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ANAK: Global Bayaning Pilipino 2014

ANAK’s Daisydee Bautista & Ricardo Reyes (3rd & 4th from right) with fellow Global Bayaning Pilipino honourees at the awards ceremony April 23 in San Francisco, CA

SAN FRANCISCO – The Filipino-Canadian youth group, Aksyon Ng Ating Kabataan (ANAK), was one of three organizations honoured recently with the 2014 North America Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino Award. The award was presented on April 23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in San Francisco, California, during 20th anniversary gala celebration of TFC, the North American television service of ABS-CBN.

ANAK director, Daisydee Bautista, received the Global Bayaning Pilipino Award on behalf of the organization.

“It has been a humbling and overwhelming experience for ANAK to receive this honour. It would have been unimaginable for me to have this experience without the volunteers and members that made this possible, and it was important to get as many of us who were able and available to Santa Clara, California for the event. ANAK’s journey through the years has truly been a collaborative effort and it would not have been the same without my peers,” said Bautista.

Among 11 nominees – two from Canada and nine from the United States – three organizations were selected for the honour: ANAK Inc. of Winnipeg, Manitoba; the Carolina Medical Mission of Raleigh, North Carolina; and the Filipino-American Community and Development Center of Toms River, New Jersey.

ANAK Inc. was established in 2006. Since that time, ANAK has put its significant mark in Winnipeg’s Filipino-Canadian community representing the growing number of immigrant Filipino youth through various projects that help promote their heritage and culture. The ANAK organization has also contributed to the Pilipino Express with its regular column article since 2006.

The Carolina Medical Mission of Raleigh, North Carolina was honoured for sending medical doctors and dentists to the Philippines to provide free medical and dental services to indigent Filipinos over the past 21 years. Mission founder, Dr. Arturo De Leon, received the award.

The Filipino-American Community and Development Center of Tom Rivers, New Jersey was honoured for its dedication to educate the Filipino-American youth in New Jersey about their culture by teaching them traditional Filipino dances and by encouraging them to give back to their parents’ motherland. Board member Joji Ortega-Babuschak received the award on the Center’s behalf.

According to Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino North America, organizations and individuals are recognized under the following criteria:

  • having a measurable impact – the scope and number of beneficiaries with known effective results;
  • highlighting the value of unity, pagkakaisa;
  • focused on service and/or an issue such as poverty, health or education, etc. as felt either in their respective countries or in the Philippines;
  • transcending regionalism and parochialism;
  • having participatory, people-oriented leadership, as shown in the manner of how their leaders are chosen and accepted by members
  • promoting Filipino values, culture and heritage.

An ANAK fundraising dinner presentation will be held on Saturday, May 31 at Jimel’s International Cuisine, 1045 St. James St. Tickets are $20 each with special pricing for past and present ANAK volunteers. Contact for more details.

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