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Celebrates Its 7th Year This year saw a new and improved Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO). This year saw a new and improved Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO). The TAYO organizers, in an effort to improve the selection process, came up with some revisions to the entry form and a new Application Briefer, a format for all the required information which could help identify each of the search indicators more accurately. This streamlines the flow of the search in gathering the finest youth organizations in the country. TAYO 7 also took the spirit of togetherness and essence of service further by enjoining the Sangguniang Kabataan to participate and defy stereotyping through the programs and projects that they have accomplished. To make the search more relevant, a new set of criteria was likewise put in place. Entries submitted are now judged based on the following criteria: Impact of the project entry on stakeholders; Harnessing the spirit of volunteerism and citizenship; Creativity and innovation; Sustainability; and Effective use of resources.

- one of the highest turnout of entries in its seven years of existence. From Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR, these groups really know what “service” is all about. As another reason to celebrate this year, Efren Peñaflorida of the Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) took the world’s center stage when he was proclaimed the CNN Hero of 2009 through the Kariton Klasrum Project. We are aware that the said project earned DTC an award as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations in 2008. TAYO is truly proud of Efren and all these unsung heroes worthy of being recognized and emulated. In the coming years, TAYO will continue to bring to the fore front the achievements of groups and outstanding innovations brought about by collective action. The search will keep moving forward to inspire more young people to find innovative solutions and to challenge status quo through the organizations to which they belong. Indeed, nation building starts when we work together to achieve a noble task. Dahil dapat sama-sama TAYO sa pag-harap ng hamon ng panahon!

TAYO 7 received almost 200 entries from youth organizations all over the country

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Presenter In November 1986, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines was established in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the bottling of Coca-Cola in the country. The Foundation’s mission is: “To refresh the communities we touch through programs that provide Filipino youth the opportunity to become self-reliant, creative and productive citizens with the drive to excel.” Coca-Cola’s partnership with TAYO began in 2005 through a special award dubbed as “Coke Barkada”, an award given to the youth organization that best embodies togetherness while making a positive change in the community. Since then, the Foundation’s commitment to youth empowerment grew ever stronger as it continues to support TAYO and its innovations year after year. Other collaborations between TAYO and Coca-Cola Foundation include the Coke Planet Project and the TAYO Leadership Training.

Organizers A non-stock, non-profit organization which aims to promote the convergence of stakeholders and policies for effective national and local governance. It facilitates dialogues and discussions among government and private sector leaders on current issues and concerns of the youth. TAYO Awards Foundation maintains active communication and networking with past and current finalists and winners, and all participants in TAYO undertakings. It also engages in post-awarding activities that focus on continued capability-building. The team behind Senator Kiko Pangilinan, the senator’s own campaign cry in 2001 for citizens not to rely simply on government, but for they themselves to work on improving their communities. Inspired by Sen. Kiko’s own background as a youth leader, student activist, and young public servant, Team Kiko is involved in different creative undertakings that seek to enhance the role of young Filipinos in nation building. It is a lead organizer of the TAYO and various initiatives that benefit the youth sector.

The National Youth Commission (NYC) is the premier youth policy-making body of the Philippine government. Providing a perspective and enthusiasm akin to the Filipino youth, the NYC represents the interests of the Filipino youth in affairs of government. Apart from this mandate, the NYC aims to celebrate youth volunteerism and best practices sharing and for this reason, it is one of the institutions who have long spearheaded the TAYO search since year one.



Supporters With the establishment of TeaM Energy Foundation, the company goes beyond the business of providing electricity. By focusing on the significant tasks of rural electrification, education, livelihood and health, their programs aim to infuse learning, ignite growth and inspire change in the lives of the people. Formerly Mirant Philippines, the Foundation has been with TAYO since its inception. The past seven years of TAYO saw TeaM Energy’s steadfast support in recognizing the efforts of youth organizations and their worthwhile initiatives that contribute to the development of their respective communities.

DSWD assists local government units, other national government agencies, peoples’ organizations and other members of civil society in the implementation of social welfare development policies, programs, projects and services. DSWD is an ardent supporter of the TAYO Awards for the past seven years. Through TAYO, it sees active youth organizations as stakeholders in the development of our nation, and not just social welfare beneficiaries.

Formerly the Philippine Council of Young Political Leaders, PCYL is a non-stock, non-profit organization that helps develop young elected or appointed government officials into competent and responsible leaders through a variety of trainings, applied research, and international exchange programs. It envisions a just, compassionate, and prosperous nation where leaders work to serve the people, earn their trust, and restore their faith in government. For six years, PCYL celebrates youth dynamism and leadership potential through TAYO. It shares TAYO’s vision of an empowered citizenry in the face of global crises.

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hen I launched TAYO in 2002, my goal was to encourage youth organizations by celebrating strength and unity. Seven years on and I am so happy to see now that that goal remains steadfast and unwavering. I have always believed that the youth is the essential constituent in nationbuilding. We have all been young once. We all know the energy, the wide-eyed enthusiasm, the unadulterated passion to make a difference, the anticipation that the future is bound with potentials. These are the things we remember when we look back on our younger years. We want all of these things to remain with the youth. We want them to never forget the unbridled vigor they have right here, right now. These are the essentials. The main objective of TAYO is to celebrate youth participation in making this country become a great nation once again. As TAYO awardee Efren Pe単aflorida has shown, no small deed ever goes to waste in terms of building a foundation for a better future. CNN has recognized this, and has given him and Dynamic Teen Company the same acknowledgement that TAYO has awarded the unassuming group and their tireless leader. But more than the accolades any award-giving body can ever give, the ultimate reward is the knowledge that what these participants do actually make a difference in the lives of their fellow men. And what a difference they make. I would like to personally thank these youths for making my job as a public servant easier. Thank you! And keep up the good work!

SENATOR FRANCIS "KIKO" N. PANGILINAN Republic of the Philippines




AYO began seven years ago with this in mind: to be a venue where small organizations with their meager initiatives in their localities are given the opportunity to be recognized and awarded for their efforts. We never expected that in seven years’ time, one of the small organizations who became part of TAYO will bring the nation international recognition of this scale. The Dynamic Teen Company started as a small youth organization that continued nurturing their advocacy, bringing love for edu-


cation to children and youth who would otherwise be caught in a cycle of poverty and the problems attached to it. We can boast that in the past seven years, the TAYO program has been recognizing and awarding more than a hundred organizations around the Philippines like the DTC.

nities. We hope that with organizations like these as examples, the Filipino youth will realize the old adage: Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan.

These organizations started their advocacies not for the sake of fame or prize, but for the earnest desire to alleviate the problems affecting members of their community, trying to give hope to people who have limited opportu-

RICHARD ALVIN M. NALUPTA Undersecretary Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer National Youth Commission

lot of people consider the number 7 a lucky number. For us at the TAYO Foundation, it isn’t only a lucky number, the number 7 represents hard work and accomplishment. Seven years ago, we hoped to have a youth award that recognized collective efforts to solve problems encountered in local communities. We hoped that this youth award would endure the changing times, given that the youth is a very dynamic sector, with changing interests and pursuits. Seven years later, our hope still

holds true, youth organizations continue to play a relevant part in improving the lives of the people around them. And though I am certain that we are extremely blessed, strong as ever on our 7th year, I also know that each of those years represented perseverance, idealism and dedication from our staff and from the numerous youth that we have encountered. On one of those years, we awarded the Dynamic Teen Company. We were very impressed with their unconventional solutions to the problems of education in their locality. On our seventh year, Efren Peñaflorida, one of the DTC heads, won the CNN Hero of the Year Award and put an international spotlight on their youth organization. Millions around the world saw what this small youth organization based in Cavite could do for the street children in their area and were inspired by their story.

Surely, Efren and DTC, weren’t just lucky to have won. Efren and DTC deserved the recognition. His win was a validation of what we’ve been doing for the past 7 years -- that these youth organizations do deserve the spotlight that we give them, and even more. In many ways, Efren’s win was a win for the faceless, nameless youth organizations that are present in practically every corner of our country, still continuing to do their share for our country. We salute all these youth organizations and their leaders who continue to do what they do for their communities and for their country. When you look back at all you have accomplished, let us be the ones to say it -- luck had nothing to do with it!

PAOLO BENIGNO "BAM" A. AQUINO IV President TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc.

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* Message delivered at TAYO 7 Awards Ceremony 28 October 2009, New World Hotel, Makati

– on “what’s in it for me”, they don’t care about the country, they do not have the passion nor the inclination to put the interest of others above their own. And the gentlemen had their research data on Filipino youth to back them up. I was so sad to hear this from them, but deep in my heart, I knew THEY were mistaken.


ne month ago, when Metro Manila was reeling from the destruction brought about by Typhoon Ondoy, I had a seemingly misplaced sense of satisfaction. Allow me to tell you this very short story, lest you think that I enjoy seeing people suffer – You see, five years ago, I met with an advertising agency to discuss a prospective campaign to get young people excited about being agents of positive change, about caring and doing their bit for their country. Coming from a generation that counted among its barkada’s gimiks: staying for a week in San Simon, Pampanga to experience a farmer’s life, going to Luneta for Cory’s miting de avance, guarding ballot boxes at the Makati City Hall, and adding to the warm bodies for People Power on EDSA, I thought it would be an exciting campaign that would naturally appeal to the youth. And I thought that the two gentlemen I was speaking with would be excited about it too – after all, we belonged to same generation. But boy was I wrong. Their immediate reaction to my proposition was that this generation is different, that the youth are focused on themselves

Fast forward to September 27, 2009. Even before the floodwaters had subsided, young people were out there, filling up volunteer centers – collecting, sorting, packing relief goods, using technology to help in the rescue efforts, risking safety and forgetting comfort to help ease the pain of people they did not know. So I was right after all! The Filipino youth still cared! And if I may quote from Conrado de Quiros: “Truly the Filipino ceases to be a disaster in times of disaster, rising beyond himself to come to the aid of the beleaguered. Or to those more beleaguered than he. It is a sight to behold.” Indeed, it was a sight to behold! Ako Mismo, Ako ang Simula – these are catchy campaigns to get the youth engaged, to get them to sign on and pledge their commitment to making a difference. I am glad that the youth are stepping up and that they are laying stake to their own future. But wearing a tag, a band, or a t-shirt declaring your commitment is just a start. Bringing that commitment to life, translating your words into action is what will really count. This is what thousands of young volunteers proved to us after Typhoon Ondoy. But, then again, to you, our dear TAYO awardees – this is nothing new. To you, making things better in your communities, caring for those who have less, are nothing extraordinary.

They are part of who you are. You saw the need for change and did not wait for others to make that change – you made that change happen. You did not wait for the reading center and pathway to be built in your school – you built them yourselves. You did not concede to the challenges of being seen as different from your peers; instead, you gave hope and inspiration to others who are like you. You did not yield to the status quo that would use precious resources for less important projects rather than addressing the very basic needs of education and nutrition for the children in your community. I am so proud of all of you! It has been five years since CocaCola Foundation first partnered with TAYO and I continue to be amazed by the youth orgs’ creativity, inspired by their passion, and invigorated by their energy. We have a lot to learn from you – your practical approach to problem solving, your discontent with being stereo-typed, your creativity and out-of-the box thinking, your genuine caring for those who tend to be left behind. The leaders among us must take the cue from you as well – as one student council president simply replied when a judge asked him what would happen to the organization’s projects when he was no longer president: he said that the accomplishments were not his alone, it was a collective effort so the work would go on, long after his term. That is what TAYO is all about – working together, serving together to make life better in our communities. Congratulations and keep up the good work! God bless you!

CECILE L. ALCANTARA President Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines




When Heroes Come Together

FEATURES 11-We Entered The TAYO Search… Now What? TAYO Continues With Year 7 1213-KC Concepcion: Full Support to TAYO 14-Who Will be the Next Efren Peñaflorida? 15-TAYO 7 National Judges 16-When Heroes Come Together 30-TAYO 7 in Photos 40-TAYO 7 Special Awards 41-KABATAAN: Ang Bagong Lakas ng Lipunan 52-Liwanag Sa Dilim 53-Heroes


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winners in the previous year were resent during the launch

Guesset National High School Science Club

20 Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines - Pamplona Chapter

22-Sangguniang Kabataan - Passi City Federation 24-Mu Sigma Phi Sorority 26-Batis - Youth Organization that Gives Hope and Inspiration (YOGHI) 28-El Consejo Atenista 32-Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Kabataang BALTAK


34-Muntinlupa Junior Rescue Team

Liwanag Sa Dilim


Efren Peñaflorida, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year


36-Iloilo Prima Galaw Productions (IPGP) 38-Earnest Support for Underprivileged Children

(E-SUCH) Charity Assistance Association, Inc.

