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The Official Magazine of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations

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Tayo ABOUT TAYO Since it started in 2002, the TAYO Awards has been successfully established as the country’s only search that recognizes and supports the outstanding contributions of youth organizations to the country. To date, more than a thousand youth organizations has joined the search and are now part of the growing youth network of the TAYO Awards Foundation. These exceptional youth groups have contributed to the development of their local communities, schools and work place, through their innovative and valuable projects. Every year, the TAYO awards search accepts entries from interested youth groups, organizations, clubs and societies that are composed of at least 15 members, more than half of which are between 15-30 years old. A submitted project entry must be a recently-concluded one or an on-going project or program by the organization. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Impact of project entry on stakeholders; Harnessing the spirit of volunteerism and citizenship; Creativity and Innovation; and Sustainability and Effective use of Resources. Apart from the prestigious recognition, each winning organization receive an especially commissioned trophy sculpted by Mr. Toym De Leon Imao, and a grant of Php 50,000.00 intended to fund new projects or continue their longterm programs. The TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc., the National Youth Commission and the Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan organize the annual search. It is presented by The Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines and is supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Cneter for Young Leaders in Governance, Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, TeaM Energy, Department of Agriculture, Jollibee, Bank of the Philippine Islands, SM Supermalls and SM Cares Foundation.

TAYO Trophy A proud product of the University of the Philippines, sculptor Toym De Leon 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. For the TAYO Trophy, Imao 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 artist portrays a lone individual harnessing a sail - capturing the spirit of active citizenry charting the path of the nation.




[r]evolutionaries: people who are unafraid to dream, dare, risk,and push the boundaries of their ideas

+ evolution: the process of creating new solutions to old problems and situations; also, the process of growth and maturity, of the ripening of an idea

[R]EVOLUTIONARIES is a book about the Filipino youth— innovative thinkers who are finding new solutions to old problems, challenging the status quo, testing their limits, and daring to go beyond the normal call of everyday life. [R]EVOLUTIONARIES features the winners of the annual Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) from year 1 to year 6, and speaks to anyone with an innovative mind and a revolutionary spirit. It is a 14-chapter illustration featuring how Filipino youth organizations from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have improved many lives in different communities. [R]EVOLUTIONARIES is a passion project— yours and ours.

Available at all Fully Booked stores and TAYO Awards Foundation Inc. For inquiries, contact: Ms. Saira Peñaranda-Ferrer Tel: 022116392 • Mobile: +63917988296 (O917-TXT-TAYO) 

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About TAYO Messages About TAYO 8 Search TAYO 8 Winners TAYO 8 Finalists TAYO 8 National Finals Program Partners TAYO FAQs Acknowledgements TAYO Scenes

Editors Maria Regina Reburiano • Barbara Cruz • Georgina Nava Contributors Jan Vincent Ong • Saira Peñaranda-Ferrer • Anne Baria Contributing Photographers Allan Peñaredondo • Elvis Villapando • Juliet Carolino TAYO 8 Winners and Finalists DeSIGN Phillip Alpajora Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards Foundation, Inc. Chairman: Rollie C. Fabi Co-Chairman: Mike E. Sicat President: Bam Aquino TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. Office 2602-C East Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605

TAYO Magazine is published annually by the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards Foundation, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Copyright©2011. No Part of this magazine may be used or reproduced in any manner without permission from the publisher.




MESSAGES We at Coca-Cola are extremely honored to be co-presenter of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards. We have been collaborating with the TAYO Foundation for the past 5 years and indeed this has been a meaningful partnership for the Filipino Youth. At Coca-Cola we are deeply committed to Living Positively, to making a positive difference through the way we work and live. I believe TAYO also shares in this commitment, encouraging the Filipino youth to be a positive change in this country. In turn, we at Coca-Cola likewise share the vision of TAYO of a highly engaged Filipino youth -passionate and committed to making a difference for their community and the country. And all these are timely given the winds of change sweeping the Philippines this year. In the years to come (hopefully sooner) we will see these young men and women leading the transformation of this country into a progressive and sustainable society. Efren Peñaflorida showed the whole world what the Filipino youth is capable of. With TAYO we can discover more Efren Peñafloridas in our cities and barangays. Herein lies our hope -- that the youth we are able to touch today with our brands and our commitments be the leaders who will touch the future generation. I salute the TAYO 8 awardees. You are on the right track. I look forward to hearing and seeing more great things from you in the future. May you continue to be an inspiration to the rest of the Filipino youth and to the world. GUILLERMO APONTE President and General Manager of the Coca-Cola Export Corporation



It doesn’t feel like we’ve been holding the Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations for eight years now. Every year, we still discover youth organizations that have been doing a varied range of projects in different areas of the country. Each year, we encounter unique approaches to common problems being conducted by dynamic youth groups. As we approach a decade of implementing this search, we look forward to finding more youth organizations that have been infected with the indomitable TAYO spirit that exemplifies cooperation, imagination, and inspiration. We thank all youth organizations who have contributed to the success of this search, and who have continuously been doing their part in making this country a better place. Thank you for not waiting for the future before engaging your country and your countrymen in meaningful ways. It is our hope that in time, TAYO will not only be the yardstick for the best practices in youth development, but the norm, as more young Filipinos take a more active role in the affairs of the Philippines. Mabuhay ang Kabataang Pilipino!

BAM AQUINO President, TAYO Awards Foundation


In the eight years that we have been implementing TAYO, we have recognized hundreds of youth organizations who have taken the time to make their communities better through their innovative projects.  Over a thousand organizations have vied for the honor of receiving the TAYO award, each one doing their part in nation-building.     Our youth are a vital force that can bring about change. They have the initiative, ingenuity and passion to create a better future for our country.  Through TAYO, they have shown us a different path to take in responding to pervasive problems faced by their communities.   The figure 8 on its side represents infinity.  It is our hope that the youth who are part of these organizations continue spreading hope, even beyond their youth, and influence the coming generations to follow their path and amplify their good work.   On this note, I would like to end this short reflection from Robert Kennedy: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”   Sa ano mang hamon sa hinaharap, palagi nating isaisip, isapuso at isagawa na ‘Kaya ng Pinoy’, ‘Kaya natin to’, ‘Kaya ng Sambayanang Pilipino’. Mabuhay ang Kabataang Pilipino!  

In 2002, when we initiated the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards to acknowledge collective work in order to promote unity and teamwork, it was anchored on the belief that an empowered movement from the grassroots will help bring about pockets of genuine reform on the national level. On this, our 8th year, we are pleased to have been proven right.

CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE S. ARNUCO Chairman and CEO, National Youth Commission

Kiko Pangilinan Senator, Republic of the Philippines

This year marks my 10th year as a Senator. It has been 10 years of advocating public service committed to the principle that active citizenship will reshape our communities and our nation. We salute our youth who, in great numbers, have contributed greatly to their communities and thus, contributed greatly to nation-building. These youth rose above apathy and despondency and found creative and innovative ways to overcome the problems of their respective communities. This continues to be a great source of inspiration for me to do my part in instituting reforms for the country. Truly, the youth is the hope of our nation. We hope to perpetuate the efforts of TAYO Awards in order to inspire future generations into action and adhere to the principle that when we are one in our efforts, we will see genuine change happen sooner than later. Mabuhay ang kabataan! Sincerely yours,




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Successful, talented, skilled, fulfilled, effective, tested - the word “accomplished” carries so much positivity for any person said to be so. However, it would harbor greater depth and meaning if it also meant cooperation, camaraderie, unity and strength in numbers. This is what TAYO is all about. Not only do the organizers and supporters of TAYO search for remarkable youth achievement, but also promote the value of a unified vision and of concerted efforts. Throughout 8 years of the search, TAYO has seen many inspiring tales of empowered youth organizations working for change in various fields such as environment, agriculture, peace efforts, social services, education, the arts and more. TAYO 8 was no exception. Many people from different walks of life and fields, supporter and participant alike, came together for another successful year. President Benigno Aquino III or PNoy gave a speech applauding the efforts of the TAYO 8 youth organizations during the awarding ceremonies in Malacañang last December 9, 2010. He gladly handed the trophies and special awards to representatives of winning youth organizations.



