We are celebrating International Women's Day by sharing 3 stories of inspiring Filipinas who used their platforms to inspire positive change in our communities. These are excerpts from our Sabado Stories initiative in 2020.
1. Jo Bautista, Artist and Founder of Send To Give, Berlin
“I started #SendtoGive right inside my apartment in Germany, during the peak of the quarantine in
May this year (2020). I kept seeing news about how the Philippines was struggling from the pandemic and I felt compelled to do something about it. Filipinos are known to have an innate nature to help others, especially those that are in need. We know this value as bayanihan. Through #SendtoGive I wanted to foster the value of bayanihan at a global level, allowing people of all cultures to reach out and support one another through the simple, personal gesture of sending postcards. Seeing the smiles of the people we've helped does a lot to inspire empathy, compassion, and bayanihan.”
2. Noni De Vora, Artist and Designer, Baltimore, MD
“Like for most people, the past few months have been incredibly tough. As a creative, I experienced my lowest of lows but eventually emerged with a renewed sense of purpose. In isolation and far from home, I tuned in to news round-the-clock. Seeing all the social and political upheavals here and at home, I could not stand silent. As a designer, I was compelled to use my skills in communication and storytelling to amplify important messages. I poured my energy (and pent-up angst, to be honest) working on relevant projects. For example, designing a website for a company developing a COVID-19 vaccine, volunteering for the Black Lives Matter movement, and making visuals for