Most Distinguished Awardee

REGINA PAZ “GINA” LOPEZ

2020

Most Distinguished Awardee (Posthumous Award) Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez dedicated her life in serving the people and the environment. Her environmental crusade is widely regarded through the enduring work of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. – Bantay Kalikasan and her fearless stint as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Gina founded the […]

Most Distinguished Awardee

Roberto S. Verzola

2020

Dedicated to work for social justice, ecology, and social transformation – this is how his colleagues describe the life of Roberto Verzola. Roberto, also known as “Obet” by most people, survived incarceration and torture in the Marcos dictatorship as a young activist. After Martial Law, he strived to build a more ecological and just society […]

Most Distinguished Awardee

Bai Bibiaon Ligkaian Bigkay

2018

Hailing from the lush peaks of Pantaron Mountain Range in the Davao region, Abiok Ligkaian Bigkay, or “Bai Bibiaon”, is known as the only living woman warrior and chieftain of the Lumad people that has taken the helm in asserting the Lumad’s right to their ancestral domains and in preserving its rich biodiversity and natural resources.

Most Distinguished Awardee

Talibon-Trinidad Integrated Farmers Association

2015

For over twenty six years, the Talibon-Trinidad Integrated Farmers Association (TTIFA) has been proudly toiling a land that they could call their own. This Boholano farmer’s organization labored rigorously to obtain their 1,973-hectare land in Sitio Panaghiusa, San Vicente, Trinidad. For TTIFA, sustainable agriculture became a means to make their community richer and healthier. TTIFA […]

Most Distinguished Awardee

Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization

2013

Ever since the Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization was founded in Mindanao, it ardently campaigned against the encroachment of ancestral domains by extractive companies (i.e. plantations, mining, and others), called for the disbandment of paramilitary groups and sought justice for slain Lumad leaders. The organization has long been a partner of the Rural Missionaries of the […]

Most Distinguished Awardee

Leonardo Co

2011

Botanist of the people : Leonardo Co Leonardo Legaspi Co (1953-2010) was a 56 years old when he was felled before his time: a selfless scientist for the people, botanist, conservation biologist, acupuncturist, ethnopharmacologist, and a teacher to countless people. Co was born in Manila on December 29,1953; the eldest and only son of Lian […]

Most Distinguished Awardee

Eliezer “BOY” Billanes

2009

“Karaniwang tao man ako, ninais kong magsilbi sa mamayan lalo na sa mga inaapi. Dahil sa imperyalismo,sa anyo ng dambuhalang pagmimina katulad ng Xstrata-SMI-Indopil at iba pang dambuha- lang kumpanya, pinapatay hindi lang ang ating lupa, ngunit pati ang kultura, buhay at kinabukasan ng ating mga anak. Ang terorismo ng estado, militarisasyon at sistematikong pagbulusok […]