Vilma Bonifacio

The Smart Talk N’ Text, a leading wireless service provider in the Philippines is in search for the next Efren Peñaflorida-2009 CNN hero of the year and our Vilma Bonifacio is a semi-finalist nationwide in the individual category. She has a chance to win 100,000 pesos.

When I first heard about Vilma, I was amazed of how she leads her community. Vilma is a 21 year old indigenous people (IP) village teacher in Sitio Biao, Barangay Napnapon, Palimbang Sultan Kudarat. Her initiative in teaching Manobo children started way back 2008. Last march together with her mates, they had 165 day care students.

Being the first in her community to graduate in high school, Vilma
is the community’s translator and educator. She teaches not only the
children but the whole community as well.She re- echoes all her
trainings from Pasali Phillippines Foundation( for example, Financial
Literacy, Children and Women Rights and Gender Issues  to her community. Every weekend, she  facilitates the workers of their common farm who are the parents of her students.

This is the important role of Vilma in Biao. This is why I nominated her.


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