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Philippine Stagers Foundation. Sampaloc, Manila

Chain of Change (Art): Reality recreated by Art creates Reality. Ako 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)

The Ako Si Ninoy play proved that art can be a spark that will ignite society into action.  Through the play, they were able to illustrate the life of the Aquinos.  They were also able to illuminate the lives of their scholars as proceeds of the play were allocated for their tuition and other academic fees. The play also encouraged the youth to take to the stage in their efforts to change their path in life.

This is why The Ako Si Ninoy play caught the eye of the media to focus their lens on the Philippine Stagers Foundation, a community-based theater organization. The musical portrayed the heroism of both Ninoy and Cory Aquino through stories of everyday heroes. Through this performance, they were able to spread the message that everyone can be heroes in their own way, drawing inspiration from the life and legacy of two of the most celebrated public figures of our time.

Conceptualized long before the passing of the late President Cory, the musical entitled was written and directed by the Stagers’ adviser Atty. Vincent Tañada. The play received the full support of then-Benigno S. Aquino Foundation (now known as Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation or NCAF) and the blessings of the late President. It garnered a lot of attention from the media and packed venues.

In line with the message of their play, the Stagers held various outreach programs and volunteered during the wake/funeral of the late President. Part of the ticket sales also went to the scholarship fund of members of the organization who are on full college scholarships.
Through these efforts, the troupe made a great impact on audiences around the Philippines and ignited the spirit of volunteerism for those involved. They blurred the line between performing on stage and acting in real life, thus inspiring the audience to be involved in redefining Philippine society. What started out as a tribute performance became a successful socio-cultural contribution.

Ako Si Ninoy went to receive accolades such as the 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.  They are also into the production of “Cory ng EDSA” which will illustrate the events of the People Power Revolution, an event that most youth now have only encounter in their history books.

Converting the TAYO prize:
They will fund it for their next acting workshop for their upcoming play.

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LINK.exe West Visayas State University, Iloilo City

• BPI Special Award

Chain of Change (Education): The organization responded to the need for hands-on training on basic computer programs for public high school students.  They noticed that even if the public high schools are given computers for their use, sometimes the teachers themselves aren’t well equipped to teach students how to use them. They have the theoretical knowledge, but may not be aware of the practical applications of their computer programs. LINK.exe is not only trying to bridge the digital divide for these public school students, they are educating students to be globally ready and armed with computer skills.

Linked Up!: Institute of Information and Communications Technology of the West Visayas State University

The TAYO Connection: Paul Dennee Monicimpo, the LINK.exe representative, 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 they were not able to meet the deadline.

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 is bringing students up to speed with basics of Word and even with multimedia programs such as Flash and Photoshop. “Bringing Youth Technology Empowerment” (BYTE for short) was launched in 2006 and has been implemented annually. The project promotes computer literacy by conducting training sessions and tutorials based on the needs of students in underserved schools and communities.  For the academic year of 2009-2010, students of the Sta. Barbara National Comprehensive High School benefitted from the lessons. They are also serving a school in Antique and 4 in Iloilo City.

In only 4 years time, LINK.exe has successfully reached out to 7 public high schools, sharing their knowledge—from basic skills in Microsoft Office and Internet use to advanced programs such as Macromedia Flash Animation, Adobe Photoshop and Web Design. In sharing their talents, the members of LINK.exe have not only shared more opportunities to underprivileged students but also inspired them to express themselves in new ways. Some students were also able to discover more practical applications for their learning, marketing their services as lay-out artists and graphic designers.

LINK.exe is a school-based organization under the Institute of Information and Communications Technology of the West Visayas State University. With a mission to “enrich, uphold, generate and serve”, LINK.exe envisions “to become one of the most accomplished organizations in the Philippines by 2015.” Furthermore, LINK.exe has been recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Organizations within the university for 3 consecutive years.

Converting the TAYO prize: They will be using it to buy hardware and original software for their program.

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Alay ni Ignacio (ANI) Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

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 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.

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 self-expression and opportunities for personal development. At the same time, 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 rite.  

ANI works to bridge that missing link between being an average student and a well-rounded member of society— something that public high school students are more often than not deprived of. ANI promotes holistic development, expanding the horizons of underprivileged students, giving them a renewed sense of self.

Converting the TAYO prize: They will use their prize to further develop their modules for their program.

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