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The 2022 Galing Pook Awards ceremony, held on Tuesday,
November 22, 2022 at Malacanang Palace’s Ceremonial Hall, honored ten
outstanding local governance projects.
Local government units from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao
that support innovation and quality were recognized by the Galing Pook Foundation,
SM Prime Holdings Inc., the DILG-Local Government Academy, sponsors Cebu
Pacific, and Airspeed.
The Galing Pook Foundation was praised by President
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for identifying and rewarding top-performing LGUs. He
emphasized the importance of good public-private sector collaboration in
creating successful programs that are actually beneficial to the Filipino
“The recognition that
you give to cities and municipalities inspires them to accelerate their drive
towards improvement and it encourages LGUs to adopt practices that make us
paragons of excellence in public service. It is necessary for us to underscore
the importance of strengthening partnerships between the government and private
organizations, such as the Galing Pook Foundation, especially as we bring about
meaningful progress in the country.”
Galing Pook Chairperson Mel Sarmiento expressed his
gratitude to all the local executives and LGU teams that participated this
year: “It’s truly inspiring to see the impact of the work that you do, and I’m
sure you’ve brought value to many Filipinos all over the country. Our collaborations
bring us closer to realizing our shared vision, na ang bawat pamilyang
Pilipino, may simple pero kumportableng buhay.”
The winners of the 2022 Galing Pook Awards were: The Green
Wall of Alcala (Alcala, Cagayan);
Advancing and Sustaining Good Governance and Community
Actions towards Resiliency and Empowerment (Basilan Province); Bataan
Public-Private Partnership Programs (Bataan Province);
Balik-Biñan Project: Tourism Development through Heritage
Conservation (Biñan City, Laguna); From Black to Green: Fishponds, Eco-Tourism
and Full Employment (Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal);
Trekking to Unlock Community Ailments and Difficulties
(TUCAD) (Goa, Camarines Sur); “I-BIKE” A Program Promoting the Development of
the Iloilo City Bike Culture (Iloilo City); Yaru: A Whole-of-Community Approach
Towards Disaster Management (Itbayat, Batanes); Libertad Fish Forever Savings
Club (Libertad, Antique); and
Basta Piddigueño, AgriHenyo: Consolidated Farm Production
System (Piddig, Ilocos Norte).
A record field of 196 applications from various LGUs across
the nation and 18 finalists were used to select the 10 winners.
The Galing Pook Awards, which were established on October
21, 1993, have honored 329 LGU projects from 200 LGUs around the nation that
have been encouraged for replication to benefit more communities.
A student’s cognitive growth depends
greatly on the school environment, which is more than just a place where
students congregate for classes. According to research, when learning
environments are supportive, kids are more attentive and motivated to use
higher-order critical thinking skills.
The SM Foundation (SMFI), the corporate
social responsibility arm of the SM group, established its cooperation with the
Department of Education (DepED) in 2002 through DepEd’s Adopt-A-School Program
in an effort to give kids places where they can fully perfect their talents and
Through this, SMFI constructs basic
furniture and equipment-equipped SM school facilities in local communities.
Additionally, SMFI incorporates specialized elements into each SM school
structure to cater to the particular needs of the recipients of its funding;
some of these amenities include rooms designated as guidance offices, clinics,
mini-libraries, and even water tanks and handwashing stations.
date, SMFI has turned over more than 100 SM school buildings nationwide with
the help of its partners, which share the same aspirations for the Filipino
learners and teachers. One of which is the SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) – one of the largest
integrated property developers in Southeast Asia. Since the project’s inception, over
90 SM school buildings out of the more than 100 were built through the social
good collaboration with SM Prime.
Infrastructure for calamity
SMFI and SMPH ensure that
the SM school buildings incorporate a disaster resilient design to guarantee
the safety of the students, teachers, and other school personnel. Emergency
lights at both staircases, and fire and earthquake alarm bells are also
Principal Joji Buelvo,
school principal of Basud Elementary School (BES) in Sorsogon City, shared the
state of their school community before they accepted the fully furnished SM
school building from SMFI and SM Prime in 2021: “Ang aming paaralan ay saksi sa maraming kalamidad. Kaya karamihan ng
mga classrooms ay may kalumaan na,
ang mga kisame ay malapit na bumagsak—talagang hindi na conducive for
“But through your [SMFI and
SM Prime] donation, our BES learners now have a haven where we can nurture their
young minds to be academically-ready and well-rounded members of the community,”
Buelvo further expressed.
