TwP Update: Tax CAS repaints calesas for Viva Vigan Festival

Tax Senior Manager Revi Rabaja, helps the team repaint a calesa.

Some members of the team with Tax CAS Partner Fedna Parallag take a ride on one of the calesas.

The Tax CAS team with Partner Fedna Parallag and kids of calesa drivers after the gift-giving.

Inspired to make a big impact to tourism, our firm’s Tax - Client Accounting Services (CAS) Tourism with a Purpose (TwP) activity was held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and helped 26 calesa drivers repaint their calesas in time for the Viva Vigan Festival.

Held every first week of May, the Viva Vigan Festival is highlighted by a Calesa Parade. With the strict rule imposed by Vigan Tourism Board, the calesa drivers are required to repaint and refurbish their calesas to be allowed to join the parade and ply the tourists routes. Since most of the calesa drivers get their daily living from their day-to-day earnings, not all of them have spared money for the required repainting.

The team, in cooperation with the Vigan Kalesa Association, identified 26 out of 120 members as beneficiaries of the TwP Project.

This initiative is very meaningful as a visit to Vigan is not complete without the trademark calesaride, which allows tourists to tour the Heritage Village and other must-see destinations such as the Baluarte, Father Jose Burgos and Elpidio Quirino Museums, Bantay Bell Tower, pottery making shops and the Hidden Garden. This is also the team’s way of helping relive history and preserve memories for the next generation.

Aside from the calesa repainting, the team also provided school bags and school supplies to 50 children of calesa drivers. The smiles in the faces of children and their parents were enough to warm everyone’s hearts and renewed the CAS team's energy and strength for the long drive back to Manila. It was indeed a fulfilling and rewarding activity!

(Story by Tax CAS CR Team - Revi Rabaja, Emmily Baira, Aimee Nicolas, Mileth Cornelia and Jen Agcaoili.)