Robredo seeks stories of hope amid 'darkness'

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2017 01:01 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo. File Photo

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday sought inspirational stories amid the noise and darkness she said is embracing not only the Philippines, but the rest of the world.

Dubbed "Istorya ng Pag-asa," the Office of the Vice President's project will accept stories of hope from ordinary Filipinos with extraordinary life experiences.

"Kaya namin ito gustong itulak kasi sa gitna ng kasamaan, sa gitna ng away, sa gitna ng kadiliman, ito na lang ang atupagin natin. Ito na lang ang ipursige natin," she said in a launch in the Quezon City Hall.

"Wag na tayong makipag-away. Wag tayong makikipag-away sa Facebook, wag tayong makikipag-away sa social media. Ito na lang atupagin natin," she added.

Robredo, who has recently been plagued with impeachment threats from no less than House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, stressed that light does not emanate from elected officials like her, but from ordinary people.

"Yung liwanag, nasa mga ordinaryong mamamayan--mga ordinaryong mamamayang may ekstraordinaryong ginawa. Yun ang nagbibigay sa atin ng pag-asa, yun ang nagbibigay ng inspirasyon," she said in the speech.

"Yung liwanag naman, kahit saan pwede natin yung hanapin, kahit saang kanto, at kahit saang sulok, makakahanap tayo ng liwanag basta hanapin lang natin. Ito yung klase ng liwanag na nanggagaling sa ating kalooban," she added.

Among the five stories she cited during the launch were Nanay Lorna's, a sari-sari store owner who was able to send her children to school with her meager income and Hidilyn Diaz's, the Filipina Olympian who dared to dream of being a weightlifter despite being poor.