FINALISTS 42-Pag-asa Youth Association - Talisay City Chapter 43-Tsinelas Group of Campus Volunteers 44-Kulasihan Young Achievers, Inc. 45-Students in Free Enterprise - Mindanao State University, General Santos 46-University of the Philippines Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants 47-Dire Husi Initiative Organization 48-Pongoleel 4-H Club 49-Special Education Students' Association (SPEDSA) 50-Students in Free Enterprise - University of Luzon 51-Students in Free Enterprise - St. Paul University Quezon City REGULAR SECTIONS 6-Messages 54-Acknowledgements

KC Concepcion: Full Support to TAYO

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The TAYO trophy was executed by sculptor Toym de Leon Imao. A proud product of the University of the Philippines, Imao is a highly regarded artist whose works have graced national monuments and parks, and which have been hailed as contributions of great historic and cultural significance.

Cover Photo

Cover photo shows the TAYO 7 awardees holding up a TAYO trophy as one team. This was taken during the TAYO 7 Awarding Ceremony last October 28, 2009 by Mr. Dennis Mendoza.

For the TAYO trophy, he took inspiration from the bayanihan spirit of the Filipino, as shown by the front relief of a group working hand in hand and sharing strength to attain its goals. Imao pays tribute to the collective efforts of a Filipino team, the very heart of the TAYO search. In the back relief, the artist portrays a lone individual harnessing a sail - capturing the spirit of active citizenry charting the path of the nation.


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Your organization decides to submit an entry to the TAYO awards. You comply with all the requirements needed to be a valid entry. The Secretariat then receives your entry. But between the submission and the awarding, how are the

validation requires the person assigned to the organization to interview the organization and inspect the area/recipients of the project. You need to give the correct answers to their questions, which will determine things like how many project recipients you had, how long you implemented the project, where you got your funds, etc.

The TAYO National Finals, the last level of the search, is a week-long gathering of the top 20 organizations in the country. Representatives from each of the finalist organizations are invited to come to Manila for a series of activities that include the National Judging and the Awarding Ceremony. (* more details on the TAYO National Finals Week on page 16-17)

WE ENTERED THE TAYO SEARCH… NOW WHAT? Here’s how the ten best youth organizations for the year are chosen:

Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations really determined? Here’s how…

First, the TAYO secretariat looks through all your documents to make sure that you complied with the requirements correctly. The new requirement for TAYO 7 is the “application briefer”, four pages of questions that detail information about the organization and how the project is run. It’s short, specific and structured. The panel of screeners (see below) will thank you if you follow this correctly. Second, the TAYO secretariat consults with a panel of screeners, experts in their fields, from varied sectors whose judgment skill we trust. Each area (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR) gets its own panel. Each of the panels select ten (10) entries which will undergo field validation based on the search criteria: Impact of the Project Entry on Stakeholders; Harnessing the Spirit of Volunteerism and Citizenship; Creativity and Innovation; Sustainability; and Effective Use of Resources. Third, we organize TAYO alumni, friends and partners in all corners of the country to become field validators once we determine the forty (40) organizations which will require validation. A thorough

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Each validator then prepares a report and sends video clips, photos, interview forms and additional documentation back to the secretariat to confirm the validation process. The Secretariat will then check the field validators’ reports to see if all the organizations are qualified to be elevated into the next level.

The second to the last level of the search is the Area Finals. After qualifying in the validation phase, your organization will be invited to join the Area Finals. One representative of your organization will be required to attend a two-day session that includes teambuilding activities and facing a panel of judges to present your project. A standard powerpoint presentation template will be used by your organization’s representative as they face a panel of judges to explain your project in 7 minutes tops. A 10-minute question and answer portion will follow after the presentation. If your organization survived the rigors of the Area Judging process and is deserving enough to be among the chosen five (5) organizations at the end, you will be joining the TAYO National Finals.

The judging process is pretty much similar to the Area Finals, with a shorter time limit for the presentation: five (5) minutes. The finalists will be facing a formidable panel of judges composed of various personalities. Again, they will be subjected to a question and answer round after their presentation. Ranking of scores will also be used after the judging. It is only then that the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations of the year will be determined. And to keep the suspense high, the winners will not be announced until the Awarding Ceremony. A cash grant of Php 50,000.00 awaits each TAYO winner, plus a specially commissioned trophy sculpted by Mr. Toym De Leon Imao. The TAYO selection process may be long but, as they say, the road to success is never easy. Indeed, it is not easy to select the best among very competent entries year after year. Do not despair if your organization did not make it when you submitted your entry. Instead, take it as a challenge to make your projects better and then submit an entry again. Who knows, 2010 might be your year.


The Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Year 7 was launched in ceremonies held at the Podium Cinemas. The Mega Daughter, Ms. KC Concepcion, graced the event, along with TAYO stalwarts Senator Kiko Pangilinan, TAYO Awards Foundation President Bam Aquino and National Youth Commission Chairman Richie Nalupta. Also in attendance was Ms. Cecile Alcantara, President of the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines – the presenter of TAYO 7. The event coincided with the soft launch of the 2nd QuisumbingEscandor Film Festival for Health, the winning entry for TAYO 6 of the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity


of the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine. Soon after the commitment ceremonies and speeches from the TAYO principals were concluded, those present in the cinema witnessed the screening of “Santigwar”, one of the winners of the 1st QEFF. The production staff and cast of the film were present and responded to some of the audiences’ questions in an open forum following the screening. Also present during the joint TAYO 7 and 2nd QEFF launch was Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos, Commissioner Princess Abante of NYC, Commissioner Akiko Thomson of the Philippine Sports Commission, former Health Secretary Dr. Alberto Romualdez, Jr., and DSWD Director Gerardo Eusebio.



“I’m proud to be part of this generation. It’s really inspiring for me to see what the youth are doing today.”


Her busy schedule notwithstanding, youth icon and current National Ambassador Against Hunger of the United Nations World Food Programme, KC Concepcion has been giving her time and all-out support to the Search for TAYO for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations for half of the search’s existence. KC has been actively promoting TAYO even before she acted as one of the judges during a previous search and announced the winning organizations at the TAYO Awarding Ceremonies for two straight years. She has worked with TAYO kids during various outreach programs, including inviting them to join the UN-WFP’s “End Hunger: Walk the World” activity. KC acknowledges that she has personally become more inspired by the projects of the TAYO participants. “And I also get intimidated by the youth leaders. Sino ba naman ako para humarap sa inyo?” she revealed. “It helped that I spent years living abroad because I can appreciate my country more. And as TAYO’s year 7 comes to a close, I am really amazed at what the youth can do today. I’m really proud to be part of this generation.”

Understandably, KC is also overwhelmed by the things she witnesses in the course of her job as an ambassador and her other involvements, like in TAYO. “Everytime I go back to Mindanao, I hardly think about my work in showbiz. I want to participate not just through entertainment, but in getting a lot more people involved,” said KC. “Hunger, unfortunately, is a tremendous challenge that continues to face our generation and it’s not going away until we do something about it. I’m thankful to TAYO that they gave me an opportunity to talk about this. It is the most basic need, kasi kung gutom naman ang estudyante paano siya papasok? Hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria, and HIV combined.” Calling on the youth, KC stressed, “Our generation’s responsibility is to give back,” quoting Chinese actor Jet Li, whom she met at the Clinton Global Initiative forum in Hong Kong in December 2008. When asked why, she replied: “Because we can. There should be no other explanation. “And like TAYO, we can do more if we work together.”

*KC flew to the UN WFP headquarters in Rome in March 2009 and spoke to some 100 officials and staff members of the WFP as the country’s national ambassador against hunger to plead for more funds—at least $7 million (P340 million)—to help feed poor children in Mindanao.

It was the first time a celebrity ambassador delivered a report to top WFP officials in Rome as reporting about the WFP’s programs in any country is usually the job of the country director. KC’s speech was well-applauded by WFP officials, among them deputy director Brenda Barton and Cynthia Jones, head of private partnership for Asia; Nancy Walters, chief of school feeding; Valerie Guarnierie, program design and strategic director; and Lionello Boscardi, coordinator of celebrity relations and special events. Other UN-WFP ambassadors include: American actors Sean Penn and Drew Barrymore, Brazilian soccer superstar Kaka, and South Korean actor-musician Jang Dong-gun.

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In 2008, months before the Larry King interview and the subsequent fame and popularity brought about by CNN Heroes' campaign, Efren Peñaflorida’s organization, Dynamic Teen Company (DTC), was one of the winners of the 6th Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO). It was being recognized for its work on Kariton, Klasrum & Klinik (KKK), a literacy and hygiene program for unschooled children. Because of his outstanding work and the example he had set for others around the world, Efren—“Kuya Ef” to his wards—has since won as the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year. The world is now tuned in to the Philippines, seeing the power of great ideas and the hardworking heroes who make them happen. The work of Efren and of the many other individuals and organizations under the TAYO program is testament to the powerful effects of empowering young people to take action. TAYO hopes to inspire more young people to find innovative solutions and to challenge status quo through the organizations to which they belong. The search for TAYO also encourages the selection of projects that can be replicated by youth organizations in other parts of the country.

Efren was one of the judges during the Luzon Area Finals of the 7th TAYO Search. He is now helping to encourage more young people to take action and help others. When asked what it took to be a hero, he replied, “When people regard me as a hero, I always tell them that they should look inside them too because I believe that there’s a hero inside every one of us and all we have to do is just to open our eyes wide and feel what’s going on, then let our hearts be willing to accommodate the needy, the desperate and the hopeless simply by extending our hand to them, and there you will unfold the hero that is in you.” Through creative partnerships like TAYO, it will only be a matter of time before more Efrens are developed and discovered… and unleashed to do a ton of good in a world that badly needs it.

* TAYO supported Efren during the Heroes Rally held at the Mall of Asia last November 9. This was before he left for the United States for the Awarding Ceremony of the 2009 CNN Hero. Even before that, TAYO also helped in the campaign to vote for him as CNN Hero of the Year. When he arrived in Manila after his win, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines honoured Efren and the Dynamic Teen Company with a “Servant Leadership Award” during a tribute lunch held last December 4. Senator Kiko Pangilinan also presented a copy of the Senate Resolution he initiated to congratulate and commend Efren for his win as CNN Hero of the Year. A “Kasama TAYO Award” was also given by TAYO Awards Foundation to him for being an inspiration to all Filipinos and to all young people. A Heroes Welcome was thereafter held last December 11 to honor Efren and the Dynamic Teen Company. They marched pushing their “Kariton Klasrum” from Paseo De Roxas to Ayala and Makati Avenue. This march was held with the objective of encouraging Filipinos to take an active part in changing the country for the better.



THE TAYO 7 NATIONAL JUDGES Senator Kiko Pangilinan Philippine Senate


Mr. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV President, TAYO Awards Foundation

MR. JAN VINCENT ONG The Philippine Star

Chairperson Richard Alvin Nalupta National Youth Commission

MR. BOY ABUNDA Media Personality

Ms. Cecile Alcantara President, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines


Regional Director Violeta Cruz Department of Social Welfare and Development

MR. JOHN PIERMONT MONTILLA Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay, TAYO 1

The TAYO 7 National Judges with the organizers.

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When Heroes Come Together The TAYO 7 National Finals Week

Twenty youth organizations converged at the SEAMEO Innotech Center for the 7th Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations National Finals Week. The International House served as home base for the representatives and secretariat for the duration of the finals.

to maximize the finals week activities. They were also given the story behind the TAYO trophy by Mr. Toym de Leon Imao, the renowned sculptor who had been producing the specially-crafted trophies since the inception of TAYO. Mr. Jun Angeles of the National Youth Commission (NYC) Northern Luzon Area Office supervised some short getting to know you activities to facilitate the bonding of the representatives.

