Starbucks PH’s first-ever Community Center in Tondo, Manila is a place to advocate for youth empowerment through education
Starbucks has, without a doubt, become an integral part of our lives. Our neighborhood coffee shop must have witnessed all the late nights we crammed tirelessly for our final exams. It’s become a memorable spot for date nights with our SOs and barkada, after a good meal and the occasional bar-hopping. It’s a no-fuss spot to hang out with the family on Sundays after church.
Starbucks PH’s first-ever Community Center in Tondo, Manila is a place to advocate for youth empowerment through education. As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Every sip is guilt-free at the Abad Santos Tondo Community Store. Every purchase will fund scholarships and after-school learning programs in partnership with nonprofit partners, Young Focus Foundation and AHA! Learning Center. After all, investing in education is a long-term commitment with immeasurable returns.
Young Focus Foundation extends scholarships to out-of-school youth through its network of partner schools and universities. Meanwhile, AHA! Learning Center is dedicated to offering free after-school learning programs to public school students, focusing on areas including academics and social-emotional skills.
The branch is adorned with a series of murals entitled Brewing Knowledge, Blossoming Communities by visual artist and sustainability and environmental conservation advocate, Anina Rubio, who happens to be a former Starbucks barista, too. Her artwork symbolizes how education serves as the catalyst for individuals to rise to new heights and transcend limitations imposed by life.
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Starbucks hopes to empower one mind at a time. “Starbucks is a different kind of company, staying true to our mission to nurture the limitless possibilities of human connection,” shares Noey Lopez, president of Starbucks Philippines. “Through this first Community Store in the country, we hope that this is the start of creating a positive and lasting impact on the youth within our local communities.”
Visit the Starbucks Abad Santos Tondo Community Store, which is open daily from 7 AM to 10 PM.
Photos Starbucks Philippines
Art Macky Arquilla