A few months ago, I have joined the national campaign of Ako Mismo. It is a campaign for change to help make Philippines a better place for everyone. It is a campaign for attitude change and for people to become advocates to help our nation rise up!
At first, I thought this was some promotional campaign to capture emails and mobile numbers for the upcoming 2010 Philippine Elections. But the agency behind Ako Mismo, DDB Cares, explained that they have no other intent but to press on the advocacy that we, Filipinos, can still care for our country by signing up our personal commitments to create a brighter tomorrow for our beloved country.
Ako Mismo is supported by many Filipino celebreties like Angel Locsin, Maxene Magalona, Arnel Pineda, Ely Buendia, and Charice Pempengco. Their website www.akomismo.org has almost 250,000 commitments since they have launched last May 2009. And 4,796 of these are from Negros Occidental (and I am one of those who proudly signed-up!).
Anyway, later today, July 17, 2009, there will be an “Ako Mismo Kikilos (A Day of Service) in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental” Event that will be held at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, Bacolod City. The program will start around 3:00 to 7:00pm. Activities includes bloodletting for sick children with dengue, tutorial reading for street children, notebook drive for school children, toothpaste and toothbrush donations for children living in the mountainous area of Negros Occidental and feeding of Bacolod City street children. There are also advocacy booths from Organic Negros, Women’s Rights Provincial Council, Amnesty International Negros Letter Writing Campaign and Gawad Kalinga Sign Up for Volunteers. A short program will be conducted during the event featuring a video of the Ako Mismo June 12 Dog Tag Day that happened at The Fort. Some local bands will also perform during the said event. Ako Mismo Dog Tags and Ako Mismo Shirts will also be sold at the event.
So, if you are up into supporting the Ako Mismo Campaign, sign-up at their website. And if you are in Bacolod, join us later this afternoon at the Provincial Capitol for the Ako Mismo Event. It’s time to change! It’s time for us to say “Ako Mismo!”