“Istorya ng Pag-asa” or Stories of Hope is an initiative led by Vice President Leni Robredo in search of ordinary Filipinos who inspire fellow Filipinos. With that, they have partnered with different multiple universities around the Philippines to search for different stories they can share.

Just last November, Far Eastern University (the university which I graduated from) submitted my story as an advocate of sustainable living to be part of the 20 Champions of FEU’s Istorya ng Pag-asa. Early this January I received the news that I was going to be a part of the 20 stories in which the Vice President wanted to recognize and award.

Come February 6, I went back to my Alma Matter to receive an award from the Vice President herself, Leni Robredo.

It felt surreal at that moment and the moments leading to it as I honestly did not know what to expect. It honestly felt good that my efforts were being recognized although I do know that there is more to what Mean Living is supposed to be (stay tuned!). I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be given this recognition and yet I will not stop there. There is so so so much more to do to get our earth clean!

Here is to our brighter and cleaner future. I know that with each one’s efforts, there is hope. There is hope that our children’s children will have some place they call home – liveable and breathable.


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