U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and TAYO Awards Hosts YSEALI Manila Summit

July 27, 2019 – The United States Embassy in the Philippines and Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards (TAYO) Foundation, Inc. gathered young leaders in Hotel Kimberly, Manila for the 2019 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Manila Student Leaders Summit.

Attended by close to 150 participants, the Summit was the culmination activity of the YSEALI Manila Program to develop leadership skills of Manila student leaders and engage them in its network of youth leaders in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

YSEALI is the flagship program of the U.S. government to strengthen youth leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. It offers U.S. fellowships, regional workshops, small grants, e-learning and other platforms for engagement for Southeast Asian youth between the age of 18-35.

Hosted by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and TAYO Awards Foundation, the Summit also featured recognized youth leaders in a series of panel discussions to share best practices in project management and international exchange opportunities for emerging leaders.

YSEALI Manila Program

YSEALI Manila Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to strengthen the technical leadership and management skills of participants and to enhance the design and implementation of school-based, student-centered projects and initiatives. This program hosted key universities along the University Belt, sparking collaborations among student leaders and organizations.

John Gabriel Cabia-an, one of the participants of the program from Philippine Normal University presented their output project, Artvocacy. Their project aims to exhibit the promotion of various advocacies through creativity and innovation in the form of moduzine (module + magazine). They are currently in the works of crafting their first issue that talks about harassment.

Other participants from different universities were also recognized during the event such as Adamson University, College of St. Benilde, De La Salle University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Far Eastern University, Philippine Normal University, Philippine Women’s University, San Beda University, St. Paul University Manila, and the University of Santo Tomas, among others.

Several projects and partnerships are now forged among students and alumni through the program.

International Studies and Exchange

The Summit also celebrated the Filipino-American Friendship Month and discussed the exchanges and programs that are strengthening the engagement between both countries. Alumni of US-PH exchange programs like Fulbright alumna Atty. Maria E.J. Pia Benosa, Youth Exchange and Study alumna Maria Anna Espinosa, Global Undergraduate Exchange Program alumnus Diego Imao, and YSEALI Professional Fellow Janine Chiong shared their experiences in applying and participating in their programs in the United States.

Ms. Grace Williams from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines welcomed the participants, saying how the Filipino youth leaders have inspired her do more and be a change-maker in her own field of influence, especially when she gets back in her hometown in Chicago, Illinois.

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Groups of young Filipinos show ‘change’ is possible

04 September 2013 – The annual Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations received a total of 272 entries—probably the highest number for any award-giving body for the youth in the Philippines—from all corners of the country easily representing a great mixture of youth organizations. This number reflects how younger Filipinos are taking part in nation-building from the grass root level, proving that their influence and civic participation is not confined on the screens of their computers, tablets, and smartphones to create pockets of change. This year’s roster of organizations is composed of student organizations, out-of-school youth groups, community-based clubs, youth-led social enterprises, and youth-focused NGOs and CSOs.

Last August 22 and 23, the Area Screening was held at the National Youth Commission in Quezon City where multi-sectoral panels were convened to screen entries from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.  Each of the screeners reviewed and scored this year’s entries based on (1) the impact of project on stakeholders, (2) how the project harnessed the spirit of volunteerism and citizenship, (3) creativity and innovation, (4) sustainability, and (5) effective use of resources.


Youth Commissioner Percival Cendaña, Chairman of the National Youth Commission’s Organizing Committee for the TAYO Search Year 11 says, “With TAYO, we are not only recognizing the outstanding achievement of youth organizations, we are harvesting stories of young people making a difference in their communities. These are meant to inspire young people to do their part in finding solutions and be a source of hope for the nation.”

One of the members of the screening panel, Gibby Gorres, who sits as the Sectoral Representative for Youth and Students at the National Anti-Poverty Commission was inspired after going through the narratives of this year’s organizations: “Youth orgs solving local issues just means that development starts in the local level and cannot be successful without the help of the community they are helping. I admire how some of the youth organizations use their field of study, such as architecture, to better other people’s lives. This just means that even those who are still in school can do a lot [if they work] together.”

When asked for an advice to those who are not advancing to the next phase of the Search, UP Diliman’s former and first transgender USC Chairperson, Heart Diño—who was part of the screening panel—has this to say: “Sustainability plans should be carried out to ensure the effectivity and to maximize the objectives and potentials of each project. And hopefully projects will have a more lasting effect in the community than just a one-time big time activity.”

Only 52 project entries will be advancing to the next round of the Search which is the Field Validation. Organizations will be visited by TAYO Validators to conduct on-site interviews with the officers, members, and their projects’ beneficiaries. Only 10 project entries from each area (NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) will advance to the Area Finals to be held in four major cities around the country from September 23 to October 4.

