Last August 21 YesPinoy turned 5 years old! I would have loved to be there at the beginning, but seeing it now is such a blessing. We teamed up with GMA Network and Angeles University Foundation to make it an even more memorable event. AUF held a Media Congress two years ago, and always wanted to have another one. They are one of the schools that GMA Network usually partners with, so we all got together and planned our anniversary to coincide with a new Media Congress. All for the best!
2,000 students came to Angeles, and we listened to Mike Enriquez talk about Media life – I heard him speak about this in UA&P last year, and it was just as good now as it was then. Also Ivan Mayrina spoke about Social Media Responsibility. Most of his speech was in the local dialect though, so we just had to follow with the powerpoint.
Gabby Eigenmann brought the screaming girls portion with his song number. He is a nice guy, hung out a bit backstage with him. Very down to earth.
Then for YesPinoy, Michaelangelo Lobrin hosted our advocacy panel. Two years ago, our whole family went on pilgrimage to Israel. Michaelangelo was one of our support team there. He was so fun to be with now, and I have to say he is so much more fun now. We brought in our partners in advocacies to help encourage the young people to go out and do something. Because the young can do SO MUCH.
We had Mon Abrea the Tax Whiz who spoke of financial responsibility especially in taxes and being vigilant. Dino Badilla the Executive Director of SeaOil Foundation spoke on how the young can get involved with their friends in many things that can help the country. Doji Bringas the CEO of The Steps Project encouraged everyone to go out and move! Once we start moving, then we can start changing the world.
Kimmy Flaviano the Country Manager of Smile Train spoke about how we can help change lives – physically – as easy as referring to them people who need free cleft and hairlip operations. People just don’t know it is available! Betty Romero the Deputy Director of Lifeline Foundation – our partner also for One Chair, One Child – encouraged the youth to participate – not just be observers in what is going on around them.
Dingdong tied them all together and also told them about our common advocacies: for the Young, for Education and to Serve the Pinoys. It was a great time to remember the past 5 years, yet challenge everyone for the next 5.
We also launched Project 888 with Pampanga being our first of 8 areas we will go to. Looking for 8 scholars over the next 8 months. We can do it. We can help develop our next generation of leaders. The time is ripe and it is now.