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Filipino Youth Groups Recognized at the 14th TAYO Awards

Ten out of the four hundred forty three entries from all over the Philippines were recognized as the best youth organizations with projects, programs, and advocacies aimed to bring about meaningful changes in their respective communities last February 16, 2017 at the Diamond Hotel Ballroom in Manila.
The TAYO Awards recognizes Filipino youth groups that have done great contributions in nation building through projects and programs that solve challenges on education, environment, culture and the arts, livelihood, and health. This year, awardees are the following:
  • Food Rescue ASEAN: a non-profit organization implementing the “Food Rescue ASEAN” program, an innovative solution that addresses food wastage, in Dumaguete City and Kuala Lumpur
  • Go2Virtualahan: a social enterprise that established “Virtualahan”, a capacity building and values formation program that enables people to work online as home-based professionals through skills training and employment support
  • Guiguinto Scholars Association: an organization from Guiguinto, Bulacan that aims to inform their community of their local history through modern and innovative strategies with their “#HistoryTelling” project
  • HiGi Energy: an organization based in Victoria, Tarlac that aims to resolve flooding issues by converting water hyacinths into “Uling Lilies” through their “Hyacinth for Green Energy” project
  • Ingat Kapandayan Artist Center: a schoold based organization in Jolo, Sulu that conducts the “Continuing Tausug Pangalay Dance Legacy” project which is their tool to promote and preserve the culture of the Tausug dance legacy
  • Modern Nanays of Mindanao: advocates for modern parenting through “Nanay MeetUps”, a Mother to-Mother support to help cope with raising a child based from experiences coupled with scientific and evidence based practices, in Cagayan de Oro City
  • Team Dugong Bughaw: strives to improve the knowledge, attitude, and practice of the Ilonggo youth regarding the transmission and prevention of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) through “Project High Five”
  • UP Industrial Engineering Club: an academic organization in UP Diliman that conducts “IEAid”, a project that helps social enterprises and non-profit organizations improve their operations with industrial engineering tools and knowledge
  • Voice of Chameleon’s Children: a youth group of trained children’s rights advocates based in Ilolilo who organizes the “Chidren’s Rights Advocacy” project that aims to help abused children know their rights and responsibilities through talks, workshops, skits, and theatre plays
  • Youth for a Livable Cebu: organizers of “#BeyondBooks” project which is their initiative to bring people back to local libraries by fostering creativity through books and experiential learning activities
The ten winners for the 14th TAYO Awards received a trophy sculpted by Toym De Leon Imao, a Php 50, 000 cash grant from the co-presenter of the Search, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. (CCFPI) and a Lenovo Ideapad Miix 310. The finalist organizations: CIT Industrial Engineering Council,, Enactus UPLB, iCare-Novaliches, One Calinog Organization, Project Kaluguran, Red Cross Youth LICOMCO, Teatro de Santa Luisa, UP Circuit, and UPLB Genetic Society also received a trophy and a Php 20,000 cash grant from CCFPI for the development of their projects.
The following organizations also received various special awards during the awarding ceremonies:
  • Modern Nanays of Mindanao (Georgina Nava Women Leadership Award)
  • iCare-Commission on Youth, Diocese of Novaliches (JMRF Tsinelas Leadership Award and TAYO Videos People’s Choice Award)
  • Red Cross Youth LICOMCO (YesPinoy Foundation NOWPH Award)
  • HiGi Energy (Smart Innovation Award)
  • Go2Virtualahan (Lenovo Outstanding Tech Visionary)
  • Food Rescue ASEAN (San Miguel Corporation Better World Award)
  • Team Dugong Bughaw (San Miguel Corporation Better World Award)
  • Guiguinto Scholars Association (Jollibee Share the Joy Award)
  • CIT Industrial Engineering Council (Coke Barkada Water Stewardship Award)
The search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) is the sole award-giving body that grants nationwide recognition to formal and non-formal youth organizations for their outstanding contributions to nation-building and development. It is organized by the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the National Youth Commission, Office of Senator Bam Aquino, and Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan. It is sponsored by Jollibee Foods Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, SMART, and Lenovo Philippines. The annual Search will once again open its doors to more aspiring Filipino youth organizations this April. Applications may be downloaded via the official website
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