Matthew Lanz with his parents while waiting to board C130 Plane going to Tacloban, Leyte for their relief goods distribution.

Matthew Lanz, only son of Mrs. Guadalupe Vergara-Andrada, Internal Audit Director of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines National Headquarters, is one of the youngest “Super Pinoy Kids 2014” Awardees.

The search for “Super Pinoy Kids 2014” was organized by Rotary Muntinlupa Central and Museo Pambata for children 8 to 13 years old who have shown unselfish acts of kindness to others, dedication to their families, perseverance to learn and unconditionally impart their learning to other less fortunate children.

As a son of a Girl Scout employee, Matthew has been exposed to the programs and activities of the GSP such as caring for the environment, feeding program, and relief operations. Matthew was able to initiate projects and apply these in his school.

At the young age of eight, he says that helping others should be a daily activity, not only to be done in times of difficulties and calamities.

He enjoys helping people. He recounts that he joined the nuns and the relief team in his school to prepare relief goods for those affected by the floods brought about by Habagat.

After the destruction brought about by Typhoon Yolanda, Matthew Lanz informed his parents that he planned to forego his birthday party and use the money instead to buy relief goods for the people of Tacloban.

Matthew Lanz and his parents visited Tacloban and Roxas City after Christmas in 2013 to distribute relief goods and to help in a feeding program.

In school, during Environment Week, he made a robot made of recycled items. He called it “Envirox,” a robot that will help clean the environment. In addition, Matthew Lanz helps in his school’s clean up drive.

“We don’t oblige him to do such things but I think being helpful and responsible is already innate in him,” says Mrs. Guada Andrada, Matthew’s proud mother.

Matthew looks up to his parents as his heroes because they take care of him and keep him well. Indeed, his parents are bringing him up as a good and valuable citizen not only in their eyes but also in God’s eyes.