May 09, 2024

Filipino Student Wins Regional Ingenious+ Youth Innovation Challenge for Environmental Project “Paia”

Filipino-Canadian student Lucas Sugui III with BC Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin after the awarding ceremony.  Lucas Sugui receives his Award Certificate for his innovation project, "Paia," in Victoria, British Columbia. (Photos by Julie Ann Sugui)

Vancouver, 07 May 2024 – Filipino-Canadian Lucas Sugui III, a Grade 11 student of Killarney Secondary School, was one of the winners in the Regional Ingenious+ Youth Innovation Challenge for his innovation project, "Paia," under the climate change and environment category, which now qualified him to participate in the national competition taking place this month.

“Paia,” co-founded by Lucas and Wynn Ho, empowers individuals to report dirty streets and public places, using a website they developed, while also providing a platform for them to notify when clean-ups have been conducted.

On 01 May 2024, the undersigned received Lucas, together with his mother, at the Consulate and commended him for his innovative spirit and dedication to environmental causes. Lucas shared that he wants to encourage others to take action and make a positive difference in our environment.

The Ingenious+ Youth Innovation Challenge, organized by the Rideau Hall Foundation, offers youth aged 14 to 18 the opportunity to innovate and share their strategies to address problems at home, across Canada, and around the world. The competition encourages innovation, whether through enhancing existing products, services, or processes, or creating entirely new solutions to address societal issues. END

Consul General Arlene Magno and Consul Analyn Ratonel with Filipino-Canadian student Lucas Sugui III during the latter’s call at the Consulate. (Photo by Vancouver PCG)

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