Finalists: The Do More Awards

Rappler.com
Posted on 10/16/2013 4:18 PM  | Updated 11/25/2013 11:26 AM

Being a Filipino often means getting used to disappointments.

We live with traffic, injustice, corruption, a large gap between the rich and the poor.

But through that and more, some Filipinos give us hope.

While many complain, a few get up, aim high, and try to solve the problems. These few individuals, in attempting to change society for the better, lead and inspire people around them.

To "Do More" is a philosophy and a way of life.

The DO MORE Awards aim to recognize Filipino achievers who have the courage to challenge the status quo. The awards will be given to those who take the initiative to go beyond the call of duty.

From August 6 to October 5, Rappler received hundreds of entries. A panel of 8 has selected 24 finalists for the Rappler Do More Awards powered by Rexona.

The public voted for their pick from October 24 to November 24.

Thank you for participating and voting for your finalists.

They are runners, swimmers, bikers, and frisbee players. They are champions not just of the game, but of their community.

These Challengers have broken records, founded programs, and inspired their peers not just to live actively, but to pursue a positive outlook on life.

ARNEL ABA, record-breaking national athlete for swimming

MIMI LUCAS, a college student who competed in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games when she was 18 years old

JAYMIE PIZARRO, a marathoner who founded TheBullRunner.com

These figures reflect the result of the public voting phase held from October 24 to November 24, 2013.


These Artists prove that creativity knows no boundaries.

From walls, to paper, to digital canvasses, they have crafted arresting images and stories of peace, innovation, and longing for home.

They have all received international distinction for their work, but their greatest inspiration is the plight of their countrymen.

AG SANO, a mural artist who paints about dolphins and peace around the country

DAN MATUTINA, a graphic designer who works with startups and social entrepreneurs

PETER NERY, a Palanca Hall of Fame awardee who resides in Los Angeles, California

These figures reflect the result of the public voting phase held from October 24 to November 24, 2013.


Sometimes, a simple idea is all it takes to effect great change.

These Innovators focused on one need in their communities: education, aerial data, or livelihood. But the solution they offered has grown by leaps and bounds. They have invented a model of development for other sectors.

MATTHEW CUA, founder and CEO of Skyeye Inc., a company that specializes in using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) to help bring value to Filipinos

ROLANDO DELA CRUZ, president and CEO of the Darwin International School System in Bulacan

KOH ONOZAWA, co-founder of LoudBasstard, Inc., which manufactures a sustainable music product

These figures reflect the result of the public voting phase held from October 24 to November 24, 2013.


  • It takes a novel trait to earn 15 minutes of fame. It takes a noble heart to earn a lifelong legacy.

    These Luminaries have gained popularity for their captivating abilities on the camera. But beyond good looks, witty puns, and catchy commentaries, they have used their fame (or infamy) to provide a unique kind of public service.

    NAPREY ALMARIO, a “strong-wheeled” reality show contestant who advocates for persons with disabilities (PWDs)

    LOURD DE VEYRA, a primetime TV personality, musician, and Palanca-winning author

    DANIEL RAZON, an award-winning broadcaster who helms the public service network UNTV

These figures reflect the result of the public voting phase held from October 24 to November 24, 2013.

  • A Social Entrepreneur, according to one of our finalists, is someone who “breathes and operates from the point of view of trying to solve a social problem.”

    These entrepreneurs have proven that there’s more to gain when you are in the business of doing good.

    MARK RUIZ, co-founder of Hapinoy, a sari-sari store program for mothers in different communities

    GUIDO SARREAL, founder of Palawan-based Kawil Tours

    FRANK CHIU, head of Gawad Kalinga’s Center of Social Innovation

These figures reflect the result of the public voting phase held from October 24 to November 24, 2013.


  • These days, anyone can be called a hero. Only a few can truly live up to the name as they carry out their vision with dedication and integrity.

    These Civic Heroes are advocates for different things: marine conservation, women’s rights, and poverty alleviation. But they all share a burning passion to keep us informed, and to incite others to take action.

    ANNA OPOSA, founder of Save Philippine Seas

    LUIS OQUINENA, executive director of Gawad Kalinga

    BETH ANGSIOCO, a women’s rights activist who became instrumental in the passing of the reproductive health (RH) Law

These figures reflect the result of the public voting phase held from October 24 to November 24, 2013.


We live in a world that has been transformed by the Internet: leverage is now defined by likes, retweets, shares, and Klout scores.

Some have easily deciphered the formula for success. These Digital Trailblazers have created online personas that are widely read and followed.

It’s not just because they’re cool, hip, or thought-provoking. It’s also because they’re promoting something worthwhile and somethng beneficial.

ERWAN HEUSSAFF, the budding chef who has emerged from The Fat Kid Inside

JEN HORN, founder of the website Muni.com.ph

RED TANI, leader of the Filipino Freethought movement and founder of FilipinoFreethinkers.org

These figures reflect the result of the public voting phase held from October 24 to November 24, 2013.


Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) experience various challenges and trials. But they also have the plum opportunity of bringing pride to the land, and showing off the indomitable Pinoy spirit.

Our Global Pinoy Candidates are achievers in their chosen fields. But more than being excellent in their craft, they also possess deep compassion for their countrymen. Wherever they are, they have created havens of comfort and learning for their neighbors.

SUSAN OPLE, President of the Blas Ople Policy Center

ANALIZA AMURAO, Professor at the Mahidol University International College in Thailand

MARY JANE AL MAHDI, CEO of Geoscience Testing Laboratory in the United Arab Emirates.


These figures reflect the result of the public voting phase held from October 24 to November 24, 2013.

The percentages above reflect all public votes cast for a particular nominee.

Public votes will make up 40% of each nominee's final score. The panel's vote makes up 60% of the total score

The winners will be announced on November 28, 2013.

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