And speaking of awards, new special awards were added to the roster along with the yearly Team Energy special award and the Coke Barkada Award. The Best Financially Managed Youth Organization was recognized by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) as the Department of Agriculture bestowed the Gawad Kabataang Agri Pinoy to one organization each from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Also, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) handed 2 special awards while Jollibee gave away gift certificates to all winning youth organizations. The TAYO 8 stories of youth in action prove that hope begets hope and change is always within reach. And not only are these newly written animated stories inspiring but they are of very real people- no different from you. They touched people who at first only had sob stories and transformed each other into champions of hope and change. Taking a cue from these young exemplars, let’s not settle for “what is” and move forth to where we ought to be. The time of pointing fingers has passed. The time for change is now.


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Chain of Change (Education): Education is not all about the books because students don’t meet mathematical equations on the street but people and life’s challenges. As such, emotional intelligence is a step up too in life, especially when entering the big world of college and soon the work force. ANI is paving the path between high school to college that is not abrupt but more of a natural progression in their lives. Linked Up: Pathways to Higher Education The TAYO Connection: ANI first won during TAYO 4. Eumir Angeles, the current ANI Principal, was one of the beneficiaries of their project entry for that year. They decided to join the TAYO Search again because of the enhancements they made on their program for public high school students. 10


Learning begins from having the self confidence to learn, grasp and understand. Eumir relates that many public school students like him have some trouble getting their foot in the door as they reach college. Their insecurities in coming from a public school and lack of exposure on EQ (emotional quotient) enriching extracurricular subjects impedes them from even speaking up at university entrance interviews. And once they wade into the deep ocean of university, some may not be able to cope with the currents of college and could be swallowed up by the tide. To fulfill this need, Alay ni Ignacio (ANI), the student arm of Pathways to Higher Education, implements a summer school program which caters to third and fourth year public high school students. The program aims to help these kids be on equal footing with their private school counterparts in terms of readiness for college. The Non-Academic Formation Program of ANI provides support to public high school juniors and seniors through activities that cater to their hunger for selfexpression and opportunities for personal development, as well as answering the challenges of their time. This is why guidance classes are given at this crucial age. They are taught responsibility for discipline, mentoring and overall well-being, with events like Career Day and Love and Courtship Talk. The Clubs portion of the project exposes students to different fields such as Art, Asian Films, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Music and Sports. Through “Enrichment” and “Christian Living”, teamwork,

public presentation skills, and moral values are given importance. Activities such as Graduation Song Making and Recollections are carried out while Confirmation is conducted for students who have yet to undergo the Catholic rite. ANI works to bridge a missing link between being an average student and a well-rounded member of society. It promotes holistic development and expands the horizons of underprivileged students--giving them a renewed sense of self. Converting the TAYO prize: They will use their prize to further develop modules for their NonAcademic Enrichment program. 11


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Chain of Change (Peace): Violence begets violence.Yet, Brotherhood for Peace is countering this problem by creating a chain of unity among street gangs.

Linked Up: Police and the Mayor’s Office

The TAYO Connection: Local officials have been pushing BFP to join TAYO for a long time. President Jason Balag-ey eventually took notice when he learned that “A” meant accomplished and he certainly wanted the brotherhood to earn that title.

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”An eye for an eye…” so the saying goes. Jason aims to prove this wrong. As a victim of gang violence, Jason does not ultimately feel hatred, but sympathy for some people’s indifference on the result of their actions. -Jason initiated the project Youth for Peace after experiencing gang-related violence first-hand. Once, he saw a 13 year-old boy die by the hand of a fellow teen. Another time, he was stabbed while trying to mediate a fight. Incidents such as these moved him to establish the Brotherhood for Peace. Jason estimates that there are at least 200 members in each of Baguio City’s 28 gangs, each engaging in some form of illegal behavior, like rape and drug selling, aside from the escalating gang violence. BFP works to disband gangs through awareness campaigns and vigilant protection of defecting gang members. To intensify the program, the organization partnered with the local authorities and agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare Department (DSWD), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Baguio Character Council, and Balikatan sa Kaunlaran. Seminars and corresponding activities on livelihood, nation-building, and social volunteerism are held to engage participants. Through these activities, they are transformed into productive members of the community who work to help tourism, environmental protection, as well as campaign against child abuse and illegal drugs.

Through the efforts of BFP, known gang members are now raising awareness on the perils of being in a gang by addressing audiences in different schools— proof that peace can reign amidst adversity and even past enemies can have a semblance of brotherhood. These sharing sessions present opportunities for former gang members to discuss experiences first-hand to their audience, making their stories relatable and realistic to ordinary youth. They have also resorted to more popular medium such as rap and dance to spread the ideals of BFP. Converting the TAYO prize: BFP aims to create a short film depicting the realities of joining a gang. Former gang members will portray themselves in the film to make it more believable. Through this, they hope to tell their stories to more OSYs in Baguio. 13


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Chain of Change (Education): The chain of change usually comes from the elders guiding the young. EdRev Movement proves revolutionary in that aspect, that the youth can educate the generation before them as well. They are proving that an old dog can learn new tricks indeed.

Linked Up: Department of Education; Barangay Council of San Jose Patag

The TAYO Connection: EdRev Executive Director Cherwin Ramos learned about TAYO through its posters which he saw during a National Youth Commission meeting with student officers in Bulacan.

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The Education Revolution Movement (EdRev) was conceived by a group of college students from Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Living in an area with one of the biggest population of out of school youth in the province made the group push for the conduct of Alternative Learning System (ALS) classes. The Education Crave Project was established to primarily address the problem of the growing number of out-of-school youth (OSY) in the area. Extending ALS classes to some parents and grandparents in the community who were also hopeful of fulfilling their dreams of getting a college diploma made the project a testament to the concept “Education for All�. EdRev enlisted the help of DepEd and their Barangay Council to assist in their mission. They also solicited donations in cash and in kind from various donors, including an international school in the area. The group injected a more personalized approach to existing teaching modules by assigning one instructor per subject and modifying the levels of difficulty to suit the abilities of the learner. At 8th TAYO Area Finals, Cherwin spoke of the lack education as a root problem for the underprivileged. He explained that he believes focusing on education is a way of responding to other problems like poverty, unemployment, and delinquency.

EdRev conducted the project to three batches of learners whose ages range from 22 to 75. Out of the 81 learners from the first batch, 15 got their high school diploma and Eight are currently enrolled in college. When before, their barangay was plagued by OSYs and a growing hopelessness due to lack of access to education, it now boasts of a newly-constructed hall where EdRev can hold their ALS classes. Not bad for an organization that started barely two years ago. Converting the TAYO prize: Their barangay council is currently having a training center constructed for EdRev. They plan to furnish their office and training room for OSYs. 15


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Chain of Change (Education): TLINK.exe responded to the need for hands-on training on basic computer programs for public high school students in Iloilo city. They noticed that even if the public high schools are given computers for their use, sometimes the teachers themselves are not well equipped to teach students how to use them. Teachers would have the theoretical knowledge, but may not actually be familiar, nor updated of the practical applications of computer programs. LINK.exe is not only trying to bridge the digital divide, but are educating students to be globally-ready by arming them with practical computer skills. Linked Up: Institute of Information and Communications Technology of the West Visayas State University The TAYO Connection: Org representative Paul Dennee Monicimpo found out about TAYO during a National Youth Commission talk years before he joined the organization. They tried to send an entry for TAYO 7, but were not able to meet the deadline. 16


LINK.exe is a school-based organization under the Institute of Information and Communications Technology of the West Visayas State University (WVSU). With a mission to “enrich, uphold, generate and serve”, the group envisions “to become one of the most accomplished organizations in the Philippines by 2015.” It has been recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Organizations within the university for three consecutive years. As we live in a digital age, it isn’t enough to know what a tweet is or how to connect to Facebook. Basic computer skills are de rigueur in all professional settings. These skills have to be developed early on and nurtured by practice. What will happen then if you’re a public high school student who has limited access to computers, or worse, has only read books on how a computer works? Link.Exe launched the annual “Bringing Youth Technology Empowerment” (BYTE) project in 2006. BYTE promotes computer literacy by conducting training sessions and tutorials based on the needs of its recipients . Beneficiaries during academic year 2009-2010 were students from the Sta. Barbara National Comprehensive High School. BYTE was previously conducted at the Antique National High School, Jalandoni Memorial National High School, Fort San Pedro National High School, Oton National High School, and Zarraga High School in Iloilo. In only four years’ time, LINK.exe has successfully reached out to seven public high schools by sharing

their knowledge in Microsoft Office and Internet use as well as advanced programs like Macromedia Flash Animation, Adobe Photoshop and Web Design. As a result, some beneficiaries have been able to market their services as lay-out artists, graphic designers, website designers and video editors. Converting the TAYO prize: LINK.exe will purchase additional hardware and original software to uprgrade the implementation of BYTE. 17


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Chain of Change (Entrepreneurship): Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime--in this case, a community, as the Fishpond Production Project has given more benefits other than fish.

