Thursday, April 18, 2013


2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. 

  Global Bayaning Pilipino - Europe

 

"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free 

to follow his vision wherever it takes him."

-John F. Kennedy



LAHING KAYUMANGGI DANCE COMPANY 
London, United Kingdom
Winner

The Philippines is known to have one of the most colorful culture, and this culture gives us pride as a people. It gives us a clear sense of who we are and where we came from. This is the driving force behind the Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company.

Lahing Kayumanggi is a cultural folk dance group specializing in the promotion and preservation of Philippine culture through performances and workshops. It arranges dance workshops at least twice a year and performs for various activities organized by the Philippine Embassy in United Kingdom and the Department of Tourism to promote the Philippines in various parts of Europe.

Through its workshops and performances, young British-Filipinos are given the chance to reconnect to their native language and the culture of their parents. Watching and learning from Lahing Kayumanggi provides them a link to their rich culture. Over the years, thousands of Filipinos and foreigners were awed and inspired by their performances, demonstrating the rich and diverse culture of the Philippines. They dance "to preserve for posterity music and folk dances indigenous to the different regions of the Philippines". 

Aside from promoting awareness about the Philippine culture, they also help their members by establishing a welfare fund for them, especially to aid those who have financial needs. They also encourage members to participate and excel in cultural and recreational activities.

Being far away from home did not stop members of Lahing Kayumanggi to express their love for their country. This love for their culture drives them to preserve it and keep it alive for future generations to enjoy.



Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. 

Global Bayaning Pilipino - Canada

 

 "A people without the knowledge of their past history, 
origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
- Marcus Garvey 


KAPISANAN PHILIPPINE CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
Toronto, Canada
WINNER

For children of immigrants, tracing their roots as Filipinos is extremely important in finding their identity. This is the issue that Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture (Kapisanan) wishes to address.

Kapisanan identified two types of youth migrants that they intend to help; the first one are youths who migrated with their parents who find it hard to cope living in a new country; the second type are the youths who were born in Canada and are confused about their identity, knowing very little or nothing about their Filipino roots.

To educate the youth about our heritage, Kapisanan used non-traditional means like photography, visual arts, drama and dance. They conducted art workshops, mentorship and cultural programs to raise awareness about our culture. Teaching Filipino history was made more unconventional and interesting with the use of art-based methods such as visual arts, literature, theater, dance and songs.

The organization has diverse programs using contemporary media that promote Filipino values and culture. Programs like Poetry as Second Language (PSL) explores traditional FIlipino poetry through a 4-week workshop. Events like Kultura Filipino Arts Festival, are also conducted yearly. These feature outdoor live music, poetry performances and an arts and craft market that sells goods made by Filipino-Canadian artists.

They also teach conversational Filipino language wherein teaching techniques include role-plays, games, songs and writing exercises. For these young Filipinos, learning the native tongue is a significant aspect of tracing their heritage.

Kapisanan believes that "without that acknowledgement of where we came from, and the special gift that is our birthright, we can never experience wholeness, empowerment and self-actualization". This is why they strive to create avenues for the Filipino-Canadian youth to explore and learn about being a true Filipino.


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 

2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. 

Global Bayaning Pilipino - Australia

 

"The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors." 

-Samuel Smiles

 

 
KAPIT-BAHAYAN COOPERATIVE LIMITED
New South Wales, Australia
Winner

Having a roof over our heads is one of our basic living necessities. Its importance became the driving force in the inception of Kapit-Bahayan Cooperative Limited (KCL), a housing cooperative organized by Filipinos that provides affordable shelters to immigrant families.

Remaining true to its name, Kapit-Bahayan exemplifies the value of teamwork and bayanihan. It is managed by a Board of Directors elected by the tenants from the organization. Affordable rental fee is awarded to Filipinos with low and medium income and could not afford to rent in private housing.

Most of the members who qualified as tenants are from single parent families, unemployed and retirees who only get minimal pension from the government. These tenants pay only 25% of their salary as rent, inclusive of water and maintenance fees. In return, they would volunteer to do various tasks in the cooperative like bookkeeping, maintenance work or providing social care to neighbors like taking care of their children. They even help each other by sharing information and referrals to job openings. Through all these, their camaraderie in the neighborhood was strengthened.

