Catalyst Launched for Social Change

Be the start. Lead the change.

This is what Cat@lyst, a Tattoo-branded corporate social responsibility initiative in partnership with the Global Shapers Manila Hub, envisions today’s youth to do – cause a chain reaction of positive action to make a difference in society using modern technology.

Tattoo, the most reliable mobile broadband powered by Globe, takes the advocacy of Global Shapers to bring the Cat@lyst vision to life. The Global Shapers Manila Hub is composed of young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society. It is part of the Global Shapers community, a global program of the World Economic Forum.

For its first project, Cat@lyst seeks to harness creativity, energy and social media through a youth challenge with the Global Shapers acting as mentors. Some of the Global Shapers are Tattoo ambassador Bianca Gonzalez; Save Philippine Seas co-founder Anna Oposa; San Vicente, Palawan Mayor Pie Alvarez; doctor and researcher on neglected tropical diseases, Harvy Liwanag; and Mano Amiga Academy co-founder Lynn Pinugu.

Both Tattoo and the Global Shapers are working hand-in-hand to encourage the youth to make concrete and feasible solutions to the problems of their communities such as air pollution, traffic enforcement, crime prevention, among others.

“We are looking for a realistic solution that has an ICT component and has the potential to be replicated in other communities. We need young people who have a genuine desire to help,” said Dong Ronquillo, Head of Tattoo Nomadic Broadband Business.

Bianca Gonzalez, one of the most active members of Global Shapers Manila Hub and a Tattoo ambassador, said: “We have a lot of exceptional young people who can act as a catalyst toward social and economic change. So together with Globe, we want to harness their capabilities with the help of ICT and social media to come up with realistic solutions to real community problems.”

Filipino citizens, aged 18-30, can submit a proposal via a one-minute video entry from May 2 to 31 which meets the following criteria:

1. Innovation – demonstrates creativity and originality
2. Implementation Feasibility – proposal should be executable in the given timeline and proponents should demonstrate capability to mobilize stakeholders involved
3. Impact – provides a long-lasting solution to an existing social problem

Application forms may be downloaded from the Globe Cat@lyst website and from the entries, 15 will be shortlisted. Five winners will then be chosen in June and will be awarded a P200,000 cash grant for program development, mentorship, and ICT support.

Believe in change. Fuel your Innovation. Join the Cat@lyst Revolution.


For more information, pls. contact:
Ms. Yoly C. Crisanto
Head, Corporate Communications
Tel. No. 7302627
Fax No. 7393075
Email Address:

Art Therapy Workshop for Cateel Typhoon Victims

Pens of Hope in Davao partners with Help Cateel Movement and Davao Bloggers Society to organize an art therapy workshop for 50 eleven-year-old children on June 8 and 9, 2013 in Cateel Central Elementary School, Cateel, Davao Oriental. When Typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao in December 2012, these kids suffered not only from financial loss and physical pain but emotional turmoil as well. 

Olan (Help Cateel Movement president) with Cateel kids

The Concept

Using art as a medium for expression and reducing anxiety, we conceptualized this activity based on the previous art workshops conducted by Cebu's Beyond Arts Sake, Tsinelas and Bacolod's BINHI Creatives Arts and Crafts Workshop Inc.

In order to relate the participants' experience and current situation, the workshop will focus on their  understanding and connection to the environment. At the end of the activity, the kids are specifically expected to:

  • Express their stress and confusion through illustrations, colors and performance art
  • Identify doable and proactive ways on how to protect the environment

The volunteer facilitators will conduct the following workshops:

Expected Output
Basic Drawing and ColorsDan Guillano
Anj Nacorda
Pencil, oil pastelColored illustration of a favorite place in Cateel
Performance ArtPerry Lequigan-Group presentations on how to protect the environment


June 8 (Day 1)

8:00 to 8:30 amOrientation about the workshop
Getting to know activities
8:30 to 12:00 noonBasic Drawing and Colors
12:00 to 1:00 pmLunch 
1:00 to 5:00 pmPerformance Art (Part 1)

June 9 (Day 2)

8:00 to 8:30 amRecap; icebreaker
8:30 to 11:00 amPerformance Art (Part 2)
11:00 to 12:00 noonCulmination
12:00 to 1:00 pmLunch

Willing to Help?