Day 1 began with registration and orientation activities. Several TAYO Alumni from the previous batches were present to encourage the newbies, recognizing their efforts while giving important pointers for them

The group woke up with a sense of anticipation as they are scheduled to go to Subic. The highlight of the day was the trip to Zoobic Safari. This proved to be no mere children’s excursion, as they were introduced to the different species in the facilitY. This was



capped by a safari tour to the tiger enclosure, where all the participants had a close encounter of the striped kind. Of course no visit to Subic is complete without some free time to explore the duty-free outlets. The representatives arrived in Manila tired and anticipating the rigors of the national judging the following day. None of the participants had any idea about who will be grilling them during the judging. They were a little nervous to face the panel of judges, co-chaired by Senator Kiko Pangilinan and TAYO Awards Foundation President Bam Aquino. The panel was completed by NYC Chairman Richie Nalupta; Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines President Cecile Alcantara; Bato-Balani Foundation Executive Director Ching Jorge; Philippine Star Supreme columnist Jan Vincent Ong; DSWD Regional Director Violeta Cruz; TAYO 1 representative (Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay founding chair) Mr. John Piermont Montilla; Intelligent Skin Care managing director Cristalle Belo Henares; and media personality Mr. Boy Abunda.The representatives tried to compose themselves as they presented their projects in its best light and attempted to answer all the questions posed by the judges. They were assured prior to the judging that their entries will be weighed on its merits, not solely by the skill of the presenter, but their skills were nevertheless tested by the formidable panel of judges. As the national judging came to a close, Mr. Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy and Ms. Reese Fernandez of Rags2Riches, two of the most prominent youth-led social entrepreneurship groups in the country, shared with the participants how these organizations began their advocacies and issued them a challenge to create more value in their projects.

sentatives were on the edge, not only because they anticipated the awarding ceremonies which will be held the next day, but because this was going to be their opportunity to share their projects to a wider audience. The media visits began with a visit to the show “Mornings@ANC”, which for some, were their first TV appearance. This was followed by trips to three of the biggest radio stations in the country DZMM, DZBB and DZRH. All of the representatives were given a chance to showcase their projects, and they were also able to encourage other youth organizations not only to make worthwhile projects, but to aspire to be part of TAYO themselves. The next day, the highly anticipated National Awarding Ceremonies finally arrived. The entire batch of org representatives were at the New World Renaissance Hotel as early as 8:00 a.m. While waiting for the ceremonies to start, they received their initial surprise for the day as they were joined by the popular band Rivermaya, who performed their best-known songs during the awards program. The audience had their hairs standing on its end with the renditions of “Awit ng Kabataan” and “Liwanag sa Dilim”, not only in awe of the band’s wicked skill, but because these songs embodied the spirit of the projects of the organizations being feted. The program was hosted by TAYO Awards Foundation President Bam Aquino. Ms. KC Concepcion announced the names of the winning organizations, an unexpected surprise for the representatives. The presence of TAYO organizers, supporters and partners, as well as members from the finalist organizations and former TAYO awardees and finalists made the event memorable not only to the winners, but to all the organizations who made it to the National Finals.

By the fourth day of TAYO week, most of the repre-

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The equal right to education isn’t the only thing we all should be getting, but the convenient and comfortable state of learning should never be just an option. When even the schools in Metropolitan Manila experience shortage in classrooms, what do schools in the provinces expect? In a number of areas all over the country, this has become a usual sight: classes being conducted under the trees; students bringing their own chairs to class; students all cramped up in a small corner, trying hard to pay attention to the teacher’s lectures; and teachers ignoring either humidity or strong winds while conduct-

cum herbal garden was revived where students started cultivating plants and selling seedlings of mahogany which grow abundant in the school grounds. The initiative of the teenagers in the club instilled the same enthusiasm among their schoolmates, teachers and parents to help guarantee that the projects will come to completion. Together with the other students and supported by its General PTCA,

Building One’s Future Organization: Guesset National High School Science Club Project Entry: Adopt-Your-Own-School: Regreen and Restructure its Physical Facilities and Environment ing classes in make-shift classrooms. These describe what our young students and educators in the public sector go through in the quest for learning. These are the same experiences that prompted the members of the Guesset National High School Science Club in La Union to put up the “Adopt-YourOwn-School” project. “The school where most of the children in our community are studying have so many needs to be addressed, but the school facilities are very limited, which results to problems within the school. The place is not conducive enough for learning,” explained Geormie-lyn Alcaraz, Guesset National High School Science Club’s representative to the TAYO 7 search. The group built a temporary reading center for students, which also functions as a receiving and dining area for visitors which they called “Kubo-kubo”. A little landscaping on the school grounds resulted into a recreational garden where students stay to study or relax during breaks. Bamboos were used to fence and secure the school grounds. A nursery



barangay officials, municipal government and some private individuals, bamboo, cogon, grass, rocks, bags of cement and even steel bars were brought and used to spruce up the school. The Guesset National High School Science Club revolutionized volunteerism in their community and has democratized the face of education by means of being able to carry out some of the much-needed projects of the school without having to wait for government action. “Didn’t Dr. Jose Rizal say that ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan? We in the club believe that all of us are young leaders and that all of us have the initiative to show leadership. We conceptualized this project because we really care not only to solve the current problems of the government in education but also to save the future generations of this country,” Geormie-lyn said. “As we see the changes that we have made, we are more motivated to do more projects. Young as we are, we know that we can do something good in

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our community. All the little things that we make, when added together, would bring greater change. Age is not the basis of leadership, but the dedication that goes with all our initiative to do good deeds to others,” Geormie-lyn ended. We couldn’t agree more. With young leaders like them, we are off to a better future. Hats off to these young dynamic movers of change! The Department of Education expected that there are over 5.6 million students in public secondary schools for this school year 2009-2010 alone, so that explains the need for more buildings and classrooms to be put up in our public schools in the country. Some of these public schools have become over populated because of the influx of students. Good thing we are inspired by Guesset National High School Science Club’s example of taking the lead in helping solve this problem. They have literally built their future ahead.


Organization: Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines Pamplona, Camarines Sur Chapter Project Entry: Dunong Kwarta sa Bio-Sand Filter Project

Studies prove that man can live without food but never without water. The numerous efforts to protect all bodies of water are being developed, studied and applied so that we can continue to have not only enough water supply in our homes but to have the clearest, cleanest and safest drinking water much needed by our human bodies. The Pamplona, Camarines Sur Chapter of the Pagasa Youth Association of the Philippines, an organization composed of out-of-school youth, initiated a livelihood project named the “Dunong Kwarta


sa Bio-Sand Filter Project”. Aimed at providing its people—especially the young children in the area— safer water to drink, its local government unit and a private construction firm helped provide the organization with crushed gravel to construct the needed bio-sand water filters. Packed with the vigor in completing the project, the group explained that with the use of crushed gravel where the water passes through, the dirt is then sifted, the small particles stay with the crushed gravel and the water becomes clearer. The gravel takes away the contaminants from the water, which makes it an odorless and less complicated process. This pro-


cess is able to provide potable water that’s safe for young kids’ consumption. “Potable water is obtained by pouring water, whether from rivers, streams or deep well, into the bio-sand filter and its output can be immediately used. The supply, treatment

BioSand Water Filters is comparable to the centuries old slow sand filtration process. It is known to remove 95.0 to 99.0% of some organic contaminants, which includes bacteria, viruses, protozoa, worms, and particles. Filtration through this process is free of discoloration, odor, and unpleasant taste, thus making it safe for drinking, food preparation, hygiene, and sanitation. This is one innovative way of keeping our water clean and safe.

drinking clean and safe water. “It is fulfilling to know that we have become part of the beneficial changes in our community. We felt that young people like us can really become a medium of change of the country,” Arvin proudly said.

and distribution of water therefore become within the control of the individual households,” explains Arvin Regidor, the group’s representative. Moreover, the PYAP Pamplona Camarines Sur Chapter, with the support of various organizations, helped in giving the out-of-school youth an added income as well by producing more bio-sand filters and accomplishing two units per day. The willingness of non-government organizations to subsidize the cost of production paved the way for its expansion. It brought the bio-sand filters not only to 13 barangays in Pamplona but also in the neighboring towns. The expansion has given the youth a chance to earn while improving their quality of life. The organization together with their coordinators, foreman, filter technicians and some US Peace Corps Volunteers likewise conduct trainings and identify beneficiaries and also make outreach activities to educate its community with the health benefits they can get with

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SEALing THE DEAL FOR THE FUTURE Organization: Sangguniang Kabataan Passi City Federation Project Entry: SEAL “Investing on the younger generations is one way of ensuring a better future for our country.” This is what Stephen John Palomaria, President of the Sangguniang Kabataan Passi City Federation said when asked why they have dedicated all their efforts in supporting day care centers in 51 barangays in Passi City. Composed of 51 SK Chairmen and 400 SK Kagawads in the City of Passi, these young people united and gathered all their resources to create and implement Project S.E.A.L. or otherwise known as Project Stimulating Early Academic Learning for Children to Study, Explore, Achieve and Lead. This is their response to the pressing problems of malnourishment among children ages 3-6, lack of educational materials for daycare centers, limited access to learning centers for these toddlers and even problems on child rearing. These concerns are quite a handful for young people like Stephen, not to forget that their organization has to reap nega-

There is no such thing as too early in educating little kids. According to studies, children exposed to studying at a very early age will likely learn more things and remember more things as compared to those who begin formal school at age 5. Dr. Robert Titzer, an expert in infant learning says that children to be able to reach its full potential in brain development, should be exposed in studying even as early as infanthood by teaching these children simple words and by reading to them these words correctly. So SK Federation of Passi City just made the right choice of giving all-out support to our pre-schoolers. This is one effective way of empowering our heroes-to be. Way to go, Project SEAL!


tive stigma of people noting them as just mere supporters of all sorts of sports events or commonly known as “liga” during barangay fiestas. It was difficult to begin a new project with all sorts of criticisms following them. Yet, as Stephen puts it, they took the challenge and made sure to prove their critics wrong. And so with clear vision all the 51 SK Chairmen jointly began Project S.E.A.L. With its objectives of uplifting the quality of life of the children in their community who have working mothers and also empowering these children by giving more educational materials in their respective day care centers, Project SEAL was put into place. All of the SK Chairmen allocated a budget which covered school supplies and food to be given to kids in the daycare centers. As to reading materials, they have done it themselves – writing, drawing and lay-out to cut on cost and to put a personal touch in the project. By being writers and artists themselves, the City Government of Passi saved Php500, 000. In turn, they were able to help 67 day care workers by providing them with visual aids, an estimated 2,000 daycare kids were given books and other school supplies, supplemental feeding were implemented in all 51 barangays and they were able to set-up as well a City Hall Day Care Center. This is to help local government employees provide a venue for their schooling children that is within close range at their workplace to ensure them of their children’s safety. This City Hall Day Care Center benefitted 33 pre-school kids.


“We believe that a valued child is the answer to the challenges of time towards a new Philippines,” writes SK Passi City Federaton in their TAYO Entry Form. Because of this, an ordinance was passed in the City Council of Passi to ensure the projects’ continuity and sustainability amidst change of leadership. The city government likewise hopes that the S.E.A.L. books will be distributed annually following the one-is-to-one ratio in their daycare centers.

participation and encouraging others in creating big changes in the community even through small good deeds.

When all these were done, Stephen was asked about their feelings on the change they have made in their city and he said that all of their efforts gave them a feeling of greater fulfillment for as Stephen candidly said, “the smiles cannot be exchanged to whatever monetary amounts.” The children’s smiles were their sincerest act of gratitude for a sincere service and help extended to them.

Stephen expressed his dream for the youth of our country, “I dream for a community in which all services are delivered directly to the young people. I also dream of an empowered youth sector. I want an involved youth in nation building. I hope more young people will create blue oceans in everything they do. Tayo pa rin ang maasahang pag-asa ng ating bayan.”

As they became winners of the TAYO 7 search, the Sangguniang Kabataan Passi City Federation dreams that their organization will continue to be a center of good governance, advocating more actively for youth

As our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal puts it in his words that the youth is the hope of our land, the SK Federation of Passi City just showed us how to begin. They have SEALed the DEAL and invested correctly for the future leaders of our land.

