The Power of Vision“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry We are a country powered by vision. It is what created a small group of islands into an independent sovereign state. Vision is what turned small businesses into the conglomerates we know today. It is what turns talent into performances that bring the world up on its feet. And into the future, it is still vision that will turn the Philippines into what it could be: a country of peace, progress and prosperity. We have heard of big names in government, industry, education, science and technology, business and more who have helped this country achieve milestones and are driving it forward. But there are more visionaries out there than have been seen, heard or read about in our media. These are people who are quietly doing the things that still need to be done.
Defining the Visionary
Here are the people we are recognizing on Friday, December 4 at the first ever The Standard Visionary Awards. (Click on their names to read their stories.) Charie Villa (Social Media And Citizen Journalism), Waya Araos Wijangco(Special Needs Culinary Art Education), Rachel Harrison (Autism Awareness And Education), Casimiro Olvida (Watershed Protection), Jaafar Kimpa (Muslim Rights), SLIM’S Fashion And Arts School/ Sandy And Mark Higgins (Fashion Education), Lenora Luisa Cabili (Fashion), Maiki Oreta (Children’s Advocacy), Quintin Pastrana (Reading and Literacy Advancement), Hindy Weber Tantoco (Sustainable Living), and Roberta Dans Thomas (Arts and Culture).
For Social Entrepreneurship, we have Cristina Liamzon and Edgardo Valenzuela (OFW Education), Kevin Lee (Safe Water For Poor Communities), John Paul Maunes (Empowering the Deaf), and Nanay Ines Fernandez (Breastfeeding and Motherhood Education).
And because age is no deterrent to vision, here are the young ones who are changing lives, minds and paradigms, even before thirty. Our Young Visionaries: Aisa and Raphael Mijeno (Science and Technology), Charlene Tan (Community and Agriculture), Jason Buensalido (Architecture), Xyza Cruz Bacani (Photojournalism), Zark Varona(Entrepreneurship), and Cristalle Belo Henares (Entrepreneurship). The men and women we are honoring in The Standard 2015 Visionaries are just a few; they are only the first. There will be more. Because there are more out there, all working silently, some unobtrusively, to take this country where it needs to go.
The Standard Visionaries 2015 Team
Editorial team: Tatum Ancheta, Bing Parel, Bernadette Lunas
Special Projects team: Jocelyn F. Domingo, Elizabeth Mendoza, Judith Albano, Kaye Kho, Edelyn Elamparo
Photos by Dix Perez • Hair and makeup courtesy of Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon • Layout by Romel “Ismit” Mendez
The Visionaries’ images were shot using FUJIFILM X-T1 with 16-55mm f/2.8 lens
Special thanks to FUJIFILM Philippines, The Cravings Group, and Philippine Airlines
Behind the scenes photos by Sonny Espiritu
Additional behind the scenes photos by Patricia Topacio, Clarence Manaois, Noime Dagohoy, Rey Porras