Cellboy CEO Alvin Chu Teng donates million-peso firetruck to Binondo volunteer station
When the “Ong In Gandara Tetuan Fire Prevention Association” — located in the heart of China Town, Binondo-Manila — realized their firemen were in need of a new, high-functioning, and fully operational firetruck to handle the demands of their grueling daily schedule, they knew exactly who to call.
Alvin Chu Teng — the 35-year-old entrepreneurial mind behind national brands such as Cellboy, Games & Gadgets, Boma Tech and many others — had just hit two impressive career milestones: (1) Two hundred branches across the Philippines, and (2) one thousand employees, 99% of which have been Filipino.
When the request for help came, Teng did not hesitate.
“I had three reasons,” Teng said. “The first is that I grew up here. Binondo will always be home. The second is that I consider firefighters heroes. It is an honor to help them. Lastly, I’ve always held the belief that we are blessed by God only when we are responsible and give back to our communities.”
The Ong In Gandara Fire Department says that rescue missions in their area of Manila are abundant as they receive up to 160 requests for help every year. When we asked Wilbert Loa — a local firefighter with a career that’s spanned three decades — whether the donation of Teng was going to save lives, his answer was quick and unequivocal: “Yes.”
“It’s always better when the help comes from the heart,” Teng said. “That’s when you’re sure that everyone expects nothing in return.”