Being in a foreign land is undoubtedly hard for most migrant workers and immigrants.
However, the Filipinos in Australia have found a way to build a strong community, one that surpasses hardships and challenges by working hand-in-hand. Through Kapit-Bahayan Cooperative Limited, they did not only create a neighborhood, they have developed a sense of brotherhood, with the thought that there would always be someone who would be there for them. 


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 
2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. 

Global Bayaning Pilipino  - Middle East

 

" Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." 
-Mattie Steparek


FILIPINO BADMINTON COMMITTEE KUWAIT PHILIPPINES INC.
Kuwait
Winner

Filipinos abroad come together for various reasons. For the Filipino Badminton Committee Kuwait Philippines Incorporated (FBCKPI), it was their love for badminton that inspired them to start an organization. In the beginning, their intention was to simply gather Filipino badminton enthusiasts in Kuwait. But like any other sports, badminton taught them camaraderie, and it is this virtue that made them more than just a sports organization.

From promoting and organizing regular badminton activities and tournaments, FBCKPI now also serves as a social action group that aims to protect and promote the welfare of overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait. Through the collection of membership and tournament fees, as well as some cash donations, the organization is able to fund projects to help, not just the Filipinos in Kuwait, but also their kababayans back home. In fact, they have recently donated to the victims of typhoon Sendong.

To help their fellow overseas workers in Kuwait, they launched the Libreng Tawag sa Pilipinas project, benefitting 43 Filipinos housed at the OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Association) shelter in Kuwait. They were also able to send relief goods to the workers of Medco Cement Factory who were stranded in Kuwait and abandoned by their employers.

Aside from their relief projects, they also participated in educational programs like ABS-CBN Foundation's Adopt-A-Hometown-School project, sending ETV package donations to towns in Bicol and South Cotabato. In 2008, they also donated to the Tuloy-Aral Scholarship Project of OWWA.

From being a sports organization, FBCKPI is now one of the most trusted and most reliable Filipino organizations in Kuwait. Indeed, they are true champions of nationalism, compassion and heroism.




Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 

2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. 

Global Bayaning Pilipino - Japan




" It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes." 
-Loius Kossuth


SAGIP-MIGRANTE
Nagoya, Japan
Winner

Sometimes,  it is in the worst situations that we see the best of our fello Filipinos. It is in these situation that we find heroes. 

In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan, a group of overseas workers in Japan came together and founded Sagip-Migrante. They came together to assist in the efforts of rescuing survivors, as well as provide a communication and information portal for those who were missing. They were also able to bring together a group of volunteers to help out in the evacuation centers. 

Through their collective efforts. they were able to visit affected areas and help the victims in Iwaki City, Fukushima City and Prefecture and other affected locations. They strived to bring relief goods to the victims withstanding long drives and safety threats.

At present, they continue to extend assistance to their fellow Filipinos by holding consultation programs ans still providing relief supplies in the affected areas. Their efforts are no focused on rehabilitation and recovery to help the victims go back to their normal lives. 

Sagip-Migrante is a clear reminder of our bayanihan - the Filipino's  value of coming together for a cause. 


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 

2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr.  

Bayaning Pilipino - Guro

   

"The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains. 

The superior teacher demonstrates. 

The great teacher inspires." 

-William Arthur Ward


REBECCA G. OUANO 
Cebu City
Winner 


In her 41 years of teaching, Rebecca Ouano believed that the opportunity to learn is not limited in the classroom. Her advocacy is dedicated towards giving the underprivileged a chance to get an education. Ma’am Becky believes that this can be their most powerful tool in ending poverty.

She raised her six children and sent them all to school while she fulfills her duties as an educator. However, her being a mother didn’t stop at her own kin. Ma’am Becky is also a mother to all her students, which also includes out-of-school youths, vendors, street children and even jail inmates. She actively participates in promoting and executing the alternative learning system (ALS) as its project coordinator.

Her dedication and commitment to the ALS program was rewarded with a 2-storey building. This building now accommodates ALS classes, especially to literacy and livelihood classes that teach out-of-school youths and adults entrepreneurship skills that help make them progressive citizens of our country.