The continuous rapid growth
of the country’s population is taking a toll on schools—leaving the students,
even the teachers, with overcrowded classrooms which affect learners’ academic
In 2012, the Banisil National
High School (BNHS) in General Santos City received its first SM school building.
But being the only secondary school in Barangay Tambler, BNHS records a
significant increase in their enrollment per year. With this challenge, SM
Foundation decided to provide another edifice of hope for the sub-urban Muslim
community in 2021, addressing the growing needs of BNHS learners and teachers.
BNHS then principal Shiela Balbon
said, “Yung patuloy na paglobo ng
population every year ay talagang naging
“Pagpasok ng 2020, nagkaroon
ng COVID. So naisip ko baka
hindi na matuloy. Pero itong SM Foundation, walang
pande-pandemya sa kanila. Talagang desidido silang
matugunan yung pangangailangan sa classroom ng mga
estudyante,” she added.
“Our salute to our longtime
partner, SM Foundation and SM Prime, for being so generous and proactive in
providing us with school buildings that are conducive to learning. We are so
grateful for your extended support to our school amidst the pandemic,” Balbon
Through its School Building Program, the SM
Foundation actively participates in DepEd’s Adopt-a-School initiative. By
constructing classrooms across the country, this social good program seeks to
promote high-quality public education.
Another P-Pop talent with enormous
worldwide potential is about to be introduced by Sony MusicEntertainment
and ShowBT Philippines Corp., the
entertainment company behind the breakthrough of award-winning boyband SB19.
Gonzales is one of the industry’s newest crop of megastar aspirants,
boasting more than 17 million followers on TikTok alone and a remarkable list
of viral anime soundtracks.
promising solo act marks her debut as a recording artist with “Always
Remember,” an effervescent cut that
champions the value of self-worth and preservation in an attempt to bravely face the world and conquer
everything. Capturing the unabashedly colorful spirit
of K-Pop and J-Pop with commanding confidence, Mona Gonzales aims to uplift
listeners with her anthemic and captivating delivery—doing it like a seasoned
“The way I personally describe it is something like a soft pop rock for me,” says the promising TikTok sensation turned P-Pop star. “The sound of electric guitar with a pop style beat is dominating through the whole song. The style is not really new, but the sound is unique in its own way. It’s a little different from the OPM that we’re used to. I think that makes it interesting.”
Won Lee, an industry veteran who has helmed tracks by K-Pop icons Stray Kids,
SHINee’s Taemin, and Wanna One, and the country’s very own SB19, “Always
Remember” is an inspirational track that pushes the envelope of modern pop
production with breezy, summer hooks and a minimalist instrumentation. The end
product is a mesmerizing take on P-Pop, one that is creatively boundless and
flows with so much effortlessness.
As Mona Gonzales puts
it, “Pinoy Pop Music doesn’t really have a certain and specific style and
sound. Most of us new artists want to be unique. That’s true for me, but I want
to add a new flavor and variety along with the existing Pinoy pop music right
now. And with every Pinoy music artists, we will prove that P-POP can expand.
And then people will talk about how the Pinoy pop music has evolved, its
potential and where it can go.”
A vibrant music video that figuratively depicts
Mona Gonzales’ path as a budding artist is released along with the song’s
release. Mona Gonzales dances, sings, bounces, and walks with the zest of
someone ready to explore the world on her own terms in this video, which was
filmed in several locations that highlight the stunning nature of the
Remember” by Mona Gonzales is
currently available on all digital music services in the world thanks to Sony
Music Entertainment and ShowBT Philippines Corp., here is the
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accomplish more and venture beyond funding for schooling
Four years after beginning its mission to close the
education gap in the nation, Bukas achieves a historic first by paying more
than P500 million in tuition for Filipino students in the pursuit of a better
Funding The Future
The idea of ErudiFi’s parent firm Bukas, a tech-enabled
school finance platform, was to give Filipino youth a better tomorrow by
starting with accessible student loans. The student-first brand has assisted
more than 15,000 students across 90
partner schools throughout its time of operation, demonstrating its constant year-over-year growth.
onboarded more partners this year including expansions in Bacolod and
Zamboanga, Bukas broadens its reach to help more Filipino students. Partners in
Metro Manila include De La Salle University, Centro Escolar University,
Technological Institute of the Philippines, Adamson University, Mapua
University, National Teachers College, Our Lady of Fatima University, Far
Eastern University and FEU Tech among others. In line with the vision of
delivering inclusive and accessible education, Bukas is also partnered with
schools outside the metro including Saint Louis University, Cebu Institute of
Technology-University, PHINMA Education, and University of the Visayas, and is
looking forward to growing this list soon.
company’s growth also attests to the real demand for accessible education
financing in the country. “Despite the pandemic the past 2 years, we’ve managed
to continuously grow our portfolio. We’re confident that we can scale the
business to help even more students continue their studies for a better
tomorrow,” says Jon Robert Emlano, President of Bukas.