Linked Up: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); Department of Agriculture (DA)

The TAYO Connection: The Mandaya Tribal Youth Organization were encouraged by their coordinator from the municipal DA office to join the TAYO Search.

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Things were looking up for the Mandaya tribe when they were granted their ancestral domain claim. Unfortunately, the area held no other viable livelihood opportunities except for mining, which proved to be a dangerous occupation for the Mandaya men. Exposure to the harsh working conditions in the mines has even shortened the life of the president of the MTYO, who died at the age of thirty-two from complications related to a lung ailment. Initially, the out-of-school tribal youth ventured out with a project in the face of a critically-endangered environment and massive poverty. After gaining some training from agricultural offices and a loan from the DOLE, MTYO worked with 2 hectares of land awarded by their tribal chieftain. The MTYO helped raise money for their members’ education through their Intensive Offshore Fish Production Project which provides a source of needed protein for Mandaya tribe members and cheaper commodities to the other residents in the outlying area. They raised tilapia, African hito, and Taiwan clams through off-shore production by fish-cage culturethat tapped on the underutilized communal waters of the area. Following the successful run of the livelihood program, they received eight more hectares from Datu Latiban and secured financial assistance from provincial and municipal sponsors to plant of a total of 1,800 Mahogany, Falcata, Banana, Rubber and other high-value fruit trees.

Because of the empowerment they receive from the trainings and the livelihood opportunities provided to them by MTYO, members are now looking forward to a future that will allow them to stay in their ancestral lands while earning and living decently. MTYO received the Gawad Saka Outstanding Young Farmers Organization Award in 2008. True examplars of self-reliance and faith in one’s abilities, these youngsters showed that great things can be achieved no matter where you are, how old you are or how little you have. Converting the TAYO prize: MTYO hopes to expand their enterprises to provide stable sources of income to more members in their community. Their wish list include a sari-sari store, a floating restaurant and lodging houses. 19


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Chain of Change (Environment): The Pag-asa Youth Association-Talisay City Chapter (PYA Talisay Chapter) found a solution not only to the frequent flooding experienced in some areas of Sitio Minggoy and Sitio Mangga, but also provided the out-of-school youth in the area a chance to be productive citizens while earning some money. Linked Up: Local Barangay and Engineer Lee Consul

The TAYO Connection: PYA Talisay Chapter first entered in 2009and became a national finalist for the project “Onward”, which provided Alternative Learning Systems (ALS) and livelihood opportunities for the youth in the area.

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PYA Talisay literally “dug and built up� their organization to qualify for TAYO 8 with their Ground Permeability Enhancer (GPE) project which alleviates flooding and at the same time, replenishes the water table. DSWD Cebu recommended that local engineer Lee Consul meet with PYA Talisay when he was looking for a youth organization to partner with in building the first GPEs in the area. The group then endorsed the idea to the heads of two identified barangays: Sitio Minggoy and Sitio Mangga. In the words of current organization president Rex Villavelez, this is the idea behind the GPE: Dig a hole deep enough to reach the sandy part of the soil and wide enough to accommodate the circumference of the structure composed of a pyramid of hollow blocks. Fill up the hole with soil. When water seeps into the porous soil, it will pass through the holes of the hollow blocks into the sandy area of the land, then the underground aquifer. The group was initially skeptical about the effects of the GPE. After a downpour, they immediately noticed the creation of a mini-whirlpool in the puddle of water that formed over the GPE. Together with members of the community, they observed that the usual knee-deep flood in the area went down to ankle-deep. Some residents now report that not only are their homes flood-free, they also noticed that water pump handles felt heavier, indicating higher water pressure.

Other barangays in Talisay City and Cebu who have heard of the project have inquired about the creation of GPEs in their own low-lying areas. Converting the TAYO prize: The cash grant will be used to educate OSYs on entrepreneurship and fund their snack micro-enterprises like munchkins and yema-making. 21


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Chain of Change (Entrepreneurship): When earning a living saw a lot of the youth in their area seeking their fortunes in nearby Iloilo and other cities, the members of Pagaypay 4-H Club sought to find their own at home. Through agriculture-oriented enterprise trainings and opportunities, members of the club teaches out-ofschool youth to be business-minded and for their barangay to tap on to unexplored income sources. Linked Up: Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) The TAYO Connection: Recognizing Pagaypay 4-H Club’s influence on OSYs, the DOST and certain members of their community pushed them to enter the TAYO Search.

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Pagaypay 4-H Club is a community-based organization in Barangay Pagaypay, Passi City, Iloilo. The 4 Hs stand for “using your heart, head, hands, and health for the community�. It is easily seen that the organization uses all 4 Hs in their programs. While the rest of the community shuns out of school youth for gambling or lazing about in the streets, Pagaypay members use their hearts to embrace these OSYs and help them with their heads. Theyaimed to divert young people from leaving their fates to cards of fortune and make them productive members of the society by providing them livelihood. And with a helping hand for service, 4-H extended their help through the various income-generating projects that help alleviate the economic situation of their members and families. With the assistance of the Agricultural Training Institute and the West Visayas State University, club members were given access to swine raising and native chicken dispersal through easy-to-pay schemesthat allow them to raise their own livestock for personal consumption and livelihood. The unique Pineapple Wine Processing project started after five members participated in a Fruit Processing Training conducted by the DOST. From a starting capital of only Php1,000 which produced twenty-five bottles sold at the price of Php 185 each, the Php 3,500 they earned were used to expand the project.

The innovativeness of the product, its good quality and visibility in agricultural fairs and exhibits has gained balikbayans and foreign tourists as patrons. Among the organization’s accomplishments are winning the 2007 Gawad Saka National Award as the Most Outstanding Young Farmers Organization of the Philippines and the 2006 Most Outstanding Young Farmer of the Province award for one of its members. Converting the TAYO prize: Pagaypay 4-H Club will be investing their prize on improving the packaging and processing of their pineapple wine to meet the standards of mainstream markets. 23


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Chain of Change (Art): Reality recreated by art creates reality. Ako Si Ninoy, as a script shaped by the past, is also a play that through its funds carries on the future history of scholars.

Linked Up: Benigno S. Aquino Jr Foundation (BSAF) (now known as Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation or NCAF)

The TAYO Connection: Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF) found out about the TAYO 8 search fortuitously through a tarpaulin banner posted at an MRT station.

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The “Ako Si Ninoy” musical proved that art can be a spark that will ignite society into action. Through it, the Philippine Stagers Foundation, a community-based theater organization, was able to spread the message that everyone can be heroes in their own way, drawing inspiration from the life and legacy of both Ninoy and Cory Aquino. They are also able to illuminate the lives of their scholars through proceeds that were allocated for their tuition and other academic fees. Staging the play also encouraged the youth in their area to take to the arts in their efforts to change their paths in life. Conceptualized long before the passing of President Cory Aquino, the musical was written and directed by PSF adviser, lawyer Vincent Tañada. The play received the full support of then-Benigno S. Aquino Foundation as well as the blessings of the late President. It garnered a lot of attention from the media and was staged to packed venues. The Stagers also held various outreach programs and volunteered during the wake and funeral of President Cory. What started out as a tribute performance became a successful socio-cultural contribution.

“Ako Si Ninoy” went to receive accolades such as the 2009 ALIW Awards for Best Child Performer, Best Musical Director and Best Musical Play. Currently, the Philippine Stagers are gearing up for an international run to make the world their stage. Converting the TAYO prize: They will allot it for their next acting workshop for their upcoming play, “Cory ng Edsa,” which will illustrate the events of the first EDSA People Power Revolution--an event that most youth now have only encountered in their history books.

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Chain of Change (Environment, Entrepreneurship): Due to the migration of farmers to flat land that is easier to cultivate, the thousand-year-old rice terraces in Ifugao are deteriorating which may result in the revocation of its UNESCO World Heritage listing. Residents dependent on income from the terraces were also struggling, and this resulted in the creation of the Pochon Youth Group. Linked Up: Batchmates from Assumption Academy in Mayoyao

The TAYO Connection: Josh Nalliw met the founder of TAYO 6 winner KOSDEY during a seminar in the United States.

