Happy Tuesday! 🙂
How’s your day?
I’ve been crying a lot yesterday.
I’m still on high from the #PasigLaban rally, my first time to attend a rally!
That Sunday, I’ve never seen my fellow Filipinos that loving, honest, caring, generous, passionate, principled, and disciplined.
The pre-show was scheduled at past 3PM but I was there as early as 11 AM.
At almost 12 noon, it was so hot I started fanning myself using my cap.
A man in his early 20s smiled at me and gave me a pink fan.
His friend gave me a pink biscuit.
Their gesture touched my heart.
They were sensitive to the needs of the people around them, they cared, and they offered help.
It made me smile and say,
“Wow! It feels so good to live in a country where people care for each other, love each other, help each other.”
Here’s a video glimpse of the crowd a few hours before the event. Video was from Ariana Grande’s IG stories.
(You can find it in my TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@sha_nacino)
That day, I saw hope.
The crowd was so packed but no one pushed each other just to get a better view.
One man bought 500 burgers to share.
A man lost his wallet but the person who picked it up went out of her way to return the wallet to him.
An old lady brought 6 sandwiches she can share. (Nothing is too small).
There were free ice cream, taho, lugaw (porridge), lunch packs — all from the volunteers.
I volunteered for the Food Committee and I helped distribute water, juice, and bread.
As I look back, it was so worth it to spend 10 hours of my time with 137,000+ people on the ground who were standing up and clamoring for honest, competent, and caring government leaders.
I’ve never seen this kind of volunteerism in my entire life.
Artists volunteering their services and writing songs..
Lawyers volunteering their legal services…
Doctors volunteering their medical expertise.
Celebrities hosting and performing at the rallies pro bono.
Families, senior citizens, millennials, Gen Zs, classmates going to the rallies together.
The #PasigLaban rally didn’t feel like a rally. It felt like a happy feast! 🙂
There is so much hope for the Philippines.
This is why I’ve been crying yesterday.
I was crying out of joy, gratitude, and other beautiful emotions I haven’t processed yet.
This was me right after the event.
How beautiful it is to live in a country like this!
If you’re a Filipino I hope this letter gave you hope.
If you’re a non-Filipino, I hope this inspired you! 🙂
I wish you la vie en rose (life in pink)! 🙂
P.S.1 I have a confession. I’ve never cared about politics before. I’ve never even voted before because I felt Philippine politics was a hopeless case.
But I had a change of heart when I met someone who is a breath of fresh air in the world of politics.
She’s competent, intelligent (lawyer and economist) caring, courageous, honest, extremely industrious, and the list goes on.
She has done so much as the Vice President with a meager budget.
She has inspired volunteerism among people.
She’s gentle, feminine and motherly. And her energy is electrifying.
The norm is for politicians to spend money to campaign for themselves.
But for this woman? Her supporters volunteer their time, talents, and treasures to campaign for her.
I’m one of them.
That #PasigLaban rally last Sunday drew 137,000+ attendees in person!
In that rally, I experienced a glimpse of how loving, caring, generous, honest, compassionate, competent, brave, principled, and disciplined Filipinos can be.
These are the values my Presidential candidate Leni Robredo embodies.
These are the same values her supporters like me want to emulate.
She has unleashed and she continues to unleash the best in us.
I am so grateful I get to witness this kind of leadership.
Leni Robredo inspires me to be a better version of myself as a woman, a Filipino citizen, and a leader.
She is the President our country so direly needs.
P.S.2. After standing under the heat of the sun for more than 4 hours, I felt a little dizzy.
I knew if I continued to stand up even for just 30 minutes more, I might faint.
So I told my friends I needed to find some shade and a little bit of space.
I inched my way out of the crowd and found refuge in a nearby coffee shop.
Thank God there’s a coffee shop.
The coffee shop was packed. It took me 30 minutes to line up for my order.
I also needed to charge my phone.
Good thing there’s an available outlet about 5 meters away from the floor where I was seated.
My newfound senior citizen friends said, “Don’t worry about your phone. We’re Kakampinks here.“
That’s the level of confidence they have that my phone will not be stolen.
I charged my iPhone 12 Pro and my back was turned against it.
Guess what? In a crowded coffee shop where I didn’t know anyone, my phonewas still there when I picked it up 30 minutes later.
I experienced #KulayRosasNaBukas for one day. But I want to experience it for 6 years, and for the years to come.
I want you to experience it, too!
This is the kind of society I want my little brother and sister to grow up in. This is the kind of society I want my future children and grandchildren to experience.
I apologize in case my #TuesDate offended you in any way. I am sorry if you felt that way. One possible reason you may feel offended is if you were a victim of fake news.
But I am not sorry for sharing this breath of fresh air and for speaking from my heart as lovingly as I can. 🙂
It is my hope that you open your heart, seek the truth, and make a stand that is aligned to your values.
P.S.3. I’ve seen the light last Sunday. I wish you can see it, too! May this song “I See the Light” bring you joy. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can watch it here. Enjoy!
P.S.4 Regardless of your political stand, I’m sending you love. I won’t hate on you.
Like what Leni Robredo says, “Madaling makipag-away. Mas radikal ang magmahal.” (It’s easier to argue and fight, but it’s more radical to love).