2014 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards honored 2 Zamboanga organizations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:28

The streak of recognitions to two of Pep Talk admired local NGOs (non-government organizations), the Yellow Boat Hope of Foundation (YBFH) and I CAN Make A Difference, continuous. Both organizations have already received several national and local awards from government and private sectors in the past. And now, an added accolade.

Last June 10, 2014 at the Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN Complex, the prestigious Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Award recognized YBHF and I CAN for their humanitarian endeavors. This is a great feat and honor for Zamboanga City that is still recovering from the maladies of the 2013 September siege.  The award recognizes the goodness of the Zamboangueños as represented by these two organizations.  This year the Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards 2014 honor the country’s unsung heroes.

This prestigious award was established by the late founder ABS-CBN Corporation founder Eugenio Lopez Jr., for which this award is now named. It recognizes and highlights the accomplishments of dedicated and determined Filipinos in the field of public service. It was envisioned with Fr. Nilo E. Tanalega, S.J. the Executive Director of UGAT Foundation, Inc. an apostolate of volunteers working for the welfare of the poor.

Launched in 1995, the Bayaning Pilipino Awards is an annual search for modern-day heroes that make a difference in spite of their limitations. It gives recognition to ordinary folks who had done heroic acts and extraordinary deeds.

I CAN won as this year’s Bayaning Kabataang Pilipino while YBHF was a finalist in another category. I CAN was recognized for coming out with easy to implement environmental friendly community projects. From Zamboanga City, it expanded in Cebu and Iloilo in 3 years. The chapters are managed mostly by college students under the tutelage of young professionals. The award was received by I CAN founder Dr. Michael Delariarte.

YBHF started off with donation of yellow colored boats in Talon-Talon, Zamboanga to help school children living in the shore to go to school safe and dry. It has expanded to other parts of our country with projects like donations of yellow colored to poor communities, free medical and dental clinics, free school supplies, construction of school buildings, and conducting livelihood among others.

Let’s HOPE that I CAN and YBFH continues to inspire people to do the same or reach out to the poor by supporting their undertakings.

By Dante Corteza

Romans 15:1-2 “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”