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The Pochon Maanichar Centennial Batch Association, Incorporated was established in 2005 when a number of high school alumni of Assumption Academy in Mayoyao decided to proactively work towards the development of the community in terms of income generation and the preservation of culture surrounding the rice terraces. . (Pochon is the Ifugao term for peace pact; Maanichar means alert and active.) The migration of some resident farmers to nearby flat lands led to the deterioration not only of the rice terraces and the rice farming culture. Ifugao traditions grounded on the planting and harvesting seasons were affected as well. The Mayoyao Eco-Cultural Tours was conceived to help the community engage in income-generating activities as they save the remaining rice terraces systems as well as preserve traditional practices within their ancestral domain. The project aims to promote the Mayoyao Terraces not just as a scenic spot, but as a working agricultural area as well. The tours operate with the natural rice cycle to showcase an authentic experience. Held twice a year, particularly during the rice planting (January-February) and harvesting (June-July) seasons allow tourists to participate in the locality’s rice production activities. Customers also get to trek through the landscape, learn about the construction of native houses and witness cultural performances when

they sign up for the tour. In turn, the host community earns through fees given to tour guides and the payment to caterers, lodge-owners, performers and the Indigenous Knowledge Holders. Subscribing to the tenets of ecotourism, the tour operators limit the number of guests that they receive per cycle to no more than 50.While the project primarily caters totourists, it is important to note that the younger residents get to learn the intricacies of their heritage as well. Converting the TAYO prize: The Pochon Maanichar youth group intends to use the prize to continue the implementation of the program and offset the community funds used for terrace conservation especially during lean months.. 27


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Philippine society highly values education, and a lot of youth stake their futures on it. With a population of 1,013 students, Cantilan National High School had a drop-out rate of 15.28% in school year 2003-2004. As a response to this unsettling reality, the PRO-DORP TEAM formally set-up the Reach-Out, Not DropOut Program in 2007 to address the individual issues hindering students from staying in school. The PRO-DORP Team identified four factors where the students’ decision to drop out originate: Family (F), Individual (I), Community (C), and School (S), which they termed the FICS Factors. Four sub-programs, namely: Suporta Mo Kinabukasan Ko, Feed My Brain, Maglaro at Mag-Usap Tayo, and Empower the Teachers to Help the Young (EmpATHY), were formulated based on the FICS factors. When representatives for the Suporta Mo Kinabukasan Ko found that 80% of the students could not pay miscellaneous fees on time, they responded by scouting for sponsors. Through Feed My Brain, the problem of poor comprehension due to malnutrition was countered with a feeding program. Maglaro at Mag-usap Tayo addressed the negative influence of in-campus gangs by intensifying school activities and group counseling. EmpATHY underscored the need for teachers to help underprivileged youth deal with the personal and emotional problems through counseling.

This multi-approach galvanized the participation of various sectors of the community to do their share in countering the problem. Local bakeries supplied bread for the feeding program. Alumni sponsors willingly gave money to pay for students’ fees. Parents and teachers made sure that the school environment is conducive to learning and that students would always have a listening ear whenever they have problems. As of school year 2009 to 2010, the drop-out rate has been successfully reduced to 1.87%, a staggering thirteen percent difference from 2003-2004. Positive results like this pushed the PRO-DORP Team to aim for a 0% drop-out rate by 2015. Converting the TAYO prize: The PRO-DORP Team will allocate the cash grant to support the feeding program and the miscellaneous fees scholarships for students. 29


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traditional flush toilets, much more for a proper sewage system. For this reason, ALEY members decided to turn things around by building arborloo ecological sanitation toilets; creating EcoPee, which is the collection of urine to be used as fertilizer; and storing rainwater for household use. Mary Grace Maboloc, ALEY’s representative to the 8th TAYO Search, expressed that seeing the hardship in her community and how families struggle to survive is what pushed her to volunteer and become a member of the organization. She describes her fellow members as “willing to experience new things, motivated, and unstoppable.” WHAT’S THE STORY?

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ALEY was originally organized by local youth leaders from 8 barrios and a Belgian volunteer. Under the Ecological Sanitation and Rainwater Conservation Project, ALEY has established a seedling nursery, raising 3200 seedlings; and has conducted a vegetable gardening project using EcoPee which translates to 120 home gardens producing an average of 300 grams of vegetables a day.

Creating Change Through: Ecological Sanitation and Rainwater Conservation Project

Furthermore, local families have been successfully oriented to the use of the arborloo toilets. Simply put, arborloo toilets are makeshift portalets designed and strategically positioned to fit the needs of families in the area. Hitting two birds with one stone, this simple yet innovative technique solves the problem of waste disposal for the environment as well teaches the families the value of hygiene to one’s health.

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Clean water and proper sanitation is a common problem in marginal areas here in the Philippines. A common solution, however, is not always as simple when the area of concern is beyond the reach of conventional modes of transportation. But this did not deter the Association of Locally Empowered Youth – Northern Mindanao (ALEY-NM) in taking on the Ecological Sanitation and Rainwater Conservation Project. Hailing from Misamis Oriental, ALEY observed how the lack of water in upland marginal areas, such as Libertad, Initao and Manticao, make health and sanitation take the back seat. The little water that farmers obtain from far-off creeks isn’t enough for

By means of “farm, non-farm, and off-farm livelihood projects, training, and networking activities”, ALEY members were able to educate stakeholders on proper hygiene, recycling, and water conservation while adapting to the needs of the community. They showed that, with sufficient research and the right attitude, there isn’t a problem too difficult to take on. Recognition and Success ALEY’s hard work not go unnoticed. Besides besting more than a hundred other contenders as a TAYO 8 National Finalist, the organization is also the recipient of the Gawad Kabataang Agri Pinoy, along with 25,000 pesos awarded by the Department of Agriculture for their innovative and self-sufficient project on food security. 31


during last year’s National Elections. During the TAYO 8 National Finals, Kenneth Isaiah Abante, then Secretary General of the SANGGUNIAN, explained that ATF 2010 aimed to “break institutional barriers.” When asked to share a quotation for his presentation before a panel judges, she shared one that expressed what their efforts meant— “It’s your country. Your elections. Your time to build the nation.” WHAT’S THE STORY?

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Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

Creating Change Through: Ateneo Task Force 2010 or ATF 2010 Ateneo Task Force 2010 or ATF 2010 is a

project that was launched through the combined efforts of 3 main organizations within the Ateneo de Manila University— the Sanggunian, Ateneo Residents Association (ARSA), and Council of Organizations of the Ateneo (COA). Spearheaded by the Sanggunian, the project focuses on student/youth involvement 32

Preparing for the National Elections served as the main driving force of ATF 2010. Satellite registrations were held in and out of the Ateneo while forums were organized to promote voter’s education. Presidential candidates were invited as guest speakers while activities like Wear Your Candidate’s Color Day and mock elections were done to increase awareness and participation. And to strengthen these efforts, exhaustive documentation and surveying were performed for possible future replication or transfer of technology. Fifty core volunteers guided the project through its four phases, with the 4th and final phase being on the Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay Elections. The program was supported by partners like the COMELEC, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Ayala Young Leaders Assembly, National Youth Commission (NYC) and Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). As a result, more Ateneans were able to register to vote as well as engage in partisan work campaigning for their chosen candidates. On the day of the elections, they also participated in bantay balota operations and reported anomalies. Recognition and Success The idea of involving students in the electoral process is simple but also a multifaceted mammoth task— this was the challenge for the members of the ATF 2010. But they persevered and continue to persevere in the belief that vigilance is not only to engage youth voters known for being apathetic, but to hold elected officials accountable for the promises they made. As an entry placing as a TAYO 8 National Finalist, ATF 2010 truly embodies the spirit of cooperation, teamwork, and unity. It displays the dynamism of the youth and shatters the image of a generation of apathetic youth.


Ric knew everything about the project by heart, from the details of how to breed these earth creatures to the bigger scope of the project’s impact on the community— displaying knowledge that can only be gained from being dedicatedly hands-on. WHAT’S THE STORY?

