2022 Rotary Humanitarian Award Theater Artist

Caveat recently felt humbly super proud and thrilled to know that one of our former workshop members long, long ago at Balintataw Film and Theater Arts (BAFTA), Mr. Edward Agdeppa, was recently shortlisted in Rotary Club International’s search for “The One”. International Humanitarian Award 2022.”

An Ilocano from Ilocos Sur, I told him that the landslide victory of BBM-SARA UniTeam may have rubbed off on him, but he was extremely polite and shy in saying not to politicize or color the most turbulent phase of his life. Edward is an avowed defender of the “rainbow”. This puts our subtext to rest.

Edward Agdeppa, shortlisted for the 2022 Rotary Club International Humanitarian Award.

The shortlist was officially revealed by Mrs. Liza Elorde, Governor of Rotary International District 3810 RY 2019-2020, who nominated him in order to honor an individual whose extraordinary public service exemplifies Rotary’s ideal of ” SERVICE ABOVE SELF”.

Edward was selected from 14 applicants out of 37 entries, out of which five finalists will be selected to compete for “The One Philippines 2022” award. This is really a big deal for Edward. Among the 14 shortlisted candidates, five finalists will be selected; they will compete for “The One Philippines 2022”.

Liza Elorde, former governor of Rotary International District 3810

Liza Elorde, former governor of Rotary International District 3810

Selection will be made by a panel of non-Rotarians who are highly regarded in their respective fields.

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A total prize of 1.5 million pula will go to the declared humanitarian efforts of the winning contestant. The top three winners can qualify to compete for the “One International Humanitarian Award 2023” and win additional prizes ranging from US$50,000 to US$100,000.

The winner of the top five Filipino finalists will receive a cash reward of P50,000 for service projects from the nominating club. If the nominee wins the international award, the nominating organization will be entitled to an additional award of US$5,000 for their ongoing projects.

To this, Agdeppa is grateful for the preselection which for him is more than recognition. It keeps its fingers crossed and continues to improve its own teaching strategy for marginalized young learners in its pilot non-formal learning center for vulnerable children to keep pace with the rapidly changing digital transformation of education.

Recalling, he was doubly grateful to have joined the BAFTA company whose co-artistic directors are Marcelino Cavestany, PhD., and yes, Caveat. Our territory was at the Parks and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), Quezon City, but we moved to another location years later.

It was under the aegis of the Unesco Philippine Center for the International Theater Institute under the direction of its Executive Director and Grand Dame of Philippine Theater Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, founder of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA ), and the youngest to receive the Ramon Magsaysay (RM) award. for communication and public service.

Cécile has her teaching pedagogy called DREAMS (Development, Rehabilitation, Education, in the Arts, by the Media and the Sciences) offered free of charge to teach PWD, street children, young children who are disadvantaged academically and socially. ; while BAFTA, among others, has a domain on creative theater as a teaching tool.

Edward, a retired curriculum systems analyst and mathematician by profession, eventually founded “I-Volunteer for Filipino Children” (IVFC) and established his own pilot non-formal reading and math learning center to supplement his remedial and intervention courses in poor communities in North Fairview.

Over the years, Edward’s personalized teaching pedagogy, both in-person and online, has multiplied in some disadvantaged areas of Pag-asa, Quezon City, Rodriguez, Rizal, Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

Offered free of charge, its initiative has been updated with the participation of like-minded humanitarians, for example; LGUs down to barangay level, parents, teachers and teaching assistants, social workers, psychologists, internship students, etc.

In the end, his initiative has largely borne fruit, as evidenced by the prizes won by his students locally and abroad. Last year, three of his students representing IVFC respectively won the gold prize at the Big Bay Bei (BBB) ​​Heat Round; the DOST Youth Excellence in Science Awards (Yes); and the Ad Achievement Awards.

This year, his students have won at least three Gold Awards organized by Future Intelligence Students Olympiad International, among others; Kangaroo Mathematics International Preliminary Competition; 2nd top national scorer in the Math-Inic National Vedic Math Challenge; and another Int’l. PUTNAM Cup Champion Award which is actually equivalent to Gold.

Additional sets of five Silver Awards have been won by his students, including: Philippine International Mathematical Olympiad, Heat Round Silver; Mathematics Without Borders, Silver Spring; Silver Final of the Olympiad of Future Intelligence Students; Maths Without Borders Winter Money; and Silver Award- Level Line Word Star Mathematical Olympiad Challenge-Philippines (WSMOC). A student won a bronze medal in the final of the Bebras final challenge.

Edward Agdeppa’s YouTube link is at: https://youtu.be/BAd464FmqQ-c.

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