Ashoka Philippines Announces Its Newest Fellow: Laurindo Garcia

Celebrating the induction of the newest lifetime fellow (left to right) Cristina Liamzon, Ashoka Fellow; Rico Gonzalez, Chair Ashoka Philippines; Laurindo Garcia; and, Ashwin Naik, Ashoka Global.

Celebrating the induction of the newest lifetime fellow (left to right) Cristina Liamzon, Ashoka Fellow; Rico Gonzalez, Chair Ashoka Philippines; Laurindo Garcia; and, Ashwin Naik, Ashoka Global.

On May 30, 2016, Ashoka Philippines announced its newest addition to it global fellowship of change-making social entrepreneurs: Laurindo Garcia, founder of the B-Change Group.

The induction ceremony took place in Manila at Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City where Laurindo was recognised for his technological achievements to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) youth and people living with HIV worldwide.

“Laurindo’s work combines the growing importance of social media and the digital economy with the urgent need for HIV and AIDS awareness, testing, treatment, and support. His unique ability to bring all these elements together makes him an excellent candidate for the Ashoka Global Fellowship,” remarked Terri Jayme-Mora, Ashoka Philippines’ Country Manager. “This kind of work is really necessary, especially in the Philippines, where the World Health Organization says we have one of the world’s fastest growing HIV epidemics.  We at Ashoka are determined to promote Laurindo’s work, both at the local and global level.”

Find out more about Laurindo's work and Ashoka Philippines from the official statement released on May 30.

The ceremony is the latest in a series of efforts by Ashoka Philippines to build a global network of change makers whose ideas transform societies for the better.

First established in 2013, Ashoka Philippines has been as a catalyst for social entrepreneurship across the country. A global organization, Ashoka Philippines identifies Filipinos whose ideas offer systemic solutions to some of the world’s most imperative issues and awards them with lifetime fellowships to support their initiatives. These leaders are then connected to the international Ashoka network, consisting of over 3,000 fellows from 80 countries, who have developed unique and groundbreaking innovations to address global concerns.