To say that Ma’am Becky works beyond her call of duty is an understatement. Aside from being an educator in Tejero Elementary School and an active participant of the alternative learning system, she still finds time to voluntary teach during weekends and provide a free daily supplementary feeding program to almost 200 streetchildren. She also conducts outreach programs for the depressed, deprived and underserved (DDU).

Many of us remember our teachers for the things they have taught us. Ma’am Becky, however, will be remembered by how she has touched and inspired so many lives.


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 

2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr.  

Bayaning Pilipino - Individual  

 

“Be the change you want to see in the world”. – Mahatma Gandhi

 

DR. ROEL Z. CAGAPE, M.D.
General Santos City
Winner
  
Dr. Roel Cagape was no stranger to poverty. At an early age, he witnessed how poverty prevented his community to access even the simplest of medical services. This made him pursue medicine as his vocation in life and helping his countrymen, his commitment.

His twenty years in the medical profession was mostly dedicated to providing his services to rural and far-flung areas in his province. He initiated projects that made health services available to his community, especially to those who, literally, have to cross mountains just to seek medical help.

Aside from his daily free clinic, he conducts weekly medical missions. He also created a project called Ambulansyang Kabayo. This project taught the community how to act in emergency situations by using horses as means of transporting patients to the nearest medical facility in the province. Before this project, persons who need medical attention were carried by men in the community using a hammock tied to a bamboo.

Dr. Cagape also uses the media to educate the people on preventive medicine and give them leverage in protecting the health of their family. He hosts a radio program called “Sagot Ka ni Doc”. He also has a health booklet written in the local dialect and a health column in a local newsletter.

He believes that doing good deeds to others is a proof of one’s faith in God.  To this day, he continues his outreach projects and encourages his network of friends to help in his worthy cause – for his countrymen, for a better Philippines.


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr.  

Bayaning Pilipino - Individual  

 

“Be the change you want to see in the world”. – Mahatma Gandhi



FEDERICO A. BALANAG
Baguio City
Finalist

For the 78-year-old Federico Balanag, it is never too late to do great things for his fellowmen. He stood as a leader of Blessed Association of Retired Persons, Inc. (BARP Foundation, Inc.) for more than a decade and his name left an indelible mark in the hearts of their more than 17,000 members. He spearheaded their organizations’ various projects – setting up cooperatives, botika ng bayan, medical and dental clinics that help not only its members but their families as well. His tireless efforts brought about positive changes in the lives of the people who will always look up to him as their hero.



CARLITO M. GASPAR, C.S.s.R.
Cebu City
Finalist

An educator, anthropologist, artist, a writer, community organizer, and peace advocate – Carlito Gaspar is all these and more. But for Bro. Karl, being his brothers’ keeper is worth more than all the titles bestowed on him. He spent countless years extending help to the poor and disadvantaged – farmers, fisherman, plantation workers and even indigenous people and other marginalized sectors. Aside from his countless outreach programs, he wrote several books to open the eyes of the Filipinos to oppression, poverty, hopes for peace, nationalism, and spirituality. he is a living proof that one does not need the wealth of the world to be able to live a rich life.



JAY MICHAEL O. JABONETA
Pampanga City
Finalist

He hasn’t even reached 30, but his achievements are more than what others can hope for in a lifetime. That is Jay Michael Jaboneta, one of the founders of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation. Using the power of media and social networking, Jay and his group were able to gather funds and build yellow boats to provide a safer mode of transportation to poor children who swim everyday just to go to school. For Jay, it’s not just about giving these children a means to arrive safely to school, it’s also about giving them an opportunity to dream bigger dreams. Meeting young heroes like Jay feels like taking a glimpse of the bright future that lies ahead for our country.




RAMON G. ZARCENO M.D., P.D.
Iloilo City
Finalist

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said “make a habit of two things – to help, or at least do no harm”. Ramon Zarceno took this to heart when he became a doctor. With the countless medical and surgical missions he organized, he was able to bring medical aid to the remote areas of Tapaz, Iloilo. Aside from these missions, he spearheaded various outreach activities like the “Save the Turtle Project” in Guimaras and the establishment of the Stroke Prevention Clinic in Iloilo. He spent decades of his life serving his countrymen, giving utmost importance to life and the true spirit of caring for others.


