MANILA, Philippines – Eight individuals who represent the country’s best hope for change are recognized at Rappler and Rexona’s Do More Awards.
Pia Ranada reports.
Faces of hope and inspiration, a glitzy red carpet, and an award honoring not just excellence but heart.
The awards honors 8 individuals – real people who made a mark with their passion and courage.
Mural painter AG Sano is chosen in the artist category, Asean athlete Mimi Lucas for the challenger category, Gawad Kalinga’s Luis Oquinena for Civic hero
Filipino Freethinker’s Red Tani for digital trailblazer, Susan Ople for global Pinoy, Educator Rolando Dela Cruz for the innovator category, Network executive Daniel Razon is the choice for luminary, and Hapinoy’s Mark Ruis for social entrepreneur.
They were chosen based on a month-long online poll and votes from a panel of 8 judges.
Paying tribute to the Do More Awardees are two young first time senators, world-class athletes, beauty queens, celebrities, and other social movers.
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa welcomes the crowd. She talks about humanity’s increasing ability to make a difference.
The 8 Do More Awardees embody this great capacity for good.
Artist AG Saño gives advice on how one can do more.
AG SAÑO, THE ARTIST WINNER: Dapat iniisip natin yung bang tao for us to be able to do more. Pagka sarili lang natin, definitely we won’t do something outside our comfort zone. So let’s think about our neighbors and how we can improve their lives.
(We should think about others to be able to do more.
If we only think about ourselves, definitely we won’t do something outside our comfort zone.)
Do More Awards judge Bianca Gonzales said it was difficult to select winners from a pool of amazing finalists.
But in the end, 2 factors sealed the deal.
For Senator Bam Aquino, doing more doesn’t stop here.
BAM AQUINO, PHILIPPINE SENATOR For those of you that do more hopefully you will be able to inspire those who don’t [do anything] to do and those who do, to do even more. Many of us are prone to despair, are prone to hopelessness and even helplessness and those who do more, it is all of you the winners and of course the nominees tonight, who show us that there is so much hope in this country, that there is so much hope in the Filipino people.
Pia Ranada, Rappler, Manila.