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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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Cebu Pacific Partners with the TAYO Awards Foundation in Search for Outstanding Youth Groups

The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific, is the official airline partner of the 13th Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations.

With the help of Cebu Pacific, the TAYO Awards Foundation can promote the search in key Philippine cities. The airline will also bring representatives from top student organizations for the TAYO Week in Manila.

The TAYO Awards is hailed as the country’s leading search for outstanding groups of young Filipinos who are instrumental in the development of the country through simple, worthwhile, and innovative projects meant to solve problems in their local communities, school, or workplace.

The Search aims to continue rewarding and recognizing youth groups who have been instrumental in the fields of (1) Education and Technology, (2) Health, Nutrition, and Well-Being, (3) Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Change Adaptation, (4) Livelihood and Entrepreneurship, and (5) Culture and the Arts and Peace and Human Development.

This is the 5th year it has been supported by Cebu Pacific.

The search is open to all Filipino youth groups, barkadas, organizations, clubs and societies whose membership and leadership are composed of at least five (5) who are 30 years old and below. Youth organizations can now enter the TAYO Search by registering at on or before 4 September 2015. All entry forms and requirements can now be downloaded and uploaded in the TAYO Official Website.

Organizations are judged based on a recent project or program that had an impact on the community and which best reflects the efforts of the youth sector towards nation building. The projects will be evaluated through the following criteria: impact of the project (25%), harnessing of the spirit of volunteerism and citizenship (25%), creativity and innovation (20%), sustainability (15%), and effective use of resources (15%).

The ten (10) TAYO Awardees shall receive Php 50,000 cash grant and a trophy sculpted by Toym De Leon Imao. The search offers several growth opportunities for all the qualifying organizations.

The ultimate goal of this year’s search is to continue the foundation’s legacy of providing avenues for growth and development to various Filipino youth organizations. The creation of the TAYO Categories seeks to identify and acknowledge the variety and strength of organizations focusing on similar advocacies. Aiming to create space for collaboration and interconnectivity, TAYO Awards Foundation envisions the TAYO Categories as the juncture of a more integrated and comprehensive space for youth development and innovation.


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Generation TAYO, Generation Happiness

The TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc. launched a bigger and bolder Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations last May 30, 2015. In its thirteenth year, the Search improves to highlight novel youth organizations and advocacies in the country. The Search introduces a new format that will not only select the best youth organizations in the country, but will also spread the different stories and initiatives of the Filipino youth groups in changing lives and creating lasting impact on different communities. TAYO would like to bring into the limelight the different pioneering advocacies of the different Filipino youth groups around the country through the new categories.

To highlight the new categories, TAYO launches the fourth Generation TAYO (GenTAYO) contest with the theme “GenTAYO 2015: Photos of Happiness” (GenTAYO PH). GENTAYO 2015 Photos of Happiness is a photo contest open to all Filipino youth organizations championing Filipino culture of bayahinan. GENTAYO PH is looking for striking images capturing young Filipinos actively doing their programs, pursuing their advocacies, and creating an impact in communities. Through a thematic approach, organizations can submit as many photos as they can featuring their projects.

The categories of GENTAYO 2015: Photos of Happiness are the following: (1) Education and Technology, (2) Health and Well-being, (3) Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, (4) Livelihood and Entrepreneurship, and (5) Culture, Arts, Peace, and Development. The selected themes shall draw upon GENTAYO’s vision of capturing moments of change and happiness in the Filipino society. Entries will be judged using the following criteria: (1.) Content (25%); (2.) Creativity (25%); (3.) Relevance to the theme (20%); (4.) Volunteerism and youth involvement (20%); and, (5.) Number of Votes (10%). A total of Php30, 000 is up for grabs.

The deadline of submission of entries is on July 25, 2015. Winners will be announced a week after the voting period and will be awarded during the TAYO National Awarding Ceremonies. To know more about the contest, information is available in or For inquiries, TAYO Secretariat can be reached through text at 0917 TXT-TAYO (898-8296) or e-mail at [email protected] GenTAYO PH 2015 is presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines and organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Office of Senator Bam Aquino, and the National Youth Commission.

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