Thursday, October 9, 2014

Social Business Summit 2014 of Gawad Kalinga

I was invited to witness the last day of the Social Business Summit 2014, which was held on October 4, 2014 at the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan. I was able to witness the inauguration of the Arch Angel Center for Arts & Culture at site. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by the Gawad Kalinga founder Mr. Tony Meloto, top model Georgina Wilson, and Victoria Court CEO Archimedes King.

Archimedes Rosario King is the man behind the construction of Arch Angel GK Center for Arts and Culture. He is also the founder of the Angelo King Foundation. Gawad Kalinga’s “Walang Iwanan” advocacy has prompted his foundation to embark on a partnership with the former. 

Meanwhile, the media also got the chance to meet the SEED students.

My fellow bloggers and I also visited their rooms!

Mr. Kiko Pangilinan and Viel Aquino-Dee were there, too.
Mr, Archie King, Tony Meloto, and Kiko Pangilinan
Tony Meloto, Viel Aquino-Dee and Supporters of Gawad Kalinga
I was also delighted to see some of the employees of Human Nature UP Village, because I’ve been using their products for quite a while now.

The final day of the Social Business Summit 2014 began with people sharing stories on what inspired them to support the “Walang Iwanan” journey. The summit was held at the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation. Mr. Tony Meloto humorously introduced them before the speakers went to the stage.

Seeing foreigners in Enchanted Farm is common as they lend a hand in building houses. The speaker shared that they are not only building houses, but are also building unity. 

Meanwhile, model Georgina Wilson said that it is in Gawad Kalinga where most of the fun happens and that there’s a different type of energy there. I concur. “Have you ever felt that feeling that you wanted to be something, but don’t even know where to start?” I was blown away when she asked this. She shed some tears as she stated that it was a privilege to be involved with Gawad Kalinga.

I also agree with the speech of Miss Donna, one of the sharers, as it implied that as long as a person has a dream and is willing to act and to do whatever it takes, then everything could be possible.

Also, a group of young social entrepreneurs from De La Salle University shared that they are not only after creating a business and providing jobs, but that they also love the community and are concerned about finding ways to end poverty. 

After seeing how dynamic Gawad Kalinga is, I realized that the country is focusing on the wrong things. Most Filipinos believe that success is all about being part of glamorous offices and living in the midst of hustle and bustle in the city. Such is not entirely applicable to us, especially since we are still a third-world country. Filipino citizens should do something more suitable to their needs.
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For one, it is important to be aware that it is possible to generate income by using the country’s natural resources. We are actually lucky, but we tend to take these resources for granted. Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm uses the nation’s resources to help the lesser fortunate. Being a part of Gawad Kalinga is like being a hero—people get to save people, save their land, and save their country.

Written by: Janine Daquio
Edited by: Katrina Pulvera
Photos: Janine Daquio & Victoria Court

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