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 


2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr.  

Bayaning Pilipino - Guro

   

"The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains. 

The superior teacher demonstrates. 

The great teacher inspires." 

-William Arthur Ward


MARITES F. BERMEJO
Imus, Cavite 
Finalist


Marites Bermejo lives a life of faith and service. As an educator, she devotes her time and effort, not only in teaching academic subjects to her students, but also in joining and initiating projects that will benefit the youth. One such project is dedicated to protect students against cyber crimes and bullying, reaching out to both parents and students in promoting safe internet use. Aside from her outreach teaching programs, she also participates in projects that concern the preservation of the environment. Truly, Ms. Bermejo is a light that shines towards a brighter path for the younger generation.


ELLEN N. DELANTE
Malaybalay, Bukidnon
Finalist

Everyone deserves a good education – Ellen Delante lives by this credo. As a special education (SPED) teacher, Ms. Delante spent years teaching deaf students and working to alleviate their everyday struggles in obtaining proper education. She voluntarily renders her services as a dorm mother at Balay Sumpong, a shelter for deaf students who live far from Malaybalay. Her efforts and personal sacrifices allowed less fortunate hearing-impaired students to go to school. To these children, Ms. Delante clearly possesses resounding qualities of a real hero.

 

AGAPITA N. LICYAYO
Kiangan, Ifugao
Finalist

Agapita Licyayo is an educator who teaches more than what we read in books – she teaches her students a sense of self. By spearheading activities that enriches cultural knowledge, Ms. Licyayo teaches more than academic subjects. She educates the students about their culture and heritage and develops their love for the arts. She established a group called “Ang KCS Ensemble Club”, a group that produces presentations of various Ifugao traditions through cultural dance performances. More than educating young minds, Ms. Licyayo is teaching her students to love their country.




NELLY T. MANTAC
Matalam, Cotabato
Finalist

For a place where poverty and violence prevail – it only takes one person to make a difference. In Cotabato, that person is Nelly Matalac. An alternative learning system (ALS) educator, Ma’am Nelly braved numerous challenges and dangers to be able to bring education to Brgy. Natutungan, where only 5% of its total population have basic literacy. By introducing the ALS program, she was able to bring a community together to work in obtaining basic education. For Ma’am Nelly, it will take more than fear to stop her from fulfilling her duties as an educator and a citizen of our beloved country.


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 

 

2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. 

Global Bayaning Pilipino - Japan





"The Purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." 
-Albert Schweitzer 


Network of Filipino Social Development Workers for Migrants in Japan (NETFIL)
Tokyo Japan
Winner

With the commitment of the enabling migrants in Japan to realize their full potential to be active participants in building a harmonious, multi-cultural society. the Network of Filipino Social Development Workers for Migrants in Japan (NETFIL) was organized. 

NETFIL is composed of trained professional social development workers in Japan working towards creating a peaceful, multi0cultural society that upholds gender equality, human rights and equal opportunities among migrants. They aim to achieve this mission through the advocacy, research, education, training, organizing, counseling, and case working.

Since it was formerly organized, NETFIL has been conducting various programs designed for its vision in helping migrant workers in Japan. Some programs are dedicated to the holistic development of families which include support for single-parent families and bu-cultural families. These programs are also promote the rights and the welfare of women and children. 

The organization also conducts lectures. seminars, and workshops on family issues like parenting, sexuality, and reproductive health   and nutrition to fulfill its goal of educating, training, and organizing Filipino migrants workers. These are also supported with advocacy, research, and networking geared towards enhancing our cultural heritage. 

After the March 2011 earthquake in Japan,  the group focused its efforts on helping the victims through psycho-social interventions such as conducting counseling sessions for the Filipino evacuees. In the succeeding months, NETFIL conducted critical incident stress debriefing and  work sessions coupled with masses in  Tagalog for the Filipino communities. 

With the growing number of Filipino migrant workers, it is comforting to know that there's a group of Filipinos like NETFIL who believe that it is their duty to look after their countrymen and who are committed to be of service of them.


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 
Send us your nominations for Bayaning Pilipino 2014. 
2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. 

