“Diwa ng Pipol Power” to recognize inspiring people-led initiatives

The recognition project Diwa ng Pipol Power will be launched during the February events commemorating the 26th anniversary of EDSA One. According to its project leaders, the Pipol Power Institute, the nationwide search for inspiring people-led undertakings hopes to enshrine people power as a potent force in the national life, beyond its expressions in the past.

Diwa ng Pipol Power will be an annual event encouraging the greatest attention to outstanding examples of enlightened citizen participation in changemaking for the common good in communities everywhere in the Philippines. Drawing from the spirit of EDSA One, Diwa ng Pipol Power hopes to inspire more Filipinos to amplify their individual and collective voices, and to use the power of engaged, collective action to create solutions that address their own urgent needs.

Instead of focusing on individuals or organizations, Diwa ng Pipol Power will recognize, affirm, and enable outstanding projects or initiatives that embody the spirit of people power—those that have mobilized groups of stakeholders, involved communities, and demonstrated the power of the collective in effecting measurable change in the direction of a democracy of equals.

There are no set categories for this recognition, following the idea that people power emerges out of the most unexpected circumstances and is demonstrated in multiple ways. However, the Pipol Power Institute hopes to recognize and learn from initiatives that express the following the types of initiatives.

  • “Philippine Eagle movements”[1] are people-led initiatives that soar out of the ordinary and encompass the large view
  • “Rice Terrace Construction” projects are people-led initiatives that consist of slow, long-term, collective effort
  • “Coral Reef Regeneration” projects are people-led initiatives that have vast linkage qualities
  • “Balanghai Transits” are people-led initiatives that involve actual physical movement that sparks or stimulates enthusiasm in other places
  • “‘OPM’ Creative Journeys” are people-led initiatives that involve the arts in transformation

Winners will be given an “enabling fund” that may be used to scale up or otherwise sustain the project being recognized. Apart from the prestigious recognition, five (5) initiatives will each receive a grant of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php100,000.00), as well as a sculpture memorializing the recognition, created by one of the Philippines’ highly-regarded sculptors. Five (5) other finalists that have made it to the shortlist will each receive a smaller enabling fund of Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php50,000.00).

The enabling funds to be given are to be raised “people power-style.” While nominations are being solicited from the public, a fundraising campaign is being conducted to broaden the program’s base of support and ensure that the recognized initiatives will not be beholden to only a small number of benefactors, but to the Filipino people.

Diwa ng Pipol Power is established as an initiative of the Pipol Power Institute in partnership with Kaya Natin, the Ateneo School of Government, the Asia Society, and the Office of Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

Nominations and enquiries

Projects and initiatives shall be considered on the basis of a nomination by a third-party individual or organization. The nomination shall be confirmed only upon the nominated group’s submission of additional documentation that will verify details stated in the nomination. The project entry to be submitted must be a recently-concluded project or an ongoing program whose positive impact can already be established and measured. A project proposal does not qualify as an entry.

To request for a nomination form and other information, please email the Diwa ng Pipol Power Secretariat at [email protected]. The deadline for submitting all nominations with their corresponding supporting documents shall be announced separately.



The Pipol Power Institute (PPI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the full realization of People Power in the national life and in the international arena. It endeavors to channel the voices and actions of the humblest of citizens. S­eeking to programmatically understand what these voices and actions are expressing to the leadership of the land, the PPI takes up the task of safeguarding and circulating the peoples’ narratives, ensuring that the spirit of People Power remains alive in communities around the Philippines through a multiplicity of means.

Niña Terol-Zialcita

Niña Terol-Zialcita is a “Communicator, Connector, idea Curator, and Changemaker” who uses the power of words and ideas to advocate causes and promote the Philippines at its best. She is ProPinoy.net’s Deputy Editor, as well as Editor-in-Chief of asianTraveler, the longest-running travel magazine in the Philippines. When she is not writing, blogging, or traveling, Niña is conducting writing workshops with Writer’s Block Philippines, hanging out at art galleries and cafés, and performing poetry with her husband, percussionist and performance artist Paul Zialcita. She is also the author of the book "[r]evolutionaries: The new generation of Filipino youth and youth organizations".