Forget 40 under 40 lists that celebrate the most influential and impactful achievers under the age of 40.

Meet ‘The 75 Under 75 List’ by Silid Aralan, a first-of-its-kind list that, on the contrary, will give a spotlight on the most academically-challenged public school students across the Philippines.

Selected students will join Silid Aralan’s Ground Zero Program — a 13-year-old method that has proven to boost academic achievement by customizing their education to their passions, hobbies, and learning style.

Only the following public school students are welcome to apply:

• Must be in elementary school (incoming Grade 2-4).
• Must have a grade under 75 (70 to 74, max) in one school subject.
• Preferably WITHOUT proven leadership skills, awards, or school achievements.

SAI Alumni Stories

Every student has the ability to achieve, all it takes is someone to believe in them.

Silid Aralan makes this happen. Students who joined the program displayed big improvements, not only in their grades but as well as their life motivations.

Click here to read some of their most memorable stories.


The Board of Judges, selected by the National Executive Committee, will conduct the final selection process for the
75 students who will be awarded.

Diosdado M. San Antonio

Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction

Department of Education

Danielle Del Rosario

Vice President / Chief Risk Officer and Director for Strategy

PHINMA Corporation

Jose Antonio Banson


Monark Equipment Corp.

Reynaldo Antonio Laguda


Philippine Business for Social Progress

Darwin Flores

Head / Vice President for Community Partnerships

Smart Communications, Inc.

Ivan Henares

Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines
2012 TOYM Awardee

Celia Guevara Lazaro

Chief Executive Officer

TransWealth Fleet and Parking Management &
G&S Transportation Corp., franchise holders of

Christine Bersola- Babao

Media Personality, Mompreneur, Content Creator, Art Collector

Julius Babao

Broadcast Journalist and Radio Commentator


Sitti Navarro

Multi-Platinum Recording Artist
Filipino Bossa Nova Artist

About Silid Aralan

A line of 7 shouldn't be the end of the line. In Silid Aralan, it's where we love to get started. Silid Aralan Inc. (SAI) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization in the Philippines, founded by Arcie Mallari, that aims to give low-performing and underprivileged students confidence in their capabilities as a means of affecting their academic performance for the better.

Arcie built Silid Aralan upon his experience meeting a young man who couldn’t read the Bible handed to him, despite already being in high school. The soon-to-be founder’s curiosity led him to discover a disturbing fact, that in some schools, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:90. Hence, Silid Aralan focuses its resources on helping low-performing public school students, who are the bulk of the student population.

SAI has a proven track record of being able to boost their learners’ academic performance by focusing on practical applications of values and customizing daily learning to the student’s passions and hobbies.

Their generosity has caught the eyes of multiple institutions. Arcie and Silid Aralan Inc. have garnered various awards throughout the years, those of which include:

1. Fellow Nominee, Ashoka (2014)
2. Finalist, Civic Movers of the Year by News Agency Rappler (2015)
3. Silver Awardee with Y&R Philippines, Asia Pacific (APAC) Effie (2016)
4. Grand National Awardee, CSR Youth Awards Philippines (2016)
5. Awardee, Makabagong Panday Awards on the Dignified Life Category (2017)
6. 1st Prize Winner, 1st Global Youth for South Solution Awareness Contest (2017)
7. Awardee, Jollibee Family Values of the Year (2017)
8. National Awardee, Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (2018)
9. Awardee, San Miguel Better World Award during the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awarding (2018)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join?

Only the following public school students are welcome to apply:

• Must be in elementary school (incoming Grade 2-4).

• Must have a grade under 75 (70 to 74, max) in one school subject.

• Preferably WITHOUT proven leadership skills, awards, or school achievements.                   

How to enter?

To enter, the school principal is welcome to nominate any of their eligible students to the program.


1. Read the full nomination process here.

2. Fill out the Nomination Form, Nominee’s Personal Data, and Nomination Letter here.

3. Email the completed forms to,
along with any other relevant documents.

4. Deadline for entries is May 12, 2021.

When do we know the results?

The timeline for process of awarding the 75 Under 75 is as follows:

Acceptance of 75 Under 75 Nominees
April 15, 2021 to May 12, 2021

Pre-Screening At the Regional Area Level
May 12 to 19, 2021

Selection of Regional Area Finalists
May 19 to 31, 2021

Selection of National Finalists
June 1 to 11, 2021

Awarding of the 75 Under 75 Learners
June 12, 2021

Deadline of Entries

Application Period is open until May 12, 2021.