smiling filipino kids

*This article originally appeared in the Business Mirror.

‘Filipinos are probably the most giving people on the planet,” these are the words of world-renowned Chef Anthony Bourdain, after he recorded episodes of his television show in the Philippines.

Bourdain is just one of the millions of foreigners who have experienced firsthand from what we see as extraordinary levels of generosity from Filipinos when compared to the vast majority of other cultures around the world.

My good friend Tom Graham, during his inspirational talks, shares the story of how a Gawad Kalinga community on Bantayan Island (northern Cebu) hosted him as he traveled across the Philippines during the Christmas of 2013.