Two alumnae win Siklab Awards

August 08, 2019
Two alumnae of Ateneo de Manila University were among the recipients of the first-ever Ramon V. del Rosario (RVR) Siklab Awards: Melissa Yeung Yap (AB Development Studies’07) and Clarissa Delgado (MA Education, major in Educational Administration’18).
 
Drawing inspiration from the experiences of PHINMA founder Ramon V. del Rosario, the RVR Siklab awards honor young leaders whose efforts have made positive changes in the lives of fellow Filipinos and have a proven commitment to nation building.”   It was launched in 2018 by PHINMA in partnership with the De La Salle University Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business and the Junior Chamber International Manila.
 
Yap was recognized for her efforts in helping local farmers and indigenous communities around the country become more sustainable.  In 2007, she started Got Heart Foundation, a non-profit, one-stop-shop of local and organic goods from local farmers. In 2013, she partnered with Hizon’s Catering to put up Earth Kitchen—a farm-to-table restaurant that serves healthy and organic dishes from ingredients sourced from partner communities.
 
Melissa Yeung Yap with Officials (Left to Right): Brian C. Gozun (Dean, Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business, De La Salle University Manila), Luis Angelo L. Sevilla (President, JCI Manila), Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr. (President and CEO, PHINMA Corp), and Bro. Armin Luistro, Fsc (Chairman, RVR Siklab Award Board of Judges)
 
Delgado co-founded the Teach for the Philippines (TFP), a non-profit organization recruiting young professionals to teach for 2 years in public schools around the country.  TFP aims to provide equal access to quality education for all Filipino learners.
 
Clarissa Delgado with Officials (Left to Right): Brian C. Gozun (Dean, Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business, De La Salle University Manila), Luis Angelo L. Sevilla (President, JCI Manila), Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr. (President and CEO, PHINMA Corp), and Bro. Armin Luistro, Fsc (Chairman, RVR Siklab Award Board of Judges)
 
“May our winners and their stories inspire us to keep fighting for what is good and what is right in these times of uncertainty, when more walls are being built up again, when freedoms we cherish are at risk, when inclusive growth continues to elude us, and when humanity’s continued apathy and denial is accelerating global scale climate disaster,” said Mr. Ramon R. del Rosario,Jr., president and CEO of PHINMA Corporation, during the July 24 ceremony at the Manila Polo Club.
 
Yap and Delgado were joined by 3 more young leaders:  Jan Bernard Tan, Gary Avila Ayuste and Edgar Elago.
 
Also presented at the ceremony was the winner of the Ramon V. del Rosario Award for Nation building- Dr. Aristotle Alip. Created in 2010, the RVR Award for Nation Building recognizes business and community leaders that have contributed to the development of the country. Alip was honored for his work with the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions – a group of companies helping less fortunate Filipinos establish their own businesses by providing microfinance, micro-insurance, business development services and other basic social assistance.

Photos from PHINMA