5 Mindanao youth groups among TAYO Awards finalists

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/26 November) –Five youth groups from Mindanao were chosen as finalists for this year’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards.

Now on its 17th edition, the TAYO Awards, which is administered by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Inc., recognizes and supports the outstanding contributions of youth organizations in the country.

For this year, 20 finalists were selected, five each from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and the National Capital Region.

They were chosen from over 300 entries nationwide.

The finalists from Mindanao are the Kilusan ng Kabataan Para sa Kalikasan from Bongao, Tawi-tawi (Kahapon ma Kawman project); Peace Crops from Cagayan de Oro City (Peace Crops); Peace Creed from Aleosan, North Cotabato (KAPEyapaan); Sugpat from Zamboanga City (Alternative School for Peacebuilding & Arts – ALSPA); and Super Lumba from Marawi City, Lanao del Sur (Palapa sa Lumba).

With the TAYO program, “we can prove that Filipino youth groups can change lives and turn the world around, because where others see only problems and despair, they see a call for action,” the group’s website said.

The organizers have yet to announce the date and venue for the awarding ceremony, as well as the prizes.

Coca Cola Foundation, Inc. and San Miguel Corp. are the co-presenters for this year’s awarding. The sponsors are Jollibee Foods Corp, Smart Communications and Megaworld Corp. (MindaNews)