The Search for the Happiest Pinoy, a project of the Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS), is a nationwide campaign that aims to rekindle the values of optimism, resilience and hope in Filipinos amidst the global economic crisis. CLIS highlights the positive things that come with obtaining quality and affordable insurance security, peace of mind and ultimately, happiness.
The search aims to find the happiest Pinoy who has:
1. an optimistic outlook in life
2. a cheerful disposition
3. a proven ability to rise above life’s challenges
4. a positive impact in the lives of others
Keeps his passion to serve despite having lost and being ridiculed when he ran for SK Chair position.
Youth Leader, Surigao People’s Initiative Development Association (SNPDIDA), an assisted project of the World Vision Philippines.
Philippine Representative, United Nations General Assembly on the Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction in New York, USA.
Listed as one of the Ten (10) Inspiring People in 2011 by Manila Bulletin
GILDA FORTUNATA G. ALTEZ
52, Marriage and Family Counselor, Manila
Strived hard to start her own on-line free counseling.
Advocates for the restoration of broken marriages, families and homes and for improving relationships.
Initiated and supported various outreach projects for indigents and victims of calamities.
President / CEO, World Letters Assurance Society Inc., Founder and Manager Director, A Voice in the Storm Counseling Advocacy.
ROMMEL E. ARELLANO
35, Employee, Bataan
Experienced various discrimination during his school days and in getting employment.
His condition is his personal crusade to inspire and counsel people who are losing hope in life.
Speaker/resource person/lecturer on leadership, values education, team building, stress management, etc.
President of Persons with Disability (PWD) Organization in his community.
CONNIE A. EMBORONG
33, Peace Coordinator, Lanao del Norte
Peace Education Coordinator promoting the happy co-existence between Muslims and Christians in Lanao.
Recipient of various national and international grants on peace building.
Philippine delegate to international fora on promoting culture of peace and on non-violent communication.
Resource speaker and curriculum writer on peace education, gender development and children’s rights
MARCELO T. OTINGUEY
40, Teacher, Benguet
Initiated literacy and cultural campaigns, organized donation drives for indigent communities.
TESDA and DOLE Skills community- based training coordinator and facilitator.
2000 Regional Representative to the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program.
Recipient, 2005 Lingkod Bayan/ Presidential Award from the Civil Service Commission.
JOHN GABRIEL P. PELIAS
20, College Instructor, Quezon City
Graduated Valedictorian in High School and Summa cum laude with the degree BS Mathematics from University of the Phillipines in Diliman (UP-Diliman).
Highest General Weighted Average (GWA) in the history of UP Diliman after the World War II – 1.016 GWA.
Chose to stay as an instructor in UP Diliman despite lucrative job offers from various companies.
Listed as one of the Ten (10) Inspiring People in 2011 by Manila Bulletin.
GERALD D. RAYMUNDO
45, Entrepreneur, Pasig City
Motivational speaker and lecturer on livelihood and leadership for the physically-challenged.
Featured in Bo Sanchez’s book, 40 Stories of Passion.
Director, Leonard Chesire Disability- Philippine Foundation, Inc (a UK-funded organization).
President/ CEO, Raymundo’s Trophies and Sculptures.
CONCEPCION T. TABABA
57, Teacher, Iloilo
Introduced the BAOL (Barangay Aid on Literacy) program or community mobile library.
Institutionalized non- formal learning through nine (9) Community Learning Centers in Tubungan.
Recipient, 2008 Most Outstanding District Alternative Learning School (ALS) Coordinator of the Philippines Award.
Honoree, , 2011 Bato Balani Foundation and Diwa Learning’s “The Many Faces of the Teacher”.
REBECCA O. TIU SONCO
65, Entrepreneur, Eastern Samar
President, Girls Scouts of the Philippines Local Board.
President, Rotary Club of Borongan and Paul Harris Fellow, the Rotary Foundation.
Recipient, 1999 Outstanding Rotarian President for Zone II-A.
Recipient, 2007 National “Ulirang Ina” Award.
LEONARDO D. VILLANUEVA
40, Utility Worker, Malabon City
Lost his mother after she gave birth to his sister at age 7.
Didn’t finish high school because he had to help his father for their daily subsistence.
Worked as a car wash boy and employed as janitor in Tinajeros Elementary School since 1988.
Received various recognition for his service from Tinajeros Elementary School.