Sab and I had a plan of meeting a Filipino student leader to talk about World Vision initiatives. I was set that the meeting will be just a couple of people: me, Sab, Sab’s brother and 2 student leaders. I couldn’t be more excited about it!
Saturday, January 23.
I woke up feeling energized knowing that FINALLY, after a lot time of reaching out to people, I’m starting to make some progress. My daily routine of heading to downtown got me lost! I’m already in College and Yonge when it came to my mind that I need to ask for the address of the meeting place. Fortunately it’s not far from downtown.
At Parliament St.
I arrived “almost” on time. I saw Sab waiting for me at the entrance. She eventually confessed that it’s not just a small group meeting. It’s actually bigger than expected (her “maybe more than 10” didn’t really help.) I’m not a shy person so it didn’t really bother me if I’m talking to a bigger group, I just need to compose myself before starting. I don’t want to choose the wrong words.
Honestly, I didn’t know that we have Filipino Centre in Toronto. It’s quite amazing and I feel like I belong the moment I step foot in the room. It feels like you’re in a comfort zone.
When I started talking to the students, I first asked them who knows World Vision. And as I expected, I only see a few hands. That is the main reason why I want to talk to Filipino students. I want them to get involved, and be part of a change -a global change. I know they have the heart to do things for the community. I think we, Filipinos, are very good in helping people because we have that “Bayanihan” (Communal Work) spirit instilled in our culture and it’s being passed on generations to generations.
The student leaders I met are dedicated to their work, they are helping kids (preschool, midschool, highschool, university) on their home works. They actually started a tutoring club! By looking at the crowd, I know I’m talking to the right people. I know that they have the heart and passion to make a difference.
It’s just a beginning of a great journey. I’ll trip, I’ll fall, I’ll make mistakes. But I will keep GOING. As I keep going, I hope to have my Filipino forces with me.