C.O.R.E.  the Center for Outdoor Recreation and Expedition


The Center for Outdoor Recreation and Expedition (C.O.R.E.) is lucky to work with some amazing people and organizations in its advocacy for environmental conservation, adventure expedition and management, tourism development and disaster management and preparedness.

Meet our partners – groups who have helped us realize our vision, making our dreams into reality.


Asian Social Institute

Asian Social Institute is an Asian social science graduate school of social transformative praxis towards justice, peace and integrity of creation. The institution concerns itself with social development having the poor as the frame of reference in its educational endeavors. Established in 1962, it has been forming leaders in social sciences in various institutional spheres for the uplift of the poor. ASI’s integral components blend harmoniously, integrating theory and practice, in an effort to develop leaders who are equipped with interdisciplinary social science skills nurtured in the philosophy of commitment to total human development.

C.O.R.E lends a helping hand to Asian Social Institute by supporting their chosen communities all over the country through giving donations from brands under Primer Group of Companies.

Official website: http://www.asinet-online.org/


Balyena.org is a group of dedicated people from all walks of life: scientists, artists, geographers, biologists, veterinarians, etc. Together they promote scientific research and conservation of cetaceans or marine mammals in the Philippines.Through campaigns to educate and inform, Balyena.org builds awareness on the presence of these marine species and the importance of protecting their habitats and the local community they are part of.

Official Website: http://www.balyena.org.ph

Bluewater Consultancy

Bluewater Consultancy is a tourism consultancy group that provides technical assistance to local government units, non-governmental agencies (NGOs), academic institutions and organizations that engage in tourism master planning and conservation projects. Bluewater Consultancy is involved in C.O.R.E.’s Sustainable Tourism Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) and Nature Class.

Center for Community Transformation (CCT)

The Center for Community Transformation Group of Ministriesis an organized Christian response against poverty and social injustice. It serves urban and rural poor communities throughout the Philippines, in pursuit of its desire to see changed lives, strong families, and transformed communities centered on the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

C.O.R.E. partnered with CCT and has conducted several volunteerism activities for the Visions of Hope Christian School students from Pasay Chapter.


Official website: http://cct.org.ph/about-us/

Children International

Children International is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization that is dedicated to alleviating the burdens and effects of poverty on Filipino children. Their child sponsorship program provides educational, medical, material and emotional aid to impoverished Filipino children. This gives the children the opportunity to realize their full potential and have a chance to break the cycle of poverty. Children International began its work in the Philippines in 1982 and has served thousands of children and youth since then.

Children International is a regular recipient of donations from brands under Primer Group of Companies.

Official website: http://www.childreninternational.ph/

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

DSWD is a government arm that envisions a society where the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged are empowered for an improved quality of life. It is the world’s standard for the delivery of coordinated social services and social protection for poverty reduction by 2030. Moreover, it aims to develop, implement and coordinate social protection and poverty reduction solution for and with the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

C.O.R.E. supports DSWD by providing donations to its different centers and institutions like Haven for Children, Haven for Women and Nayon ng Kabataan.

Official website: http://www.ncr.dswd.gov.ph/

Department of Tourism

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is the primary tourism promotion board of the Philippines. Recognizing the potential for eco- and adventure tourism in the country, the DOT supports C.O.R.E.’s various tourism development programs. The DOT is also C.O.R.E.’s co-presenter of the Adventure Summit, an annual tourism convention that gathers different tourism stakeholders to discuss and share best practices in sustainable tourism.

