Alex Eala made historical past on the 2022 US Open, the place she grew to become the primary Filipino to win a junior singles grand slam.
Throughout her speech, the 17-year-old tennis champ thanked her household, supporters and the event organizers, earlier than asking if she might converse in Filipino. She mentioned, “Maraming salamat sa lahat ng nagdasal at nagsuporta sa akin … Buong puso ko itong pinaglaban, hindi lang para sa sarili ko, kung hindi para makatulong din ako sa kinabukasan ng Pilipinas. So hindi lang ito panalo ko, panalo nating lahat.”
Simply earlier than the event, Eala visited the Nike headquarters in New York, and on a wall there, she wrote, “No doubts.” Beneath these phrases, she drew a coronary heart and put her title.
There aren’t any doubts—not relating to Eala’s vibrant future. We can not wait to see what she does subsequent.
Elevating Filipino chocolate
Kelly Go and Mark Ocampo named their tree-to-bar chocolate firm after gold—twice. Auro comes from “Au,” the chemical image for gold, and “oro,” the Filipino and Spanish world for gold. And the model does deserve the title for the various strides it has achieved in elevating Filipino chocolate and uplifting the lives of native farmers.
Go and Ocampo have taken the model—and Philippine cacao—far in its seven years of existence, collaborating with so many firms; receiving worldwide recognition; opening shops and cafés within the nation, Japan, and Bahrain; and serving to many individuals alongside the way in which.
They continue to be devoted to “consistency, high quality, innovation, and social impression,” sourcing their beans from “passionate farmers who domesticate high quality beans within the nation” and “sharing the distinctive flavors and potential of Philippine cacao to the world.”
Auro empowers farmers by paying them nicely, coaching them, providing them the help of cacao specialists on producing higher yields, and launching tasks of their communities to enhance their high quality of life.
It’s no marvel our favourite bar of Auro tastes further good.
Letting Filipino components shine in craft spirits
As CEO of Destileria Limtuaco & Co. Inc., the oldest distillery within the nation, Olivia Limpe-Aw stands out in a male-dominated trade. And Limpe-Aw carries on the legacy of her household enterprise with energy and magnificence.
Underneath her management, the distillery has launched thrilling new merchandise that permit Filipino components shine, similar to Paradise Mango Rum, Manille Liqueur de Calamansi, and Manille Liqueur de Dalandan, all of which have change into hits right here and overseas.
The craft spirits, that are fantastically packaged, have change into favourite pasalubong for Filipinos overseas and presents for international pals.
“We’re a proud Filipino firm selling Philippine merchandise,” mentioned Limpe-Aw.
Through the pandemic and the ensuing liquor ban, the distillery confronted its share of challenges. However Limpe-Aw persevered, main the corporate in switching to the manufacturing of disinfectant alcohol.
Destileria Limtuaco & Co. Inc. has additionally launched Si Anti-bacterial Liquid Hand Cleaning soap which is made utilizing byproducts from the method of constructing Manille Liqueur de Calamansi and Manille Liqueur de Dalandan. The cleaning soap line is a results of the corporate’s dedication to sustainable manufacturing.
The facility of artwork in social commentary
In 2021, Kevin Eric Raymundo, in any other case generally known as Tarantadong Kalbo, began a motion with only one drawing.
All these anthropomorphic fists you noticed (or maybe posted your self) on social media? These began with him.
However lengthy earlier than #Tumindig, Raymundo had already been utilizing his artwork to talk up concerning the ills of our nation and sure, our authorities. His slice-of-life comedian strips reduce deep. “I believe it can be crucial for comedian creators to understand that comics have all the time been political. That even their ‘inaction’ to vital points is in itself a political stand—in favor of the oppressor.”
Raymundo is seen as a champion by many … however he will get hate, too.
He’s attacked by trolls and he will get every kind of threats, however he stays resolute, telling us, “As soon as the trolls assault you, it signifies that your message is efficient.”
His artwork has change into an vital voice throughout these making an attempt occasions, the model of tarantado that we want.
