We finished two legs of Project 888, and that has been keeping us busy for the past months. Also coordinating for the six more in the pipeline. We are just blessed to have such supportive partners, speakers and sponsors that everything has been going smoothly.
Our first leg was in Isabela last July 25th (see post on YesPinoy). Mayor Bernard Dy was very supportive of the project when we were setting up, all the way to the event itself. Councilor Arco Meris was there with us every step of the way. We got to Cauayan a few days early, did final preparations, met the volunteers – I love how Facebook really connects everyone. That was how we were able to get our volunteers. And very dependable ones at that! A day before our partners from The Netherlands arrived – Luke and Evita. And all the speakers came in on the day itself – thank goodness no flight delays. Dingdong Dantes, Pido Aguilar and Mike Fua with Alyssa Valdez on video. The event went very well (see blog post on YesPinoy).
There was a minor hiccup with our flight the next day via Tugegarao as it was cancelled. And cancelled at 2am. So I was on the phone at 2am moving all of us to the next available flight a few hours later. Weird thing was the airline told me that the next flight was not full, and I didn’t need to do the rebooking on the phone, I could just do it at the airport. But the OC in me made me finish it even if I was on the phone for more than an hour. Good thing because when we got to the airport, so many people from the cancelled flight didn’t have a seat on the next flight.
Our second leg was in Sarangani on August 8 (see post on YesPinoy). The team went ahead a few days for final preparations and to meet volunteers, I went with the speakers on the day itself – again, no delays! Governor Steve Solon, the tireless and inspiring Michelle Solon and the whole Province was very supportive of Project 888 in Sarangani. They even gave food (with the help of Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao) to all our students – numbering almost 2,000! Our speakers here were Dingdong Dantes, Mike Fua, Mark Lozano, Homer Nievera and Joyce Pring. The students, even with the big number, were quite attentive and the speakers’ messages were amazing (see blog post on YesPinoy).
The first two legs were testaments of things going really well with everyone working together – all focused on a message to the youth. A message of leadership, entrepreneurship, good choices, learning from mistakes. Thank you to everyone involved – organizers, volunteers, sponsors, LGUs, emcees, dancers, singers, mascots, teachers… everyone! 6 more legs to go!