On Saturday night, I posted AmBAG Shines at the FilAm Star. It’s an update about AmBAG’s Friendly Challenge, and how the simple ‘kulitan’ made an impact to the netizens. It even created a big wave and reached the Bay Area.
Surprisingly, an article featuring the AmBAG campaign, “Dual Voice: Ambag of Kindness” by Sir Federico Espiritu was published in FilAm Star. Aside from featuring it, he also purchased a BAG943 backpack, promoted it, in support of Team Doc Anton. It’s overwhelming how this endeavor caught the attention of the Fil-Am community in the US.
Meanwhile, Team Josh remarkably made a sprint to catch up with the fast-paced Team Doc Anton. Moreover, Josh Mahinay’s interview yesterday (6:00am-7am) at “MAGANDANG MORNING with Julius Babao and Niña Corpuz”, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 garnered a surprising response from the social media and listeners. This interview was done through the superb support and initiative of Team Josh’s major supporters, the celebrity couple, Christine and Julius Babao. Kindly read Trending for Tacloban Kids for more details.
Humility Before Honor
On February 28, I posted An Encounter with a Bayaning Pilipino. It’s a feature about Dr. Anton Mari Lim, the recent recipient of Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. BAYANING PILIPINO award. It’s a story of how a lowly volunteer was recognized for his compassion and generosity. It also tells about the God’s providential workings, how he was able to connect with Josh through a Rappler article and work closely with Josh and BAG943.
Here’s his heartfelt response:
“Thank you Lailanie Antonio Fronda and Josh Mahinay for this nice blog. I almost did not recognize myself in the blog. I am just a volunteer trying to make the world a little brighter for the kids wherever I am! You guys give meaning to the word AFFIRMATION and I thank God for the honor of having crossed path and now work together in His name! Thank you…the honor is definitely mine! See you in the trenches!!!”
Unsung Hero Next Door
“Heroes are people who decide to make extraordinary things out of their ordinary lives.
Some of them willingly offer their lives so that others may live with dignity, and free as a people.
Some of them, still live to fight the many challenges of today. But many of them are heroes undiscovered and undeveloped.”
~ Dr. Anton Mari H. Lim (acceptance speech excerpt)
The ripple effect of the Rappler article written by BAG943’s founder & prime mover,“Leaving Los Angeles to Pursue Greener Pastures” is immeasurable. Who would have thought how far the ripples of his pebble of influence could reach?
This is the same article shared by Ms. Christine Babao in her Twitter and Facebook accounts, in awe of how God used Josh to be a blessing to many people. Through this, she also channel the inspiring story of BAG943. Josh is indeed an unsung hero for the impoverished kids and other people whom BAG943 has touched.
Ripple Effect through Rappler
It’s barely seven months ago (Aug.9, 2013) when it was published, and I’ve got to read it. Exactly one month ago (Feb.9) when Josh invited me in Life Church Makati (5th Floor, Holiday Inn & Suites, Glorietta 1) for their re-launch and for a meeting/interview. I could never have imagined the difference that my creative craft made. I can’t thank God’s providential workings enough for this, and how he channeled this blessing of writing ministry to others.
“Lanie, just want you to know that you are very effective in what you do. Please keep that fire burning inside you. I personally declare, you are the official creative writer of BAG943.
Doc Anton and I were talking about you today, how blessed BAG943 is to have you, and how efficient you are as a supporter blogger.”
I am humbled and privileged to be part of this advocacy and for this affirmation. I remembered that day, seven months ago how I got acquainted with Josh. I have no idea that by responding to the call to volunteer would give this outcome. I’ve been able to connect with great people with same passion!
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
With my visit at Life Church Makati, I’ve got acquainted and befriended awesome people, mentors, friends and BAG943 staff and volunteers who served as the wind beneath Josh’s wings.
“I’m actually really amazed that we’ve known you through a different connection — through Josh. It’s normally through a common AUP friend. You’ll definitely be a great contribution to Josh’ organization. He’s a great guy with a big vision.” ~Arnold Gamboa
“I’ll do it with that compliment or without…I’m honored always to be with your great movement!”
Pastor Prudy responded when Josh complimented with his willingness to represent BAG943 in the said event.
“Speechless in a close encounter and chat with the founder of the biggest Sunday School in the world (Metro World Child), BILL WILSON! He was abandoned by his alcoholic mother on a street corner of New York. He was stabbed, thrown out of a building, threatened, had malaria, dengue, shot on the face, had his jaw broken. But because someone cared for him as an abandoned child, his passion for children all over the world is very contagious!!! He got me sponsor a Filipino child to school.” ~ Ptr. Prudy Mopera
Journey with Bag of Dreams
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
From the day I read the article, I followed the journey of BAG943. This is the remarkable recognition this social enterprise received.
Malacañang Palace, Kalayaan Hall – Sheena, on behalf of BAG943, accepts a certificate of recognition from the Edsa People Power Commission, being admitted to the ‘network of changers’ and ‘nation builders’ in the Philippines.
We would like to offer this to all our supporters, customer-givers, and to the kids whom we committed to serve and dedicated our lives and service to. (photo and caption by Josh Mahinay)
BAG943 is blessed having very dedicated, determined and supportive mentors, staff and volunteer’s team.
His Bidding is Enabling
I read another awesome article from Rappler, published on January 12, 2014. It was written by Sir Ezra Ferraz, a expert business columnist of Executive Edge. In an interview on “How businesses can best give back in 2014”, Josh emphasized his insight on a good campaign.
“For me, a good campaign and networking are equally important. If your campaign is weak, you will not likely get support, even from your closest networks. On the other hand, meeting the right people to accelerate and sustain a strong campaign is critical. Your networks are your catalyst for success.”
In his recent introspection, he said:
“It is not only about God sending you these people, it is about you intentionally choosing to have the right people to influence your life.
Speaking from personal experience, there were moments when I had to cut my self off from people who were hindering me to be what God really wanted me to become.
By doing so, it gives lots of rooms for people who’ll help you and journey with you towards your rightful destination or place.”
Here’s an excerpt from Sir Ezra’s article. Prior to this blog entry, I was able to connect with him through Facebook. I appreciate his quick and kind response.
Build trust through transparency
One way to create a great campaign is to earn the good faith of your network through complete transparency. Mahinay put it simply: “People support you inasmuch as they trust you. It is important that you commit to deliver your brand’s promise. You don’t make promises that you are not hundred-percent sure that you can deliver. A system that will show transparency must also be in place.”
Mahinay goes to great lengths to accomplish this in BAG943. “After every bag drive, we send a thank you note and an email update to each of our customers, along with a picture and biographical information of the beneficiary school child. The bag of each child also carries a tag that has the name of the customer-giver. This not only gives assurance, but it also allows the customer-giver and the beneficiary child to share a special bond and connection.” ~Ezra Ferraz, “How businesses can best give back in 2014”
“You can’t change the world but certainly, you can change “a world”. The people I met during my journey changed mine. Now, it’s time to change someone else’s.” ~Josh Mahinay (A Gift Set in Motion: The Story of BAG943)
Would you also dare change someone’s world?
The bag you wear can make a difference!
Ano amBAG mo?
© 2014 LAF
Note: Photos credit to Josh Mahinay, Dr. Anton Mari Lim, Arnold Gamboa & Prudy Mopera. Rappler article credits to Ezra Ferraz (used with permission). Videos credit to You Tube and BAG943. This blog has a copyright . The photos and articles should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.