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Project Saysay Closes 2017 with Recognition Day

Volunteers, partners, and benefactors of Project Saysay during the 3rd Araw ng Pagkilala. Photo by John Mari Tayag

Project Saysay wrapped up 2017 by recognizing 55 volunteers, partners, and benefactors during its 3rd Araw ng Pagkilala (Recognition Day) held at the Museo ni Manuel Quezon, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City. Project Saysay Executive Director Ian Christopher Alfonso told the awardees that this year alone Project Saysay has distributed 1,949 posters from a total of 3,325 distributed posters since 2013; 1,353 are New Generation Posters which are made of 12"x18" matter-finished sticker on 3mm sintra board, an innovation in the advocacy effective March 2017. Each poster costs PhP 150.00.

Among the attendees in the Araw ng Pagkilala were TV personality Lourd De Veyra, a regular benefactor of Project Saysay since 2016, and indie film producer June Manuel, also a newest benefactor of the advocacy. Alfonso also announced that Filipino actress Bea Alonzo as the newest Project Saysay benefactor, sponsoring PhP 50,000-peso worth of posters, equivalent to 333 posters.

Alfonso noted that in 2018, Project Saysay will strengthen its goal by 2021 to have its website a free online resource site for Araling Panlipunan and History teachers. This is in relation to Project Saysay's new vision which is to disseminate relevant, useful, and inspiring information sourced from history, in fulfillment of its mission to spread the ideals and values of our great forebears (Palaganapin ang diwa’t aral ng mga dakilang Pilipino).

This is the first time Project Saysay has held two recognition events in a year. The first one was held last 20 May 2017, during the 4th anniversary of Project Saysay at the Museo ni Jose Rizal in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila. Starting next year, Araw ng Pagkilala will be held every closing season of Project Saysay, which is every December.

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