I didn't have much extra curricular activities back in college except the occasional theater plays due to the degree I was taking up. If I would be given the chance to add more insightful and exciting extracurricular work, I'd definitely would.
That's why I was really in awe of the students who joined the Unilab Foundation Ideas Positive Run 4. I've only come to know about this program of Unilab Foundation this year and when I did, I was like "Now, that's really cool and helpful!" For those of you who don't know about Unilab Ideas Positive, here's what it is about in a nutshell (description from the Unilab ideas Positive website):
Now on its fourth year, Unilab Ideas Positive – a nationwide competition and social marketing clinic – proudly continues its legacy of empowering the youth in making a positive difference. Unilab Ideas Positive is a venue for college students to share their innovative and sustainable ideas to address the health and wellness concerns of their communities and turn those ideas into reality.
To help the youth turn their ideas into concrete health and wellness programs for their communities, Unilab Ideas Positive will provide each of the Top 15 teams with:
• A 3-day social marketing boot camp, wherein they learn the basics of social marketing from a pool of experts, get coaching and mentoring from these experts to enhance their proposed plans, and gain leadership and teamwork skills that will be key in their implementation
• Php100,000 seed money as well as ongoing coaching and support for the teams to implement their social marketing programs within five months.
At the end of the program, it will be the positive outcome and results showcased by the teams that will determine who will win. This is what is at the heart of Unilab Ideas Positive - creating a difference where it matters, in partnership with the Filipino youth.
Unilab Ideas Positive participants at their 3-Day Boot Camp at Forest Club Eco Camp, Bay Laguna
Unilab Ideas Positive's young social innovators
I have to commend these college students. With a seed money of Php100,000.00 plus tons of hard work, passion, and integrity in them, they really did well on their respective projects.
I luckily had the chance to hear them speak in front of the panel of judges before the deliberation last June 11,2014. Describing that the students spoke with passion about their projects is an understatement. It's really a delight to listen to the voices of the new generation of Filipinos who are genuinely willing to help their fellowmen through sustainable projects in promoting health in the country.
Here are some of the highlights of their presentations:
The most emotional group I watched present was Team Transformers from University of Cebu. I didn't understand why they were like that while presenting but little did I know that I would find out at the Awarding Ceremony later that evening.
Team Transformers - Unilab Ideas Positive
At the Awarding Ceremony, Unilab Foundation gave recognition to the top 5 groups who made the most impact through their projects. The five winners are:
5th place - Team Lunar Lunas of STI - San Pablo
Team Lunar Lunas hopes to beat breast cancer in San Pablo City through its advocacy, Go Pink San Pablo. With #IdeasPositive2013,they build a#healthierPH.
4th place: Team Pneumonia of University of Sto. Tomas
With the help of Team Pneumonia's project to protect the Philippines one respiratory system at a time, the residents of Upper Nawasa, Brgy. Commonwealth can finally say "Know ko na ang Pneumonia!"
3rd place: Team Malnutrtion Rangers of University of the Philippines Visayas
Team Malnutrition Rangers' Pasada sa Kalusugan revolves around a multi-purpose health cart used as a vehicle to distribute nutritious food in Brgy. Caridad, Hamtic, Antique. See how they help transform the community mothers into new rangers for their malnourished children!
2nd Place -Team Kabayan of University of the Philippines - Visayas
Team Kabayan succeeded against the battle of decreasing the incidence of soil-transmitted helminthiasis among Aeta children of Buenavista, Guimaras through their project OPLAN BAYANIHAN (kaBAYAN, Inodoro iHandog sa mga Aeta Nating kababayan).
Grand Champion: Team Transformers from University of Cebu
I remembered this team from the presentation earlier that day. I won't put the description of their project here but watch their video to find out why they won.
Congratulations to all the 14 participating teams! I know this will be not the end of their project implementations but this will just inspire them to continue it and apply the program to other areas to promote a healthier Philippines.
(Credits: Photos of participants and project descriptions - Unilab Ideas Positive Facebook Page)