Meet the Batang Matibay 2022 winners

Batang Matibay recognizes students who exhibit “tibay” in learning, both in school and in life. Every year, nationwide nominations are called for 10 public school students from grades 5 to 6.

Bear Brand has been honoring the strength and resilience of young Filipinos since 2018 with its Batang Matibay Awards. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BEAR BRAND

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Bear Brand has been honoring the strength and resilience of the youth since 2018 with its Batang Matibay Awards in partnership with the Department of Education.

Batang Matibay recognizes students who exhibited “tibay” in learning, both in school and in life. Every year, nationwide nominations are called for 10 public school students from grades 5 to 6.

One of this year’s awardees is Jerald Pelonita from Guihulngan, Negros Oriental. Despite being born without arms, he was hailed as champion for the Division level National Art Contest. He displayed commendable skill in drawing and painting using his foot.

Cryzon Jay Ambinang belongs to the Manobo tribe who lives in a secluded area in a mountainside in North Cotabato. He walks more than two hours to get to one of DepEd’s last mile schools. Despite his own personal struggles, he excels in school and extracurricular activities, which includes being vice president of their school’s SPG.

Mark John Alayon from Roxas, Capiz is a model student whose mother is a cancer patient and his father a construction worker. Even though the everyday struggles torment his young heart, he excels in school and is consistently chosen as a homeroom officer in class. He also helps his father raise livestock, plant vegetables, and do household chores.

Batang Matibay Awards was held on 27 October at the Screening Room 1, Cinema Complex of Estancia Mall, Pasig.


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