CATUGUING PALAYAMANAN 4-H WORKING YOUTH CLUB San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

Creating Change Through: The Vermicomposting Project Vermicomposting is a technology that transforms degradable wastes and manure into high quality organic fertilizer using earthworms. Compost generated from the process reduces the need for pesticides because this method allows nutrients to be readily absorbed by the plant and remain intact in the soil. Such was the vision of the Catuguing Palayamanan 4-H Working Youth Club of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, when members ventured into their Vermicomposting Project. When Catuguing representative Ric Salviejo started talking about African Nightcrawlers before a panel of judges, no one knew what they were. Not until he explained that these were a species of earthworms used for composting that the puzzled looks went away. Despite his shy demeanor, it was apparent that

The Catuguing Palayamanan 4-H Working Youth Club’s vermicomposting project started out when 2 members attended a training seminar conducted by the Department of Agriculture at the University Training Center in Batac City. From this, the club set up 3 vermi-beds as assistance from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management came in the form of 1 shredding machine, 2 compost tea brewers and 15 kilograms African Night Crawlers for breeding. The first set of compost material, or vermi-casts, successfully produced was used in the youth club’s Dragon Cactus production and Bio-Intensive Garden projects. As a favorable outcome, high demand for organic fertilizer now provides stable income for members of the youth club. Farmers in the area are now inclined to use this type of fertilizer instead of buying other brands. In addition to this, the zero waste management program of the community is supported since degradable wastes are collected and utilized in vermicomposting. Recognition and Success Proof of their hard work and important contributions, the Catuguing Palayamanan 4-H Working Youth Club has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Farmers Organization on the municipal, provincial and regional levels. Garnering a 20,000 peso grant as a TAYO 8 national finalist, the youth club also bagged the Gawad Kabataang Agri Pinoy for Luzon. This award given by the Department of Agriculture also comes with a 25,000 peso grant that will be used to further the youth club’s initiatives in their self-sufficiency programs. 33


thinking of concrete ways to raise awareness on the issue and this lead to the conceptualization of the Nursing Nature project. NCBS, through a core committee, carried out environmental seminars, held a paper drive and set-up a 5-peso discount scheme on non-use of Styrofoam food containers in the cafeteria. They also took cues from certain approaches they learned in their studies such as preventive care and applied them to preemptive projects like waste reduction.

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Creating Change Through: Nursing Nature Nursing Nature is the advocacy program on environmental awareness, protection, and preservation of the UST Nursing Central Board of Students (NCBS). Launched in June 2008, the schoolbased program is implemented through a 3-part scheme consisting of Awareness, Action, and Advocacy. WHAT’S THE STORY? The story begins with the initiative of Rachel R. Milante, NCBS Secretary for the 2008-2009 school year. For her, participating in a youth camp in Hua Lien Taiwan changed everything. At the camp, they tackled the issue of global warming— an issue that became close to her heart after having dealt with the severe aftermath of super typhoon Reming in her hometown in Legaspi City. She then spent most of her time 34

Furthermore, they re-introduced basic concepts in environmental concern by holding popular events such as beauty pageants and pet shows to garner participation of more people. The project gradually expanded from a movement within the College of Nursing to bringing the issue to the UST community and to participating in the Saving Planet Earth Expo and Conference held in TriNoma Mall last April 2010. From a simple idea to a campus-wide movement, Nursing Nature shows that steps in the right direction, no matter how small, add up to a collective effort. Recognition and Success Last December 9, 2010 Nielson Dane Gustilo of the Nursing Central Board Of Students gave a speech in the Malacañan Palace on behalf of the all TAYO 8 participants. He addressed an audience, that included the President of the Philippines, and called on everyone to have faith, to help each other and to be part of the solution. He spoke calmly in Filipino: “Napag-isa kami ng aming pagmamahal sa kapwa at bayan. Sa komunidad ng TAYO, naramdaman naming hindi kami nag-iisa. May kasama kami sa pakikibaka... Baon namin ang mayayaman na karanasan na natutunan namin sa isa’t-isa. Tunay na panalo na kaming lahat.”


conservation through youth and community empowerment” during her project presentation. With confidence and an eager smile, she explained how staff, alumni volunteers, local government units, other non-government organizations and the private sector all came together in transforming out-of-school youth into productive individuals of society. WHAT’S THE STORY? Every year, youngsters aged 16-24 who are unable to attend formal education due to financial constraints, are invited to join the Six Months Residential Program for Out-of-School Youth. Applicants undergo individual interviews and evaluation. If found qualified, they receive training and participate in workshops free of charge, while housed in an “environmentally appropriate dormitory” at the Rural Agricultural Center for a six-month period.

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Creating Change Through: The Six Months Residential Program for Out-of-School Youth

Established in 1999 through the initiative of two Peace Corps volunteers, the Palawan Conservation Corps or PCC is a non-profit, non-government organization that works to help underprivileged youth who are forced to stop schooling due to poverty, and more often than not, have resorted to earning money through means that are harmful to the environment. The organization works to rear and develop these out-of-school youth by teaching them marketable skills in conservation. Current administrative officer and pcc representative to the TAYO 8 Search, Gerly Camangeg spoke of a “primary vision of promoting environmental

These scholars of the environment, so to speak, are further trained to facilitate the transfer of skill, significantly expanding the reach of the program. They tackle subjects such as conservation and restoration, organic farming and livestock management, entrepreneurship, arts and crafts, community service, and environmental advocacy. Palawan Conservation Corps’ allowed out-of-school youth to gain a renewed sense of self by providing them not only the necessary skills to earn their keep but also the ability to teach others to do so. PCC’s active involvement paved the way for dynamism and hope where there were once bleak futures. Recognition and Success So far, PCC has instructed over 236 OSY from different rural barangays in Puerto Princesa City. And in 2004, the organization received the Kabalikat Award from the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for its contributions to technical vocational education and training in the country. In addition to receiving commendation as a TAYO 8 National Finalist, PCC also received a special award along with a 25,000 peso grant from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), for their valuable contribution to poverty alleviation and to empowering the marginalized. 35


communities to real communities that could change the image of the country in international scene.” YSP espouses “a multi-faceted approach of synergizing and bridging peace, solidarity and leadership among communities.” Instead of merely preaching about the value of peace, PAZ for SMILE works in line with the philosophy that families, communities, individuals may truly come to embrace the ideal of peace, when necessities like food, access to healthcare and literacy are not overlooked. The project works in such a way that it first addresses the basic needs of people. WHAT’S THE STORY? SMILE, short for Shaping Mission Integrating Life’s Experiences, created an avenue for interreligious dialogue, interaction and cooperation. From June 2009 to June 2010, YSP was able to reach about 2000 people in 7 communities by conducting peace camps, workshops, and outreach activities under this umbrella project.

YOUTH SOLIDARITY FOR PEACE (YSP) Guiwan Porcento, Zamboanga City

Creating Change Through: Peace Advocates Zamboanga for Shaping Mission Integrating Life’s Experiences or PAZ for SMILE Youth Solidarity for Peace or YSP was formally established in 2008, stemming from a youth movement advocating the Culture of Peace and fighting against discrimination across cultures like Muslims, Yakan, Christians and Indigenous People. In an area perceived to be conflict-ridden, YSP now serves as the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ). Hence, the name of the project PAZ for SMILE. During the TAYO 8 National Finals, Aldrin Abdurahim spoke of how he was struck by a documentary he saw in Illinois “branding Zamboanga City as the kidnapping capital of the world.” He also explained that his experience of change-making and being part of the TAYO Search fueled his desire of “transforming our ideal 36

The PAZ for SMILE consists of a 4-point program, namely: Responsive Education Amidst Adversity or READ, which addresses illiteracy and provides indigent kids reading materials and tutorials; PIYES, meaning feet in Chavacano, which provides slippers to children and the elderly; SHARE which stands for Smile for Hygiene Awareness; and Culture Across Real Experiences or CARE, which gives high school and college students a proper knowledge on the dynamics peace and the culture surrounding it. Throughout the implementation of the project, YSP was able to connect thirty youth-affiliated organizations that include the Department of Education, 34 High Schools in Zamboanga City, Universities and Colleges, parishes, local government units and print/production houses. Recognition and Success While other people have given up on the peace and order situation in the South, Youth Solidarity for Peace has created a synergy of peace efforts successfully yielding partnerships with different peace organizations, hospitals and sponsors. This youth organization decided that something had to be done to address the issue of peace by first truly connecting with people instead of merely telling them about it. These young peace advocates decided that there was no room to be angry. They decided that were going to be change itself.


Faye Dominique Palmares served as the representative of SNAP to the 8th TAYO Search. She expressed the organization’s sense of accomplishment in knowing that they all contributed to the growth and development of the community they belonged to. In her presentation before a panel of judges, Faye reported that the accomplishment provided her and her fellow SNAP members an avenue for growth and self-development, firmly believing that people learn even from all people they engage with and from the one’s they teach. “We make caring our target, and we empower people by putting health in their hands,” she added. WHAT’S THE STORY? HEART serves as an “adopt-a-barangay” project where students are able to teach proper health practices and at the same time learn from hands-on experience. Nursing seniors mentor students from lower year levels to ensure continuing efforts and promote team-building.

