Ayala Malls hon­ors 39 ‘change­mak­ers’

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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

driv­ers.

• 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.

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