The canonization of Mother Teresa on September 4, 2016 puts the spotlight back on modern day saints as the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award (BTCA) opens its search for these selfless individuals.
JCI Manila and AY Foundation launches the 29th Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Awards, one of the country’s most prestigious humanitarian award giving body in a press conference among business, good news, broadcast media and bloggers, held at Hexagon Lounge of RCBC Makati, April 19, 2016.
The event highlights Mother Teresa’s “Road to Sainthood” and her compassion that goes beyond the borders of age, gender, nationality, and religion.
1979 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and known as the “Living Saint”, Blessed Teresa’s name is synonymous to compassion and her life’s works of service to the poor has inspired many to follow the same path. It was in this context that the BTCA was formed in 1983 between the Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco (AY) Foundation, Inc. and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila to celebrate these individuals who have given back to the community through their own social causes that benefit the marginalized members of society.
BTCA’s mission is to encourage the public to focus on the importance of helping others by recognizing individuals who have dedicated a significant part of their lives by serving the “poorest of the poor” just like Blessed Teresa. The winner is set to receive a grant worth Php 1,500,000.00 in cash and in kind.
“In honor of this historic event and through the rich generosity of our benefactors who also share our mission of providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change, the grant for this year is at a record high,” says Gio Valencia, 2016 Chairman of the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award.
Nominations are open to any living individual, regardless of age, gender, race, nationality and religion, who has dedicated his/herself fully and selflessly to humanitarian work among underprivileged Filipinos for at least 25 years. In addition, nominees will be likened to the degree in which they follow the example of Blessed Teresa, both in integrity and in the simplicity of their lifestyle.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award encourages everyone to nominate exemplary individuals by filling up the nomination form on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BTCAward). Only completed nomination forms shall be accepted. Full list of rules and regulations can also be found at the back of the nomination form.
Deadline of nomination forms is July 9, 2016.