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Written by Sam Tamayo, Makesense Ambassador

Makesense’s Youth 4 Sustainable Cities program has equipped its ambassadors with the fundamentals of how to organize and move communities. Empowered to be at the forefront of relevant issues, the youth ambassadors are ready to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. Meet Y4SC ambassadors of Manila, who have been actively mobilizing solutions to help both frontliners and vulnerable individuals and groups. 

Cris Hate

As an engineer and researcher at the Technological Institute of the Philippines, Cris utilized his technical knowledge in developing tools and protective gears for frontliners. Particularly, he is working on designing ventilators and sanitation tents to address the shortage of medical equipment.

To speed up the production and FDA approval, Cris and his team are in touch with local and internal health experts and institutions, tech startups, and NGOs. Fueled by his advocacy to leverage technology to serve communities, Cris calls on for #SocialSolidarity to inspire everyone to put his or her skills to use and contribute to make an impact. 

Michie Reyes

A third-year medical student at Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, Michie knew that acting during this crisis was something very close to her heart. As the president of Asian Medical Students’ Association FEU-NRMF, she spearheaded the formation of Luzon Crisis Assistance Team which sought to distribute PPEs and medical suppliers to hospitals.

By collaborating with WearForward and the alumni of FEU-NRMF, she is optimistic that they will be able to provide health workers with the appropriate resources. Interested individuals can participate in this endeavor by promoting and donating to WearForward and getting in touch with her to offer help in whatever way you can. 

Princess Marcos

A proud Bulakenya and an advocate of agriculture, Princess led Iyong Tanglaw Foundation in acquiring and distributing relief goods to different communities and organizations in her hometown, Paombong, Bulacan. Despite limited funds, Iyong Tanglaw Foundation was able to turn over 15 kilos of goods to AGREA’s community kitchen for frontliners. She believes that partnerships are essential for success, and thus has collaborated closely with numerous groups such as Project SMILE, Siglas Bahaghari, and WearForward to name a few.

To those who would like to support Iyong Tanglaw Foundation, you may check out their social media accounts to donate and connect with them. 

Sam Tamayo

As a business graduate from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Sam has felt strongly about her moral obligation to serve the people. Hence, in 2018, she founded Project SMILE – a youth-led non-profit organization whose main advocacy is to uplift the lives of underprivileged and neglected Filipinos, one act of kindness at a time. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Project SMILE has launched #OperationBayanihan to support both frontliners and the marginalized. 

To date, Project SMILE has helped more than 3,000 individuals across the Philippines and has distributed 3,100 non-medical face masks, 1,000 surgical gloves, 300 meals, 200 face shields, 2 swab shields, and 2 aerosol boxes for our frontliners.

For those who would like to donate to #OperationBayanihan, you can go to donation.ph/projectsmile or add a voucher to your carts in shopee.ph/projectsmile.

Shawntel Nieto

Shawntel has been involved in the social innovation space since 2015 when she and her friends entered the Hult Prize. From then on, she never looked back. Harnessing on her experience of running a social enterprise, she started an initiative with her family to provide 1,000 people living in Cainta with food and relief every day. To accomplish this, she worked closely with more than 70 individual donors, 20 companies, 7 non-profits, 3 restaurants to gather the means to procure, create, and distribute relief kits to communities on a daily basis. 

For those who would like to collaborate or donate to Shawntel’s cause, below are their accounts:

BPI | Shawntel Nicole Nieto | 3549604829
Chinabank | Michael Nieto | 2910494717
Metrobank | Michael Joseph Nieto | 0933093295332


Thank you, Manila ambassadors! You’ve shown that even in isolation, we are #ConfinedButUnited. What about you? Looking for ways that you can help? Glad you asked – we’re looking for volunteers who can give 1 hour a day to support frontliners, communities, and those who need mental health support!

The best part? You can do it all from home. Click here to learn how you can start making impact today.