Hollywood success story
Yong Chavez’s success story is one which by no means fails to encourage.
As a toddler, Chavez didn’t have a TV at residence so she would attempt to watch via her neighbors’ home windows.
She had no concept then that when she grew up, she’d be the one folks would watch on TV.
In school, she labored as a cashier at Jollibee. That was the place she met her husband Jun who would later transfer to Guam to assist open Jollibee there. Chavez would ultimately be part of him and that was the place her profession in journalism would begin—as a contract information reporter.
Chavez and her husband would transfer to California the place she would go on to have completely different jobs: promoting bread in Disneyland, working as a journey agent, after which managing a Crimson Ribbon retailer.
However she by no means let go of her love for journalism. Ging Reyes, then ABS-CBN’s bureau chief for North America, invited Chavez to do freelance work for “Balitang America” and she or he ultimately grew to become ABS-CBN’s Hollywood correspondent.
Chavez would make historical past underneath this title—she was the primary Filipino TV reporter from a Philippine community to cowl the Primetime Emmys and the primary reporter from a Philippine community to cowl the Oscars.
Now an everyday on the Emmys and Oscars beat, Chavez has interviewed the world’s greatest stars. (Identify them, she’s most definitely interviewed them—greater than as soon as, in lots of instances.)
Chavez has been working nonstop (sure, all through the pandemic, whereas studying the right way to bake), interviewing much more stars, advocating for Filipino expertise, telling extra memorable tales, and attaining new milestones in her personal Hollywood journey. She’s a board member of the Hollywood Critics Affiliation and a member of the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, and she or he’s additionally the primary Filipino journalist to change into a part of the Critics Alternative Affiliation’s Worldwide Department.
That little woman who needed to look via different folks’s home windows so she might peek at their tv screens will get to dwell these TV moments in actual life now. She meets the celebrities face-to-face, goes to one of the best Hollywood occasions, presents awards, moderates international press conferences, and serves as jury president at movie festivals.
However one of the best half is Chavez stays the sort, fantastic individual she’s all the time been, in addition to a loving spouse and mother.
She’s a testomony to how far laborious work can take you, and she or he’s dwelling proof that desires can come true.
And he or she’s simply getting began.
A voice for the useless
If, tomorrow, we awakened with the flexibility to clone people, one of many first folks we’d take into account cloning could be Dr. Raquel Fortun.
Fortun is one in every of solely two forensic pathologists in a rustic the place forensics (and even simply the fundamentals of a correct investigation) is badly wanted.
“Parang hindi tayo natututo pagdating sa investigations,” she instructed us. “Iba ’yung requirements dito. I don’t know when, if ever, we are able to elevate the procedures we’ve proper now.”
Fortun, who skilled in Seattle, might simply select to work overseas like different Filipino forensic pathologists have, however she chooses to stay it out right here with us. “There’s really no appreciation right here of what forensic pathology is about. I nonetheless get requested, ‘So anong distinction mo sa medicolegal?’”
Bringing eating places collectively
Like all the opposite restaurateurs within the nation, Eric Teng, CEO of Mom Spice Meals Corp., the corporate behind Mango Tree and Genki Sushi Philippines, had a variety of challenges to face in the course of the pandemic.
What was lovely, although, was how restaurant house owners got here collectively to assist each other take care of the impression of COVID.
Teng is the president of RestoPh, the Restaurant Homeowners of the Philippines Affiliation, which was shaped throughout quarantine.
The members are usually rivals, positive, however they had been united of their battle and they also did what they might to assist each other, sharing concepts and dealing collectively.
They usually didn’t simply assist each other. Teng recalled an early assembly the place RestoPh members met with mall house owners and requested them, “What can we do that can assist you?”
Regardless of their very own challenges, RestoPh made positive they made a constructive impression, serving hundreds and hundreds of meals to front-liners and other people in want.
Teng additionally used his voice in talking up about public security, the brand new regular, and the significance of vaccination.
