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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

yKalinga woman is "Most Promising Humanitarian Advocate of the Year" - SEAAA

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

Tabuk City, Kalinga – The essence of charity services is lending a hand to the needy without posting photos on social media. It is done selflessly without expecting any reward.

This is what the Southeast Asian awardee from Kalinga believes and has since been living up to the principle.

Christine Joy Ngao-i Sanchez is set to receive her accolade as “Most Promising Humanitarian Advocate of the Year” during the Formal Gala and Awards Night of 4th Southeast Asian Achievement Awards (SEAAA) slated for Sept. 30 in Manila.

The award is in recognition of her achievements to empower the Filipino people and resonate inspiration all across the Southeast Asian countries, according to SEAAA.

Sanchez has been working as a Social Insurance Officer for 16 years.

She told GURU Press Cordillera that one of the reason for her nomination to the award is in line with her line of work at Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) which requires forbearance.

“Most of our clients are, kung di sila ang maysakit, yung family nila na di lang sila financially drain[ed], karamihan pa sa kanila stressed so kailangan iba ang approach mo sa kanila, dapat my patience ka para pakitunguhan sila,” she expressed.

The Most Promising Humanitarian Advocate added that she and her friends have been extending charity services discreetly if they have extra fund and free time.

When she first learned of her award, she couldn’t believe the news and kept thinking who nominated her. It was when she received all her messages, including the one from SEAAA, that she was filled with strong sense of pride. She is grateful for the person who nominated her.

Her Southeast Asian award, she said, is dedicated to her family, friends and officemates.

Asked for her message to yKalingas, Sanchez encouraged her fellows to genuinely help in a discreet way.

“We must do our charity services in a discreet way na you don’t have to post it on social media because that’s the essence of charity services,” she underscored.

“As the bible verse 1 Corinthian 13:1 goes, “though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I [am] become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal,” she added.



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