Organizers of the TAYO Search congratulate all youth organizations that have joined this year. The record-high number of entries shows the Filipino youths’ remarkable willingness to devote their time, energy, and resources to help and inspire others beyond the confines of their homes, schools, and social media.

Below is the complete list of project entries that have qualified for Field Validation.


  • Association of Filipino Forestry Students UPLB
  • Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles Club
  • Junior Finance Executives
  • Kawil Tours
  • League of Tourism Students of the Philippines
  • MAESTRO Club
  • Masla Hoyohoy 4-H Club
  • SCIENZOPHILIACS (Education Science Society)
  • Tanay Mountaineers Incorporated
  • Task Force Kabataan
  • Tropang Bangkarunungan
  • Youth Community Service Club – Holy Angel University Chapter



  • College of Communication Student Council
  • FPOP Waray Waray Youth Advocates
  • Gualandi Volunteer Service Program, Inc.
  • Hayag Youth Organization
  • Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – SC Plastic Bottles Preschool Entry
  • Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – SC Plastic na Bote para sa Kalinisan at Kabuhayan
  • RAPID, Inc. – The Rugby Boy Project
  • United architects of the Philippines student auxiliary foundation University chapter
  • University of San Carlos – Pathways
  • Youth First! Peer Educator Club
  • Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly – Pamilacan, Bohol
  • Z Club of Childlink High School Cebu



  • Association of Locally Empowered Youth of Northern Mindanao
  • Green Brigade of Barangay Poblacion, Nabunturan, Comval Province
  • Interact Club
  • JLGSAT Rover Circle Outfit
  • JUANWMSU-University Student Council
  • Light Cavalry Leadership Community
  • Mindanao Empowered Young People Organization
  • TC Youth Laboratory Cooperative
  • Team BUNDOL Mountaineers
  • T’nalak Youth Group
  • Volunteer Service Provider
  • Watershed Management Youth Council



  • AIESEC-Ateneo de Manila University
  • Architectural Students’ Association of the Philippines – UP Chapter
  • Ateneo Chemistry Society
  • Business Management Society
  • Medical Missions Incorporated Student Group
  • Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity
  • Pinoy Malikhain
  • Project LAAN
  • The Love Yourself Inc.
  • Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid
  • UP Industrial Engineering Club
  • UP Junior Marketing Association
  • UP Progressive Responsive Innovative Movement in Engineering
  • Upsilon Sigma Phi
  • Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly – Quezon City


TAYO Year 11 is organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Office of Senator Bam Aquino, and the National Youth Commission. Presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, it is sponsored by SMART, Jollibee, Cebu Pacific, and Lenovo. The search is supported by the Philippine Council of Young Leaders in Governance, Department of Interior and Local Government, Commission on Higher Education, and the Department of Education.



Reference: TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc.

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TAYO 11 seeks Filipino youth ‘stories’

“We realized that we all have our stories. Personal stories of defeat, of trying again, of winning and losing battles. Our stories served as a representation and a microcosm of the many lives of young Filipino today. But, at the end of the day, we touched the world with our brokenness. Our pains have led us to push the boundaries and change the norms as we take youth involvement in a whole new level.”

Listening to the Filipino youth for 10 years, the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards (TAYO) Foundation, Inc. has heard stories one could laugh, cry, and be moved about. But, despite all feelings, the stories never fail to inspire.

TAYO continues to seek for ‘stories’ this year as the 11th Search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO 11) officially launches today. TAYO Awards Foundation and the National Youth Commission (NYC) will be accepting entries from all over the country until the deadline, 30 July 2013. TAYO Search is held annually to provide duly-deserved incentives and recognition to the country’s best youth groups, thus, encouraging youth involvement in nation-building and best practices-sharing among organizations. It also maintains a yearly-updated database of the nation’s youth organizations.

Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., the Search Presentor, grants Php 50,000 to the 10 winning organizations and Php 25,000 is granted to the other organizations that make it to the National Finals. Apart from the prestigious recognition, the winning organizations receive an especially commissioned trophy sculpted by Mr. Toym De Leon Imao.

Entries will be evaluated using the following general criteria: (1) Impact of the Project Entry to Stakeholders; (2) Harnessing the Spirit of Volunteerism and Citizenship; (3) Creativity and Innovation; (4) Sustainability; and, (5) Effective Use of Resources.

TAYO 11 is open to all youth groups, organizations, clubs, and societies whose membership and leadership are composed of at least 15 youth members (15-30 years old).

Established in 2002, TAYO Foundation is the only known award-giving body for outstanding youth organizations in the Philippines. It aims to discover and laud exceptional youth organizations that have contributed to the development of their local communities, schools, or work places, through their innovative projects. To date, more than 1000 youth organizations have joined the search and are now part of the fast-growing TAYO youth network.

