This is the first time for the awards to go global as it searches for Filipino organizations doing extraordinary service to their fellow Filipinos in the U.S., Canada, Middle East, Australia, Japan, Asia-Pacific (Singapore and Hong Kong), and Europe (Italy and United Kingdom).
"It is a huge and momentous initiative to reach out to Filipinos all over the world and recognize their collective efforts in serving their less fortunate Filipino brothers and sisters wherever they may be. We are truly excited by this development,” said Fr. Nilo Tanalega, SJ, head of the Ugnayan at Tulong para sa Maralitang Pamilya (UGAT) Foundation. The Philippine-based UGAT oversees the screening of nominations and selects the winners.
The awards are named after Don Eugenio "Geny" Lopez Jr., founder of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest entertainment and broadcasting company in the Philippines, and known as the "Father of Philippine Broadcasting”.
The awards were established in 1994 after he learned of a Filipina maid in Hong Kong who got run over by a car as she tried to save a child. It recognizes Filipino organizations, who in the face of challenges and difficulties manage to rise and emerge as role models of service in their communities.
"My father would be smiling right now," said Raffy Lopez, COO of ABS-CBN Global, which oversees the promotion and production of the award ceremonies.
"He started Bayaning Pilipino (Filipino Heroes) with Father Nilo. It would warm his heart to know that ABS-CBN in Manila, TFC globally and UGAT, have expanded their long-running partnership to search around the world for ordinary folks doing extraordinary work in the service of the Filipino people. This is true to his vision and mission," he added.
"We have honored so many Filipinos, but taking the search to a worldwide level posed major logistical requirements. We are so enthused by the energy and commitment of TFC teams in all regions in taking part in the project. It shows their involvement and love for the Filipino communities that they serve," said Chit Guerrero, vice president for ABS-CBN Corporation’s Special Projects.
Nominations can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to its regional offices (List of the regional offices can be found athttp://www.globalbayaningpilipino.com/#downloads ).
Deadline for submission of nominations is on March 15, 2012. Regional winners will be announced late May 2012. Winners will be flown to Manila, Philippines for the national awarding ceremony in June 2012.
For more information, visit www.globalbayaningpilipino.com, Facebook page (Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino) and Twitter: @GGLGlobalBayani.