#StoryofTheNation: 'Listen to us'
MANILA, Philippines – An old man demanding for genuine change. A volunteer determined to finish building houses for Yolanda survivors. A tribal chieftain fighting for his land. And a bus conductor who helped out an unfortunate stranger.
For Filipinos worldwide, these are just snippets of the thousands of stories that make up our country.
Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, asked Filipinos to help capture the narrative of the country through photos and stories.
We launched the #StoryofTheNation campaign ahead of the fifth State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III with the hopes that these stories would inform and inspire people to take action. It wouldn't be bad if the President and his goverment could see these stories as well.
Armed with their cameras and smart phones, Filipinos across the country heeded the call and shared stories of people in the shadows, communities almost forgotten, and a nation in development.
We compiled the most shared and discussed stories we've received:
62, Carpenter, Tondo, Manila
(Photo by Leanne Jazul)
GAWA Construction Worker
(Photo contributed by Gawad Kalinga)
One of the stories that most inpsired netizens is the photo of construction worker Ernesto Raymundo shared by Gawad Kalinga. Raymundo builds homes for those affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
69, tribal chieftain of the Higaonon tribe in Libona town, Bukidnon province
(Photo by Bobby Lagsa)
(Photo contributed by MOTS Philippines)
(Photo by Patrick Vega)