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Health is wealth -- a proverb that is never outdated nor obsolete. When news of plagues or epidemics hit our country, especially in the remote areas, we know we cannot just sit and watch people die without receiving any medical attention. In its 75 years of existence, the UP College of Medicine’s first medical sorority, Mu Sigma Phi, has very high regard on sisterhood, scholarship and leadership apart from serving by conducting medical and surgical missions throughout the country. “We learned that a young Dumagat scholar with a very promising future died of Tuberculosis. He was the hope not just of his family but the tribe as well. When he succumbed to the complications of TB, his dreams and the family’s future died with him. It should not have happened if only they knew whom


to seek for help,” said Rita Mae Ang, a member of the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority. One pressing issue affecting remote communities that needed to be addressed is the inaccessibility to health care of people in far barangays. Philippine topography adds to the difficulty in having health services accessible to those living in those far-flung areas. The sorority took on the challenge. Their initial project site for the Tutok GaMutan project is Barangay Calawis of Antipolo City, Rizal. Scheduled visits to this community in Calawis were made to aid those people suffering from lung problems. Educating the community of everything it needed to know about tuberculosis was the first step, followed by the re-training of the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) in handling and processing sputum smears and in implementing direct-observed treatment (DOT) to


empower them as responsible treatment partners. A TB diagnostic committee was formed to handle the cases that were difficult to diagnose while they solicited complete anti-TB medications from drug companies. Mu Sigma Phi saw to it that TB patients in the community got regular follow-up check-ups from the sorority physicians. Families were also informed of the need for contact tracing to assess the patients’ successful recovery from the disease. To date, this project helped cure eleven patients who are now healthier and fit to work. Plus, Barangay Calawis has had lesser number of TB cases since then.

that awareness in their own spheres. They must use that dynamism by participating, encouraging and inspiring older and even younger people in becoming health advocates. In the next 2-5 years, Mu Sigma Phi Sorority will continue to serve the underserved and continue their health advocacy and activities in order to become catalysts of change through health education and promotion directed to those who have less in the community. “There’s no need to wait before we can accomplish big things,” Rita concluded.

“We are proud that health consciousness in the com-

The Touch That Heals Organization: Mu Sigma Phi Sorority Project Entry: Tutok GaMUtan munity has improved because of our project. Back then, they just relied on the periodic visits of health workers, but now they do not only actively seek medical solutions to their health problems, they also work to prevent diseases from spreading. Through our ‘cough clinics’ and health education activities, the stigma on Tuberculosis was greatly reduced. Those who have completed the treatment were given a sense of accomplishment and improved self-esteem. We realized that the youth are instrumental in bringing about change for a healthier future,” Rita shared. Mu Sigma Phi Sorority hopes that the youth’s awareness is not restricted with only what the eyes see, that they may learn to be responsible for their own health and continue taking an active role in raising

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According to the record of the World Health Organization’s 2009 Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report, the Philippines ranked 9 out of the 22 countries in the world that are considered to have a high-burden of Tuberculosis cases. We also came second to China as having the highest number of TB cases in the AsiaPacific Region. In the year 2007, an estimated 100 Filipinos died of the disease each day. To date, efforts of lowering mortality rates are given much emphasis by concerned government agencies as TB is now considered to be a curable disease.


DRAWN TO HOPE Organization: Batis-Youth Organization that Gives Hope and Inspiration (BATIS-YOGHI) Project Entry: YOGHI Manga 26


“Habang may buhay may pag-asa (While there is life; there is hope),” this is one of the famous adages that most of the Filipinos hold on to. Perhaps, this is one reason that makes each one of us believe that all that is painful may just be a passing phase because all will soon be well. Batis-Youth Organization that Gives Hope and Inspiration, also known as YOGHI, indeed gives hope to their fellow young people who are looking for answers to their questions. YOGHI is the only recognized organization in the Philippines composed of Japanese-Filipino Children (JFC). They help JFCs come to terms with their unique identity and eventually gain recognition from their Japanese fathers after failed relationships with their mothers. They hope to uplift the morale of these young people. Batis-YOGHI helps these JFCs stand strong against discrimination and prejudice and also educate them of their rights. This organization made this possible through the production of a YOGHI manga. A manga is a comic popularized by the Japanese and has been the favorite of young people. The YOGHI manga aims to impart to readers some very important lessons on identity and struggles of JFCs, as well as stories about particular experiences that JFCs go through. Around 200,000-300,000 JFCs has been estimated by YOGHI, making this group the largest in number with regard to inter-racial children in the Philippines. Alongside this are issues confronting these JFCs in being recognized by their fathers, being allowed privileges of choosing their nationality and being accorded child support that is due them. These among others are what YOGHI desires to help the JFCs with. The conception of the manga has been one effective tool in creating awareness in the country about JFCs. With 2,000 copies initially released for the public, YOGHI continues its thrust in protecting children of migrant workers, understanding adolescent sexuality, peer pressure and poverty as areas of concerns. “Batis-YOGHI envisions a free, peaceful and egalitarian society where all live simply and according to their needs, participate in political endeavors and collectively act towards personal and societal development,” Mikas Matsuzawa, representative of the organization to the TAYO 7 shared the organization’s vision. The organization works closely with the Japanese Embassy and the Batis Center for Women, an NGO who addresses the concerns of distressed Filipino

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women migrant workers who returned to the country from Japan. With the YOGHI manga in place, the organization hopes that they too will gain support from other socio-civic society groups that will help them advance the rights of the JFCs and empower them as well. “We hope to unite migrant children to support each other as they face the failed migration experiences of their parents. I also dream for a Philippines where the youth sector are involved and one with the sentiments of other oppressed as well as minority people in the country; youth who are working collectively and mobilizing themselves for the future of the country,” Mikas added as she expressed her desire for the youth in the country. The YOGHI manga project hopes to reach not only the JFCs, youth-oriented organizations and government institutions in the Philippines but those in Japan as well. Furthermore, the organization dreams that the manga could instigate action among the sectors involved and generate support for its other youth-oriented projects. “I feel honored and lucky to be part of the change and involved with the organization that promote social change and integrates with the community,” Mikas continued when YOGHI was declared as one the TAYO 7 winners. “Walang sinumang nabubuhay para sa sarili lamang (No one lives for himself alone)”, this is what BatisYOGHI has imparted to us, that we should not care less of other people especially if they belong to the minority. We have a role to take and possibilities are endless to extend help to those who seem oppressed.

Mangas began in the 12th century in Japan and during those times, these Japanese comics were written in scrolls. Most mangas before had cultural and historical themes. These were depicted through whimsical sketches. In our modern day, famous mangas that hooked most Filipinos were Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Doraemon to name a few. Who knows that the newest socially relevant manga that came from the BATIS-YOGHI will also get more young people hooked to doing something significant for our country?!


It was love. It was hate. Or perhaps both that became the reasons to startup this project. El Consejo Atenista, the college student government of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University saw the importance to respond to the need to unite the Ateneo college students despite differences in interests and likewise to eradicate apathy among the students. Written in their entry form for TAYO 7, “Apathy as a social cancer has always been a problem besetting almost all institutions including the academe. The Ateneo de Zamboanga University is no exemption to this. The school has been a living witness to the glaring detriments of the culture of apathy such as the low voters’ turnout during student government elections, student’s lack of involvement and awareness in school activities, and an obvious cloud of passiveness among the students on important issues affecting them. Indeed the culture of apathy exists in different angles and breathes in a myriad of faces.” This then ignited the desire to launch the project dubbed as “The Rewired: I-Hate-Apathy Program.” Implemented through multifaceted phases to encourage more participation, El Consejo Atenista involved its students in many activities from organized forum in understanding important social issues to environmental engagements for a hands-on experience in saving the environment, all these to get the students connected once again to the real situation and the goings-on around them and, thus the term “REWIRED.” It must have been all about love of the organization for students to hate seeing them apathetic about things happening around them. And so as part of The Rewired: I-Hate-Apathy Program, El Consejo Atenista designed 5-stage student involvement activities that include: Community Service, Political Engagement and Education, Social Awareness and Involvement, Environmental Initiatives and School-based Activi-

ties. Through these, students were exposed to many volunteerism initiatives working alongside other nongovernment and socio-civic sectors. Ateneans likewise participated during the on-site Satellite Voters’ Registration and also became part of the “No to ConAss Before 2010 Campaign”. There was a significant result in students’ participation in these activities. Christian Olasiman, El Consejo Atenista President testified and expressed satisfaction on the outcome brought about by the implementation of the project. He said that the organization felt positivism and excitement upon seeing significant results shown in the above average ratings given to them by the students during the assessment survey and evaluation. When asked what inspired him and his organization to do all these, Christian had this to say, “If you want to make a change, be the change and dream big while taking small steps. These are adages that inspired me and my colleagues to work hard and develop a strong passion for service and doing more for others. Moreover, the Ignatian values of Magis – doing more and Cura Personalis-care for persons/others- are also factors that motivated us to work and make our initiatives in congruence and synonymous with Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s motto – Pro Deo Et Patria – In the service of God and country.” After winning in the TAYO 7 search, El Consejo Atenista continues its initiatives with more upcoming events to sustain

Love And Hate Collide Organization: El Consejo Atenista Project Entry: The Rewired: I-Hate-Apathy Program



students’ involvement and to remain to be of service to its community. The organization shows all of us the importance of taking part in nation-building by being involved so that our country may be filled with dynamic citizens, informed and able to fight for what is right. Having exposed these college students to various activities and the opportunity to work with several groups of different people, El Consejo Atenista provided a venue for these young men and women to put all their energies and zest for life into good use. The organization paved the way for these students to find their place in the world and thus allowed them to prove their worth in the community they live in. “I desire for the youth to tap their dynamism and creativity to create an environment where each and everyone can be productive in bringing about change and development in their own special spheres. I want them to believe in their capacity as young leaders and realize they can do more, that they can contribute something significant and positive towards their personal and community’s

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Apathy came from a Greek word “apatheia,” which literally means “without feelings” or the “absence of passion.” Only dead bodies can be considered as not having feelings anymore or can no longer be passionate. And since young people are known to have the highest energies and zest for life, we can never be part of the group classified as those who are without feelings. Therefore, let’s set free our passions and let others feel our presence. After all, Albert Einstein once said, “The world is a dangerous place to live in, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” HATE APATHY, LOVE PARTICIPATION! El Consejo Atenista showed us the way to see the light!

growth. The young should no longer be passive recipients of adult wisdom. Our country is our own to earn, shape and lead. The Philippines expects the best for us. Destiny beckons. Let us begin.” This is Christian’s call to his fellow young leaders.




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Trash turns to

Organization: Samahan ng Maliit na Mangingisda ng Kabataang BALTAK (SMM-KABALTAK) Project Entry: Styrofoam Collection in Coastal Areas of Atimonan, Quezon They live in the coastal areas of Atimonan, Quezon. Their main source of living is fishing, having been raised in a family of fishermen. The sea has been their partner for everyday survival. Life was okay then - fish were abundant and it meant more income for the family. Until one day, they observed that the catch became fewer and fewer each day. The young people of Atimonan became concerned of the situation. As they evaluated, the cause of the problem is not only illegal fishing. They are now seeing lots of styrofoam littered in the coastlines and even floating at sea. These young people organized themselves to help solve this problem. Samahan ng Maliit na Mangingisda ng Kabataang BALTAK, otherwise known as SMM Kabaltak is a youth organization composed mainly of out-of school youth who are also fishermen or in most cases children of fishermen. After suffering much with low catch of fish, these young people united their efforts in cleaning up their coastlines and in rehabilitating the sea. They even launched a styrofoam collection drive along coastal areas in Atimonan, Quezon. Kabaltak is not a first-timer in the TAYO Search. They

The entire world produced 14 million metric tons of styrofoam a year, not to forget that some of these do not end up being recycled. 25-30% of all our styrofoam end up in landfills and becomes hazardous to the environment since they do not decompose. In the United States, Recycle Tech a company which specialized in manufacturing recycling equipment made the Styrofoam Recycling Equipment. This allows styrofoam to be processed through an extraction system, which melts and compresses the styrofoam and thus generating a solid mass. This solid mass now becomes raw material for production of picture and document cases, fabric, shoes and CD jewel cases. Let’s be inspired by SMM Kabaltak’s example. Let’s recycle!


have been a TAYO winner in 2007 with their “Concrete Artificial Reef” project. Until now, they continue to awe everyone in the community of their unwavering commitment in helping save Mother Earth. This time, they have proven once again that the cause they are fighting for is all worth it. In partnership with the Rotary Club of Atimonan and Rotary Club International, SMM Kabaltak set-up styrofoam buying stations to encourage local residents to participate in cleanups. In turn, the residents were paid P25.00 for every sack turned over to the buying stations. Collection came in easy, reaching 10-15 sacks of styrofoam a day. With all these styrofoam collected, the organization anticipated the use of these trash collected to be used to float the 70 feet diameter Rotary International Emblem Concrete Artificial Reef Project. It was estimated that the 80-tons concrete structure would need 1,000 sacks of styrofoam to have it floating at sea. “By collecting these styrofoam, trash turns to gold”, explained SMM Kabaltak in their TAYO entry form. Likewise, this project was also an opportunity to reach out to coastal communities in order to raise their awareness in environmental protection. “Pakiramdam ko ay nakakatulong kami sa ibang mangingisda dahil napakarami po naming isda at nalinis pa ang mga baybayin. Masaya po kami dahil alam naming malaki ang naitutulong namin sa aming pamayanan. (I feel we have helped oth-


er fishermen because we now have more catch and our coastlines are cleaner. We are very happy knowing that we were able to help our community),” Jerald Saludes, representative of the organization to the TAYO 7 search shares his feeling towards the outcome of their project. In these times of severe environmental problems signaled by global warming and climate change, efforts like this is one way of helping save Mother Earth from complete devastation. The organization’s goal of turning one problem to their advantage is comparable to King Midas’ touch of turning things to gold, while in their case turning trash into something that will continuously give them gold with better catch of fish in days to come. SMM Kabaltak’s love for the environment earned them a spot as winner in TAYO 7. When asked about their dream for their organization in the next 2-5 years, Jerald said he wants to see more young people in their community loving and preserving the sea and the marine life. “Huwag na tayong umasa sa gobyerno at mga nakakatanda, kabataan magsimula nang gumalaw at baguhin ang kapalaran (Let us not wait for the government or for our our elders to act, the youth should begin to move and change our destiny.),” Jerald’s call to his fellow youth. All of us are called to make a difference in this world beginning with our own community. No one is too poor or too rich for us to be able to make our place cleaner and our future brighter. With SMM Kabaltak, we have seen that the youth indeed is the gold of this country.