Aquino, a nursing graduate of Universidad de Dagupan, expresses her thanks for
Bukas’ help, “My school recommended Bukas to me. Thank you very much, Bukas,
for the opportunity na binigay niyo sa isang tulad kong estudyanteng ina para
po makapagtapos o mairaos ko ang aking pag-aaral. Dahil po sa inyo ay
naipagpatuloy ko po nang maayos yung pag-aaral ko.”
Kasama Ka Bukas
student’s journey can be quite a rollercoaster ride– gruelling projects,
suspenseful grade reveals, nerve wracking presentations, and on top of it all
is the pressure to do well. Surviving the student life requires a strong
support system, and Bukas is determined to be part of that for many young
● Content. The Bukas Blog(bukas.ph/blog)
offers a wide array of content from course, career, and financial literacy that
can help students navigate through their journey.
● Advice. Tomaximize
each student’s learning, Bukas works together with partner schools to mount
online and offline events that will help students discover more about their
passions, seek advice to guide them on their path, and discover new
opportunities to help enrich their lives.
● Community. Joined
by the same vision of achieving a brighter tomorrow through education, Bukas
reinforces the importance of one’s support system. Uplifted by inspiring
stories and shared experiences, students, through an exclusive community, can
come together to create valuable connections.
With Bukas showing no signs of slowing down, the team is
committed to improving the quality of education in the nation through education
financing and other means while also making a bigger difference in the lives of
its students and partner schools.
“Our goal next year is
to be aggressive in covering more schools outside Metro Manila, providing
better access to affordable financing across the country. We are also working
on expanding our products and services to cater to more students and improve
the user experience for the school admin and the students,”
In order to promote the value of overall wellness, including
healthy skin, Cetaphil celebrated the launch of Cetaphil Ultra Protect with the
This fitness activity took place at four different boutique
fitness studios: Electric Studio to get your cardio fix, ONELIFE Private Studio
to lengthen your body, Polecats to learn how to move with confidence, and now
Rebel to lean in and find that source of inner power.
Present content producers and media professionals responded
to each event with enthusiasm, especially those who had never participated in
the selected activities previously. Cetaphil was able to offer a diversity of
experiences since there were four different studios, each with a different set
encouraged everyone to get fit in the name of holistic health, after which a
full wash with Cetaphil Ultra Protect was encouraged because Cetaphil knows
that the skin is the first line of defense against germs; hence it is necessary
to make it as fit as the body.
were sweating in full force, muscles were pushed to the limit, and endorphins
reached an all-time high, all in time to try Cetaphil Ultra Protect and to see
the importance of having a clean, moisturized body.
Cetaphil Ultra Protect
Ultra Protect is a cleansing bar that combines the benefits of wider germ
protection with gentle yet intense skin hydration.
are no compromises with its 3D Derma-Mimic Technology that cleanses the skin at
an antimicrobial level with a dermatological tried-and-tested formulation,
which repairs the skin barrier’s defense against water loss.
washes away 99.9% of germs and is specifically designed for frequent daily use,
preventing and soothing skin irritation. The skin is now instantly protected
It’s more important than ever to #BeUltraProtected
with Cetaphil Ultra Protect since the holidays are drawing near and it’s time
to visit friends and family once more.
The new Cetaphil Ultra Protect Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar
is offered through the authorized Lazada and Shopee stores for Cetaphil
Philippines. Additionally, countrywide supermarkets, Watsons shops, and Mercury
Drug carry Cetaphil products.
After months of arduous training, the RP Blu Boys face TEAM
USA on November 26 at Rosedale Park in Auckland, New Zealand, to start their
quest for World Cup success.
The Men’s National Softball Team of the Philippines, who
qualified for the World Championship by placing second in the Asia Qualifiers,
is grouped in Group A with other very competitive teams including Argentina,
the United States, Cuba, the Czech Republic, and the host nation, New Zealand.
