Lighting the Second Century

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Meralco recently launched “Lighting the Second Century,” a coffee-table book that provides an insight into the world of the new Meralco as an innovative and customer-centric company, and a responsible corporate citizen.

Meralco chair Manuel V. Pangilinan said the book narrates the story of the new Meralco, its journey in achieving its business goals, its aspirations for the country and Filipinos, and the trails it blazes, anticipating the demands of the future. The book’s three eminent Filipino writers are Butch Dalisay, Exie Abola and Felice Sta. Maria.

Meralco has been serving Filipinos for 112 years. From its longtime role as a distributor of electricity, the company today has expanded its services as an energy solutions provider and has revved up its commitment to the communities within and outside the franchise through the various projects of One Meralco Foundation.

Architectural legacy

The Meralco Lopez Building, home to Meralco, was today declared an Architectural Legacy of a Philippine National Artist by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This is in recognition of the genius of the building’s architect, Jose Maria V. Zaragoza, who was posthumously proclaimed National Artist for Architecture in 2015.

The massive building has stood as a prominent landmark in the Ortigas commercial business district since its inauguration in 1968, and will become a historic landmark when it hits the half-century mark in three years.

In keeping with its annual “Maliwanag ang Pasko” tradition, Meralco once again opened the Liwanag Park to the public with a lighting ceremony at the company’s headquarters. Liwanag Park is open until Jan. 10.

Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro graced the lighting ceremony and received, on behalf of DepEd, a donation of 2,000 solar lamps from Meralco employees, partners and customers. The donation is the result of One Meralco Foundation’s “One Child, One Lamp” campaign launched in November, which aims to raise funds to donate solar lamps to public schools in mountain and island villages without electricity.

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