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Organization: Muntinlupa Junior Rescue Team Project Entry: Junior Rescue Training Program Volunteerism is one important trait that was seen among young Filipinos during one of the most devastating disasters, the typhoon Ondoy. In all these trying times, we have seen a sense of heroism amongst these young individuals who risked their own lives in saving other people. This is the kind of young people we want to have today and this is what the Muntinlupa Junior Rescue Team is doing to be relevant in nation-building. Believing that safety is everybody’s concern, the youth of Muntinlupa organized to put all their efforts together to be able to train their fellow youth in helping respond to emergency situations. In doing this, they were joined by the Muntinlupa Emergency Response Group, Muntinlupa City Disaster Coordinating Council, Muntinlupa City Fire Bureau and the City One big organization that operates mainly in volunteerism is the United Nations Volunteers or also known as the UNV. The organization believes that the power of volunteerism can help in the development of peace initiatives in countries and may likewise effect sustainable change in these communities. Among their thrusts are helping countries develop programs that will help gain leverage in the aspects of economics, politics, social participation ad of course peace and development. UNV has 7,500 volunteers and 75% of which comes from the developing countries. This only goes to show that even those coming from developing countries that also need intervention, also shares whatever they have to make this world a better place to live in.

explained their organization’s thrust. With members coming from different walks of life, the organization has helped train these young individuals to equip them on first aid and basic life support, angle rescue and rappelling, water rescue, basic swimming and mass casualty incident handling. The training included hands-on experience with available rescue equipment. With this, members were able to volunteer as emergency personnel or helped rescue during events of fire, typhoons, community disasters accidents and other initiatives such as the “Oplan Kaluluwa” and medical missions. Their involvement in these activities realized their desire of being able to help save lives, so that the victims of disasters or accidents can survive. “It was a song that inspired us in doing such project. It was Jam by Cookie Chua and Keven Roy and the lyrics go: Kilos kabataan oras natin makialam, makijam, makilahok. Kilos Kabataan oras natin ‘to. Ang mundong dinatnan tayo ang magpatakbo. Maki-jam ka, pare ko,” shares Marc Paolo Calalang, President and representative of the organization during the TAYO 7 finals week.

Government of Muntinlupa, “The goal of this project is to lead the youth out of harm’s way from the dangers of drugs and other vices, to enrich their social and intellectual growth and discover their talents and capabilities in helping the community in times of need,” written in their TAYO entry form as they



Paolo expresses their feeling every time they take part in rescue operations. “We are overwhelmed because we know that we are able save the lives. We are inspired every time our organization made change possible in the community. “ As the feeling of fulfillment cannot be quantified in any statistical form, Muntinlupa Junior Rescue Team has seen their purpose in their community. These purposeful lives they lead only show us that indeed as long as we continue to look after others’ welfare, our lives will have more meaning and our hearts will grow with so much care. “Our dream for the young people in our community is for them to help other people and be prepared for any disaster that might happen. Our dream for the young people in the country is for them to be inspired in helping others and have unity in making change for our country,” Paolo further emphasized. For the Muntinlupa Junior Rescue Team winning this year’s TAYO search is probably just a cherry on the cake. Because for them, the true measure of winning life’s race is keeping one person’s life. This is their calling – this is their purpose. This is what makes a true winner.

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Performing to entertain can be fulfilling to every artist. Cheers, applause and compliments make all the hard work worth it. But it is not limited only for the paying public. It becomes more rewarding when done with the greater intention of helping those who may have less in life and those who have gone through so much hardships. The Iloilo Prima Galaw Productions creatively uses their talents by performing for the orphans, abused women, mentally ill patients and the youth who were more than eager to learn more about arts. Believing in the realization of dreams and the power of inspiration is what motivated them into conceptualizing “Project Dream,” which aims to raise funds in order to give assistance to several deserving institutions in Iloilo. These are the Center for the Mentally Ill Persons, the Dominican Girls’ Home and the Georgia International Academy, to name a few. Every curtain call does not denote an end of an act, but it

meant more people being accorded help. Ma. Krizia Ledesma, IPG’s representative, proudly describes their vocation and says, “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Nothing beats having the passion for your craft combined with the generosity of your heart.” An organization that has won in local, regional and national competitions, IPG has been able to provide assistance to the mentioned institutions by giving food, medication, clothing, cleaning materials and appliances like electric fans and water dispensers. The group likewise extended help by conducting theatre workshops to help women and children develop their self-confidence and showcase their talents in acting. The theatre and dance workshops are also their way of contributing and making the youth aware of the rich and colorful Ilonggo heritage. “They (the youth) tend to forget Philippine culture and arts. Some of the youth are voiceless, unassert-

Organization: Iloilo Prima Galaw Productions, Inc. Project Entry: Project Dream



ive, spending their money and time on vices like smoking, taking drugs, drinking liquor and are pretty much dependent on modern technology. This we would like to correct and improve; that their time and resources be channeled to more positive and creative avenues,” Krizia added. IPG believes that to be able to help, one need not look far to scavenge for whatever is out there. Sometimes the biggest surprises come from within our selves, discovering what is innately ours may just be the tool to solve some of the pressing issues in our community. “The world is our stage. In the next 2-5 years, we will dream bigger dreams, find more opportunities to help the people of Iloilo. We will continue to inspire others as we have been inspired by our family, friends, peers and mentors who believe that we can touch perfection through our God-given talents,” Krizia ended.

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To say “good luck” in theatre performances is actually considered bad luck. Instead, the actors, actresses and musicians are wished that they should “Break a leg!” This superstitious belief in the tradition of theatre dates back to the time of Shakespeare. In Britain “break a leg” is also known as an act of the actors’ kneeling on one knee after the curtain call to say thank you to audiences for a good performance; it is also the moment wherein actors were given tips and showered with flowers in recognition of a splendid performance.


Brushing Off Barriers Organization: Earnest Support for Underprivileged Children (E-SUCH) Charity Foundation Project Entry: Artreach E-SUCH believes in the philosophy that art is therapeutic for children as it enables them to find pleasurable experiences that allow self-expression and appreciation of the beauty of life.


E-SUCH, which stands for Earnest Support for Underprivileged Children, established the Artreach project that aims to provide opportunities for children to learn about the arts regardless of their social and economic stature.


The project, started in year 2000, has brought the arts closer to those who have the talent but did not have enough opportunity to hone it. It has encouraged the children to cultivate their artistic talents and has likewise helped inculcate in them the preservation of our culture and further enrichment of the arts. Artreach developed a 3-phase approach to broaden the children’s knowledge of the arts. The first phase covers the selection of its would-be artist students. Those who have been deprived of basic needs, rights and emotional care or what the society calls the “underprivileged” were the priority. The second phase gives exposure to the children’s artworks through the “Batang Pintor” exhibit. Participants were given a preparation period of three months to choose a theme or concept that they will work with. E-SUCH encourages participants to make use of the visual arts in expressing their feelings on issues concerning children’s rights and the protection of the environment. Lecture, seminars and talks comprise the third phase which seeks to enrich the children’s imagination as well as expand their perception of the arts. During this phase, different art genres and artworks of various renowned artists are also introduced to them. When asked what is the group’s driving inspiration in doing and continuing the Artreach project, Ram De Jesus, E-SUCH’s representative, quoted a line form the Book of Proverbs: “Train up a child in the way he should go and

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when he is old, he will not depart from it.” “Whenever I see the outcome of our community projects, we feel that we have done great things for them. Some of the children say that we were able to give their lives a definite direction by helping them determine what they want to become in the future. The things we teach them help them a lot not only in their studies but in their everyday lives,” says Ram on the change they have done. “I want the children that we have helped in our community to continue to prioritize education so that they will become effective citizens of our society. I also want them to always see the positive things in life despite the conditions of their surroundings. I want all the children in this country to become literate components of the future society,” Ram concluded. E-SUCH has proven that with art, there is no barrier and the possibilities are endless. Just like every stroke liberally touching the canvass, so are the children given a sense of liberation of whatever concerns they have in life. Art has given them a breath of fresh air…a ray of hope. It made them dream once more and believe once more that things can still be better and that they can make it happen regardless of who and what they are. This is the insignia of the Order of the National Artists or known as Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining, an award given to a Filipino who contributed much to the development of the arts in our country. This is the highest award given by the Philippine government through a Presidential Proclamation. It is our hope that one day in the future, Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining awardee awardee will arise form the ranks of those E-SUCH kids!


TAYO 7 SPECIAL AWARDS Every year, aside from the Php 50,000 cash grants given to the winning organizations, select organizations are also given special awards by TAYO friends and supporters.

2009 Coke Barkada Award The Coke Barkada Award this year was given to Guesset National High School Science Club from Naguillan, La Union. The group’s project of restructuring their school’s physical facilities and environment to make it more conducive for learning truly demonstrated the Coke Barkada values of unity and teamwork to achieve a common goal. As this award is described, Coke Barkada is all about living positively. It is about looking at the bright side, despite the odds. The group did just that when they worked together for positive change in their school despite difficulties.

TeaM Energy Special Award This award is given to the organization who best exemplifies strength in synergy while demonstrating the power to serve and help build lives to inspire change among the Filipino youth. This year’s TeaM Energy Special Award was given to the Pag-Asa Youth Association of the Philippines, Pamplona Chapter (PYAP-Pamplona Chapter) from Camarines Sur. The organization acted upon solving the need for safe water in poor communities in their locality by sharing the technology they learned from a US Peace Corps Volunteer Group.

Teletech Special Award for Excellence in Education and Youth Empowerment This award is given to Iloilo Prima Galaw Productions who uses their passion for the arts and their God-given talents in order to help the less fortunate. To do this, they raise funds through their artistic pursuits. They conducted a series of free music, dance, theatre, creative writing, journalism and visual arts workshops to children as well as students. This organization believes that there is always something one can do to make things a little different, a little better and more special. Because of the workshops that they are conducting, they are able to encourage young artists to seek their own artistic journeys.



