Category: YOGHI (Youth Organization that Gives Hope and Inspiration)

Want to have a free YOGHI Manga?

Then head on to the 2009 Anime Overload Festival.

On November 8, Sunday, YOGHI (Youth Organization that Gives Hope and Inspiration) will participate on the Anime Overload Festival 2009 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex.

We will be giving away free copies of YOGHI Manga to everyone who will participate in the event. 

Get a chance to know the organization and its advocacies and find out how you can help. 

There will also be a meet and greet opportunity with the cool artists and the Palanca award winning writer behind the Manga and you can even have your own copy signed by them.

The YOGHI Manga is the project entry of YOGHI in the recent Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Year 7. The organization was among the ten youth organizations awarded with the recognition this year. 

The TAYO Year 7 was made possible by the National Youth Commission, TAYO Foundation and the Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan and presented by the Coca-Cola Foundation. 

For more Information about the YOGHI Manga check out the following links:

YOGHI Manga Launch


Ever remember the feeling when you are watching one of those game shows.  The one where the contestant is at the final round and about to win the grand prize and you are on the edge of your seat while watching it on television. Or when it is the finals on one of those beauty pageants or reality shows you follow every night. Where your heart beats fast as the hosts announces the winner. 

That is probably how YOGHI felt during the awards night of TAYO or Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations. Only, it wasn’t something they were watching on television. They were actually part of it.

Last Wednesday, October 28, members of YOGHI, representatives from Batis Center for Women, Batis-AWARE (Association of Women in Action for Rights and Empowerment) and Miss Bernadette Neri, the writer of the YOGHI Manga, attended the 7th TAYO awards night at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati. 

TAYO Backgrounder

The TAYO award is given to recognize youth organizations across the Philippines which, through their projects, have helped their communities. This award opts to encourage the young people to get out of their comfort zones and take part in society by making a positive difference through innovative initiatives.

Launched in 2002, TAYO was made possible through the initiative of Senator Kiko Pangilinan along with the National Youth Commission and the TAYO Foundation. This year the award was presented by the Coca-Cola Foundation. 

Organizations are judged on the basis of the following: Impact of Project Entry on Stakeholders; Harnessing the Spirit of Volunteerism and Citizenship; Creativity and Innovation; Sustainability and Effective Use of Resources. 

This year the panel of Judges included Senator Kiko Pangilinan, TV Host Boy Abunda, TAYO Awards Foundation President Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, young entrepreneur Crystal Henares Belo and National Youth Commisson Chairman and CEO Richard Nalupta among others.

All organizations, clubs, societies, groups, the Sanggunian Kabataan, or even barkadas can join the search as long as the membership and leadership are composed of at least fifteen (15) members who are 15 to 30 years old. 

This year is the seventh year of this prestigious recognition given to youth organizations. Twenty organizations made it to the finals of the TAYO 7. All of them were billeted at the SEAMEO-Innotech along the Commonwealth area for the whole 
TAYO week. 

The TAYO 7 Awardees

After a short audio-visual presentation of the TAYO week the lights dimmed and actress KC Concepcion ascended the stairs into the stage to announce the ten organizations that made it in the 
list of TAYO. 

To the surprise of its members, the Youth Organization that Gives Hope and Inspiration was the first one to be called to the stage with the project entry the YOGHI Manga. 

The YOGHI Manga is a comic book that tells of the experiences of Japanese-Filipino children through three stories. 

The stories tell of the issues of discrimination and prejudice, right to informed choice, right to choose the nationality, right to participate in issues concerning the youth, the right to recognition of the Japanese fathers and the right to cultural heritage.

This recognition according to YOGHI is not theirs alone but also to all the Japanese-Filipino children and to other children of migrants like them.

Other winners include the following:


Mu Sigma Phi Sorority from UP Manila

Muntinlupa Junior Rescue Team from Muntinlupa. 


Guesset National High School Science Club from La Union

Earnest Support for Underprivileged Children 
(E-SUCH) Charity Association, Inc. from Bulacan

Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Kabataang Baltak 
(SMM KABALTAK) from Atimonan, Quezon

Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) from Camarines Sur


Iloilo Prima Galaw Productions from Iloilo

Sanguniang Kabataan Passi City Federation from Iloilo


El Consejo Atenista from Ateneo de Zamboanga

The winners received a golden trophy by Toym de Leon Imao, as well as a 50,000 Peso cash prize. However, the other ten finalists were also awarded with a silver trophy. 

Among the finalists of the TAYO 7 included the following: 


University of Luzon-Students in Free Enterprise from Pangasinan


Tsinelas Group of Campus Volunteers from Cebu City

Special Education Students Association from Iloilo City

Pag-Asa Youth Association from Cebu


Kulasihan Young Achievers Inc. from Bukidnon

Dire Husi Initiative Organization from Cagayan de Oro City

Students in Free Enterprise-Mindanao State University from General Santos City

Pongolel 4H Club from Saranggani Province


Student in Free Enterprise-St. Paul University from Quezon City 

University of the Philippines-
Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants from Quezon City

The Message of the TAYO  7 Finalists

At the end of the program, the TAYO 7 finalists left a message to all the youth of today. In unison the twenty youth organizations pledge to continue to participate in societal concerns and to break the rampant indifference attached to the youth of today. 

Proving that the youth are not passive bystanders but active participants in society, the finalists reiterated their belief that the youth should be one with the struggles of the marginalized and oppressed.