STUDENT NURSES ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES – WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY CHAPTER (SNAP-WVSU) La Paz, Iloilo City

Creating Change Through: Health and Education Action Reform Thrusts or HEART The Student Nurses Association of the Philippines (SNAP) of the West Visayas State University is part of a nationwide association of nursing students. Their project aptly dubbed HEART or Health and Education Action Reform Thrusts is a year-round health awareness campaign consisting of three components namely Araw Pambata, Health Forum and Healthy Environment for a Reform Tomorrow. HEART served as an avenue where the nursing students were able to help their community in Iloilo City by applying the knowledge and skills they learned in school.

With SNAP’s spearheading, groups from the West Visayas State University such as the Mountaineering Club, The Extension and Research Office, and the Alumni Association of Nursing, worked hand in hand with barangay officials and residents. Non-government organization Help Panay also extended assistance in the form of learning materials. Araw Pambata was conducted in the Day Care Centers of Barangay Nabitasan and Barangay Magsaysay. The members of SNAP assessed the health of the children in the centers and taught them healthy practices through games and storytelling. The Health Forum was a seminar that aimed to raise awareness on Leptospirosis, a disease that is usually pervasive during flooding due to contaminated water. The forum was held in Barangay Nabitasan, where frequent flooding and crowded areas expose residents to a higher risk of contracting infectious disease. The third component of HEART, which is the Healthy Environment for a Reform Tomorrow, was a treeplanting activity, carried out in cooperation with the Mountaineering Club in the Maasin Watershed of Iloilo. Recognition and Success Aside from receiving a 25,000 peso grant, SNAP’s recognition as a TAYO 8 National Finalist strengthens the organization’s goals and future plans. Currently, members are aiming to organize a health forum and further pursuing linkages with more partner organizations. 37


Cebu, is where Jihan is from. And despite this being far from their home base in Leyte, TARSIER members dedicated their weekends, travelling on land and across the sea to make great things happen. WHAT’S THE STORY? TARSIER’s Can-ugkay Community-based Watershed and Habitat Restoration Project is a response to the deteriorating water supply of the Canugkay Watershed, which provides water to 1,500 households and plays a key part in keeping ecosystems and biodiversity in place. Due to the dwindling forest cover and the increase of harmful and unsustainable farming practices such as the slash-and-burn technique, TARSIER members took a stand to believing that “a deep sense of environmentalism is a key to sustainability”. They addressed the lack of alternative sources of income for farmers or fisher folk and worked to counter negative environmental effects through a rehabilitation method called Rainforestation,

TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC RESTORATIONS BY STUDENTS IMMERSED IN ENVIRONMENTAL REFORMS (TARSIER) Visayas State University - Baybay, Leyte

Creating Change Through: The Can-ugkay Communitybased Watershed and Habitat Restoration Project A name like Terrestrial and Aquatic Restorations By Students Immersed In Environmental Reforms or TARSIER would surely spark the interest of many. However, the success of this small school-based organization from the Visayas State University (VSU) was of that of the little-tugboat-that-could, having started with simply the will to help even amidst scant resources. The Can-ugkay Community-based Watershed and Habitat Restoration Project was conceptualized by former TARSIER president Jihan Santanina Santiago. The project site, the island municipality of Pilar in 38

The Rainforestation Farming System integrates fruit-bearing trees like Lanzones, Durian, Rambutan and Mangosteen with native trees, resulting in a stable source of income for locals, the safeguarding of biodiversity and the protection of water supply. TARSIER tapped the expertise of the Institute of Tropical Ecology (ITE) of the Visayas State University and garnered the support of Plan International, Villahermosa Barangay Council and the Sangguniang Kabataan. As local government units supported travel expenses, TARSIER members conducted training on Rainforestation Farming and Environmental Leadership seminars for farmers, youth leaders and high-school students alike. This not only produced a 1-hectar Demonstration Farm with 250 grafted fruit trees and 5,000 indigenous trees but also lead to the establishment of a centralized farmers’ group named the Can-ugkay Rainforestation Farmers’ Association or CaRFA. Recognition and Success In October 2009, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Municipality of Pilar and Visayas State University for TARSIER’s continuing project. And for 3 consecutive years, TARSIER has been recognized as Best Student Organization. During the TAYO 8 National Awarding, Team Energy awarded TARSIER 20,000 pesos and a computer setup for their “strength in synergy while demonstrating the power to serve and help build lives to inspire change among the Filipino youth.” Serving both man and nature, it truly is a monumental achievement for the little-tugboat-that-could.


Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. WHAT’S THE STORY? HEART serves as an “adopt-a-barangay” project where In 2007, WMYC took a stand in their hopes to protect the water supply of all 1.8 million Davaoeños. The said youth organization launched an information and education campaign advocating the Watershed Code – a city ordinance geared at protecting and preserving the watershed areas in Davao City. Under the umbrella project called Davao City Youth Working Towards Saving Davao’s Last Water Source, they conducted school-to-school campaigns and barangay forums appealing for support from their fellow youth and Sangguniang Kabataan councils. They also lobbied their cause to local legislators through a 6- week silent protest and carried out a signature campaign garnering 40,700 signatures.

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT YOUTH COUNCIL (WMYC) Puan, Davao City

Perseverance and unfailing hope paid off as WMYC managed to convince Davaoeños to maintain the Tamugan-Panigan River strictly as a source of drinking. Their actions also lead to the protection of the flow of the Talomo River which recharges the Dumoy Aquiferthe present source of Davao City’s water. Recognition and Success

Creating Change Through: Davao City Youth Working Towards Saving Davao’s Last Water Source

When the members of the Watershed Management Youth Council (WMYC) learned that the natural course of the Tamugan-Panigan River in Davao is threatened with plans for the construction of a Hydroelectric Powerplant, they were very much alarmed. The information came to them as they already knew of a study projecting the demand for water in 2011 will equal supply and that the only other viable source of potabe water is the threatened Tamugan-Panigan River.

In 2010, two years after WMYC’s crusade began, the City Council of Davao declared that the purposes of potable water will be prioritized in the case of the TamuganPanigan River, as opposed to making way for powergeneration activities. Such a triumph is one that only bold ones like members of the Watershed Management Youth Council can claim. Displaying no less than the TAYO spirit of youth involvement and volunteerism, WMYV continues on with the information, education campaign in order to educate more youth as well as monitors the implementation of the Watershed Code to “ensure water sustainability for the present and future generation.”

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Activities under the said program strongly encourage the involvement of parents. Occasions like Grandparents Day or Halloween are used as timely opportunities to introduce lessons in a more entertaining way. Singing, dancing, even exercise function as vehicles for learning as well. Thirty active members, young professionals and students alike, make up the Young Educators of Mapulang Lupa. Despite minimal funding, they continue with their commitment to hold the weekly activity YESkwela Kalsada PLUS Nina Ate at Kuya since starting out in October 2009. Sometimes they are able to acquire donations from private individuals; sometimes assistance comes from companies like Telus (Kuya Vanjo’s employer). But oftentimes expenses come from their own pockets, spending for materials needed for weekly activities such as paper and ballpens.

YOUNG EDUCATORS OF MAPULANG LUPA Mapulang Lupa, Valenzuela City

But no matter how many challenges come their way, members of Young Educators continue to power through. Needless to say, this is a story of people seeing hope in each other, content in seeing the children they teach develop an awareness on social issues, ethics and literacy as well as gain selfconfidence. Recognition and Success

Creating Change Through: YESkwela Kalsada PLUS Nina Ate at Kuya When a struggling young man decided to persevere amidst a series of personal disappointments and loss, it gave birth to an organization called Young Educators of Mapulang. Transforming grief from the death of his father into inspiration to help others, this young man now known to his students as Kuya Vanjo, launched the project Lupa the project YESkwela Kalsada PLUS Nina Ate at Kuya. WHAT’S THE STORY? YESkwela Kalsada PLUS nina Ate at Kuya is a mentoring program which is patterned after a Sunday School format. It is a combination of tutorials, outreach activities, theatre workshops that focus on youth development.

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Teaching in the streets of Mapulang Lupa became the fertile ground that gave both underprivileged kids and their teachers a new perspective on life. Dessa Jean Peralta, Young Educators’ representative to the TAYO National Finals knows this success story all too well. From being part of beneficiaries from the efforts of the young volunteers, she is now a volunteer herself and is able to earn some income as a tutor. She expressed that the Young Educators of Mapulang Lupa truly are “committed to empower and inspire every young individual in our barangay to volunteerism and community service.” Barely two years old, their project YESkwela Kalsada PLUS Nina Ate at Kuya has indeed achieved a lot.


