I think that this is a reaction to what is going on around us. People are tired of feeling helpless and/or hopeless and are taking it upon themselves to try to make a difference.
One of the more recent initiatives is the “Yabang Pinoy Campaign”. As garnered from the website, www.yabangpinoy.com, “this is a campaign to raise awareness and heighten Filipino people’s ethos, dignity and pride by advocating the use of a piece of braided abaca band that aims to make a statement. The abaca band aims to signify a Filipino being truly proud to be one.” An interesting twist to Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong advocacy, it is a reminder for all of us to take pride in our nationality.
Alex Lacson’s has his “12 Little Things you can do to help your country. Tonette has Tulong Pinoy, the Cyber NGO mobilizing Filipinos all over the world to take an active role in poverty alleviation. Darwin Mariano has Aksyon Para sa Edukasyon, socio-political organization composed of idealistic Filipinos committed to improving the quality of public education and governance throughout the country. Edwin Horca has Volunteers Anonymous. Ike Senares has PHILSCAN, the umbrella organization of SAMA KABUHAYAN (SAMA KA), an association of entrepreneurs and employees, GOOD SAMARITAN MISSION (GSM), an association of businessmen and professionals, and SELF HELP ALLIANCE FOR REVENUE ENHANCEMENT (SHARE), an association of students and out of school youth. Individuals with vastly different visions of what is needed to rejuvenate this country’s spirit and yet united in their passion and willingness to sow the seeds.
We all have our own advocacies. What do you think your advocacy can be?
P.S. Yabang Pinoy bracelets may be obtained from Pat at Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com or 0917-5277141. The abaca bands are made by underprivileged communities. The bracelets cost P50 each with the net proceeds going to Yaman Pinoy – www.ceaaf.com a foundation which teaches children about indigenous animals such as the dugong, butanting etc. Gawa ng Pinoy, para sa Pinoy, para maimalaki na tayo ay Pinoy.