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Gawad Benildyano celebrates 30th year with first F2F ceremony since the pandemic

Benildeans who exemplified greatness in the arts, leadership, volunteerism, and journalism were awarded for their #ServiceBeyondBoundaries at the 30th Gawad Benildyano.

By Maxine Cheung | Friday, 27 January 2023

The Center for Student Life (CSL) commenced the 30th Gawad Benildyano with the theme “Service Beyond Boundaries” at the Design and Arts Campus (DAC) Theater today, Jan. 27. After two years of being held online, the event returned to face-to-face capacity with the same honor and splendor to recognize outstanding Benildeans for their service and contributions to the community.


Br. Edmundo Fernandez FSC opened the ceremony with a video message, recognizing and congratulating all the nominees and awardees. “More than the projects and programs that were done, I would like to commend everyone for empowering your peers and supporting movements that have made a difference in the lives of people.”


Being the first face-to-face celebration of Gawad Benildyano since the pandemic, the event was also live-streamed on CSL’s Facebook page and showcased virtual performances from the Benilde Culture and Arts Unit (BCAU). 


The nominees and winners are as follows:


Individual Awards


Outstanding Student Leader

Glian Piolo Ilagan (Winner)

Kyla Kirsten Amor

Jose Romualdo Babao

Mary Athena Gundan

Janelle Frances Ang

Aileen Abigail Chen


Outstanding Student Volunteer

Glian Piolo Ilagan (Winner)

Aileen Abigail Chen


Outstanding Student Artist

Trixia Dana Doroteo (Winner)

Earl John Marquez

Lisa Paula Corine Nones


Outstanding Student Athlete

Krizelle Therese Yadao (Winner)


Outstanding International Student

Aileen Abigail Chen (Winner)


Outstanding Campus Journalist

Dylan Kirsten Melencion (Winner)


Group Awards


Outstanding Artist Group

Coro San Benildo (Winner)

Dulaang Filipino



Outstanding Athletic Team

Women’s Taekwondo Team (Winner)

Women’s Volleyball Team


Outstanding Volunteer Group

Benilde Red Cross Youth Council (BRCYC) (Winner)

Benilde International Student Emissaries (BISE)


Outstanding Student Involvement Group

Benildean Press Corps (BPC) (Winner)

Benilde Red Cross Youth Council (BRCYC)

Benilde International Student Emissaries (BISE)


Project Awards


Outstanding Student Development Project

#WeCan2022: Pilipino Para sa Pilipinas by the Student Trainers (STRAINS) (Winner)

MaLUPets: Making Life Uplifting with Pets by Kaagapay Volunteers Group

Vaxx to the Future: Facing the Pandemic Together by Benilde Red Cross Youth Council (BRCYC)

Gay Writes: A Pride Week Special by Media Max

RECESS 2021 by the Student Trainers (STRAINS)


Outstanding Community Outreach Project

Art Kits for Art Kids by Media Max and the Benildean Scholars Association (Winner)


Special Citation Awards


Best in Presentation in Individual Category

Glian Piolo Ilagan (Winner)


Best in Presentation in Group Category

#WeCan2022: Pilipino Para sa Pilipinas by the Student Trainers (STRAINS) (Winner)


Students of BCAU, the Student Involvement Unit (SIU), and the Student Publications Unit (SPU) were also recognized via meritorious awards for their exemplary artistry, leadership, and journalistic pursuits in external competitions representing the College.


To close the program, Vice President for Lasallian Mission and Student Life, Ms. Nicky Templo Perez, remarked on a year well done amidst the transition from online to face-to-face. “You made it through another year of events and projects for your organizations–a year of adjustment from online to slowly moving back on campus and face-to-face activities; whether you are a nominee or an awardee, hold your head high and be proud that your hard work paid off.”


Gawad Benildyano, formerly known as Gawad Sinagtala, is an annual event of CSL that recognizes the excellence that Benildean students have embodied in an academic year.



Last updated: Friday, 27 January 2023