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ABSG Wins Smart Communication's Tipid-Sulit Idol Search

Dear ABSG Friends,

We are happy to inform you that our advocacy to flood Mindanao with books has finally won its first national award -- Smart's Talk 'N Text Tipid-Sulit Idol Search. Please find time to read the press release on this wonderful development.You can also check out the pictures of the awards rites posted in my Facebook Wall. We would have not done it without your support. Please continue to help us by passing this message to friends and relatives and by encouraging them to join our cause. Many thanks to you all!

Armand Dean Nocum

August 4, 2010

Former Newsman Who Started “Books-4-Guns” Advocacy
Wins Smart’s Tipid-Sulit Idol Search

A former newsman who built a library to help fight terrorism in Mindanao was among the 2010 winners of Smart telecommunication’s Tipid-Sulit Idol Search, a program that aims to support groups and individuals who take it upon themselves to help their communities.
The A-Book-Saya Group (ABSG), which was started by former Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter Armand Dean Nocum and his Muslim wife Annora, won in the “community group idol” category of Smart’s Talk ‘N Text Tipid-Sulit Idol Search.
Nocum, who embarked on the advocacy to “flood Mindanao with books” after leaving the media profession in 2007, thanked Smart and his colleagues in media for supporting the advocacy.
“I could not have built my library, received used computers and obtained tens of thousands of books where it not for my colleagues in media who brought the plight of Abu Sayyaf Group child soldiers/warriors to the people,” Nocum said during the awarding ceremony led by Perry Bayani, head of marketing of Smart’s Talk ‘N Text group at the Ynares Stadium last Sunday.
Since its opening in April 2009, ABSG’s Kristiyano-Islam (Kris) Peace Library in Manicahan, Zamboanga City has recorded about 50,000 visits from students and their parents and teachers who read, do research, borrow books or avail of the free use of computers.
Thus far, ABSG has given out tens and thousands of books, textbooks and magazines to poor children; put 67 scholars to school; provided basic computer literacy program to thousands of children and their parents; and held basic reading sessions daily to help poor learners read.
ABSG’s “Books-4-Guns” advocacy is aimed at helping poor Christian and Muslim children living in known lairs of terrorist and rebel groups see that there is a better and peaceful life outside the barrel of a gun.
The Christian-Muslim couple are hoping to entice poor Mindanao children to become professionals and not to carry on the life of terrorism, rebellion and criminality led by their parents and kin.
“One more doctor, engineer, teacher, nurse or call-center agent is one less bomber and kidnapper coming from suspected unstable and strife-torn communities in Mindanao,” Nocum said.
The Talk ‘N Text Tipid-Sulit Idol project aims to support advocacies of 10 individuals and groups who exemplify the telecommunication company’s values of hardwork, ingenuity and perseverance in using limited resources to improve the lives of their families and communities.
Winners for the individual category were Vilma Bonifacio, Ana Maria Bacudio, Rosaria Decasa, Jovito Uy and Leonarda Dicdican. Apart from A-Book-Saya Group, the other group winners are Kumpas Kapatiran Upang Maglingkod sa Bayan, Damayan Barangay Tangos Inc. and Kadbayan MPC. There were 3,000 individuals and groups nominated for the Tipid-Sulit Idol Search.
Individual winner received trophies and P100,000 for their advocacy works; while group winners received trophies and P200,000 to finance their community work.
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