To know more about the search, information is available in An online entry form can be filled out at the TAYO website. For inquiries, TAYO Secretariat can be contacted through text at 0917 TXT-TAYO (898-8296) or e-mail at [email protected]

TAYO 11 is presented by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., and organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. alongside the National Youth Commission and the Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan.

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PNoy lauds Phils’ outstanding youth organizations

In 2002, youth organizations from all over the Philippines were given a chance to be part of a selection of the most dynamic groups of young individuals yearning to effect positive change in their communities. This year marked the 10th batch of winners of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) – completing its first hundred awardees.

In an awarding ceremony held on December 6 at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang, President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the youth to join the government in nation-building: “Pinapatunayan ng Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations ngayong taon na handang makipagbayanihan ang kabataan sa tuwid na daan. Ibinabandila ng mga ginagawaran nating organisasyon na anuman ang edad, kasarian, o katayuan natin sa buhay, basta’t sama-sama tayong gumagawa ng tama, makakapagdulot tayo ng ginhawa sa kapwa at bansa…Bayanihan ang kakalag sa atin sa anumang kahirapan; hindi sila, hindi kami, kundi ang nagkakaisang tayo ang kailangang kumilos upang lampasan ang bawat pagsubok. Sa tulong ng ating mga awardees at lahat ng ating mga kabataang kipkip ang pambihirang sigla, lakas, at idealismo, tuloy-tuloy tayo sa paghahabi ng masagana at magandang bukas para sa mga susunod na Pilipino.”

PNoy addressing TAYO Awardees

A renowned former youth leader who is recognized as the person who thought of awarding outstanding youth organizations, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan expressed his gratitude for the youth for their dynamism. “We once again thank our TAYO winners for being the shining light amidst the darkness of the world. Thank you for being the break of dawn that signifies the start of a new, changed day. Thank you for showing us with your work that indeed, we have every reason to be helpful; that in fact, genuine change is now before us, is now happening, is now becoming a reality.” Pangilinan said.

TAYO Awards Foundation President Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV added, “When Sen. Kiko Pangilinan and the National Youth Commission (NYC) started TAYO in 2002, we thought that we would soon run out of organizations and the youth will continue coming up with the same projects as before. But we are continuously surprised with the variety of projects and the number of organizations and their locations. It seems that in every corner of the country, and for every issue that our countrymen have faced, there is a youth organization working to alleviate the problem.”

Youth Commissioner Georgina Nava, the Chairperson of the TAYO 10 National Organizing Committee, surmised that “Based on the project entries that we went through during the national judging, we witness the growth of agriculture and social entrepreneurship-related projects. Whenever our youth encounters a problem in their community, they are able to come up with various innovative solutions that address the issue. Sama-samang tumaTAYO ang mga kabataan at tumutulong sa kapwa Pilipino para sa ikabubuti ng ating bansa.“

In an emotion-filled response delivered on behalf of the national finalists, Meryl Grace Agudelo from I CAN Make A Difference, Incorporated re-affirmed the youth’s commitment in helping solve the problems of their communities and in effect, the entire nation. “TAYO Awards paved the way to gather twenty young people who wish the same things. A progressive and empowered Filipino communities…Gone are the days of band aid solutions to social problems—we further address constant bottlenecks of our communities through innovation, creating more opportunities through social enterprises, education, tourism and health. We employed frameworks which are sustainable with measurable impact. We do this only because we love our country.”

The 10th batch of TAYO awardees come from diverse backgrounds, offering alternative approaches to seemingly similar problems. First up is the problem of the lack of electricity in remote areas. One Million Lights Philippines (NCR) tied up with an international organization to access thousands of solar lamps which they were then able to distribute to needy communities all over the country. On the other hand, the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University – Electrical Engineering Society saw the same problem in a village in Zambales, provided a solar power charging station and solar lamps to Aeta families and are now looking into providing a more sustainable renewable power source in the area.

TAYO 10 Winners pose with PNoy, Sen. Kiko, and Bam Aquino.

To respond to the needs of their communities to recycle trash and generate income, two organizations have implemented similar projects, using discarded tarpaulins to make bags and other materials. I CAN Make a Difference, Inc. used “fusion” technology to provide differently-abled young Zamboanguenos a way to earn a living, while the Mandaue-based Cebuano Youth Ambassadors gave out-of-work moms in the slum areas the ability to earn extra income to provide for their families’ needs.

Other organizations saw the need to maintain the livelihood opportunities of people in their area. Monte Verde 4-H Club from Zamboanga City helps young farmers and their families improve their earnings not only through agricultural training for better yields, but processing their crops for better earnings. The CBA-Kalipunan Marketing Junior Executives from the University of the Cordilleras aims to encourage organic farmers in Benguet by providing them with greenhouses, ensuring produce year-round even through extreme climate changes to earn them enough profit. On another hand, the University of Luzon Students in Free Enterprise in Dagupan provided fisherfolk in Pangasinan a chance to regain lost income from environmental degradation through the technology of Aquaphonics, which allow them to form fish condominiums that can also support crops like mushrooms.