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TAYO Week As in previous years, the representative of the 20 finalist organizations from all over the country converged for the TAYO week or National Finals. The National Finalists activities included orientation and team building sessions, a visit to the Aquino Center in Tarlac, a Financial Management Seminar at the BPI Head Office in Makati and Media. National Judging day and the Awarding Ceremonies capped the TAYO Week. The 5-day program was designed to bring the National Finalists together and to stay true to the TAYO spirit of togetherness and camaraderie. The program was also designed for the organizations to establish networks for future project collaborations. It was also a venue for program partners to learn about the organizations’ programs and maybe help them in the future. National Judging December 7, 2010 was a nerve-wracking, yet exciting day for the National Finalists, TAYO secretariat and the Judges as the National Judging Day took place last December 7, 2010 at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City. It was a very nerve wracking yet exciting day for the National Finalists, TAYO secretariat and the Judges. After months of preparation, the winners were to be finally decided on. Each organization representative was given 5 minutes to present a standardized PowerPoint presentation before a distinguished group of judges. The panel of judges was co-chaired by no less than Senator Kiko Pangilinan and TAYO Awards Foundation President, Mr. Bam Aquino. They were joined by: • Secretary Sonny Coloma (Head, Presidential Communications Operations Office) • Mr. Wally Panganiban (External Affairs Manager, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation) 44

• Mr. Manny De Luna (Chairman and CEO ActivAsia) • Mr. Eric Barroquillo (Senior Manager Bank of the Philippines Islands) • Ms. Meryll Yan (Deputy Editor, Mega Magazine) • Ms. Ivy Lisa Mendoza (Section Editor, Youth & Campus Section, The Manila Bulletin) • Ms. Stefanie Cabal (Section Editor, Philippine Daily Inquirer 2BU) • Mr. Sebastian Lacson (Chief Reputation Officer, Aboitiz Equity Ventures; Board of Trustees, Aboitiz Foundation) • Mr. Champ Lui Pio (Singer and Songwriter; former front man of Hale) Awarding Ceremonies The highlight of the TAYO week was the awarding ceremonies, where 2010 marked its return to Malacañang. No less than President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III awarded this year’s winners at the Heroes Hall last December 9, 2010. President Aquino expressed that the grant that winners and finalist received would help them do a better job with the current programs and projects that each organization have. He challenged the youth by saying, “Kaya naman, ang isa sa mga hamon ko sa inyo: hikayatin pa sana ninyo ang nakakarami pa nating kababayan. Taglay ninyo ang lakas at sigla; taglay din ninyo ang talino at ang mga ideyang makabago. Gamitin ninyo sa tamang paraan ang inyong pagkabata. Alam kong mayron pa ring mga kabataan. Mayrong iilan na kabataan ang matitigas ang ulo, pasaway, mayron na rin sa kanila ang nasasadlak sa iba’t-ibang klaseng bisyo, ngunit huwag sana kayong susuko sa kanila tulad ng nagawa ninyo. Nawa’y gabayan ninyo sila at di- magsawang magsilbing ehemplo.” An audience of 300 attended the ceremonies, including important guests such as: Senator Kiko Pangilinan; Sec.


Sonny Coloma, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Chairman Christopher Lawrence Arnuco, Commissioners Steve Laurence Aquiza and Benjie Oliva of the National Youth Commission, Mr. Bam Aquino, President TAYO Awards Foundation, Mr. Guillermo Aponte, President & General Manager, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Mr. Rene Adad, Chairman, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines and Ms. Cecile Alcantara, President of Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines; Undersecretary Celia Yangco DSWD; Mr. Roy Emil Yu, Vice President, BPI; Ms. Arline Adeva, PR and Brand Manager, Jollibee Food Corporation; TAYO National Judges Mr. Eric Barroquillo, Meryll Yan, Mr. Manny de Luna, Mr. Wally Panginiban. Each winning organization received Php 50,000 and a trophy specially-crafted by Toym De Leon Imao. This year’s winners also received gift certificates from Jollibee Food Corporation. The runners-up received a consolation prize of Php 20,000 each and trophies as well. The cash grants were provided by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines. The following special awards were also given: Coke Barkada award from Coca-Cola Foundation; Best Financially Managed Organization award from the Bank of Philippine Islands; TeaM Energy award for the protection of the environment; three (3) Gawad Kabataang AgriPinoy from the Department of Agriculture; and two (2) special awards from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. A performance by Sugar Free livened up the occasion as TAYO 9 was also launched with a video teaser. It featured the new and exciting activities that the search will have in store. TAYO 9’s search will be themed, “I- TAYO Ang Pagbabago”. Ten categories are to be highlighted in the 9th search, namely: Sining, Kailkasan, Teknolohiya, Kabuhayan, Edukasyon, Kalusugan, Kaligtasan, Pagkalinga, Kabutihangasal, Kultura. 45


PROGRAM PARTNERS

CO-PRESENTOR Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines

ORGANIZERS TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. 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, Inc. 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 capabilitybuilding.

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Office of Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan

Philippine Center of Young Leaders (PCYL) in Governance

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.

Formerly the Philippine Council of Young Political Leaders (PCYPL) Foundation, Inc., 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.

National Youth Commission 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. 46

In November 1986, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines was established in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the bottling of the 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.

For seven years, PCYL celebrates youth dynamism and leadership potential through TAYO. It shares TAYO’s vision of an empowered citizenry in the face of global crisis. Department of Social Welfare and Development 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 eight years. Through TAYO, it sees active youth organizations as stakeholders


in the development of our nation, and not just social welfare beneficiaries. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation PAGCOR is a hundred percent government-owned and controlled corporation created to regulate, authorize and license all games of chance authorized by law in the Philippines, generate revenues for the Philippine Government’s socio-civic and national development programs, and help promote the Philippine tourism industry. Department of Agriculture DA is designated as the lead agency to boost farmers’ income and fight poverty by building prosperity in the rural sector and the greatest number of Filipino people. It has its vision of a “Prosperous rural communities, built on profitable farms that provide surplus for agro-industry and food security”. Thus, it has awarded TAYO organizations that support and exemplify the government’s food security and selfsufficiency programs. Team Energy 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 eight 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. Jollibee Jollibee, as the country’s leading fast food chain in the country, credits its success to its great-tasting and affordable products, superior customer service that carries the Alagang Pinoy trademark, and its hardworking and high-energy team. As a corporate citizen, Jollibee is committed to give back to society through meaningful and lasting socio-civic projects.

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Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation NCAF was established to perpetuate the memory, ideals and values of the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. and former President Corazon C. Aquino, a well respected, globallyrecognized and inspiring leader. Through its activities, NCAF has worked frequently with the youth, educational institutions, cooperatives, civil society, government agencies and the business sector both locally and internationally. The Foundation supports activities that embody the spirit of people power as a strong positive force for a societal change and reform. SM Supermalls and SM Cares SM Supermalls is owned by the SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the largest shopping mall chains and retail operator in the Philippines. It has launched SM Cares, a program to consolidate and coordinate all of SM Prime’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Carried out in SM malls nationwide, SM Cares’ award-winning CSR projects cover the environmental conservation (energy, air and water), and care and assistance to customers of SM malls with special needs such as the disabled, special children, the elderly and nursing mothers. SM Cares is SM Prime’s commitment to be one of the country’s leading CSR advocates.

Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI celebrates with you its 160 years of making Philippine banking easy. In the year 2011, BPI will reach the large youth sector of the country through the Ten Accomplished Youth Organization and integration of all-available youth bank services and benefits. More than the high-standard responsibility of managing the businesses and savings for the maximum benefit of its customers, it also provides the widest possible range of financial services for community development. Youth organizations and leaders are all welcome to be partners of the first and the long-standing bank in the country and in Southeast Asia -- Bank of The Philippine Islands. Be with us. 47


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TAYO: Q. Do we have to be an established organization to join TAYO? A. An organization has to be in existence for at least 6 months before it vies for a TAYO award. TAYO has a very flexible view on youth organizations. You don’t have to be a school organization or part of a national organization to join. Even barkadas with established projects that are known in a community can enter the TAYO Awards search. Q. Can I enter my project proposal for the TAYO Awards? A. Project entries for the TAYO Awards should already be implemented or is currently being implemented. The fast rule is this: one of the criteria is Impact. To measure impact, we will need to know the number of beneficiaries and the number of times you implemented the project. If your project doesn’t have beneficiaries yet, or you have not yet implemented the project, we will not be able to gauge its impact. Q. How do I become part of the TAYO organization? A. Though we value your personal interest to be an active partner of TAYO, the secretariat and organizers itself is not an organization. You also have to be part of an organization to submit an entry to the TAYO Search.