Bayaning Pilipino - Pamilya

  

  "Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anyone to the country 

and to the mankind is to bring up a family."

 -George Bernard Shaw 

  

GAMEZ FAMILY
Socorro, Oriental Mindoro
WINNER
 
Being in a loving family teaches the value of unconditional love.  This kind of love, when extended outside the family, enables a person to sympathize and unconditionally give help to those who are in need. 

A well-respected family in Brgy. Daan, Socorro, Oriental Mindoro, the Gomez family, composed of Virginia, the mother, and her nine children, dedicated their lives in the community service. even now that the siblings have families of their own, they continue to pass on their legacy of being in a service of their community. 

Their efforts  include building classrooms for the community school and donating a vacant lot and construction materials for their church. Aside from these, they also devote their time in volunteer works and outreach programs. 

Some members of the Gomez family are volunteer of the Kabayanihan Foundation, actively participating in nation-building with the belief that we, as Filipinos, are part of the solution. but even outside the organization, they do medical missions, feeding programs, and distribution of relief goods. They are also able to participate in providing scholarships and job  to deserving beneficiaries. 

At the present, the Gomez family continues with their advocacies and community service while maintaining a strong spiritual foundation. They believe that we don't need material wealth to touch the lives of others: what we need is an open heart to help others and glorify our creator. 

Having a good family enable us to look outside our homes and examine how we can be of service to others and became heroes in ways we can . This is at the core of the Gomez family's way of life. 


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 

 
2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. 

Global Bayaning Pilipino  - Middle East

 

" Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." 
-Mattie Steparek

COMPUTER SOCIETY OF FILIPINOS INTERNATIONAL INC.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Finalist

Established in 1995, Computer Society of Filipinos International Incorporated (COMSOFIL) intended to create training programs about information and computer technology for overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia.

Through the years, COMSOFIL expanded its training programs with basic photography, basic and advanced autocad, and computer repairs, among others, offering the courses at very affordable prices. They have trained thousands of overseas workers with the goal of enriching their lives and giving them other career opportunities, especially when they decide to go back to the Philippines.

Many beneficiaries of the training programs acknowledged how the trainings have helped them move up in their jobs and provided them with a more promising life abroad. In a sense, COMSOFIL is an advocate of teaching men how to fish instead of just giving them fishes - something worth recognizing for its long term effect on the people they have helped.


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan! 


2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. 

  Global Bayaning Pilipino - Europe

 

"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free 

to follow his vision wherever it takes him."

-John F. Kennedy



KAPISANAN NG MGA MANGGAGAWANG PILIPINO SA ITALYA (KAMPI-ITALYA)
Rome, Italy
Finalist 

As the acronym of the organization's name suggests, KAMPI-Italya (Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawang Pilipino sa Italya), is an ally of overseas Filipino workers in Italy. It provides assistance and information to Filipino migrant workers on legal and labor issues. They also serve to inform the Filipino community in Rome of the different laws, rules, processes and rights in Italy, through the informative seminars that they hold periodically.

For more than 30 years, KAMPI-Italya has served Filipino migrant workers and it took pride in being "pro-worker". As the longest-running labor organization in Italy, it has gained the trust of many Filipinos. This also ensures that it will continue its service to migrant workers for generations to come. Their existence is proof that wherever we are, we can always count on fellow Filipinos to lend a helping hand.



 ASSOCIAZIONE FILIPINAS - OFSPES
Rome, Italy
Finalist

Filipino migrant workers make the great sacrifice of leaving their families to be able to earn a good living abroad. But even their sacrifice sometimes does not meet the goal of being financially stable because of the Filipinos' lack of proper training on how to handle money. This is the cycle that Associazione Filipinas-OFSPES would like to break.

Their main project called Leadership, Financial Literacy and Social Entrepreneurship Training Program for Migrant Workers in Italy (LSE) was geared towards educating Filipino migrant workers on managing their money and being able to make the most of what they earn as migrant workers. Since it started, LSE was able to educate 350 migrant workers, from all ages and walks of life, about good investments and careful financial planning. With its education program through LSE, Associazione Filipinas-OFSPES hopes to eradicate poverty among migrant workers, letting them reap the benefits of working away from home.


Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan!