TAYO Launches 12th Search for Outstanding Youth Organizations


I refuse to call this generation a me-generation but indulge me in changing it, as proven by the youth in this room today, in calling it a we-generation, or rather, a TAYO-generation, because ours is a generation that innovates and finds solutions for the welfare of this shared world, for the welfare of our country, the Philippines.”- CARLA CUCUECO, SPEECH DELIVERED ON BEHALF OF THE TAYO AWARDEES AND FINALISTS, MALACANAN PALACE, 06 FEBRUARY, 2014.


In the past 11 years, Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Foundation, Inc. have seen how youth organizations revolutionized our society through social innovations. The works of TAYOaffiliated youth groups have shed greater light on the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and children with special needs; they have allowed for controversial issues such as HIV/AIDS, prostitution, and sex to now be discussed more openly and more constructively. They have mobilized communities and resources against disaster and hunger, for the environment and education; and they have maximized their available, innate skills and talents to find sustainable solutions without the traditional, “it can’t be done” attitude.


This year, TAYO continues to seek for ‘stories of change’ as the 12th Search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO 12) 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 September 2014. 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 12 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 www.tayoawards.net. 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 Year 12 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, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Jollibee, Philippine Airlines, SM Foundation and Lenovo.



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2nd GenTAYO highlights youth positivity

16 August 2013–In line with the mission to turn the spotlight on the best of the Filipino Youth, TAYO launched GenTAYO last 3 June 2013. On its second year, GenTAYO was themed, simply, Youth+. Ten years of documenting youth stories of innovation, resilience, activism, and positivity, TAYO aimed to share the stories through the contest.

Contestants were to submit an unlimited number of entries to any of the categories: Culture & Arts, Education, Entrepreneurship, Environment, and Health. Voting was opened on 8 July and closed on 31 July 2013. Entries with the highest votes and with complete requirements were then rated by a panel of evaluators to ensure winning entries complied with the theme and were accompanied with the appropriate captions.

Combinations of high number of votes, quality captions, and passion, made the winners of GenTAYO 2013: Youth+ stand out from the rest. After 120 entries, 11 weeks, 6600 votes, and 5 (five) judges, the winning entries are as follows:

Gail Geriane
Catarman, Northern Samar

“In Northern Samar, the beach is man’s best friend. And boardsports is just one of the many interests that the youth possesses. This just shows how able today’s generation is for competence, confidence, and pouring a whole heart to fuel the passion.”


Make Every Filipino Child A Reader
Olen Osial
Legazpi City, Albay

“Captured unaware is a child seriously reading the pages of a handout given to their class. We deem it is necessary for children belonging to different sectors of the society to learn how to read. For the past months, the government has been very consistent in providing quality education for students (with the implementation of K-12 education). The sad reality though is that there are certain parts of our country, rural places to be exact that are hardly reached by these efforts. A few might have been, but not to the best and fullness of the capability of the implementing parties. Our cry is literacy for all – to make every Filipino child a reader, our cry is knowledge for all, our cry I education for all.”


Operation Shoebox
Jake Antenero
Zamboanga City

In line with its vision of citizenship and social responsibility, the Association of Blue Eagle and Centennial Scholars (ABECS) is paving way to fuel their desire of helping indigent and financially-disabled children on far-flung barangays through educational resources wrapped inside a shoebox.

Annually, ABECS dedicates itself of providing educational assistance to financially-deprived children. The members willingly solicit for help to several entities, advertise the project in different media, lovingly wraps the pencils, notebooks, ball pens, erasers and several other educational aid and distributes them to underprivileged children in various barangays. The shoeboxes are given during Christmas Season to let the kids feel the warmth of our passion of helping others and experience the value of gift-giving through colorfully wrapped gifts. The smiles of the kids keep us motivated and power our aspiration to forward our cause of educational development.

Just last year, ABECS has reached its goal of 2012 shoeboxes for year 2012 and have been distributed throughout the country but most especially to remote islands and barangays here in Zamboanga. Furthermore, ABECS qualified in the Mindanao Finals in TAYO 10 Competition.

With eight years of the project’s existence to eradicate educational flaws and embody the citizenship virtue of Ateneo, ABECS intends to continue its legacy of providing greater assistance to children in need.” 

Street Food
Olen Osial
Legazpi City, Albay

“A youth selling street food to earn for his education. Some of youth today is having a job in order for them to finish schooling or graduate and become a professional.”

A Conquest to a Sanity Life
Jake Antenero
Zamboanga City

Pursuing its mission to contribute to the welfare of the general public in terms of medical outreach, ABECS aspires to imbue the hygienic way of life to street children who are hanging around La Purisima, Zamboanga City through an informal lesson on maintaining good body hygiene and sanitation while giving them health kits.

Since 2011, the Association of Blue Eagle and Centennial scholars conducts their outreach, in the form of safeguarding the health of small little kids near Ateneo due to epidemic and sickness, i.e. colds, rashes, etc. which are observable from them. ABECS feels the necessity to instill to the young uneducated minds of street children, the essence of cleanliness on the conquest of upholding excellent health.

The dedicated scholars of the club nurtures the young children on the process of proper cleaning of hands, proper brushing of teeth and correct way of taking a bath. The kids, enlightened by the teachings of these scholars, are even exposed to practical demonstration as they use the health and sanitation kits distributed to them. The kits are by heart, made by the scholars themselves to further the cause of the project. The kits include soaps, shampoo, toothbrush, tooth paste and other several tools to maintain the children’s well-being.

Being true in its advocacy, ABECS carries on its goal of extending support to the deprived and expands its realms of providing sanitary health care kits to the prisoners in Zamboanga City this December, 2013.” 

Entries for the Environment category failed to meet the minimum score to be declared a winner. To fulfill the 5 (five) slots for winners, the next top scorer was identified from another category resulting in a double win in Education. Winners were awarded Php 5,000 each.

GenTAYO 2013: Youth+ was brought to you by TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. and Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.

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40 Youth Organizations Named as TAYO 10 Area Finalists

September 21. 2012 – The Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Year 10 is only two weeks away from the Area Finals. Fifty-three (53) youth organizations from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have been visited by TAYO partners for the on-site visit and interview with their project entry’s beneficiaries and stakeholders. Each TAYO partner who conducted the field validation sent their reports and recommendations to the TAYO Secretariat.

Last September 13, 2012, the TAYO Awards Foundation together with representatives from the National Youth Commission, reviewed the validation reports, project briefs, and supporting documents of the fifty-three youth orgs. After thorough deliberations, 40 youth organizations were selected to participate in the TAYO Area Finals and be a step closer in being named one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations of 2012.


The following are the organizations which have qualified for the Area Finals:


Inter-University Management Alliance

Kythe Ateneo

La Salle Debate Society

Mu Sigma Phi Sorority

One Million Lights Philippines

Phi Kappa Mu

Team Juan Makasining

UP Economics Society

UP Journalism Club

Youth Hope Association of Baesa



Angat Kabataan

CBA – Kalipunan Marketing Junior Executives

Development Communication Society – Benguet State University

Hotel and Restaurant Administration Students Organization

Ramon Magsaysay Technological University – Electrical Engineering Society

University of Baguio Supreme Student Council

University of Luzon Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants

University of Luzon Students in Free Enterprise

Campers, Researchers, Earth-Savers, Trekkers

Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Ilagan, Isabel



CAS Council

Cebuano Youth Ambassadors

Community Extension Service Society

English Society

Euphrasia Youth Organizations

Gaba-an Youth Lead

Hayag Youth Organization

Kappa Psi Sigma

Philippine Institute of Civil Engineering – Student Chapter

University of San Carlos – Pathways




Association of Blue Eagle and Centennial Scholars

Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc.

Filipino Youth Research Group

I Can Make A Difference, Inc.

Monteverde 4-H Club

MSU-IIT DOST Scholars Association

STREAMS – Pathways to Higher Education

Students in Free Enterprise – Sultan Kudarat State University – ACCESS Team

Tingug-Cagayan de Oro


The Area Finals will be held in four different cities in the country. For NCR, it will be in Quezon City on October 8 and 9; for Luzon, it will be in Baguio City on October 11 and 12; for Visayas, it will be in Cebu City on October 15 and 16; and for Mindanao, it will be in Cagayan De Oro City on October 18 and 19. Five (5) youth orgs will be selected during the Area Finals to compete in the National Finals in Manila on November 11-16, 2012 where they will showcase their project entries to bag the Php 50,000.00 project grant and the honor to be hailed one of the country’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations for 2012.

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.

The TAYO Search Year 10 is co-presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, and in partnership with the National Youth Commission and the Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan. The search is sponsored by SMART, PAGCOR, Megaworld Corporation, Jollibee, Cebu Pacific Air, SM Supermalls, and Lenovo Philippines.

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