There are Filipinos who imagine that Vico Sotto is the Philippines’ solely hope, posting on-line that they’ll wait till Sotto is sufficiently old to run for president.
And might anybody blame them?
In a rustic battered by corruption and incompetence, Sotto’s model of management is unfortunately uncommon, along with his dedication to good governance making folks want they’ll transfer to Pasig the place he’s mayor.
He’s hardworking and reliable, environment friendly and clear, pushed by knowledge, but additionally empathetic and decidedly in opposition to corruption. His COVID response alone is sufficient for us to want for the longevity of his political profession.
He instructed the delegates of the 2021 Ayala Younger Leaders Congress, “If we need to see the modifications, what are we going to do? As the subsequent era of leaders, are we simply going to consider our personal pursuits, are we simply going to consider what place we are able to get, what energy we are able to get, what fame we are able to get, what cash we are able to get? Or are we going to problem the established order?”
In a 2021 graduation speech, Sotto inspired the graduates of the Ateneo De Manila College to “dream audaciously.”
Our audacious dream, not for ourselves however for the nation, is for him to change into president. And who can blame us?
Feeding the hungry
You’ve seen her earlier than, one way or the other, someplace. Maybe onstage or on the massive display, as a result of she’s an actor. Maybe within the streets, as a result of as Juana Change, she is a fearless activist. She labored in promoting, and she or he’s additionally a author. Mae Paner is a girl of many abilities and plenty of passions and within the midst of the pandemic, she dove into one other pursuit: feeding the hungry.
She calls them her “beloveds”—the homeless, the needy, the survivors of disasters, and other people in jail. And they’re the main focus of Kawa Pilipinas, Paner’s feeding program that she began with pals.
Utilizing her personal cash, Paner kicked issues off in her own residence, cooking and packing scrumptious and nutritious meals for the hungry. Volunteers and donations began coming in. Individuals who couldn’t rejoice their birthdays due to the lockdown selected to share their blessings with the beneficiaries of Kawa Pilipinas as an alternative.
Paner shared updates on social media—“984 bowls of yumminess,” “8,256 meals packs served,” “7,627 meals packs delivered.”
The joyful updates introduced sunshine to darkish pandemic days and impressed an increasing number of folks to assist.
The roster of donors grew to incorporate firms and NGOs. In a single publish, Paner shared, “Our volunteers are rising too: college students, content material creators, flight attendants, company executives, cooks, diplomats, social staff, hospitality trade staff, gender activists, IT professionals, moms of EJK victims and artists.”
In the present day, Kawa Pilipinas continues its vital work and stays open to accepting financial and in-kind donations to satiate extra souls.
Making PH a extra scrumptious place
Cibo’s spinach dip is cause sufficient for us to place Margarita Fores on this record of inspiring folks. However that may be our bias (and our love for our eternally favourite dip) displaying.
Right here’s the undisputed reality, although: Fores has been making the nation a extra scrumptious place since she opened her first restaurant a long time in the past.
In the present day, Fores, who was named Asia’s Finest Feminine Chef in 2016, brings deliciousness into folks’s lives in several methods.
There are her eating places: Cibo (17 branches now), Grace Park, Lusso, and The Loggia at Palacio. There’s her commissary and catering service Cibo di Marghi. (We all know we’re in for a yummy time once we’re at an occasion and we uncover that she’s the caterer. Actually, we frequently daydream about ordering platters of her antipasti for consuming at residence whereas we binge-watch reveals. Additionally, do you know you could order dishes from Fores’ outdated resto Cafe Bola from Cibo di Marghi?)
And even whenever you head to your grocery store, you’ll discover a contact of Fores there—within the freezer part, the place Cibo’s ready-to-heat pizzas are.
Fores has devoted her life to serving good meals, and what’s nice is she’s all the time on a quest to continue to learn, touring to eat and study new methods, or bringing in specialists who’re keen to share their secrets and techniques.
Fores, who is thought for her Italian meals, has been knighted, receiving the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia in 2018. However she’s additionally been a fervent advocate of Filipino meals and exploring native flavors and components. INQ