Istorya ng Pag-asa
Istorya ng Pag-asa (INP) is a project of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) Leni Robredo with the aim of changing the conversation and fighting negativity and misinformation with true and extraordinary stories of Filipinos who triumph over adversity.
Launched in November 2016, it started as a traveling photo gallery which featured different stories of hope of the Filipino people. Portraits and words aim to inspire, empower, and be a source of hope for all. According to Robredo, she was inspired by the youth to change the everyday conversation in the country as the youth were tired of hearing negative news everyday. Some of them even decided not to open the television nor read newspapers anymore. In the era of post-truth, fake news, trolls, and alternative facts, people can have hope in the midst of hopelessness by talking about positive things.
Istorya ng Pag-asa continues to grow with stories of hope from local communities, with the help of socio-civic groups, schools, and local government units (LGUs) from the Philippines and abroad.
The story highlights of INP in 2017 were about Lorna Tambaoan, a widow and turon and bananacue vendor who single-handedly put her four children through school; cancer survivor motivational speaker, Rudy Labata; Airwoman First Class Hidilyn Diaz, a silver medalist in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games and first Filipino gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics; and Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, who started as a household help and now a CEO of her own company.
The Istorya ng Pag-asa Short Film Festival was also launched in partnership with Ayala Foundation and Globe Telecommunications in November 2017. The festival showcased the stories of ordinary Filipinos who promote change through their simple deeds. The festival winners received cash prizes and trophies.
In 2018, the Ateneo de Naga University featured success stories of 22 personalities in Camarines Sur. One of them was Ray Nobleza, an alumnus of Ateneo de Naga High School and a student activist in his college years. He shared his eight-year struggle with drug addiction and his decision to undergo rehabilitation. He then returned to school and eventually worked in the academe. He also founded the Exceptional Children’s Educational Center in Cebu. It is a progressive preparatory and elementary school.
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