The World Youth Alliance celebrated its 17th Anniversary Ball last Saturday, where Erika Tatad was awarded the Kathryn Hoomkwap Award for Extraordinary Service in Defense of the Dignity of the Human Person. The Kathryn Hoomkwap Award celebrates a WYA member or alumnus who has contributed to the defense of human dignity in a remarkable way, including work in the areas of policy, scholarship, service, personal action, art, or creative achievement.
We honor Erika Tatad for her vision, courage, and dedication to the work of human dignity, as she serves as an inspiration to the WYA community for having established the first WYA Asia Pacific (WYAAP) office, where she served as the Regional Director for WYAAP from 2004 to 2007. Erika has made significant contributions to WYAAP Region, and continues to demonstrate the highest commitment to the defense and protection of human dignity in every aspect of her life.
From her work at WYA, and after further studies in International Business and Marketing from the University of Berkley, CA., she has gone on to embody WYA’s mission and vision in her work with the people of the Philippines, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is currently a Director in xchange, an incubator for early stage social enterprises. xchange helps local enterprises scale and reach sustainability in the shortest time possible. She works tirelessly with the underprivileged in the Philippines, so that together they can work to build stronger individuals, families, communities, and a nation that respects the talents that each person brings to bear.
She is a shining example of a WYA leader dedicated to the work of human dignity. WYA is grateful to have had a role in shaping young people who commit themselves to building a network of dedicated and passionate individuals who utilize the powerful idea of the dignity of the human person to transform policy and culture. Join us to celebrate the next awardee at the 2016 WYA ball.