Noong aming unang pagkikita-kita, inaamin namin na parang halos maririnig mo ang paghulog ng karayom sa lobby ng Innotech. Sa totoo lang, parang naririnig ko noon ang bawat paggalaw ng mga kamay ng orasan. Nagkakahiyaan, tahimik at tila naiilang sa isa’t isa. Ngunit, makalipas ang ilang oras lamang ay nagkaroon ng pagkakataon ang lahat na makapagkuwentuhan at magkakilanlan. Ngayon, hindi na lamang kami mga finalists ng TAYO. Higit sa lahat, kami ay magkakaibigan. Sa tuwing inaalala namin ang aming mga naging karanasan, nagtatawanan na lamang kami. Sabi nga namin, nakakapagod pero masaya; malupit pero astig. Sinasabi na ang mga kabataan sa ngayon ay mapusok, pasibo at walang pakialam sa lipunan. Isang henerasyon daw na mas nanaisin ang gumimik, panonood ng sine at malling, kaysa sa pakikilahok sa mga usapin na kinakaharap ng ating bansa sa kasalukuyan. Ito raw ang kabataan ng kasalukuyang henerasyon. Ito raw kami. Pero, sa nagdaang apat na araw, nabali namin ang ganitong paniniwala. Napatunayan namin na kaya naming mga kabataan na makibahagi sa mga usaping panlipunan at maging lider sa iba’t-ibang larangan. Pagkamalikhain, Kolektibismo, Bolunterismo --- Ito ang mga katangiang nag-uugnay sa mga kabataang nandito ngayon. Dalawampung kabataang mula sa dalawampung organisasyon na nagpakita ng mga katangiang hindi inaasahan sa aming mga edad. Kaming lahat ay kumikilos sa paniniwala na dapat ang kabataan ay kabahagi sa pagtataguyod ng kapakanan ng bansa at kaisa sa mga laban at hangarin ng iba pang sektor sa lipunan. Tayo ang kabataan ng kasalukuyang henerasyon. Hindi na lamang tayo nakukulong sa loob ng kahon ng pagkawalang-bahala. Wala na lamang tayo sa loob ng apat na sulok ng kawalang-pakialam. Tayo ang kabataan - ekstraordinaryo, makadasig o motivating, matindi, makulay, nindot ang pag-uban o maganda ang samahan, alegre o masayahin, oragon o magaling.

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Tayo ang kabataan, ang bagong lakas ng lipunan, at patuloy na magiging mabuting anak ng bayan.

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Moving Forward Through Onward Organization: Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines - Talisay City Chapter Project Entry: Project Onward

This is Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) - Talisay City Chapter’s strong statement written in their TAYO entry form, an organization composed primarily of out-of-school youth (OSY) in Cebu. Amidst the rising statistics of OSYs in the country, this group of concerned individuals challenged themselves to help eradicate the stigma that they are but delinquent members of the society. Project ONWARD was conceptualized to encourage these OSY’s to support themselves and earn extra income for their family’s needs at the same time. Almost always, these young people experience life’s difficulties and are exposed to the ills of our society. More so, they have been wounded in many ways by those who humiliate them and their capacities. The project was done in respect to all the experiences these young people have gone through. It was carried out in a manner that, to say the very least, give them a sense of feel-good experience that they too will see their worth. A multi-faceted program, ONWARD also empowered their members by providing them access to education through the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education. This sense of empowerment pushed further the organization to bring their members to livelihood training such as Beauty Care and Spa Training; and “Basura Mo, Bahandi Ko”, a program that sells recycled items from trash to help them earn their seed money to start-up their own businesses.

pear. We feel the need to address the issues circling the out-of-school-youth and we feel that through Project ONWARD we have just made something that needs to be done. For our organization, I feel that we have just found the answer to all these questions when we initiated this project,” Rex Villavelez (PYAP’s representative to the TAYO search) expressed the sense of fulfillment when the project was initiated. The organization is glad that through all the projects, most of the members are now into their own business such as munchkins-making, shakoy (a native delicacy) and others. This in turn has also made PYAP-Talisay Chapter strengthen the Livelihood and Savings Scheme dubbed as Piso Para sa PYA which is still under the ONWARD project, for its member-beneficiaries. “There is still much to be done and we hope that many young people will have this sincere desire to make a difference. We still have to further our initiatives for the development of our out-of-school youth and we hope that we will continue helping while having fun,” Rex shares his hopes for the PYAP-Talisay Chapter.

“When intentions are clear, the mechanism will ap-



Gift of Books

Organization: Tsinelas Campus Volunteer Group Project Entry: Their Books Many of us have special fetish for collecting books for our private consumption. One novel after another, we accumulate much and later on leave them behind only to let them be hidden from our sight because of the thick dust that would feast on them. In Cebu City, an organization called the Tsinelas Campus Volunteer Group has capitalized on local prominent personalities in their city who have a wide collection of books to donate so that young people in turn may have better access to education and even in the world of arts. Composed of students, the organization has seen the importance of paying attention to children from the mountainous and coastal barangays in Cebu. They are the children who do not have access to basic education because of poverty. With this, they aimed at providing educational assistance to poor students by doing creative fund-raising activities and thus the project called, “Their Books.” Tsinelas brought together professionals, media practitioners, and other prominent personalities in Cebu to participate in this endeavor by asking them to donate books. These, in turn, were sold to a market of readers on a 3-day book sale at the Ayala Business Center in Cebu. Proceeds from the event became funds for their beneficiaries.

ter at Colonia Central Elementary School, a remote barangay in the town of Tuburan in Cebu Province. “Some of the campus volunteers did not come from privileged families and they have first-hand experience on how it is to be deprived of basic educational needs. As students, even they can help in alleviating this problem by thinking of creative and fun ways to generate funds to support those who are less privileged than them,” Yowee Gonzales, representative of the organization to the TAYO search said. The organization hopes that through these kinds of initiatives, they are able to uphold the basic right to education of these young people in Cebu City. Yowee shares, “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a group of students volunteering their time and efforts in making the future of our countrymen better.” Tsinelas Campus Volunteer Group showed us how the gift of having books have helped other children conquer their dreams by giving them the opportunity to make the very first step – to gain access to basic education.

“The group decided on a book sale because the donors and buyers are not only donating to the organization, they also get something in return,” the organization wrote in their TAYO entry form. The organization identified two groups of beneficiaries: (1) 20 children from slum areas in Cebu City that received a threeday workshop with materials for free and exhibition of their artworks; (2) establishment of a reading cen-

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The Swine and Goat Story

Organization: Kulasihan Young Achievers, Inc. Project Entry: Swine and Goat Dispersal There was an organization that started dispersal of swine and goats to fifteen (15) young people and saw it was good. With this, the second distribution happened to more young people and they felt it was good. So they continued giving out swine and goats until eighty-five (85) people now owns swine and goats for themselves and so they declared – this is all good.

riculture and must prepare a Business Plan with the Department of Trade and Industry’s help. The parties entered into an agreement to make the project sustainable. The identified beneficiaries are given either a piglet or a kid to raise and in return they are expected to give back to the organization two heads of either piglet or a kid for every one of which awarded to them.

This is Kulasihan Young Achievers, Inc.’s (KYA Inc.) project – the Swine and Goat Dispersal. The organization based in the agricultural land of Bukidnon, particularly in Barangay Kulasihan municipality of Lantapan, has emerged now as one barangay known for its livestock. The group’s humble beginnings arouse from the impoverish situation in their community where 79% of the out-of-school youth depend largely on their agriculture harvest and suffer much during in-between harvest seasons to support their families’ needs. And since most of the farmers cannot send their children to school, these young people became farmers as well to help their parents meet their daily needs.

“We have seen the struggle of our fellow youth in our community and we thought that through this project we are helping them prepare for their future. We hope to put up one day a satellite market for the meat that we get from our livestock. We dream that our youth will be transformed from traditional farmers to entrepreneurs,” Nico Belican shares his hopes about their project. Nico further states that their organization continues to innovate to increase the opportunities of these young people to better their family’s income. “As long as we create numerous options, no family will go hungry anymore and eventually no young person will be out-of school.”

Organized in 2008, KYA Inc.'s main objective is to provide livelihood projects to marginalized youth in their barangay. With this in mind, they have formulated a project where out-of-school youth in their community could find an alternative means of income, especially during the no-harvest or waiting season. And so the birth of the Swine and Goat Dispersal project. The organization in coordination with the Sangguniang Kabataan, initiated the project by providing goats and swine to its qualified beneficiaries. They are expected to raise these and eventually be a source of income. Outof-school youth, registered SK members and other farm workers duly screened by the organization were beneficiaries of the said project. As a requirement, beneficiaries must undergo a one-day seminar with the Department of Ag-



Lucky Number 777

Organization: Students in Free Enterprise-Mindanao State University General Santos City Project Entry: Project 777 Max! Possibilities are endless. This is what we have learned in almost all the stories of our youth organizations while they take part in helping their fellow young people go through life’s struggles. Yet a group has taken it a step further, risking their own lives to reach out to those who need them. Students in Free Enterprise-MSU General Santos City also known as SIFE-MSU went to Barangay Seven Hills, Maasim, Sarangani Province – a Gawad Kalinga site to uplift lives through entrepreneurial activities. The ultimate sacrifice the group has ever done is to go to the site amidst the security threats in the area. Now dubbed as a ghost town, residents have moved out of the site as it has been the most affected area in crossfire between government troops and the insurgents. SIFE-MSU’s aim was to revitalize the community and build entrepreneurial mindsets among the residents. They conducted lectures to orient them of the business world and some members even immersed in the community, literally living with them to truly experience the real need of its residents. “The testimonies of other SIFE members in other communities sparked the spirit of volunteerism in its members. It could be puzzling at times to see the youth engaging in community outreach activities without a single cent to compensate for the risks and hardships. But once a project has begun, it has slowly transformed us, to have a deeper sense of commitment for the communities and the world around us. We may be young, but we can drastically improve the state of living of our impoverished and less fortunate communities,” Alexis Chua, representative of SIFE-MSU to TAYO 7 search shared his thoughts about their experience.

sors from the College of Business Administration and HSBC, who funded the project that includes skills training on quality management of food products and lectures on bookkeeping for effective monitoring of business progress. Actual applications were also done after every lecture to make sure that the essentials were clearly understood by its recipients. “It feels great to create a huge footprint in the lives of the people that we help. It is heartbreaking to know that still, more and more people do not have access to the very basics of living. Helping the people eat three meals a day is more rewarding than any award or compensation that we could ever act,” Alexis continues his testimony on Project 777. As SIFE-MSU continues its mission and vision to create communities that are economically stable, we also see the need to more sustainable income-generating activities that will lessen, if not eradicate, the problem of poverty in our country. Things could happen, abundance will come. The only challenge is to begin it somewhere, whatever conditions beset us.

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All Hyped-Up and Healthy

Organization: UP Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants Project Entry: Project Activate

No, they are not doctors. Nor are they Physical Education teachers. They are from the University of the Philippines Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (UP JPIA). Yes, you got it right – they are accounting students all hypedup to promote healthy lifestyle. This group is known for their innovative ideas in promoting values that they uphold as being important, worthy to be shared to other young people. “Accountants can easily be stereotyped as backroom employees, facing their computers and spreadsheets. Simply put, routinely boring. That’s why UP JPIA constantly challenges its members to explore and grow in a multi-faceted manner thru planning and implementation of worthwhile projects,” Jeff Garma, representative of UP JPIA tells about their project entry to TAYO 7. “Project Activate” aims at promoting wellness of the person’s whole being and is advocating a healthy and active lifestyle. Through fitness classes such as belly dancing, futkal (football sa kalye or street soccer), Frisbee and Capoeira session, UP JPIA encouraged more participation from its peers and students. The project likewise included sports clinics, exhibitions and demos and even establishment of health booths that provided free medical check-ups and consulta-

tions. Health supplements were sold as well. “Project Activate shaped not just the people involved in its preparation and execution, but more importantly the estimated 1,000 plus participants of the month-long series of events. The scope of influence of this event was not limited to its venue; it extends to nearby communities and schools,” UP JPIA narrated in their TAYO entry form. The organization further shared that new sports and organizations have also found new venues for their advocacies as the project paved the way for these institutions to explore possibilities of linkages and introduce other sporting events. Thus extending the breadth of UP JPIA’s Project Activate initiative. “It’s not about who you are; it is about how you live your life. Our organization’s dream for the young people in our community is that someday, somehow we are able to positively change their lives and lifestyles. We hope that they too can replicate our initiatives in their respective communities,” Jeff imparts his thoughts with the TAYO team. The possibilities are endless. And there’s always more than a hundred and one ways to effect change in our society. This is what UP JPIA showed us and so the challenge to think of more innovative ways continues. It never stops.