There are three ways to help us make this activity happen. First, you may donate any of the following:
  • Oslo paper (Received a pledge from Sycil)
  • Oil pastel (As of May 7, 2013, we already have enough donors for oil pastel. Awesome!)
  • Sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Snacks (Cardava bananas and sweet potatoes are encouraged)
  • Transportation for the volunteers 

Second, you can assist the facilitators during the workshop. The volunteers will follow the itinerary below: 

June 8 (Day 1)

12:00 midnight to 6:00 amTravel to Cateel
6:00 to 8:00 amBreakfast; workshop preparation
8:00 to 5:00 pmWorkshop (Day 1)
5:00 onwardsDinner; workshop preparation

June 9 (Day 2)

8:00 to 1:00 pmWorkshop (Day 2)
1:00 to 4:00 pmVoluntourism Activity
4:00 to 10:00 pmTravel to Davao City

Transportation to and accommodation in Cateel for volunteers will be provided; however, volunteers have to pay for their own meals for two days. 

Third, share this post to your friends and family who might be interested in helping us.

Contact Information 

If you want to donate or have any comments, suggestions and questions about the activity, please send a message to or

Community Visit in Amihan, Mati, Davao Oriental

Who would have thought that the best skimmers and surfers in the Philippines, if not the world, need some educational assistance? 

Dahican beach

The Community Partner

Travelers and water sports enthusiasts love the way Amihan Skim and Surf Team members gracefully dance with the big waves of Mati, Davao Oriental. As the fruit of their rigid training, interest in sports, teamwork, self-discipline and strict no-smoking-no-alcohol policy, they have grabbed some of the awards in local and international skimming and surfing competitions. 

Amihan Team's headquarter

When they are not on their board shorts,  however, they are just ordinary kids from big fisher folk families who earn about Php 150.00 per day for the family. This straitened circumstance has resulted to more complicated problems, two of which are lack of food supply for the entire family and the parent's incapability to send their children to school. 

Where they sleep

This situation is the reason why some of the Amihan kids have decided to stay in the team's thatched headquarter along the beach. By providing surfing or skimming lessons to guests, taking care of turtles and cleaning the beach, they receive free food (from the group's income) and shelter (in their "kubo" or hammock in between posts or trees) as well as training from Kuya Jun Plaza, the founder and leader of the group. 

Pens of Hope's Plan

Although the team's positive diversion is admirable, it is sad to say that some of these kids have stopped attending formal classes. Kuya Jun doesn't favor of this as he understands the true value of education in a person's life. He wants them to finish their studies, learn how to interact with guests and be the best that they can be. 

The team's bath and comfort room

In response to this need, we (Pens of Hope in Davao) have decided to make the community our partner from this year. This May 18, we will be going back to the area for a gift giving activity with 19 Amihan students. Many of them are teenagers who have difficulty in reading, writing and speaking simple English. Most of them are teenagers who haven't finished their elementary education yet. 

Join Us!

Interested in joining this activity? Here's our itinerary: 

3:00 am - Assembly time in Victoria Plaza van terminal
3:00 - 7:00 am - Travel to Mati
7:00 - 8:30 am - Breakfast and preparation for the program
8:30 - 10:30 am - Program proper
10:30 - 2:00 noon - Beach activities; lunch
2:00 - 6:00 - Travel to Davao

Program proper will include storytelling, hygiene orientation and school supplies distribution. The storytelling activity will be facilitated by a local volunteer.

The hygiene orientation includes a short session and demonstration on how to wash hands and toothbrush properly. The hygiene kits to be used during the activity will be provided by Bobby Dela Victoria of Exal Industries Corporation and Cromwell Bacareza. We also donated some of the wash facility materials that the community will build before our 13th Big Day. 

Dahican team with POHD vols

Volunteers need to pay for their own travel (P220 one way) and meal expenses. You can also stay in Mati overnight if you want to; just let us know. 

How to Help

You can help this activity by:
  1. Donating school supplies
  2. Joining us during the distribution
  3. Sharing this blog post to your family and friends

Contact Information

If you want to donate or have any comments, suggestions and questions about the activity, please send a message to or