In a world often driven by fast-paced endeavors and ambitions, there are those who stand out not just for their accomplishments, but for their profound commitment to making a positive impact. Recently, amidst the warm ambiance of Sala Bistro in Greenbelt 3, Makati City, a thanksgiving event titled “Sharing the Value of Caring” took center stage, hosted by none other than the distinguished CEO, philanthropist, and public servant Congressman Sam ‘SV’ Verzosa.
This event wasn’t just a gathering; it was a platform for sharing the profound wisdom and insights gleaned from a journey marked by determination, compassion, and a relentless pursuit of betterment. With a lens focused on the public servant’s trailblazing marathon race, his legislative contributions in the halls of Congress, and the transformational “Sharing the Value of Caring” program, the event provided a window into the confluence of leadership, service, and heartfelt care.
In a candid engagement with the media, Congressman SV delved into the lessons etched into the fabric of his pursuits. From navigating the intricacies of legislative work, with an emphasis on vital matters like poverty alleviation, health, and education, to the echoes of each stride taken during his marathon, the event offered a mosaic of experiences that underscored the essence of creating meaningful change.
The year 2023 is only a little over halfway through but it has already been such an eventful time for entrepreneur-turned-congressman Sam Verzosa (SV). In April, he was seen crossing the finish line with the Philippine flag on his back during the London Marathon.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would finish running 42.195 kilometers,” he said in a video posted on his Instagram account. He was elated as he showed off his finisher medal. He triumphed despite feeling sick and despite the cold and rainy weather on race day. “Running is one of my weaknesses. I’m used to short strength training. This journey is more than fitness. It’s about personal growth, transformation, and mental toughness.”
SV ran the marathon for a cause – to help raise funds for the operation of more than 100 children with cleft lips and palate in partnership with Smile Train Foundation. He accomplished this mission and raised over P1 million pesos.
Dear SV on CNN Philippines
This August, SV concluded yet another memorable life event – his public service TV program “Dear SV”, which premiered last February, finishes its second season on CNN Philippines. For SV, the past year has been full of transformations, and the biggest of them all, SV transformed from the co-host of veteran TV host Willie Revillame in Wowowin – Tutok To Win into a full-fledged TV host on CNN Philippines with his own program.
“Dear SV” features inspiring stories of everyday Filipinos, who never lost hope and remained resilient despite the challenges and struggles they face. In the show, SV spreads hope and joy to individuals and communities nationwide by giving them a way to sustainable livelihood, educational scholarships and providing employment and financial assistance.