Ayala Malls honors 39 ‘changemakers’
FROM organizers who raised donations for food, personal protective equipment (PPEs), and gadgets for distance learning, to a nurse who helped a homeless woman give birth on the street, the Ayala Mall’s Extra Miles campaign is honoring everyday individuals as Changemakers — those who have shown exemplary acts of altruism amidst the pandemic.
Inspired by the spirit of bayanihan, Ayala Malls began the Extra Mile campaign — now on its 16th year — as a way to honor its employees and has since gone beyond to honor more Filipinos in broader communities.
“The story of each changemaker is an example of what any person can do for a more optimistic future. No kind act is too small to make a difference. We hope that the Extra Mile campaign and its outstanding honorees will spark a desire for kindness in every Filipino’s life,” said Ayala Malls president Jennylle Tupaz in a statement.
The 39 honorees are recognized for their selfless acts of kindness by initiating many efforts like fundraising and donations for the benefit of vulnerable communities. They are:
• Marco Alejandro “Aldo” Panlilio. Panlilio founded the Your 200 Pesos or Y2P Project, a program dedicated to help frontliners and professionals
who lost their jobs during ECQ.
• Enrique Prado: Prado sourced materials for DIY
(do-it-yourself) face shields, which were produced and donated to AFP frontliners and 1,500 healthcare workers in local hospitals. He also sent P10,000 worth of food to three struggling families, 150 food packs to a vulnerable community, and 125 bikes to deserving individuals.
• Dr. Tiger Garrido: A medical professional, Dr. Garrido sourced and distributed PPEs in different
health institutions. He reached 3,000 front liners in 63 hospitals in the last three months.
• Carmaela Alcantara: She provided 4,000 locally made PPEs to public hospitals in her province. Her endeavor also provided livelihood for sewers within her community.
• Ismael Jerusalem: Jerusalem created face shields via 3-D printing for distribution to frontliners
in Legazpi City, Albay. He and fellow artists earned nearly P100,000 enough to provide more than 3,000 face shields for free.
• Janice Cuevas: By conducting yoga classes for
a cause, she was able to raise funds and provide PPEs to frontliners, as well as distribute sanitary kits and food packs to vulnerable communities and charity organizations.
• Gary Ramirez: He launched “Pakainin ang Buong Barangay,” a Facebook page that encouraged
people to help feed residents of poor barangays during the lockdown. This effort reached 11 cities
and municipalities, and has provided 45,000 meals
to indigent families.
• Paulina Clara Zulueta: She initiated
the Arawan: Para Pu Karela (Para Po
Sa Kanila), a fundraising and relief distribution project that was able to
provide grocery packs worth P500 each
to drivers of selected JODA in Angeles City and 600 drivers in Baguio city.
• Carla May Berina-Kim: She organized a fundraising event to provide hot meals for frontliners. Along with her family and friends, they were able to gather
P340,000 in cash and P350,000-worth of in-kind
donations, which reached 21 hospitals in nine cities within the NCR (National Capital Region).
• Dr. Vincent Paul Olalia: The doctor was
instrumental in helping a business establishment recover and restart after the enhanced community quarantine was lifted to allow stores to reopen.
• Dr. Aimee Nunez-Regala: The doctor gathered
thousands of PPEs in the form of bunny suits, isolation gowns, n95 masks, goggles, face shields, gloves, head and shoe covers, and ear savers, which she eventually distributed to hospitals in need.
• Malaya Genotiva: She helped those without access to learning resources through The Mitsa Project. She was also able to help print 395 modules and deliver 214 module workbooks to families.
• Maria Gliceria “Ria” Valdez: Valdez and her friends created The Mitsa Project (TMP) to collect
and distribute gadgets for students due to the enforced online classes.
• Nini Andrada Sacro: Sacri, with the help of
her team of volunteers and donations from various restaurants and the Philippine Army, did an initiative that fed 12,000 frontliners, homeless and street kids, and locally stranded individuals and OFWs.
• April Joy Cruz: She launched a DSWD-accredited donation drive that gathered P2.5-million worth of donations, which reached 89 hospitals and 25 institutions nationwide.
• Maxine Andrea Carasig: Carasig, along with
fellow volunteers and friends, started an initiative
called Sadiwa, which brought surplus produce from
local farmers to consumers to support the farmer’s livelihoods. They have since helped 21 farmers and their families.
• Marvin Bagube and Renan Dela Cruz: Bagube and Dela Cruz of Le Sucre Lab continued operations
despite less revenue to sustain their feeding drive for various vulnerable communities. Their relief drive supported frontliners and those who lost their
livelihood during the ECQ like jeepney and tricycle
• Tracy Ampil: Ampil started MediDyip, a transport system that provided safe transportation for PUIs, PUMs, and patients safe to healthcare facilities,
and supported the livelihood of the jeepney drivers.
• Marvin Caparros: The engineer and his friends
raised P8.5 million in donations, which reached more than 1,500 people in the poorest barangays
in Quezon City. They also provided hot meals and
groceries to thousands of frontliners and distributed 5,000 PPEs to many government hospitals.
• Simon Fernan: Fernan created modified 3D
printed adaptors that can convert reusable respirator masks as a response to the shortage of PPE equipment in hospitals in Cebu.
• Evelyn Nacario-Castro: Her “Usa Ka Gasa para sa Duha ka Pamilya” initiative purchased vegetables
from local farmers and provided Family
Support Packs, while her other project SAKSI helped in the reproduction and distribution of PPE materials to Bisayaspeaking communities.
• Jumax Morgia: Morgia spearheaded the manufacturing of 10,000 face shields, 300 hazmat suits, and 50 sanitation tents, which were distributed to most hospitals in Cebu City, LapuLapu, and Talisay.