Here My Friend

Organization: Dire Husi Initiative Organization Project Entry: Interconnecting Indigenous Young Artisans and Young Urban Fashionistas Through Fair Trade “Transformation happened to young people in an open space powered by friendship and creativity,” Dire Husi Initiative Organization’s Shamae Casiño emphasized as she explains the change they have initiated in Cagayan de Oro City. Dire Husi Initiative is an organization that seeks to transform marginalized youth by teaching and training them to explore their innate talents and potentials in expressing themselves through arts, crafts and performances. From the words Dire which is Cebuano for here and Husi meaning friend in Manobo, this group of friends promises ready support. It is as if to say “here, my friend, we can help you and we accept you”. The organization began with Rhyan Casiño. He is an artist that has an eye for talent and potential. He saw the need to help the so called outcasts of society like the street kids, out-of-school and indigenous youths. Their project called Interconnecting Indigenous Young Artisans and Young Urban Fashionistas Through Fair Trade, aimed to transform these youths that are usually ignored by society. They conducted art sessions in the streets of Cagayan De Oro that became one of the most sought after activities as more and more young people came and took part of the said classes. The group has expanded even to the different Lumad groups in Northern Mindanao such as the Manobos, Higaonon, Talaandig, Umayanon, Matigsalug and also university students from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro.

Armed with a developed talent in the arts, a rejuvenated zest for life and a supportive group that accepted their unique sense of individuality, the young people they have developed into artists now make their own pieces of artwork and place them in the organization’s display center. This too opened opportunities for the organization to link with the Department of Trade Industry to aid these young people to gain more ideas for other business opportunities that will better their lives and eventually take them out of the streets. “As we have mentored these disadvantaged youths, we feel that they are empowering us just as much as we empower them. Under that friendly, creative space we realize that much has to be learned from the intrinsic talents and nature-inspired sense of identity of young people. Our shared understanding fuels our passion to continue with our work,” Shamae shares that feeling of fulfillment in helping these young people. With the work they have done in the community, Dire Husi Initiative won the “I Am a Changemaker” grant competition of the British Council Philippines and was awarded a cash grant that was made as seed money in starting up their youth social enterprise. Indeed, the possibilities are endless and the creativity keeps on brightening the hues of the lives of our young people.

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Nurturing Mother Nature

Organization: 4H CLUB PONGOLEEL Project Entry: Ksagen dad-nga de banwe Fungol leel

We saw the fury of Mother Nature through the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng when it swept away thousands and thousands of homes all over Metro Manila and most parts of Luzon. Only then did it really sink in that our trees are gone to ease up the devastation. Fortunately, even before the catastrophe, a group of young people has been valuing the importance of saving our environment by planting trees and taking care of them while making sure that these efforts were all taken into heart. They have also propagated backyard gardening to advocate organic vegetable eating that will create a healthy lifestyle. These are just some of the initiatives the 4H Club Pongoleel has initiated for the people of Sitio Pongoleel, Alegria, Alabel, Sarangani Province. “The organization has been inspired by the glaring realities of impoverishment that the members of the community of Pongoleel is grappling with and the danger/disaster that the environment may cast the moment it take its revenge against the abuse of man to nature, “ Jovanie Espesor shares his organization’s inspiration. Pongoleel 4H Club was organized through Department of Agriculture, a government agency mandated to promote the welfare of the farm youth. Most of its members


are from the Blaan tribe who are primarily farmers cultivating the soil that will support their day-to-day food needs. “Low income of members of the community of Pongoleel is the main reason of their inability to send their children to school which in turn contributes to the increase of out-of-school youth. Our community has likewise witnessed incidents of flashfloods, soil erosion and scouring. These are the reasons why we initiated projects for the Blaan people because we would like to hit two birds with one stone; solving some very important environmental issues while giving our people additional income to support their everyday living,” Jovanie explained. The organization likewise engaged in livestock raising to help augment the income of the people in the community. Together with the local government, 4H Club Pongoleel gave out kids and piglets to ask the young Blaans to take care of these livestock. “We are very much gratified about the significant effects of the project which do not only uplift the economic status of the members of the Pongoleel community but also the protection and preservation of the Sarangani Bay which is a major water resource that caters to 75% of members of the fishing communities of Sarangani and General Santos City,” Jovanie continues his testimony on the change their project has brought to the community. 4H Club Pongoleel indeed showed everyone in their community the value of keeping and protecting the environment and how all these will likewise assure a better life for our people; that all these will in the end make our future a better world for our children and our children’s children.


Giving Young People the Special Treatment

Organization: Special Education Students Association Project Entry: Literacy Program for Aetas and Indigents It’s hard enough for some of our youth to access quality education. Distance and economic circumstances hinder most youth from taking advantage of even the free public education provided. In response to this need, various cause-oriented groups have taken the chance to be of service, uplifting the lives of our young people by enhancing their learning experience. One of the organizations doing this effort is the Special Education Students Association or known as SPEDSA. The group is composed of education students from the Western Visayas State University whose goal is to provide students opportunities to practice the theories learned in class among those people who need their talents. They have also capitalized on their skills in using sign language as one effective tool of communication. Silveree Alava, representative of SPEDSA to the TAYO 7 shares the story behind their project called Literacy Program for Aetas and Indigents, “The Aetas in Panay, being a part of an ethnic group, do not receive the same intellectual stimulation as regular children. Thus when they eventually enter formal education, most of them find learning difficult. Many Aetas were also malnourished; they lack sufficient idea on serving nutritious and balanced meal.” Because of this then, SPEDSA visited two barangays to reach out to the Aetas, an e t h n i c group in the area, to help them through special classes and

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other literacy activities that will aid Aeta kids gain leverage among other children attending grade school. As part of their cognitive development, the organization also provided feeding program to introduce to them the importance of eating nutritious and a balanced meal. The group also provided school supplies and other instructional materials such as textbooks to encourage the kids to study more. Likewise, activities such as storytelling, puppet shows and games were incorporated so that kids will actively participate in discussions and thus make learning fun. With all these, SPEDSA have seen that some of the kids excelled and so they have awarded scholarships to support them in their dreams in pursuing their careers by earning their own college degrees. “Our ultimate dream for the young people in our community is for them to pursue their studies, be able to graduate and serve as role models in their community,” Silveree’s hopes to those with whom they have extended their help. SPEDSA once again revived the hopes of those wanting to get education, that indeed life can get better when armed with education. This organization has opened opportunities for these people to strive and aim for their dreams, because after all dreams do come true – with just a little of elbow grease.


Helping People Rise Above Poverty Organization: University of Luzon Students in Free Enterprise Project Entry: Project Arise


“Amidst being a premier city, Dagupan City is beset with multi-faceted issues and concerns with the pervasive poverty as the most serious. Hence, it is the problem that takes priority to be addressed. Particularly, poverty is caused by lack of sustainable provision for livelihood activities. Thus, this insufficiency must be solved to annihilate, if not totally eliminate poverty.” This is how Blas Jordan T. Matias, Project Leader of the University of Luzon Students in Free Enterprise (ULSIFE) described the pressing issue in their city and the reason that made them do Project ARISE. Committed to the thrust in empowering the powerless and giving hope to the hopeless, the ULSIFE created “Project ARISE” in response to the needs of their community. The program uses a multi-faceted approach to cater to the different sectors of the community. Among the components are: (1) BEST (Business and Entrepreneurial Skills Training) for KIDS (2) BIDA (Bolstering Initiatives for Differently-Abled) (3) UNLAD (University of Luzon for Advancement of Detainees) (4) CARE (Community Actions to Rescue the Earth) (5) SIGLA (Self-help Initiatives for Group and Local Advancement). These components hope to inculcate an entrepreneurial mindset among these individuals so that they can be financially independent. ULSIFE organized and trained their beneficiaries on proper financial management and recording, established livelihood skills laboratory and conducted lectures on financial literacy. They have also given out life skills training and emphasized the value of money among kids through storytelling. Through all these, ULSIFE has already made linkages with various organizations


to support the projects they have initiated. “We are very happy with the result we achieved from our beneficiaries. Actually there is no word that can describe how much we are overwhelmed and happy with the change we have made in our community,” Blas imparts his thoughts on the project. The group hopes that through their intervention they can transform their beneficiaries into social entrepreneurs that will address real-world business and socio-economic issues of the depressed, deprived and underprivileged communities. “We believe that the true measure of success is achieving our dreams by helping others achieve theirs. That is what changing the world is all about. This is the SIFE way,” Blas said candidly as he expressed his feelings on the outcome of their project.


Teaching Them to Fish

Organization: SIFE-SPUQC Project Entry: Financial Literacy Program


“If you give man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” SIFE-SPUQC Team believes in the power of these words as this principle says much on how we can better ourselves. The Students in Free Enterprise of St. Paul University in Quezon City, or SIFE-SPUQC, is composed of college students whose main objectives are to uplift the lifestyle of their clientele and to promote entrepreneurial skills in the communities they adopt. At an age where they and their peers are likely financially-dependent on their parents or guardians, SIFESPUQC gives importance in imparting to people the philosophy of hands-on financial literacy. A brainchild of this organization, the Financial Literacy Program focused on helping women in Barangay Valencia, Quezon City to set-up their own homebased livelihood. With the project on its swing in 2008, these women were trained in the production of liquid dishwashing, detergent soaps, perfume/cologne, hand sanitizers and Bleach. This kind of training allows the organization to keep away from giving dole-outs and foster sustainability.

wives. In coordination with the school administration and faculty members of the university’s Business and Entrepreneurship Department, the organization works hand-in-hand with community social workers in identifying their possible beneficiaries of the program. “Our passion is to make a difference and to offer help. We in the organization, would like to spread the word to other young people that there are still a lot of people out there who needs help and everyone can share to others anything that they have,” Mary Agnes Angela Solis, head of SIFE-SPUQC expressed her thoughts about the change her group is advocating. SIFE-SPUQC also dreams that one day they will see the women of Barangay Valencia establish their own cooperative to further sustain what the organization has started in the community. According to Agnes, this is one way of changing the world by passing on the knowledge and skills to others so we can create an able community that can help themselves surpass the problem of poverty through hard work, patience, perseverance and an innovative mind.

Beneficiaries of the program include unemployed women and full-time mothers and house-

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“Now is the time to be involved in community building,” Agnes call to her fellow young leaders. And truly there is no better time to begin than now. No better place to begin than in our own communities.


Liwanag Sa Dilim By Redg Plopinio During the evening of each year I attend the awarding of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO), I could imagine 10 -20(including the finalists) more little candles being lit across the different communities of the Philippine Archipelago. Little sparks of hope in a seemingly dark situation. This year's awardees featured a group of FIL-Japanese youth who respond to discrimination on some Filipino-Japanese in search for their culture and identity. They used Manga comics to tackle these issues and help empower them towards making a positive difference. There's a group from Camarines Sur who responded to the lack of potable water by innovating indigenous rocks and minerals for filtering water. Their results passed high quality standards, but what's remarkable is that it costs a few thousand pesos to give a community access to clean water. One of the judges this year was Piermont Montilla, whom I met in TAYO 1. His org allows the healing of the wounds of youth who were sexually abused. A wounded-healer, as John himself was a victim... he's now expanded his organization to a lot more chapters all over the country. He's come back to tell this year to tell the story of his org, and encourage the organizations to continue to grow even after the TAYO recognition. CNN Hero nominee Efren Pe単aflorida's org members were also present there as previous TAYO awardees. ...there are a lot more orgs, a lot more stories of hope and youthful initiatives. They say that the youth is the future of our nation... I wouldn't agree anymore. They are no longer waiting for the future. They have started, they have and they continue to be responding. The youth org is the hope here and now.

* Redg Plopinio was the president of the Loyola Mountaineers that became TAYO 1 finalist in 2003 with its project, CAREFOR. He's currently doing corporate training and consulting while balancing continuous "community initiatives". He is a photographer, a triathlete, a percussionist and a collaborative artist of many crazy passions.



