People all over the world, gaze with wonder at the world-renowned Amazing Race. Huge numbers of watchers from all walks of life follow the journey with thrill for the task and trial, the participating partners travail.
Meanwhile, in the world of Game Changers and Change Makers, a different amazing race is about to end, and many supporters and cheerers all over the world (literally), and in the world of entertainment industry is anticipating who would prevail!
I am referring to the Friendly Challenge between best buddies: ‘Chief ThorMentor’ Doc Anton Mari Lim and ‘SuperMentoree’ Josh Mahinay, and their support groups, Team Doc Anton and Team Josh. The Race-to-100 Sales’ days are numbered! Yes! Barely 3 days more!
In case you missed the blog updates, or you’ve just seen this entry, here are the links to earlier posts. These include the AmBAG Campaign blurb, until the last update. (Click the titles to read the posts).
- amBAG: Dare to Make a Difference
- An Encounter with a Bayaning Pilipino
- Trending for Tacloban Kids
- AmBAG Shines at the FilAm Star
- AmBAG Dazzles at DZMM TeleRadyo
From Supot to School Bag. @joshmahinay , prime mover & founder of @bag943 . As a child he would walk 10kms to school, carrying all his books & school things in a plastic bag exactly like the one he is holding on to now. When he returned to his remote hometown in Zamboanga Sibugay , he saw a kid carrying the same supot . It was a sign from God that he had to do something about it. This is his way of giving back. He has been a recipient of people’s generosity , saving him fr a life of poverty. Let us be part of this culture of generosity.
#BeaGiver. Order your bags now via @bag943 . God bless you! ~Christine Bersola-Babao
Gracing Good Morning Club
Early today, AmBAG was again featured! After Josh Mahinay’s guesting in DZMM TeleRadyo with hosts Julius Babao and Nina Corpuz, he got another invitation to grace at TV5’s Good Morning Club. All of these were done through Ms. Christine Babao’s initiative. She has become the BIG SISTER to BAG943, especially to Josh and Team Josh. She’s shown sincere and superb support that resulted to the sprinting spree of Team Josh, catching up with fast-paced Team Doc Anton.
The highlight of the interview was about Josh’s childhood days, when he’s got the famous nickname, “supot/plastic boy” among his classmates. He used a sando plastic bag (red striped) to carry his school supplies and books; he used to ask for at a “tindahan” (mini store). He used to walk 10km a day going to school, with high hopes of acquiring education that would equip him to reach his dreams.
But his life drastically changed when a distant relative gave him a backpack. That’s the first decent bag he had, which made him feel he belong to the class! It boosted his aspirations in chasing his dreams, and in changing his life. The rest was a humbling history of his quest in the Western World and of his return to his beloved country to pursue greener pastures.
Beauteous Bag of Dreams
Once a “supot boy”, Josh has been a “supportive bag giver” through the Bag of Dreams Project, which involves other generous people, to pay forward the generosity, goodness and compassion he received throughout his journey.
Now that BAG943’s AmBAG Campaign continues, he was able to rally more people to leave footprints of faith and fervent support to this advocacy. He’s blessed tremendously with same passionate people, and most importantly, a partner he teasingly calls “TorMENTOR”. Doc Anton Mari Lim is known for his volunteerism, patriotism and socialism. He’s the veterinary doctor who helped Kabang, the Aspin hero who save the lives of kids from death, though severely wounded. He’s also recognized for his medical missions with Tzu Chi Foundation and Yellow Boat of Hope and Yellow School of Hope Foundation. They’re indeed a thrilling tandem of champions for children and for humanity; channels of God’s love and blessings.
UPDATE ON #amBAG RACE TO 100 FRIENDLY CHALLENGE between Josh Mahinay and Anton Mari Lim: “I would really love it if TeamJosh and TeamDocAnton cross the finish line together as TeamHumanity! Because if we cross the line together it means 200 kids of our YELLOW BOAT OF HOPE ADOPT-A-FISHERMAN recipients will get a brand new bag to inspire them to go back to school. To hope and dream again! Thanks for your hard work and support. LET’S SELL MORE BAGS TeamJosh and TeamDocAnton” ~Doc Anton
Latest Update from BAG943’s Ms. Mayette
Official Count as of Today 12 Mar ’14/15:12:
Team Doc Anton: 91
Team Josh: 79
Sprinting with the Stars
While Team Josh enjoys the blessings channeled through the numerous supporters, especially the Babao couple, Team Doc Anton cast the creative craft through Ms. Apple Pia Peji, a lovely loyalist of the team. Since she’s working in ABS-CBN, she was able to rally the AmBAG campaign among Umagang Kay Ganda Anchors. TeamJosh got Kapatid stars, TeamDocAnton got Kapamilya stars. Now, I wonder if there would be Kapuso stars who would join the AmBAG campaign.
Meanwhile, the FilAm Star wordsmith, Sir Federico had his own share of promotion. I appreciate his great support!
HEAR YE! I may be the oldest endorser/model of Bag943 from the Bay Area, but I feel rejuvenated knowing that one school kid (maybe as old as my grandson Daniel here) from Samar/Leyte will have a free bag exactly as I proudly own now. Mag #amBagna tayo sa friendly race of Team Josh and Team DocAnton so that more struggling school children from the Philippines will muster hope and inspiration to realize their dreams and visions because of your kindness and generosity. ~Federico Espiritu
See my open BAG943? My bag needs to be filled up with your kindness and generosity so that #amBag movement can provide free bag with school supplies to school kids in Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged areas in the Visayas who are pursuing their dreams and visions of success if you purchase one. Read my Dual Voice column at FilAm Star this week titled ‘Ambag of Kindness’ at http://www.filamstar.net and Be A Giver yourself. ~Federico Espiritu
Pacing with Patience, Pressing with Perseverance
The Amazing Race is known for the survival of the fittest, great strategist; known for strength, endurance and agility. On the other hand, The Friendly Challenge: Race-to-100 Sales is known for the same qualities and more so, known for rallying awesome people of the same kind.
The twist and cherry on top, it is known for the spirit of ‘BAYANIHAN’; for each team helps each other to reach the mark together. Fun, and full of fans, this remarkable and amazing race would be another legacy of God’s grace and guidance. Everyone involved and each of those who resolved to help the Yolanda kids is part of this historic episode.
He who received much gives much. He who gave much receives much more!
Kindness is never wasted. But an opportunity to help that you let go is definitely wasted!
Instead of munching popcorn, relaxed while watching the Amazing Race: Friendly Challenge, you should ask yourself, “ano AmBAG ko?!” or “Naka-amBAG nab a ako?”
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Dare to make a difference!
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Note: Photos credit to Ms. Christine Babao, Ms. Apple Pia Peji, Josh Mahinay and Dr. Anton Mari Lim. 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.