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Brief History of YesPinoy Foundation
YesPinoy Foundation (YPF) arose out of the simple yearning of an Edsa baby named Jose Sixto “Dingdong” G. Dantes III to help others, especially the youth, achieve their dreams of having a better life despite poverty and powerlessness . With the support of his friends in the entertainment, business and nonprofit sectors, YPF Founder and Chairman Dingdong Dantes established the foundation last Aug. 21, 2009.
Initially, Dong (Mr. Dantes’ moniker), his friends and supporters focused on providing full college scholarships to sons and daughters of fallen Philippine Marine soldiers, since Dong is a marine reservist who is very much aware of the common soldier’s plight. In response to pressing problems, YPF’s core program, however, grew beyond giving financial aid to disadvantaged students.
At the height of Typhoon Ondoy, YPF carried out relief drives in affected communities located at Pasig City and Rizal; it launched the Oplan Restore Paaralan at public schools devastated by Ondoy and Pepeng. Last December 2010, it partnered with the DSWD in carrying out the Paskong Ligtas para sa Batang Kalye Program which sought to keep away street children from the dangers of caroling and begging along busy roads of Metro Manila by offering alternative activities to them.
During the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Edsa People Power Revolution, YPF successfully spearhead the Edsa Baby Ako campaign in its capacity as the official manager of the Youth Day Events. It held the two-day Edsa Baby Ako Symposium Trainers Training geared to instill to the youth the lessons and gains of the People Power revolution 25 years ago as well as to challenge today's generation of Edsa Babies to carry on people power in their daily lives. It organized the Pilipinas Got Bukas where almost 2,000 students from Rizal High School formed a big yellow ribbon and huge huge human banner “Ako ang Bukas” in the presence of President Benigno S. Aquino III at the school oval. In a festive celebration of youth excellence and empowerment, Edsa babies – the children and keeper of people power - showcased their bright ideas, best performances and bold initiatives in their schools and communities at the Edsa Babies Expo held at the Sky Dome SM City North Edsa.
Yesterday, an Edsa baby started YPF as a concrete expression of his personal commitment and social advocacy. Today, YPF has become the leading organization of Edsa babies and their supporters, committed to harness the immense power of the people and the youth to make a difference in building a better future for young Filipinos.