HEROES They are not popular, just the usual faces we see around. Not rich nor influential, just simple persons who strive hard to let both ends meet so they can have three square meals a day. Yet they have become selfless. Even losing what they have for their own to help others. These were what we have seen when we were rampaged by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng: houses destroyed, main roads seemed like islands, cars turned upside down, farmlands turned into seas, things floating everywhere, people on top of their roofs seeking help and hundreds of lives lost. Such devastation. Yet in the midst of all these, a flicker of light gives that sense of hope that not all has been ruined; not all has been destroyed. For at the darkest hours of a seemingly endless destruction, came people – very ordinary ones who have risked their lives to save those people away from the ravishing waters or even just away from sure hunger. Amidst all these, truly good hearts were never destroyed. Our TAYO 7 Magazine gives tribute to all those who unselfishly gave all their energies, time, treasures and even lives so that other people can keep their own. We give our salute to all of you for truly manifesting all the goodness in you, so that others may see that indeed miracles can happen and that we be once again reminded that this is what it takes to be a Filipino. Time and time again, we look for role models to whom we can emulate and yet time and time again we get disappointed. Disappointed – with false hopes, empty promises and mere lip service. Perhaps we were looking at the wrong direction. With the advent of the storms and calamities our country has experienced, we were led to the path of true service, of the spirit of genuine “bayanihan.” This is what we have seen and this is the truth waiting to be seen. That in the core of every Filipino there lies a genuine goodness, never tagged with any popular sounding family name nor accented with all that is gold – just a mere simplicity and the grandeur of the heart’s goodness and the uncontested willingness to extend help. As we continue to encourage our young people to do something for our country, we look back to those heroes during these calamities and we hope that their life’s testament inspire us to help others without seeking for anything in return. Just like them, we simply heed to the call of service in its reality. We then call all young Filipinos to remember these people’s legacies because this is what a Filipino should be. That when all has been done, all of us may truly say as well that: “Ang sarap maging Pilipino!”

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The 4th Australian Delegation during their visit to the Philippine Senate with Senator Kiko Pangilinan Members of the delegation: Mr. Albert Jacob MP (Leader), Miss Kimberly Gardiner, Miss Gabrielle Hummel Mrs. Jacqueline Myers, Mr. Robert Flanagan, Mr. Goeff Barnett

Heaven Sent from the Land Down Under

Filled with awe and inspiration for the Filipino resilience amidst the greatest catastrophes, the 4th Australian Political Exchange Council (APEC) delegation headed by Mr Albert Jacob MP of Oceanreef, Western Australia generously donated twenty two thousand, eight hundred pesos to the TAYO Awards Foundation through the Philippine Center of Young Leaders in Governance. Composed of representatives from the Australian government, the seven-member delegation visited the Philippines last October 3 – 10, 2009 amidst the shock and the early stages of convalescence of the country from the Typhoon Ondoy. During their visit, they were able to witness how Filipinos were able to deal with the devastation and learned more heroic dynamism from some of the TAYO awardees themselves. To the APEC delegates, thank you for believing in the power of the Filipino youth!

Luzon College Red Cross Student Council – Benguet State University Hundred Islands Science Club – Alaminos National High School Hilltop 4-H Club Crusade of Professional & Young Achievers in Rinconada Bangkong Kahoy Environmental Trust Youth Group (BAKET)


Visayas Red for Life Medical Assistance Volunteers San Fernando Integrated Performing Arts Guild (SIPAG) University of San Carlos – Theatre Guild Silliman University Kahayag Dance Troupe


Mindanao I – YOU – DA: I’m Created to Paint Smiles EONIQUE Tri-Youth Movement / Volunteers of Kapayapaan Kapatid Council and SOCSARGEN Peace Network Association of Locally Empowered Youth - Northern Mindanao Save Our Languages Through Federalism (SOLFED) Butuan-Youth

National Capital Region Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity – UP Manila University of the Philippines Batangan (UP Batangan) Ateneo Special Education Society (SPEED) Kabataang Artista Para Sa Tunay na Kalayaan (KARATULA)



Organizers TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan National Youth Commission

Presenter Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.

Supported by TeaM Energy Foundation, Inc. Department of Social Welfare and Development Philippine Center of Young Leaders in Governance (PCYL)

Luzon MISS MARIELOU CHUA National Youth Commission

Special Thanks to Mr. Chito Maniago Teletech Holdings, Inc.


MS. TING CABALZA Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines

MS. JESS QUIJANO Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines - Tagbilaran Plant

DIRECTOR GERARDO EUSEBIO Department of Social Welfare and Development

ATTY. NINA VALENZONA Sugbuanong Pundok Aron Sugpuon Ang Child Abuse (SUPACA) TAYO 2 Winner

MR. EFREN PEĂ‘AFLORIDA Dynamic Teen Company, TAYO 6 Winner

MR. ARVIN CRISOSTOMO Cebuano Youth Foundation Mindanao COMMISSIONER MOHAMMAD HANNY CAMID National Youth Commission

National Capital Region COMMISSIONER PRISCILLA MARIE ABANTE National Youth Commission

DR. HERBERT GLENN REYES Mindanao University of Science and Technology

MR. VICTOR MANLAPAZ Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines

MISS VIRGINIA CARDONA Department of Social Welfare and Development Region X

MS. DOAN FORONDA Department of Social Welfare and Development


MISS RHEA ALARCON Ideals Creative Communications for Development

MISS SORILIE CHRISTINE BACSRPA Youth Advocators Productive Integrated Service, Inc. (YAPIS) TAYO 4 Finalist

DR. LESTER LOUIE LOPEZ MyZoo Volunteer Group Foundation, Inc. TAYO 1 Winner

Luzon MISS EVITA GARCIA Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan MS. ERICA BORJA National Youth Commission PROF. EBINEZER FLORANO National College of Public Administration and Governance, UP Diliman EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EDLYN KALMAN Jesuit Volunteers of the Philippines Foundation

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THE AREA SCREENERS MISS VIRGINIA RABINO Inclusive Youth Center, TAYO 5 Winner Visayas MR. MIKE DIEZ Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan MR. DENNIS MENDOZA National Youth Commission MISS JOSEPHINE FIRMASE University of the Philippines Visayas


MR. EDSEL NAGUIT Evelio B. Javier Foundation MISS KATE MANGALINDAN UP Diliman Special Education Council, TAYO 3 Finalist Mindanao MISS RITA GALLARDO Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan MS. TUESDAY MOISES National Youth Commission MISS KRISTINE CALLEJA Freelance Writer, PR and Communications Expert


MR. SHEAN DE GRACIA SSEAYP Alumni of Batch 2001 MISS EMERICA CUPAS Mindanao Polytechnic State College Math Society, TAYO 3 Winner

THE ON-SITE VALIDATORS: National Youth Commission Jun Angeles Charito Carag Philippine Center of Young Leaders in Governance Katherine Purugganan PAST TAYO Winners Gilbert Chan Ravelth Castro Rosemarie Mores Rhea Rato Michelle Gudito Marc Marion Guillergan Minnie Perdiz Girlee Caro John Piermont Montilla Allen Vic Tan Ryan Jay Ramos Ivanell Subrabas Councilor Lord Dean Castillo Reynaldo Bagayas, Jr. Israel Jayson Vinta Kalvin Adala Christopher Ray Tanayan Darl-Meliza Rivera Jim Ordaniel Other Partners/Friends of TAYO Jefferson Diego


TAYO Awards Foundation Mr. Rollie Fabi, Chairman Mr. Mike Sicat, Co-Chairman Mr. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, President Mary Grace Palpallatoc, Treasurer Katherine Purugganan, Corporate Secretary Georgina Nava Maria Regina Reburiano Maria Luisa Castañeda Erwin David Ernesto Sunga, Jr. Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan Mr. Renan Dalisay Mr. Ares Goyena Georgina Nava Renato Jude Digao Jenny Red Domingo Mike Diez Evita Garcia Vina Vivien Vargas Rachel Gillego Irish Bewer Nines Terol-Zialcita Rita Gallardo Julie Laconico Nicco Atos Leah Del Rosario Ditas Fajardo Rey Nanale John Paramio Political, Legislative, Communications and Administrative Units


National Youth Commission Chairman Richard Alvin M. Nalupta Commissioner Priscilla Marie Abante Commissioner Christopher Lawrence Arnuco Commissioner Raul Dominic Badilla Commissioner Benjie Oliva Commissioner Mohammad Hanny Camid Ex-Officio Commissioner Jane Censoria Cajes Executive Director Apolonio Maleniza II Miss Marielou Chua Maria Regina Reburiano Cristabeth Jacinta Madrigal Anne Baria Jun Angeles Dennis Mendoza Marlo Enriquez Didith Fernando Eric Ramos Tuesday Moises Chris Evert Leong Jopep Cielos Clarissa Alibuyog Danny Fermin Ding Luna Area Officers and Regional Coordinators • Nydia Paladan-Delfin • Eddie Cuaresma • Salma Jane Tamano • Nur Jaypha Bacaraman • Raymond Domingo • Queenie Dadulo • Maui Fernandez • Cherry Carag • Evanesa Pasamba • Melanio Santella, Jr. • Ding Quiazon • Baibonn Sangid • Percy Abad • Elsa Ledesma • Marla Clemente Office of the Chairman Offices of the Commissioners Office of the Executive Director Division Chiefs and staff of the Administrative and Finance Division, Policy Research and Monitoring Division, Regional Youth Development Division and Social Marketing Division NYC’s National and Regional Advisory Councils Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines Mr. Rene Adad, Chairman Ms. Cecile Alcantara, President Mr. JB Baylon, Trustee Ms. Ting Cabalza Mr. Victor Manlapaz Ms. Kathryn Reyes

Coca-Cola Export Corporation Ms. Maria Theresa Jae Sonza, Brand Manager TeaM Energy Foundation Mr. Federico Puno, President and CEO Ms. Maria Teresa Lopez, Executive Director Mr. Roderick De Castro, Deputy Executive Director Ms. Cynthia Pantoñal Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral Undersecretary Celia Yangco Undersecretary Alicia Bala TAYO Volunteers: Lea Dela Cruz Harold Clavite Israel Jayson Vinta Renzmar Velasco Rudy Boctot Redg Plopinio Eda Marie Cabangal Emanuel Bagual Christopher Ray Tanayan Marc Marion Guillergan Gilbert Chan Rj Saw Joanes TAYO Friends: Miss KC Concepcion Mr. Toym De Leon Imao, Artist – TAYO Trophies McCann Erickson Philippines Commissioner Gillian Akiko Thomson - Guevara, Philippine Sports Commission Mayor Benhur Abalos, Jr., City of Mandaluyong Former Secretary Alberto Romualdez, Department of Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral, Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Arthur Yap, Department of Agriculture Secretary Jesli Lapus, Department of Education Secretary Jose Atienza, Jr. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ronaldo Puno, Department of Interior and Local Government Chairman Emmanuel Angeles, Commission on Higher Education Hon. Jane Censoria Cajes, President, SK National Federation Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges Boy Scouts of the Philippines Girl Scouts of the Philippines Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity

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Rivermaya Mike Elgar Mark Escueta Jayson Fernandez Japs Sergio Ate Flor Ms. Miej Jornacion Ms. Lilibeth Dela Cruz Frondoso Mr. Mark Ruiz, Hapinoy Miss Reese Fernandez, Rags2Riches Atty. Darwin Mariano Mr. Gilbert Simpao, Unilever Philippines Miss Timi Gomez, Unilever Philippines Mr. Sandy David, Beat Box Professional Lights and Sounds Register & Vote Bus Ms. Mariz de Jesus Mang Boy

ABS-CBN Mornings@ANC Mr. Ron Cruz Mr. TJ Manotoc RX 93.1 Mr. Raffy Reyes DZMM Mr. Angelo Palmones Mr. Ariel Ureta Ms. Winnie Cordero Ms. Roselle Manahan Mr. Glen Carlos Ms. Au Zialcita DZBB Mr. Mar Dela Cruz Mr. Joel Reyes Zobel DZRH Mr. Joe Taruc Mr. Andy Vital Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) Manila Bulletin Ms. Mary Ann Sta. Ana


Ideals Creatives, Inc. Ms. Rhea Alarcon Ms. Dang Sering Photos: Dennis Mendoza Rey Mondez Redg Plopinio TAYO 7 Winners and Finalists Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Mr. Philipp Mitchell Morales, Zoobic Safari Jam Malicsi Danz SEAMEO Innotech Ms. Marlene Santos


The Philippine Star Mr. Boy Abunda

The Podium Cinema SEAMEO Innotech Renaissance Hotel, Makati City Mesa, Greenbelt 5 Subic Bay Metroplitan Authority Zoobic Safari University Hotel, UP Diliman Mango Park Hotel, Cebu City Philtown Hotel, Cagayan De Oro Raylee Printpack 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th TAYO Search Winners and Finalists and to all those who joined the 7th Search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations. TAYO Song Composed by: Harold Clavite Lyrics by: Harold Clavite, Redg Plopinio, Georg Nava Arranged by: Tito Cayamanda, Nyoy Volante


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