In unison they said “we are the youth of today, and we shall continue to be great sons and daughters of this country.”
Stories usually tell us of adventures, it starts with the introduction of characters that we get to love or hate, and always ends with a lesson to learn.

Usually, in some stories, fictional it may be, the characters springs to life in our imagination. Others still, we end up identifying with.

Some stories inspire lives, however, some stories are inspired by real life, and this is the tale behind the YOGHI Manga.

The Manga weaved together the different experiences of Japanese-Filipino children who grew up in the Philippines.

Three lives that tell of the journey on searching for identity, gaining of recognition, standing up against discrimination and promoting the rights of Japanese-Filipino children (JFC).

Three stories on growing up that serves as the voice on how it is to be as a JFC.

The story started with Yuki, a school-age child who has to deal with discrimination and questions on his identity. A slice of his life is shown through his adventures on his first day in a new school. This story is a witness on how Yuki, eventually come to terms with his unique identity, of course with help from a mysterious friend.

The story then moves to Naomi, a college student, and her contemplations on the issue of acquiring Japanese nationality as she returns to her home province. With series of flashbacks to her past and daydreams of what her future may be, Naomi seems to be caught in between. Will she be able to move on and decide in the end?

The final story revolves around the experiences of Yoshi as a factory worker in Japan. Here, Yoshi relates through a letter his hilarious encounters and the stark realities he experienced as a Japanese-Filipino in the land of his father.

The YOGHI Manga was formulated with a series of group sharing among the members of Batis Youth Organization that Gives Hope and Inspiration (YOGHI), a lead organization of Japanese-Filipino children based in the Philippines. With its first year as an autonomous organization of and by JFCs, YOGHI hopes that this Manga could effectively voice out the issues faced by them and inspire action from those who will read it.

The Manga was written by Philippine Palanca awardee, Bernadette Neri. Artists include UP College of Fine Arts Graduate John Paul Clemente, Technological University of the Philippines Engineering student Wilvic Cañas and Manga enthusiast Joseph Bautista.

If you wish to get copies of the YOGHI Manga, you can get in touch with Batis-YOGHI through email at, your donations for the support of the organization’s advocacies will be of great help.

Also, you can get in touch through our website at and visit our YouTube site at or add us on Friendster at

“…because of this
I have valued
more my role as
a youth, a youth
who serves the
people and works
for social change,
liberation and justice”

Hiroshima Peace park
On this photo (L-R):
Murell Kumano, Emu (JFY Foundation Japan),
Miyukie Atsuchi, Mikas Matsuzawa,
Christine Azuma

It was the 26th of March and the sun was not yet out. It was a day different from any other, I was expecting the sun to greet us a safe journey as we board the plane. However, even though it was past daybreak the clouds got in the way and hid the rays I long for. I along with four other young Japanese-Filipinos fastened our seat belts. I knew that it would be the beginning of a new journey for us.

We boarded the plane, Miyukie Atsuchi, Takeyoshi Tomita, Cristine Azuma, Murell Kumano and me, along with our chaperones Miss Gamay Solis from Assumption Missionaries Association (AMA) and Andrea Anolin of Batis Center for Women, each one with their own expectations.

Batis Center for Women is the partner of the Japanese-Filipino Youth (JFY) Committee in Kasai Church which raised the funds for our 11-day study tour. The idea of the trip materialized when the JFYs in Japan noticed how they were able to experience the Filipino culture when there are JFYs who grew in the Philippines who have no chance to see with their eyes their fathers’ culture. With the help of a charity concert by Jose Mari Chan and his family along with the Philippine Embassy in Japan the trip was finally made possible.

After five hours on the plane, we already reached Narita airport, there the sun welcomed us at last, and I knew then that this shall be a meaningful trip. We stayed eleven days in Japan and had a really strict itinerary. It was fun that we were able to have a taste of the Japanese culture and lifestyle both in the fast-paced city life and the sanctity of its traditional life. But the real experience is with the integration in the JFY family or the home stay. There we saw how the JFYs and their family live and how they go on everyday. Everyone was just so kind to us. Even though we felt foreign in the land of our fathers they made us feel just right at home.

However, what struck me most on this trip is Hiroshima. It was a lesson indeed, a lesson that tells us to learn from the past however, people seem to forget that lesson. I saw at the Hiroshima Peace Museum how savage war could be and how it is used by the powerful few to serve their own interest, even if it costs the lives of many innocent men, women and children.

Remnants of a wrecked building

due to Hiroshima bombing

This made me appreciate more the value of life and the reason why I should live it to the fullest. I knew my role as a Filipino-Japanese youth and how I should give importance to the freedom that our ancestors worked hard for. I know that I should work also to keep this freedom not only for the current generation but for the future generations as well.

I realized the relevance of the final lines we said in the play we presented. Indeed, we are the young Japanese-Filipinos, we are unique individuals, raised in a family filled with love and care and we want to be great examples of a strong and determined generation.

The fast-paced Japanese lifestyle taught me to see things in both of its sides. I was harassed, rushed, awed, humbled, silenced and strengthened by this trip. I learned a lot from this study tour and now I value more the importance of self-assessment and self-reflection. And because of this I have valued more my role as a youth, a youth who serves the people and works for social change, liberation and justice. It is one thing when we learn from our experience but it is a greater thing to take action and use this learning for the better.

Crane origami made by a girl who got sick and
died due to the radiation of the atomic bomb.

As one famous Filipino said, the youth are the hope of the nation. We shall continue to be so by collectively working to serve the people and learning from the lessons of the past.