Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation turned over almost P2M to Gawad Kalinga as a result of last year’s fund-raising race Takbo 1 for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.  As a result, several weather-proof houses were built at Lawaan, Eastern Samar providing our depressed brothers and sisters a secure and decent abode to live in. This year, they expect the same support from the running community in order to finish what they have started.  Moreover, they will strive to provide all the needed assistance not only for shelter needs but also for livelihood, education and empowerment of the residents.


Takbo 2 – Takbo sa Kalusugan Para sa Kalikasan will likewise see the involvement of Miss Earth Foundation with several environmental projects in line.  Jamie Harrell, Miss Earth Philippines 2014, even graced the media launch and spoke about how she believes that beauty should be more than skin deep.  As a track and field athlete during her schooling days, she regretted that a devastating accident put an end to her running days.  However, she promised to join the lower distances together with some candidates if her schedule permits on race day.


It is the partnership with Gawad Kalinga where the bulk of the proceeds of this race under PDIC Corporate Social Responsibility programs get maximized.  GK Event Head of Bayani Challenge Jose Mari Oquinena who was likewise present encourage all of us present as well as all Filipinos to spare just 5 days a year for volunteer works through Gawad Kalinga’s Bayani Challenge program.  In this program, one will be able to help out in building houses, refurbishing old ones, coastal clean-up, teaching kids in one of the 3,500 depressed baranggays nation-wide.  Why not running groups then?


Taken during the groundbreaking ceremony over at PDIC-Gawad Kalinga Lawaan, Easter Samar Village.
Photo credit: PDIC.


The spirit of volunteerism is captured in this collage of several Bayani Challenge groups through the years.
Photo Credit: Gawad Kalinga.


For more info on Bayanihan Challenge and PDIC Takbo 2, click on their respective  thumbnails below.



Race Launch Pictures


The partnership in social responsibility – Miss Earth Philippines Jamie  Herrell, PDIC President Cristina Orbeta, GK Executive Director Jose Mari Oquinena and Angela Monique Angelo, Partnership Manager for PDIC Lawaan Project.


The rest of the executive committee of PDIC Takbo 2 and partners.