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Good News Pilipinas Exclusive: Filipino social innovation initiative Liter of Light wins Silver in Edison Awards in New York

Filipino social innovation Liter of Light championed the Philippines on the world technology stage and won the Silver at the Edison Awards at The Capitale in New York – the first recognition for the Philippines in the prestigious technology awards.

Founder and Filipino Pride Advocate Illac Diaz led the Liter of Light team that included Board Member Ivan Shumkov and Ami Valdemoro in personally accepting the Social Innovation for Humanitarian Technology award in Gala ceremonies held today (APRIL 4 PM New York, APRIL 5 AM Manila) in New York.

Good News Pilipinas asked Illac Diaz immediately after receiving the Edison Award what it meant to him and the Liter of Light and he responded in an online interview, “It proves that humanitarian innovation from the Philippines can make a big difference in making an impact in the world.”

Diaz and Valdemoro recently wrapped up their 100-Day global solar lighting mission dubbed Voyage of Light on Japan’s Peace Boat that lit up remote communities in 19 ports of call as they circumnavigated the world from December 2018 to March 2019.

The Edison Awards team of 3000 of the world’s top senior business executives, academics, and innovation professionals selected Liter of Light as among the best in Humanitarian Technology along with United States-based social innovations SEVA Foundation for eye care (Bronze) and We Care Solar and Arrow Electronics’ solar suitcase that brought electricity to rural health centers (Gold).

Liter of Light was also featured in the Innovators Showcase of Finalists held in conjunction with the Edison Awards.

Diaz and his team are now continuing their mission while preparing to join the UNESCO International Day of Light on May 16.

Send your congratulations in the comments below for Illac Diaz and the Liter of Light team, champions of Filipino social innovation at the Edison Awards!

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