Being the 2013 BTC Awardee, Dr. Raymond Cagape’s attachment in serving was apparent as he spoke about his experiences during the launch of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Awardee 2015, April 22, in Makati City
“Habang kasama ko kayo, it is very classy environment with people in very nice clothes, naalala ko ang mga tao sa aking area,” said Cagape.
From the file video that was played, he said that he remembered the children in his area craving for something to eat.
Cagape is a physician and philanthropist who volunteers for medical assistance to tribal communities in remote areas.
The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Awards
BTCA, a joint project of the Alfonso Yuchengco (AY) Foundation and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila, on its 28th year, has opened the nominations for this year’s Awardee.
They are inviting everyone to nominate an individual who they think have what it takes or is deserving for the award by completely filling up the nomination form found on their Facebook page until August 7, 2015.
The award-giving body is dedicated to the late Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, regarded as “The Living Saint” and a 1979 Novel Price Winner, known for her selfless humanitarian work and ideals.
“The main goal of this year is to get people involved in community. We hope that through the nominations and the awarding of this year’s winner, more people will see the importance of social causes and reaching out,” stated Jim Jimenez, the JCI Manila BTCA Chairman for 2015.
The search is for any individual regardless of age, gender, race and religion, who follows reflects the lifestyle of Blessed Teresa, and for at least 25 years, has been serving selflessly to humanitarian work among underprivileged Filipinos.
Jimenez also added that last year’s participants can still join and, ‘25 years’ is to prove the awardee’s consistency in serving. “It’s easy to start something, but it’s not easy to be consistent.”
The award advocates to encourage the public to ‘refocus on the importance of helping others’ through giving recognition to individuals who, like Blessed Teresa, offered a part of their lives serving the “poorest of the poor.”
The winner of the award will be granted One Million Pesos (Php 1,000,000) cash, half of which will be donated to the charitable institutions of their choice.
Full list of rules and regulations are indicated at the back of the nomination and as announced, the awarding will be on award g
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