Hindi sa lahat ng oras, “resilient” ang mahirap. (It is not all the time the poor are resilient.)
Lift them up by education, kindness and compassion to make the “broken, hopeless and violent” rise.
News of Tony Meloto’s speech at the 40th anniversary of the Center for Philippine Studies at the University of Hawaii reached me a few days ago. It flooded social media yesterday and came with a barrage of comments from people who apparently have some kind of grievance against either Tony Meloto or Gawad Kalinga. My initial thoughts centered on the quite distasteful act done by CPS-UH. Rather than expressing its disappointment directly to Tony Meloto, the institution chose to make its disapproval viral through a memo made public on a Facebook page. In doing so, the Center for Philippine Studies seems to be inviting people, Filipinos, the world over to join its quest to publicly scorn a person – an invited guest at that.
While I question some of Tony Meloto’s ideas about social entrepreneurship – a business will never be “social” unless the poor are made partners and…
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