The winners received a trophy, cash prize of not less than P400,000, and the opportunity to travel in the Visayas and Mindanao to share expertise to various groups. While the remaining finalists received a plaque each and cash prize of not less than P100,000.00.
The RAFI Triennial Awards is the premier service and humanitarian award in the Visayas and Mindanao, which recognize the philanthropic, humanitarian, and holistic efforts of individuals and institutions in enhancing the quality of life of various groups and communities.
|The Five Finalists - |
Individual and Institution
Five finalists vied for each of the awards category—the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.
They are Fr. Angelo Buenavides of General Santos City, Prof. Estrella Cantallopez of Cotabato City, Apolinario Leyson Sr. of Mandaue City, Fr. Dennis Tamayo who work at Isabela City, and Rene Vendiola of Negros Oriental for the individual cateogory, and Agri-Aqua Development Coalition Mindanao Inc. in Davao City, Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. in Bacolod City, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation Inc. in Bacolod City, SOS Children’s Villages Philippines with villages located in different areas of Visayas and Mindanao, and The Great Physician Rehabilitation Foundation in Dumaguete City for the institution category.
|5 Finalists for the Eduardo Aboitiz Award |
for Outstanding Institution
These finalists were selected by an independent search committee composed of distinguished representatives from the academe, private sector, and civil society. They are Island Souvenirs President Jonathan Jay Aldeguer, The Freeman and The Philippine Star Columnist and “Straight from the Sky” Host Valeriano “Bobit” Avila, Marcellin Foundation Inc. Founder Brother Crispin P. Betita, University of the Philippines-Tacloban College Dean and Guiuan Development Foundation Inc. Founder and Executive Director Margarita dela Cruz, and Mag-uugmad Foundation Inc. Executive Director Leonardo Moneva.
The Search Committee was chaired by dela Cruz who was an individual category finalist for the 3rd RAFI Triennial Awards and a member of the 4th RAFI Triennial Awards Search Committee.
The selection process starts when individuals and institutions are nominated for the RAFI Triennial Awards. The search committee validates each nominee in the Visayas and Mindanao before the short-listed nominees are screened by the RAFI Board of Trustees to determine the final awardees.
The RAFI Triennial Awards was launched in Dec. 6, 1996 during the 39th anniversary of the foundation to commemorate the philanthropic, humanitarian, and holistic ideals of RAFI founders Don Ramon Aboitiz and his son Don Eduardo Aboitiz. It is now on its 15th year this year, which is also the 45th year of RAFI.
It is one of the awards capabilities of RAFI, recognizing individuals and institutions that go the extra mile in bringing about change and in uplifting the quality of life of communities.
As Don Roberto E. Aboitiz mentioned in his speech, as he formally opened the awarding ceremony, he said;
Elevating lives through a comprehensive approach that champions best practices in community development.
A lot of positive change is taking place in the Visayas and Mindanao. It is wonderful to know that there are many who are passionate in their pursuit for positive change.
These are grassroots heroes but they are the "Architect of Change".
For more information about the RAFI Triennial Awards, please contact (032) 418-7234 loc. 105 and look for Cathy Margate, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.
Watch out for the next post featuring the winner of the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual which will inspire and change your perspective in life, that also change mine.
The Con Tour's Trip was made possible by Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., to witness the Triennial Awards night at Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu City, Philippines, as delegate, representing the Bukidnon Province, Mindanao as Blogger.
(A press release statement from RAFI)