Calapan (Philippines). On 3 May 2024 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Sister Ailyn Cayanan, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, Technical Director of the Mary Help of Christians School of Calapan City, Mindoro, Province of St. Mary D. Mazzarello (FIL) received the BELLA 2024 Award for Asia as an entrepreneur in the field of agricultural education, awarded by the Asia Committee on Small Business (ACSB).

The Awards BELLA – BELLA stands for Business Excellence in Lady-Led Agri-enterprise -celebrate the achievements and contribution of women who take significant steps in the promotion of sustainability, according to the criteria of: people, planet, and well-being (people, planet, Prosperity). The Asia Committee on Small Business (ACSB) is a respected organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable growth of small and medium-sized enterprises throughout Asia, with a focus on agriculture, women, and technological enterprises, enabling them to distinguish themselves globally.

Award-winning women not only demonstrate dedication to sustainable practices, they also demonstrate leadership and innovation in driving positive change. The BELLA Awards thus serve as a platform to inspire and empower more women to assume leadership roles in the agricultural sector, thus fostering a more sustainable future for all.

After a careful evaluation of all the candidates of the fifteen member countries of the ACSB, the results, dedication, and contributions of Sister Ailyn P. Cayanan stood out as a testimony of her commitment to excellence, innovation, and passion in the field of educational agriculture.

Mary Help of Christians School of Calapan City, Mindoro, is an agricultural school engaged in the education of young people, especially indigenous peoples and the poorest. The aim of the School is to transmit skills and agricultural training based on technology, to support and invigorate their families.

Over the years, the School’s dedication to this mission has produced qualified, technologically competitive, scientifically trained graduates and enterprising young adults in their respective communities. The curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in agriculture, making them suitable for the successful employment and management of their farms. The School offers short courses lasting from several months to two years, with an average of 600 students per course.

The School has twelve agricultural qualifications registered with the Technical Education and Development Authority, accredited by the Department of Agriculture, the Philippines Agricultural Good Practices, the Department of Tourism, and the Philippines Organic Certification Center. It also collaborates with the University of the Philippines under the Farmer Scientists Training Program and with PhilRice for the production of cereals, in particular for the specialization in rice.

To Sister Ailyn Cayanan, the wish to continue in her service with the same dedication and passion, to support the young people of the area towards an ever more fruitful future, contributing to the well-being and edification of their families and society.


  1. Sr. Ailyn we are proud of you. Congratulations! God be praised and may he be glorified in our congregation through you dear Sister.

  2. Great job Sr. Ailyn! God bless your good work for the young who are poor. We are proud of you and our work with the poor young people….

  3. Thank you Sr Merlinda for the appreciation. Things will not be possible if not for the support of our dear sisters and teachers in our community. The Lord is so good in His providential love that He sustains and send so many instruments to His channel of good news.

  4. We are proud of you, Sr. Ailyn! Keep up the good work and help more young people with your skills and unselfish dedication. All for God’s glory!

    Much love and prayers,
    Your Sisters at Casa Maria Romero-Canlubang, Laguna, Philippines

  5. Congratulations Sr, Ailyn Cayanan for having received an appreciation and recognition awards for your exemplified leadership in Agri-Education Womenpreneur!. all for His Kingdom!


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