Official Website: http://www.tourism.gov.ph

Firefly Brigade

The Firefly Brigade has been working for a more habitable Philippines with clean air since 1999. The citizen’s actions group promotes another means of transportation that doesn’t emit pollutants such as the bicycle. C.O.R.E.’s Cycle Circle, a bike sharing program open to all Primer Group employee, helps to promote a carbon-less commute. Official

Website: http://www.fireflybrigade.org

GMA Kapuso Foundation

The GMA Kapuso Foundation is the GMA Network’s socio-civic arm that reaches out to communities nationwide in various projects in health, education, values formation and disaster relief. A C.O.R.E. partner in Disaster Management and Preparation, the Kapuso Foundation’s extensive network allows for widespread distribution of relief and assistance collected from the Primer Group stores. C.O.R.E. is a proud sponsor of the foundation’s volunteer uniforms.

Official Website: http://www.gmanetwork.com/kapusofoundation

Habitat for Humanity Philippines

Is a non-profit organization that serves Filipino families in need of decent homes. Habitat brings together partners who share the same vision of transforming lives through building responsible and sustainable communities. Established in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Philippines is a country affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International based in Georgia, USA.

Habitat for Humanity and C.O.R.E. is in partnership in providing new homes for fellow Filipinos who have been affected by natural calamities.

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Metrobank Foundation

The Metrobank Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank group, is engaged in social development projects in the Philippines and other parts of Asia. It implements various programs in visual arts, education and healthcare. The foundation also supports programs that are aimed at educating the citizens on public-interest issues through research and lectures. One of its main goals is to inspire people to excel in what they do and give recognition for their excellent contributions to their fields.

C.O.R.E. is in support to the foundation through sponsorships for the annual Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge.

Official website: http://www.mbfoundation.org.ph/

Philippine Eagle Foundation

The Philippine Eagle Foundation is firmly committed to ensure the survival of the Philippine Eagle by also focusing on the biodiversity that supports it and the forests it inhabits.Its team of scientists and researchers who embark on field research and outdoor surveys are outfitted in the right apparel that enables them to move freely and keep protected, proudly supported by C.O.R.E.

Official Website: http://philippineeagle.org/

Right Start

Right Start Community Development, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization which seeks to provide underprivileged Filipino children with opportunities to tap and attain their full creative potential.

C.O.R.E. is one of the corporate partners of Right Start and since has been able to contribute a significant difference in people’s lives through a Php 222,127.00 fund donation that was used to build a Rehabilitation Center in Cagayan De Oro for the survivors of 2011 Typhoon Sendong.


Official website: http://www.rightstart.ph/

SM Cares Foundation

SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation Inc., is the group that handles the corporate social responsibility programs of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. It was launched in 2004 to organize the sustainability efforts into a comprehensive program that tackles a wide range of initiatives: from giving a voice to the under-represented sectors of our society, to preserving the environment, and to creating innovative but sustainable avenues of growth. Through C.O.R.E., Primer Group of Companies was able to donate Php 1M to the SM Cares housing project. This will benefit the victims of Typhoon Yolanda last 2013. Houses that will be built using this amount will be named after Stellar, The Travel Club, R.O.X., Bratpack and Res|Toe|Run.


Official website: http://smcares.com.ph/aboutsmcares.html

SOS Children’s Villages Philippines

Founded in 1967, SOS Children’s Villages Philippines is a non-governement, non-denominational child welfare organization. They provide long-term, family-based care, such as basic necessities—food, shelter, clothing and education, to children who are abandoned, orphaned and neglected in extreme circumstances. The organization has been active in the field of children’s rights and committed to children’s needs and concerns. Their programs and activities focus on children of families with difficult circumstances and children who have lost the care of their own parents.

C.O.R.E. supported SOS Children’s Village Philippines in their activity, Backyard Games 2015. The organization is also a regular recipient of donations from brands under Primer Group of Companies.

Official website: http://www.sosphilippines.org/

Team Energy Foundation

With the establishment of Team Energy Foundation, Team Energy goes beyond the business of providing electricity. By extending its corporate social responsibility program and practices, the Foundation helps in national development through its strategic and high-impact projects designed to specifically address the structural causes of poverty and underdevelopment. By focusing on the significant tasks of rural electrification, education, livelihood, and health, the Foundation’s programs aim to influence learning, ignite growth and inspire change in the lives of the people. Recognizing the need to balance economic growth and sustainable development, the Foundation advocates programs that give environmental stewardship equal importance.

