MANILA — Last August 13, 2022, TAYO Awards Foundation, in partnership with YSEALI Philippines and U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, celebrated International Youth Day through, PADAYON: Mabuting Pinuno, Mabuting Ninuno.
It was an exclusive event held at the Common Ground Pasig, Metro Manila, and was the first in-person event of the TAYO Awards Foundation after two years.
With the theme of intergenerational solidarity, the celebration was entitled Mabuting Ninuno, Mabuting Pinuno that focused on NGO leadership and organizational development, where several professionals, experts, and established youth organizations joined the half-day event.
Hosted by TAYO Alumni Edsel Lima and Hannah Tubalinal, the event started with words of welcome by TAYO's very own President, Karl Satinitigan. He was followed by TAYO’s newest Executive Director, Rhyn Esolana, who introduced TAYO, YSEALI, and teased us for the 20th Search for TAYO Awards.
During the first panel session, Mabuting Ninuno, three of the most esteemed professionals in the youth and development sector shared their knowledge on how we can become better mentors and set a culture in orgs that would sustain people, projects and the planet. Ham Chanjueco of Mindanao Pride, Merie Klare Valdez of Sulong! Philippines, and Mac Florendo of Food Rescue touched on cultivating spaces for mental health, environment, and a global outlook as future ancestors of this world.
In the second panel discussion, Mabuting Pinuno, speakers from different NGOs joined in to talk about how we can bridge resources and support youth groups and organizations. Emil Tapnio from YouthLed of The Asia Foundation, Zherluck Rodriguez of YSEALI AMPLIFY and Jessie Diana Mangulabnan of the National Youth Commission talked about how we can ensure impact, aspire for sustainability, and build partnerships with our youth organizations.
The event wrapped up with an inspiring closing message from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, Ms. Nina Lewis.
It was truly an afternoon not only filled with learning but also with fun as youth across Metro Manila met and got together once again.