2013 Cobra Pinoy Heroes – Dr. Anton Lim and Arizza Nocum PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 August 2013 10:18

2 out of the top 4 awardees of Asia Brewery’s Cobra Pinoy Hero Award for 2013 are from Zamboanga City. They are Dr. Anton Lim of the Yellow Boat Hope (YBH) Foundation as Cobra Modern Hero and Arizza Ann Nocum of KRIS (Kristiyanong-Islam) Peace Library as Cobra Youth Hero. The other awardees are Atty. Rosalio Torrentira as Cobra Workforce Hero and Frederick Epistola as Cobra Service Hero. The awarding was held last August 28 at Dusit Thani Hotel.

The prestigious Cobra Pinoy Award is an annual nationwide search of Filipino heroes who rendered community services and made an impact to the society. This year there were 14 finalists with inspirational valiant stories to choose. The top 4 winners are selected based on social network online voting and from the final decisions of a credible panel of judges (50%).   They are given cash prizes to support their endeavors. Each of them received P150,000 while 10 other special awardees received P50,000 each.

To quote Asia Brewery AVP Abe Ciprano, “These new Cobra Pinoy Heroes have shown that there are no problems too big to be solved. It only starts with a small dream to bring about change, and this is why these are the people—heroes in their own ways—who we need today to inspire and lead others to have better lives.”

Dr. Anton Lim started the Yellow Boat of Hope (YBH) project to help children of an offshore community, Layag Layag in Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City, to go to school dry by riding yellow colored boats (symbol of hope) instead of swimming. Today, the yellow fever has spread to 21 coastal communities nationwide extending medical and educational programs aside from providing free boats. He said the prize money will build 18 additional yellow boats that will be named Cobra.
He dedicates his award to all heroic kids, and accepted it in behalf of his YBH partners, Jay Jaboneta, Josiah Go, Tzu Chi Foundation, Rotary Club of Zamboanga City, and all the chief implementors and volunteers who continue to work tirelessly to ensure the hope sails leaving no kids behind.

Arizza Nocum is the administrator of KRIS Peace Library that advocates education as a way to attain peace and give brighter future for impoverished children. Her group provide scholarships and conduct educational programs.  She made a history as the first female and the first Muslim who won this award. In her acceptance speech, Arizza dedicated her prize money to support more Kris Library scholars.

Atty. Rosalio Torrentira who came from a poorfamily in Bohol took odd jobs such as ice cream vendor, car wash boy, delivery truck driver, and while studying law in Adamson University, as a taxi driver. Part of the Sacdalan Law Office in Sta. Cruz, Manila now, he is paying it forward by offering free legal counsel to NGOS and indigenous groups.

Frederick Epistola is spearheading an affordable solar home lighting system program for communities in remote locations like the 86 Mangyan families in Mindoro. Together with journalist and TV host Kara David’s Project Malasakit, they have installed the system in over 500 houses and continue to conduct workshops to ensure its sustainability.
Congratulations to our 2013 Cobra Pinoy Heroes! May their tribe increase.

By Dante Corteza

"If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother." Deuteronomy 15:7