Team Energy is one of the active partners of CORE specifically to Environmental Program, Disaster and MN, and Community Service Activities

Official Website : http://www.teamenergy.ph/csr01.php

U! Happy Events

U! Happy Events provides sustainable support and teaches values to marginalized children in the Philippines. The group provides a platform for sponsors and volunteers to reach out to beneficiaries through creative and meaningful activities.

Since 2006, they have done an average of more than 100 events per year. We’ve partnered with individuals, companies, and other groups to aid our programs that have benefited over 80 organizations focused on children across different locations.

C.O.R.E. and U! Happy Events are in partnership with several community projects like mounting Employee Volunteer Programs for Primer Group of Companies.

Official website: http://uhappyevents.com/

University of the Philippines Mountaineers Search and Rescue Team

The University of the Philippines Mountaineers Search and Rescue Team (UPMSAR) is an auxiliary group of the UP Mountaineers. Founded in 1977, the group is mobilized during natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. They conduct training for groups and concerned citizens and set up retrieval and relief operations during times of calamity. UPMSAR is a valuable partner and resource in C.O.R.E.’s dedication to disaster management and preparedness.

Visit their Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/UPMSAR

Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines promotes recreational bird watching as an alternative adventure activity in the Philippines.One of C.O.R.E.’s conservation partners of bird species and their habitats, the Wild Bird Club also works toward the protection of the Avian Archipelago. The Wild Bird Club co-conducted a Nature Class called Bird Quest for teachers from Manila in May 2012, as part of C.O.R.E.’s Environmental Conservation Program.

Official Website: http://www.birdwatch.ph

World Wide Fund for Nature

The World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF is a non-governmental organization known throughout the globe for championing environmental conservation, research and restoration. Through its annual Earth Hour program, held every March, the WWF has raised awareness on climate change and how people can make a difference by being aware and participating.C.O.R.E. has partnered with the WWF through the production and sale of Earth Hour shirts, where a percentage of the proceeds has been donated to select beneficiaries.

Official Website: http://www.wwf.org


GMA Network

The GMA Network is one of the Philippines’ major media organizations, whose span includes radio, television and online.Known as the “Kapuso” network, GMA has shown a lot of heart, particularly as C.O.R.E. Media Partner during Romi Garduce’s Seven Summit quest.C.O.R.E. supports GMA’s news coverage of natural calamities and disasters by ensuring that journalists are equipped with weather resistant gear and apparel.

Official Website: http://www.gmanetwork.com



Bratpack speaks the vibrant language of youth. Primarily a backpack store, its retail lineup of bags, shoes, clothing’s, gadgets and quirky accessories complements a hip generation of creators and trendsetters. Bratpack also engages artists, musicians and designers with programs and publications that evoke creative diversity and a sense of community.

Bratpack supports CORE community outreach activities to the marginalized children and youth sector.

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Columbia Sportswear

We try things. That may sound like small potatoes. But more than talent, money, or good looks, trying is the fuel of progress. It’s the spirit that pushes people up mountains, down rivers, and across continents. Trying led us to put silver dots on the inside of jackets, make shirt that repel bugs, and led to rechargeable heating system in boots. If you think trying won’t help, remember the Grand Canyon started with one drop of water trying to get to the ocean, And Columbia was born as a small, family hat company in Portland. So try. Try often. Try differently. Try harder. Then try again. Greatness will follow. Columbia. Trying stuff since 1938.

Columbia Sportswear is C.O.R.E.’s official sponsor for its athletes under the Athlete and Expedition Management Program.

Visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbiasportswear-Ph

Eddie Bauer

We are an active, outdoor company rooted in the Great Northwest, and
have been outfitting the world for almost 100 years. We love inspiring and enabling you to get outside and Live Your Adventure. We believe the best adventures are shared with others. Eddie Bauer offers signature outerwear, apparel, outdoor gear, and accessories. All built to one standard: to be the best.


Mountain Hardwear


Our quest for the ultimate in performance means we take no short cuts. Anywhere. The highest quality materials, the most thorough of tests, it’s what makes Mountain Hardwear the stuff you want to have with you when things get ugly. Which is why you see our gear on elite athletes and in places like Annapurna, Antarctica or when trekking in the Swiss Alps.

It’s this relentless drive to create the absolute best that makes us who we are. Mountain Hardwear.

Mountain Hardwear is C.O.R.E.’s official sponsor for its athletes under the Athlete and Expedition Management Program and an official partner for its Risk Reduction & Disaster Preparedness Projects.

Visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MountainHardwearPh


Osprey has been in the industry for the past 40 years. Continuously reinventing backpack technology. The brand first introduced the breathable mesh in the 1976 backpack line. In 2005, Osprey invented the backpack hip belt molding that conforms to the shape of the occupants body. Osprey is a partner in launching Day Hikes and Nature Walks from Manila, together with R.O.X.


Famous for its wetsuits, rash guards, and board shorts, O’Neill is wearable for all water sports. It is the maverick, the pioneer of wetsuit and the first surf shop. Driven by passion to stay in the water longer, O’Neill has revolutionized products that lets you be first in and last out in the water.

O’Neill is C.O.R.E.’s official sponsor for its athletes under the Athlete and Expedition Management Program.

Visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oneillphl

Recreational Outdoor eXchange

Recreational Outdoor eXchange (R.O.X.) is creating raves in the outdoor industry with its unique concerns on people and environment.It is currently the largest outdoor sports and recreation superstore in Southeast Asia. It derives satisfaction in providing the tools of trade for the outdoor enthusiast, and subsequently provide outdoor experience to sustain consciousness of people on issues pertaining to environment.

R.O.X. is C.O.R.E.’s official sponsor for its athletes under the Athlete and Expedition Management Program as well as a solid partner with other programs of C.O.R.E.

Visit their Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/roxphlippines


Salvas, a diving equipment company based in Italy, has been in the business of providing top of the line equipment for people who wish to explore the seas. Salvas is a proud donor of snorkeling equipment to the Buhay Dagat initiative that educates fisher folk communities on how to take care of marine-protected areas and to develop local tourism as a viable livelihood.Salvas is available at Recreational Outdoor eXchange (R.O.X.)

Official Website: http://www.salvas.com

The North Face

The North Face® is the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear. Founded in 1968 in San Leandro California, USA, the brand is named after the iciest, toughest and most formidable façade of a mountain in the northern hemisphere to climb.

The people behind The North Face pride themselves for being the greatest advocates of exploration in the world, teaming up with the finest mountaineers, alpinists, climbers, skiers, snowboarders and endurance adventurers who have defined the limits of what is humanly possible. More than 40 years after its inception The North Face continues to inspire, enable and share the passion to Never Stop Exploring™.

The North Face is C.O.R.E.’s official sponsor for its athletes under the Athlete and Expedition Management Program.

Visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thenorthfaceph

The Travel Club

Established in 1992, The Travel Club is a premiere concept store for travel bags and luggage. This pioneering travel shop is home to top-of-the-line brands from all over the world from Tumi, Victorinox, Delsey, Ace, Mendoza,and World Traveller as well as Columbia, The North Face, Sea to Summit, Nalgene, Eagle Creek for other travel necessities. The Travel Club has diversified its roster of travel must-haves by catering to the travel needs of the younger market through Jansport, High Sierra, Eastpak, and Hedgren. Ladies bags are also in their portfolio with the arrival of Hedgren, Healthy Back Bag, Tough and Salad.

TTC supports Nature Class Program and other Community Service Activities of CORE

Visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thetravelclubph