurant in Century City Mall, Makati.

The experiential event was spearheaded by Atty. Juan Sotero Roman (General Counsel) and Ms. Roche Vandenberghe (Head of Marketing) for FWD Life Philippines, and Mr. Bryan Andrew Marsalis (Regional Operation Coordinator) for Humanity & Inclusion.

The media activity was divided into two experiences, the first was a special escape room challenge organized in coordination with Mystery Manila Century City Mall. The activity was meant to emphasize on the difficulties of doing tasks while rendering some of our senses disabled.

I was part of the group who experienced the Sinister Sensorium Room where I get to role-play as a mute (can’t use my voice) while my other team mates are either blind (no sense of sight) or deaf (no sense of hearing). The only way out of the room is if we are able to communicate properly with the very limited senses that we have. To cut the long story short, we were not able to escape but we’re just only two keys short of getting out.

The second experience is called the Interactive Visual Language Activities facilitated by Mr. Angel Laygan of the De La Salle College of St. Benilde for Deaf Education and Applied Studies. It was a series of super fun exercises that allows participants to communicate with each other and express themselves without the need of using voice or hearing. I might use these activities in my next youth leadership seminars because I believe that young leaders will benefit greatly with non-verbal communication skills specially in this day and age.

Angel Laygan

Aside from the activities, participants were able to learn a lot from the sharing of Mr. Raph Torralba, Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Federation of the Hard of Hearing and Deafened (APFHD) and currently works at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Raph Torralba

Through the regional partnership initially announced by FWD Life in the first half of 2018, both organizations will work towards advocating equal opportunities and empowering people with disabilities in Asia. With FWD Group investing USD 1million, the Forward Together project will train at least 380 youth with disabilities in the Philippines and Indonesia and help them secure sustainable employment or business opportunities.

“At FWD, we are committed to promoting social inclusion and active participation of persons with disabilities, and are very excited to kick start our work with Humanity & Inclusion,” said FWD Life Philippines Head of Marketing and Community Care Country Lead Roche Vandenberghe. “With the Forward Together project, we are enabling businesses and organizations such as ours to become catalysts for quality job creation.”

The event was hosted by Raphael Resus with special guest Wishcovery Grand Champion Princess Sevillena.

Raphael Resus and Princess Sevillena
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