9.12.08

outstanding volunteers 2008



"Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless."

Aside from December being the month dedicated to Overseas Filipino Workers, it is also dedicated to the other version of Pinoy modern heroes, the Volunteers.

Photos in the above slideshow were taken during the Awarding of the Outstanding Volunteers of the Year organized by the Philippine Association for Volunteer Efforts and the National Economic Development Authority held on December 8, 2008 at Manila Hotel.

Mark Aethen Agana (South Cotabato) is one of this year's awardees, in the Youth Category (that's me). Being a volunteer, it elated me very much being surrounded by fellow Filipinos who see volunteerism and community service a potential force of nationbuilding.

This National Award for Volunteerism I received is dedicated to my fellow volunteers in Mindanao. This is OUR fruit of love to realize and weave the dreams of the Youth in South Cotabato, guys. To the T'nalak Youth Group - Pathways to Higher Education, I salute you guys for continuing building paths for a better Mindanao. Padayon!

The true meaning of being a VOLUNTEER is hidden in the letters of the word. Scrabble and arrange the letters in the word and you will be surprised that TRUE LOVE N is formed, where N (for me) is NOW and NEIGHBORS. Thus, like Christ, volunteerism is an expression of true love for our brothers and should be acted now.

Mabuhay ang bawat Pilipinong Voluntir!

For more information and complete list of awardees visit here.

Read related post:

(1) SOV2008 Awardees
(2) OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED
(3) United Nations Volunteers: 2008 Outstanding Volunteers Awardees

41 comments:

darwin said...

Congratulations, mark!

Continue to inspire the Youth!

kixie said...

marky!!congrats!TYG is soo proud of you!i am so proud of you!hugs!

Aethen said...

@Darwin - thanks pow. Just always give gratitude to Him who continues to bless us. :D

Aethen said...

@te kix - Musta, Law sa Ateneo de Naga University? Miss you, too.

Salamat din sa pagtulong sa pagtayo ng matibay na TYG sa Mindanao. The award is for all of us. Yehey!

Btw, nakilala ko ang project head ng JVP during sa awarding sa Manila Hotel. Nakalimutan ko pangalan nya. Ayos.

Miss you very much, te Kix.

Merry Christmas in advance!

Jepoi said...

Kahit walang AWARD.. importante ang ginagawa...

See you in our PAD in RP

Aethen said...

jep, i never expect for this award. my primary intention is to serve.

maybe this search would be a venue to inspire others to share and impart in building our nations.

recognition is just highlighting the awardees to be models of true volunteerism.

I agree, the act to serve is important. also the impact it will create for betterment.

yep. see you sa PAD.

Tc always dyan sa labas. :P

bugITs said...

congrats sangay! im proud of you! ahehe

the donG said...

aethen, congratulations! that is indeed worth announcing. we need to inspire more people to do volunteering works.

Fjordan Allego said...

wow! astigin! galing galing!! iba ka talaga! award winning!! hahaha

http://fjordz-hiraya.blogspot.com

Aethen said...

@kuya dong - salamat, kuya. our country is in need of volunteers who will work on healing and building our nation.

para sa bayan!

aethen said...

salamat, sangay! :P

Aethen said...

@fjordz - hahaha. ayos ah! napatawa tuloy ako sa comment mo. salamat. para sa bayan ulit. :D

btw, sumali pala ako doon sa calendar event. same month pinili ko. :p

Mikko said...

Kinakarir ang pagiging advocacy blogger!

Aethen said...

Ayos! Hindi naman, pinagpapala lng tagala. hehe.

para sa bayan ulit. :D

Abou said...

di ka na maabot parekoy a

ha ha ha

congrats u deseve it!

Aethen said...

Am still on the ground parekoy.

Salamat. basta... para sa bayan!

Daxi Weida said...

Congratulations, Aethen. Keep it up. :)

Aethen said...

salamat Daxi

Jehzeel Laurente said...

congrats ulit aethen! kita kitsssssssssssssssssss!!! :D

Jehzeel Laurente said...

dito ka lang naman sa manila around 25 to 31 right? may gagawin kasi tayong masaya.. :D remember? nyok :D

aethen said...

Salamat, jehz! Hahaha. Ano yong masayang gagawin natin? Hindi ko yata alam ah.

patricio.el.suplado said...

wow.. congrats ha!

iba ka talaga..

volunteer? di halata when we first met..

congrats!

Aethen said...

Patricio suplado, salamat. ordinaryo lng ako, hindi naman ako kakaiba.

Yep, volunteer! You don't have to shout naman to the world that you are a volunteer or you do volunteering works. It is just an expression of true love.

Would you not consider, offering a room to be a volunteer act?

hehehe/

wiLfRed said...

congrats! hardcore christmas gift mo ah..

Aethen said...

Salamat, wilfredo!

Uuwi pala ako Dec28! There nothing special gift than giving.

Ayel said...

Congrats, Mark! Keep soaring high.

Aethen said...

Aim high! but still be on ground, as you always reminded me when we were in college. Thanks, Ayel!

Uuwi ako on the 28th of this Month. See you. Xmas gift ko ha!

Meryl said...

Congrats! Another achievement! :D

Aethen said...

thanks meryl :D

ark said...

Congrats sa iyo bro! Padayon lang!

Aethen said...

Salamat, ark! Musta na?

sho said...

way to go Mark! I totally understand the motivation and joys behind it all!

Aethen said...

Thanks, sho! his is dedicated to all the volunteers!

Happy holidays!

Cielo said...

congrats sa iyo bunso...continue to be an inspiration....

Aethen said...

Thank, te Cielo! Yes, I will continue this advocacy always.

I hope more youth and people will join me to build a better Philippines.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

cielo said...

bro, just PM me if you have a campaign wherein i can also help...i may not be a youth anymore but as a blogger, a parent and a Pinoy i feel that i should be responsible to extend any help i can to those who are at need

Mc Allen Reonel Sebastian Sales Cacacho said...

sencia na ngaun lang kapatid. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!
kudos!

-mars cacacho

Aethen said...

naku, musta na Einstein? salamat.

btw, uuwi ako so. cot. next week for a docu report ng GMA7 on volunteerism. exciting.

Aethen said...

Hi te cielo, musta? sure. I need more supporters and hands on building the nation. Keep safe always. Muah/

Anonymous said...

I believe it's Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and not PAVE as the lead agency in the Search for Outstanding Volunteers as well as the National Volunteers Month. PAVE is one of the members of the committee.

Aethen said...

Yeah! It's Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) not PAVE. Corrected.

Thanks.