The teenager “Bangketa Teacher,” Dara Mae H. Tuazon recently became the first-ever Humanitarian Award recipient of The One Philippines (TOP).
Tuazon won the award for her great effort to be of service to a community, especially teaching young street children.
As a grand champion for her humanitarian endeavor, she earned the fabulous cash prize of P1.5 million plus a trophy. The awarding was held last May 2 at the Manila Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.
An incoming 4th-year Bachelor of Elementary Education student this school year (SY) 2018-2019 at the University of the East (UE) Manila-College of Education, Tuazon definitely would soon embark on a teaching career, following her mother’s footstep.
Mrs. Amparo H. Tuazon is a junior high school teacher and social studies coordinator at the UE Manila Basic Education Department while Tuazon’s father, Joseph, works as a project engineer. The Tuazons hail from San Fernando, Pampanga.
Fondly called “Dara” by her family, relatives and friends, the young Tuazon is the eldest child. She has two brothers: Joseph, 17, in grade 12 at the Collegio de Sebastian; and James Patrick, 16, in grade 11 at the University of Assumption. Both her brothers’ schools are located in San Fernando, Pampanga.
During Dara’s free time from UE class activities, she would purposely go to F. T. Dalupan Sr. Street (a road beside UE) where she would gather the street children to an unoccupied small space of a street sidewalk and teach them how to read and write.
She reached out to the children’s parents by conducting a good parenting seminar, in coordination with UE Manila’s Guidance and Counseling Office. And for Dara’s dental mission, in coordination with UE’s College of Dentistry, the children were given teeth cleaning and check up.
At 19, Dara is the founding president of the Bangketa Eskwela Foundation Inc. As this developed, she certainly tells to create a sustainable teaching program for the street children and be of service to more poor children in a community.
Another big break awaits Dara. As the TOP grand champion, she automatically qualifies as a semi-finalist for the 2019 The One International Humanitarian Award (TOIHA).
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Photo shows the first-ever TOP Humanitarian Award recipient Dara Mae Tuazon accepting the TOP trophy. With her in the photo are Chairman of The One Philippines Board of Trustees and Rotary International Director Rafael “Raffy” Garcia (2nd from left), Dr. David Harilela, Rotary International District 3450 Past District Governor and HK businessman and The One Philippines Founder (far right), and UE teacher Amparo Tuazon (far left), who she feels very happy with her daughter’s feat.