04-25-2012 12:56 PM CET - Associations & Organizations

RAFI declares winners of blogging contest

Press release from: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI)

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) announced the winners of the 5th RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest.

The first place was awarded to JR Lopez Gonzales of South Cotabato with his post entitled "Drawing Mindanao's Portrait of Change" in his blog, Politikalon. The blog features 10 RAFI Triennial Awardees who are from Mindanao. Gonzales is currently teaching at the Mindanao State University (MSU)-Iligan Institute of Technology and serves as editor-in-chief of MSU College of Law-Iligan's school paper.

Winning second place was Warlie Diaz of Guimaras with his blog on “Participatory Research Organization of Communities and Education Towards Struggle for Self-reliance (PROCESS) Foundation”, in his blog site, Seventh Sanctum. PROCESS is one of the outstanding institution finalists in the 1st RAFI Triennial Awards”.

Vernon Go of Cebu bagged the third place with his blog on Glicerio "Nono" P. Lucrecia, an exemplary individual nominee in the 4th RAFI Triennial Awards, in his blog site, Vernon Go.

The first prize winner received Php 25,000; second prize, Php 20,000; and third prize P15,000. Each winner also received plaques.

The contest aims to promote the inspiring stories and work of recognized grassroots heroes the Visayas and Mindanao and highlights the RAFI Triennial Awards and its awardees and finalists. Guided by the theme, “Shaping the big picture of change,” entrants were expected to do background research on the lives and works of RAFI Triennial awardees and finalists nearest their area.

The criteria for judging include 50 percent for content (originality and alignment to the theme and research value) and 50 percent for writing style or composition (including technicalities).

The RAFI Triennial Awards is an awards program of RAFI given every three years to recognize the philanthropic, humanitarian, and holistic efforts of individuals and institutions in the Visayas and Mindanao in enhancing the quality of life of the communities they serve. It has just concluded its fifth run and is now open for nominations for the sixth RAFI Triennial Awards.

For more information about the RAFI Triennial Awards, please contact (032) 418-7234 loc. 105 and look for Cathy Margate, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation’s vision, in its 44 years of existence in development work in the Visayas and Mindanao, has consistently been “Touching People, Shaping the Future.” It has worked towards “elevating lives through a comprehensive approach that champions best practices in community development”.

The position calls for the foundation to be:
1. COLLABORATIVE—adhering to an inclusive process as a venue for sharing knowledge to gather the best resources, and providing opportunities to establish partnerships;
2. HOLISTIC—conceptualizing programs that look into multi-issues and draw comprehensive solutions, according to the foundation’s and the partners’ resources, with the end of empowering people; and a
3. ROLE MODEL—leading communities to sustained change and results by utilizing best practices at the same time exploring innovative solutions, and setting an example to other development partners by promoting their work and causes.

Focus Areas:
1. Integrated Development
2. Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship
3. Culture & Heritage
4. Leadership & Citizenship
5. Education

1. Grants & Awards
2. Institutional Development & Planning
3. Knowledge Sharing & Advocacy
4. Services & Facilities

Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
35 Lopez Jaena Street., Cebu City 6000
Tel./Fax no.: (032) 418-7234
Website: www.rafi.org.ph

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