Life-Changing Ideas to Reality

And then, there were ten.

After months of anticipation, Pharmaton (Multivitamins, Minerals, Deanol and Ginseng G115) has recently named the Grand Winner and recipient of the Php1,000,000.00 funding from its Life Changers Challenge: Success in Numbers—an online, video-driven nationwide competition launched last April in search of passionate Filipinos who cause positive change to the world around them. 

Among the other groups who were named into the top 10 are: 

  • Kiddo+Preneur, a group advocating to get kids interested in business and entrepreneurship
  • Island Kid, a program aimed at helping make a brighter future for Filipino children through soccer
  • Red Light District, a group of Singapore-based individuals aiming to help equip Philippine communities to better respond in times of calamities and disasters
  • The Mush-Keteers, social entrepreneurs who are seeking to build the foundations of a progressive mushroom industry in the Philippines
  • The Indigenous Cultural Tourism Program in Mindanao, heritage warriors seeking to promote cultural tourism as a tool to alleviate poverty in certain areas in Mindanao
  • The Passion Wearthy Project, a social enterprise providing livelihood to people with disabilities through handcraft items made from recyclable materials
  • Silent Beads, a social entrepreneurship brand that creates beads and fashion jewelry from repurposed materials, which can later on be used to grow plants; and 
  • Prepper Plus, which endeavors to promote disaster-readiness in the consciousness of every Filipino family through disaster-preparedness education.

Providing the energy to power Filipino Life Changers

Pharmaton’s Life Changers Challenge: Success in Numbers was conceptualized with the aim of finding passionate Filipinos wanting to create positive change and help them sustain their energy for others and not just for themselves.

I was lucky enough to attend the pitching and awarding session yesterday. I really felt volunteerism and altruism overflowing in the room. In fact, I was so in the moment that I did not take photos but rather took notes of what the finalists said. 

The one quote that struck me the most was this:

I've been involved in various volunteering projects and feel that this is true. Most people in the country always think that we have no hope and we should not reach out because people will get lazy if you hand them help instead of letting them find the solutions to their problems.

I beg to disagree. What if the kid who can't go to school just needed that one bag full of school supplies to feel that there is still hope for him? What if one community you affect positive change reaches out to other groups to help and inspire others to spark change in their own communities? I've always been positive that we can do so much to help the country prosper rather than sit back and whine.

Oras Na Para Sa Alpabasa and their Passion to Elevate Education in the Country

Oras na Para sa Alpabasa, a group of educators who developed a game-based program to teach school children to read in Filipino, was declared the Grand Winner at last night's ceremony.

Interesting enough, Ms. Shirley of Lupang Pangako Elementary School at Payatas told me that she is using Alpabasa's program to teach her students better and testifies that it is effective. I have had the privilege of helping out in her Bigay Puso sa Pasko Gift-Giving Activity every Christmas and was surprised that they have been using this program. 

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When asked what are the challenges they forsee in implementing this program, the group cited finding dedicated teachers to teach kids. Even if they worked tirelessly with the materials, they needed equally dedicated new team members to help them carry this on a larger scale. 

Congratulations to Oras Na Para sa Alpabasa for winning the Php1,000,000.00 grant! 

(Photos from Pharmaton PH)

How about you, do you have any advocacies? How are you taking action to carry them out? Let me know at the comments below. :)


  1. Congratulations to Oras Na Para sa Alpabasa! Best of luck to the rest of the finalists!! I like the goals of all of them, especially those of The Indigenous Cultural Tourism Program in Mindanao and Island Kids.

    My friends and I volunteer every once in a while too. Every Christmas, we treat some of the kids at Baseco. :)

    1. That's wonderful to know, Patricia. I volunteer every Christmas too and nothing beats the great feeling I get knowing that I made someone happy by sharing my time and resources with them. :)