“Our RP Blu Boys’
confidence is on a high. They have been
doing well in practice and in tune-up games and we hope to translate those to
good performances in the upcoming games.
It will be a tall order but we’re gunning for a win or 2 against the very
strong teams in our bracket”, said ASAPHIL President Jean Henri Lhuillier.”
“Our men are
prepared. We are all eager to compete, and the preparations have gone well.
Jasper Cabrera, head coach of the RP Blu Boys, said, “We don’t want to make any guarantees other than to give every
game and every inning our best effort in the hopes that we may pull off some
The WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup is scheduled to take place
in Auckland, New Zealand, from November 26 to December 4. Japan, Canada,
Venezuela, Denmark, and other strong teams from participating nations make up
San Pascual, Batangas, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), the marketers
of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, recently held a signing ceremony
for their contribution deed. Chevron provided CCTV cameras to improve security
and safety measures for Barangay Danglayan inhabitants.
is dedicated to raising safety awareness in the neighborhood where we operate.
According to Raissa Bautista, Senior Corporate Affairs Advisor of Chevron
Philippines Inc., “We realize how
vital and valuable this donation will be to the barangay as this would enable
them monitor the safety and improve the security of the residents of
“We would like
to extend our sincerest gratitude to Chevron for donating these CCTV cameras to
our barangay. This would help us a lot in preventing unlawful acts and to keep
monitoring the safety of our people,” said Hon.
Rodolfo Contreras, Barangay Chairman of Danglayan.
San Pascual, Batangas, Chevron has been actively involved in social investment
initiatives in the fields of safety education, free livelihood training,
traffic safety, and environmental preservation.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has recognized schools
and divisions from all around the nation for their excellent endeavor to
maintain adequate sanitation through its partnership with Unilever Philippines
and germ-killing specialist Domex.
Two school divisions and five schools were honored with Eskwelang Unstoppable Awards during a
ceremony held on November 15 at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.
Based on the
data obtained from the DepEd’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools
(WinS) monitoring report for school year 2021-2022. the City of Navotas won
as Best School Division, garnering the highest score on select sanitation
indicators in DepEd’s WinS monitoring. Bislig City of CARAGA Region won as
Most Improved School Division, showing the highest change in the total score
for the same sanitation indicators across 2 school years. Bangkulasi
Elementary School, Dagat-Dagatan Elementary School, Navotas Elementary School,
Filemon T. Lizan Senior High School and Bangkulasi Senior High School were
awarded from the winning Best School Division as Best SDO-Model Schools as they
showed exemplary practice in keeping their schools clean and
“This is an
important partnership for Unilever and we’re very much honored because this initiative
has helped our schools become a safer and better avenue for the youth to
develop a clean school environment,” says Unilever Communications and
Corporate Affairs Head Ed Sunico says in a statement. “We hope to get
everyone’s help throughout the year and in more to come so that we can maintain
this standard across all schools nationwide.”
DepEd Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs and Partnerships Gerard
the challenges faced by the public throughout the ongoing school year, and how
key partners like Unilever and Domex have helped the government implement the
Comprehensive WinS Program. The program aims to provide clean water, usable and
clean toilets, and proper hygiene practice in schools which are essential to
achieving learning outcomes and are integral to keeping learners safe and
“We at the
Department of Education recognize everyone’s concern over the health and safety
of our learners within and beyond the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. As
learning shifted from classrooms to homes in the last 2 years, we have
witnessed the entire school community, including all partners and stakeholders,
come together to support our learners as they continue engaging in distance
learning. And now, as we transition to 100% in-person learning, we are
fortunate to have the unwavering support of our partners amidst this
unprecedented time,” shares the Undersecretary.
Country Director for the Philippines for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the
German government’s development agency that oversees international development
cooperation for sustainable development, attended the event as well. He
expressed the organization’s commitment to assist in providing local schools
with supportive tools for proper sanitation with a focus on the operation and
maintenance of sanitation facilities.
Unilever and Domex Brand Manager Regina Ocampo closed the event and expressed
gratitude for the partnership between Unilever, Domex, DepEd, and GIZ. “We are
whole-heartedly grateful that despite current challenges, we are still able to
make this partnership thrive and continue to serve Filipino schools nationwide
so that every student will have access to a clean school, especially usable and
clean toilets, to help them become the future of this country,” says
Unstoppable Awards was done ahead of World Toilet Day on November 19,
which aims to raise awareness for the 3.6 billion people around the globe who
do not have access to safely managed sanitation.