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Q. How do I get the TAYO Entry form? A. You may download the entry form at the TAYO Awards Foundation website (www. tayoawards.net) or at the National Youth Commission website (www.nyc.gov.ph). We also mail out application forms, posters and magazines to schools and organizations that joined TAYO previously. Several government agencies (Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, etc.) receive our requests for help in disseminating information about TAYO.

Q. Where do I send my entry form and requirements? A. For TAYO 9, we are trying to cut down on using paper for our selection process. We are encouraging youth organizations to e-mail their entries instead to tayo.secretariat@ gmail.com. We hope that you will be able to send your entry form and requirements as attachments in one e-mail only. If it would be more convenient for you to send your application by mail, both the TAYO Awards Foundation and the National Youth Commission have secretariats who can process your entry. Mail your entries to one of these offices: TAYO AWARDS FOUNDATION 2602C East Tower Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center Pasig City NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION 4th Floor Bookman Building #373 Quezon Avenue Quezon City Q. What will give our organization an edge in the search? A. We noticed that a lot of youth organizations lack documentation skills to illustrate the strengths of their projects. Most photos will be group shots of ceremonies or members. Our judges will appreciate images of your organization in the middle implementing your project. Your project brief also says a lot about the organization and the project. Make every answer to the point, and name actual statistics if you have them. Q. What kind of projects gets recognized at the TAYO Awards? A. Usually, TAYO Award-winning organizations fall into one or a combination of these categories: Sining (Arts); Kalikasan (Environment); Teknolohiya (Technology); Kabuhayan (Livelihood/Entrepreneurship); Edukasyon (Education); Kalusugan (Health); Kaligtasan (Safety/Rescue Services); Pagkalinga (Social Services); Kabutihang-asal (Values); and Kultura (Culture or Traditional Arts).


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Organizers TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan National Youth Commission Presenter Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. Partners Philippine Center of Young Leaders (PCYL) in Governance Starbucks Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Department of Social Welfare and Development Department of Agriculture TeaM Energy Jollibee Bank of the Philippine Islands Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation SM Supermalls and SM Cares TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. Rollie Fabi, Chairman Mike Sicat, Co-Chairman Bam Aquino, President Mary Grace Palpallatoc, Treasurer Saira Peñaranda-Ferrer Georgina Nava Maria Regina Reburiano Barbara Cruz Erwin David Ernesto Sunga, Jr. Office of Sen Kiko Pangilinan Renan Dalisay 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 Allan Peñaredondo Political, Legislative, Communications, Administrative, and New Media units

National Youth Commission Chairman Christopher Lawrence Arnuco Commissioner Steve Laurence Arquiza Commissioner Benjie Oliva Executive Director Apolonio Maleniza II Former Chairman Richard Alvin Nalupta Former Commissioner Priscilla Marie Abante Former Commissioner Joyce Samaniego Former Commissioner Lesley Cordero Former Commissioner Hanny Camid Former Commissioner Jane Censoria Cajes Marielou Chua Maria Regina Reburiano Cristabeth Jacinta Madrigal Anne Baria Armando Angeles, Jr. Dennis Mendoza Marlo Enriquez Agusto Daquioag Juliet Carolino Baby Bernadette Fernando Eric Ramos Chris Evert Leong Jose Cielos Arlene Prepotente Clarissa Alibuyog Danilo Fermin Fernando Luna Dioscorro Gallardo Area Officers and Regional Coordinators Melanio Santella, Jr. Fernando Quiazon Baibonn Sangid Elsa Ledesma Nydia Paladan-Delfin Eddie Cuaresma Salma Jayne Tamano Raymond Domingo Queenie Dadulo Maui Fernandez Cherry Carag Marla Clemente Office of the Chairman Office of the Commissioners Office of the Executive Director Division Chiefs and staff of the Administrative and Finance Division, Policy Research Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Regional Youth Development Division and Social Marketing Division NYC’s National and Regional Advisory Councils Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines Rene Adad, Chairman Cecile Alcantara, President JB Baylon, Vice-President Ting Rillo-Cabalza, Manager, Education and Youth Development Victor Manlapaz, Project Officer, Environment Rose Mariano, Program Officer

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TeaM Energy Foundation Federico Puno, President and CEO Maria Teresa Lopez, Executive Director Roderick De Castro, Deputy Executive Director Cynthia Pantoñal, Program Director

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Department of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Secretary Celia Yangco, Undersecretary Alicia Bala, Undersecretary Presidential Communications Operations Office Bahay Ugnayan Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr., Secretary Chris Tio, Undersecretary Aileen Macasaet, Assistant Secretary The Area Finals Judges Luzon • Apolonio Maleniza II, National Youth Commission • Marlyn Moral, Department of Social Welfare and Development • Anne Balde, Coca Cola Bottler • Gilbert Chan, San Beda College Dragon Boat Rowing Society, TAYO 3 Finalist • Michelle Domingo, ADB and Asia Foundation Mindanao • Steve Laurence Arquiza, National Youth Commission • Ana Felicia Dulay, Sun Star Davao • Amado So, Davao Chinese Development Council • Priscilla Razon, Department of Social Welfare and Development (Region XI) • Leah Reyes, Coca-Cola Foundation National Capital Region (NCR) • Benjie Oliva, National Youth Commission • Rodora Babaran, Department of Social Welfare and Development • Wella Orejola, Coca Cola Bottler • Allene Gonzalez, Emmanuel Baja Order of DeMolay, TAYO 1 Finalist • Jan Vincent Ong, Peace Tech The Field Validators Saira Peñaranda-Ferrer Barbara Cruz Jun Angeles Anne Baria Erica Borja Juliet Carolino Charito Carag Israel Jayson Vinta John Piermont Montilla Jose Carlos Dumlao Neil Illescas Rose Mores Melymar Astocia Mike Racal Joyce Fabello Elesia Tobias Joel Sumampong Benjamin Taluyo Alwin Reclusado Philip Jude Acidre Nathaniel Sugino Christian Espinosa Pia Echeverria

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Reynaldo Bagayas, Jr. Christian Olasiman Silvie Agravante Liezel Revalo Andy Lui

Sangguniang Kabataan Boy Scouts of the Philippines Girl Scouts of the Philippines Metro Railway Transit (MRT) Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA)

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Friends in Media

Luzon • Evita Garcia, Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan • Elsa Magdaleno, National Youth Commission • Rupert Musni, Xavier University School of Business and Management Student Council, TAYO 6 Winner

Manila Bulletin Malacañang Press Corps

Visayas • Saira Peñaranda-Ferrer, TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. • Maria Regina Reburiano, National Youth Commission • Georgina Nava, Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan Mindanao • Eric Ramos, National Youth Commission • Carla Feria, San Beda Dragon Boat Society, TAYO 3 Winner • Leah del Rosario, Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan National Capital Region (NCR) Sarah Jean Grutas, National Youth Commission Barbara Cruz, TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. Howell Aison, Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) National Broadcasting Network (NBN) The Morning Show ABC 5 Mornings@ANC Philippine Daily Inquirer DZBB 594 AM Super Radyo DZIQ 990 AM Radyo Inquirer TAYO Song Composed by: Harold Clavite Lyrics by: Harold Clavite, Redg Plopinio, Georg Nava Arranged by: Tito Cayamanda, Nyoy Volante

TAYO Volunteers Lea Dela Cruz Rudy Boctot Rupert Musni TAYO Friends KC Concepcion Toym De Leon Imao – Artist – TAYO Trophies McCann Erickson Philippines SM Supermalls (SM Manila, SM Baguio, SM Rosales-Pangasinan, SM Naga, SM Iloilo City, SM Cebu, SM Cagayan de Oro and SM Davao) The Heritage Hotel, Pasay City Aquino Center, Tarlac El Cielito Inn, Makati City 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th TAYO Search Finalists and Winners and to all those who joined the 8th Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations. Sugarfree • Ebe Dancel • Jalton Taguibao • Kaka Quisumbing • Chu Santos ActivAsia Former Secretary Esperanza Cabral, Department of Health Department of Agriculture Department of Education Department of Environment and Natural Resources Department of Interior and Local Government Commission on Higher Education 51


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