MANILA, Philippines — Brian Poe Llamanzares, a public servant and philanthropist, recently launched his first book, “A Sustainable Future.” Through this, he hopes to be able to touch on how the Philippines can work towards sustainability.
The launch was successfully held at the Manila Hotel on Tuesday, November 29 hosted by Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner Up, Nicole Cordoves.
During the launch, Brian expressed his gratitude to those who contributed to the book, , especially his parents, Senator Grace Poe and Mr. Neil Llamanzares, who were present during the event, for their support and encouragement throughout the writing and publication of his book.
Senate Pro Tempore Loren Legarda and Senator Win Gatchalian, together with Dean Tony La Viña of the Ateneo School of Government, extended their warmest congratulations in their respective messages during the program.
Senator Migz Zubiri, who was not physically present at the event, sent a video congratulating Brian for this milestone.
In her remarks, Legarda emphasized her gladness that young people are taking action toward establishing a sustainable future. She also reaffirmed her support for Brian’s aim to build a sustainable future.
“Young man, we are here to help you, we are here to learn from you, we are here to work with you together, regardless of generation,” she said.Senate pro tempore loren legarda
Sen. Gatchalian also commended Brian’s ability to accomplish so much at a young age. He also explained how sustainability is interconnected with various sectors.
“This book is not something that is superficial, I’ve seen a lot of details, a lot of recommendations, and this book is preferably for a younger generation or even for us.”senator win gatchalian
Dean La Viña also revealed in his brief speech that Brian requested him to evaluate the book and that he is pleased to recommend it for reading since the book methodically presents solutions to major sustainable development challenges in the country.
During his interview with the media, Brian shared that after earning a master’s degree in climate and society abroad, he wanted to share this knowledge in hopes of presenting solution to climate issues in the Philippines. He also hopes that his readers will have a deeper understanding of sustainability and his ideas for its realization.
The book touches on subjects such as renewable energy, water management, and catastrophe resilience, among others, which Brian emphasized. It is designed to give students a basic background on the issues of climate vulnerability as a whole and realistically present some solutions which they can help push for when their time to lead comes.
Being a public servant, Brian also recognizes that “A Sustainable Future” is a notion that would help the whole community, especially those living in poverty.
“More renewable energy would lower electricity costs. Better water management would lower water costs. Improved agriculture would make the cost of goods cheaper. Disaster preparedness would reduce the devastation felt by our people. Sustainability affects every aspect of our lives.”brian poe llamanzares, author of “a sustainable future”
He also emphasized on how people must come together in order to achieve this goal.
A good mix of VIPs from business and politics came to show their support including Emilio Yap III, President of the Manila Bulletin, Joey Lina, Former Senator and President of the Manila Hotel and Ambassador Gerard Ho of the Embassy of Singapore, DICT Sec. Ivan Uy, DICT Usec. Anna Mae Lamentillo, DOJ Spokesperson Asec. Mico Clavano, Samel Aboitiz, Vice President of Aboitiz Equity Ventures. Presidential Legislative Liason Office Asec Samantha Alfonso and Asec. Roberto Martin R. Del Rosario were all in attendance.
The book “A Sustainable Future” is available for purchase in National Bookstore NCR branches and soon in Fully Booked and online through Amazon.