The remaining three organizations focused on improving the way of life of the people around them. Angat Kabataan in Taytay, Rizal caused the awakening of hope and renewal of cooperation from various sectors in their town in Rizal by cleaning up and revitalizing a dead creek. Dire Husi Initiatives from Cagayan de Oro not only encouraged street children to stay away from vices, but also to turn their lives around by going back to school and earning though arts education and livelihood trainings. The La Salle Debate Society put the Philippines on the map of the international debating scene by organizing the World Universities Debates Championship, the largest academic gathering of students in the world, amassing not only income from tourism but fostering friendships and encouraging local support in the field of debate.

Winning groups each received Php 50,000 and trophies specially-handcrafted by internationally-awarded artist Toym DeLeon Imao. The following special awards were also handed out: Coke Barkada to the Cebuano Youth Ambassadors; Project SMART Awardee to the RMTU-Electrical Engineering Society, Lenovo Innovative Tech Award to the University of Luzon Students in Free Enterprise and the CEMEX Youth in Nation-Building Award to Angat Kabataan. All organizations that reached the national finals received gift certificates from Jollibee.

Other organizations who joined this year are: the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority and Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity, both from the UP Manila College of Medicine; Tingug-Cagayan De Oro; Students in Free Enterprise – Sultan Kudarat State University; Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – Student Chapter of West Negros University; Hayag Youth Organization in Leyte; Development Communication Society of Benguet State University; English Society of Aklan State University; Kythe Ateneo from NCR; and Iloilo’s John B Lacson Foundation Maritime University Molo Community Extension Service Society.

TAYO Year 10 is organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan, and the National Youth Commission. Presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, it is sponsored by SMART, Jollibee, Cebu Pacific, Cemex, Lenovo, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). The search is supported by the Philippine Council of Young Leaders in Governance (PCYLG).

### Reference: Office of Asec Georgina P Nava Commissioner Representing Luzon TAYO10 National Organizing Committee National Youth Commission

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TAYO 10 National Finalists named, Area Finals wraps up

24 October 2012–The Area Finals phase is officially over.

The 10th Search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations, also known as TAYO 10, has successfully identified the top 20 organizations from all over the Philippines to compete at the National Finals. They are as follows:

9 October 2012--NCR Area Finalists together with the panel of judges in Manila.

Kythe Ateneo of Ateneo De Manila University, Quezon City
La Salle Debate Society of De La Salle University, Manila
Mu Sigma Phi Sorority of University of the Philippines, Manila
One Million Lights Philippines
Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity of University of the Philippines, Manila

12 October 2012--Luzon Area Finalists together with judges in Baguio.

Angat Kabataan from Taytay, Rizal
Development Communication Society of Benguet State University, Benguet
Electrical Engineering Society of Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, Zambales
Kalipunan Marketing Junior Executives of University of the Cordilleras, Benguet
Students in Free Enterprise of University of Luzon, Pangasinan

16 October 2012--Visayas Area Finalists together with the panel of judges in Cebu.

Cebuano Youth Ambassadors from Cebu City
English Society from Ibajay, Aklan
Hayag Youth Organization from Ormoc, Leyte
Molo Community Extension Service Society of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Molo, Iloilo
Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers-Student Chapter of West Negros University from Bacolod, Negros Occidental

19 October 2012--Mindanao Area Finalists with the panel of judges in Cagayan De Oro.

Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc. from Cagayan De Oro City
I CAN Make A Difference, Inc. from Zamboanga City
Monte-Verde 4H Club from Zamboanga City
Students in Free Enterprise from Sultan Kudarat State University
Tingug-CDO from Cagayan De Oro City

Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation received a record-breaking 269 entries this year from different youth organizations all over the Philippines. After the Paper Screening, 51 organizations got through the Area Screening Phase and proceeded to the Validation Phase, 40 of which made it to the Area Finals.

The top 5 organizations were identified in each area through the Area Finals phase conducted from October 8 to 19, 2012 in Manila for NCR, Baguio for Luzon, Cebu for Visayas, and Cagayan De Oro for Mindanao. These 20 youth organizations now await to compete to be deemed TAYO 10’s best 10 in the National Finals to be held on November 11-15, 2012.

To be the first to find out winning teams representing your areas, keep updated and like TAYO on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. is located at 2602-C East Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City and can be reached through email ([email protected]) and through the numbers 0917-TXT-TAYO (09178988296) and (02) 687-5917.

TAYO 10 is co-presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines and implemented in cooperation with the National Youth Commission and the Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan.

To see photos of the TAYO 1o Area Finals, please visit the following links:
NCR Area FinalsLuzon Area Finals, Visayas Area Finals, Mindanao Area Finals.

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