Best Buddies Philippines and Banana Peel’s “Slide Together, Embrace Inclusion”

by - June 19, 2024

Best Buddies Philippines (BBP) and Banana Peel showcased a special celebration of fashion, friendship and inclusion when it mounted the highly-successful “Slide Together Embrace Inclusion” at Robinsons Magnolia on May 18.

The event generated a huge crowd as it unveiled a unique collection of unisex slides designed by Best Buddies British School Manila (BSM) chapter member, Navine Gabriella Kuo Gatchalian. Gatchalian is a 17-year old talented artist who was inspired by happy beach adventures with her family. 

These slides are vibrant and eye-catching, a creative addition to anyone’s summer vacation.More importantly, they embody the spirit of inclusion, the core mission of Best Buddies Philippines (BBP) programs. The design was created during a social activity mounted by the BB BSM chapter where students with and without IDD form meaningful relationships. 

Best Buddies is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement  to create opportunities for friendships, leadership development, integrated employment, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD).  BBP was established in 2014 and has since then touched the lives of over 30,000 Filipinos of all abilities.


We are thrilled to collaborate with a beloved Filipino brand, Banana Peel.  It gave us the opportunity to highlight the talents of our members and help in empowering individuals with IDD,” says Michelle Aventajado,  BBP’s Executive Director.  


"We are delighted to be part of this initiative and I want to express my gratitude to Best Buddies Philippines for partnering with us. This collaboration demonstrates that opportunities can be made accessible to all, says Paul NgPresident of Banana Peel.


The outpour of support from those who attended the event raised awareness about the importance of inclusion and also provided opportunities for growth and self-expression, fostering a more inclusive society where everyone can thrive.  A portion of the proceeds from the event was directed to BBP.


More than footwear, “Slide TogetherEmbrace Inclusion” was a testament to the power of friendship and a commitment to embracing a world of inclusivity.


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