Kiko Pangilinan with Hope and Reform

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““Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Albert Einstein

Disclosure on Political Affiliations: I do not work for Kiko Pangilinan or any other politician. Kiko and my husband know each other way back in the UP College of Law. Neither am I affiliated with a political party. I am close to Senator Pia Cayetano and Senator Alan Cayetano . Our relationship ties date back even before they became senators. Former President Fidel V. Ramos is a family friend due to ties from my father-in-law. I used to be a student activist in my UP Diliman days. My political views range from conservative to liberal. I don’t have plans to run for public office. Meeting with politicians and writing about their programs is part of my current plans for this blog till 2010. Any endorsements will be made just a few weeks before Elections 2010.

Niña Terol, fellow blogger and Political Communications head of Senator Kiko Pangilinan said it was an “an intimate discussion/dialogue about how we can use the power of social media to transform the Philippines and usher in positive things for our people and our country” and would last from 6:30 PM till 8:30 PM but our dinner actually ended at 10:00 PM. As usual, I’m an early bird and took my time taking photos of Mesa Greenbelt 5 which I found later on is owned by Kiko and friends (read my Mesa, Greenbelt 5 post). Shortly after, Kiko walked in. Oh, he is an early bird too. I found out that he knew my husband way back in Law school so there was a lot of common ground to babble around with, before his staff and the other bloggers arrived.

As soon as Ganns Deen, Jomar Hilario, Ivan Henares and Vince Golangco arrived, Kiko ordered Filipino dishes with authentic flavor and such a unique twist in the presentation. Kiko then started to talk about hope for the Philippines.

Hope is a theme that I recurrently speak in my blog. It is a mother’s hope that this country will change. But change has to start from the top. Whatever little hope this country has is largely pinned on traditional politicians running this country. Same old same old problems. Our leaders can’t just keep on mouthing off on promises and showing statistics of so-called improvements in the economy. Anybody can do that. I am worried about the future that my kids would have. Yes, we need to start with ourselves but it just comes back to me that whatever we do, having these selfish leaders would never free us from this pit of corruption.

So I listened to the young and idealistic Kiko and what he was hopeful about. There must be something we can do. Three thousand Filipinos leave the Philippines each day to find hope in another country. Can there still be hope left for those that choose to live in the Philippines? Kiko mentioned that young voters can usher in the political and electoral change that we need to happen for genuine political and economic reforms to take place. That’s not going to take place if these young voters don’t register before the October deadline. He speaks of the OFWs that have been enlightened by their experiences abroad and will demand greater of their leaders back home. People are beginning to say enough is enough and are actually doing something about it.

Kiko has recently started discovering the powers of social media and is more eager than ever to use the power of the Web and words to change the way Filipinos feel about their country. He talks of a reform movement and running “independent” as a Vice-President. He is tying up with the Movement for Good Governance with Kaya Natin! He is with the Reform Coalition. He spoke of integrity, passion and love. What an optimist and idealist! In fact, I agree with Vince that Kiko is one crazy guy. How could change possibly start with politicians? The optimist in me sees this crazy guy with hope and at the same time, the pessimist in me thinks this is all about politics.

I choose to hope not because of Kiko but for the sake of our country.

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world…
Are the ones who do.

““Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality.”

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  • Tita Noemi,

    Oh I didn’t know Nina Terol works for him. I really want to talk to Senator Kiko Pangilinan also.. about politics and media and hope for our country. And similarly, I want to dedicate my blog to the upcoming 2010. I hope to be able to help, one way or another.

    As a student of Public Administration and as a student leader in the UP Diliman, championing good governance, ethical leadership and genuine service is really dear to me.

    I agree that it’s always this way that we think: “The optimist in me sees this crazy guy with hope and at the same time, the pessimist in me thinks this is all about politics.” But sometimes, we have to be crazy, I agree.

    A lot may have been discouraged already to run for politics, to be able to genuinely serve our country. For now, and I hope it won’t just be for now, I really want to do that. I am seeing myself to be the likes of our Senator.

    I just wish a lot of the Filipino Youth act now, before it’s really too late.

    • Kiko said there will be a launch of this reform movement first week of May. Will keep you posted and other bloggers as well.

      • we’re also doing a movement… because they’re always saying that the YOUTH has the numbers right now and will be a critical mass during 2010 elections, but NO ONE has ever proven so.

        we’re doing this youth movement that will show the real numbers of the “YOUTH” this coming 2010

        i believe that the poltiicians don’t really have a “youth agenda”, and at the same time, the youth (being so much cluttered and doing their own thing) don’t really have an “agenda”…

        Presidentiables come and go but do we see a real youth agenda, right? x.x just my two cents

        • traditional politicians may be fearful of this new “Youth” voter population. I believe Kiko’s plans include the Youth sector too.

        • thanks great to know! i really hope so, and sana may consultations with the youth 🙂 thanks!

    • Hi “bong”, Nina here. Have we already met?

      Please do get in touch with me ([email protected]) then let me give you more info about the forthcoming events, as well as other youth groups you can network with for the youth agenda.

      You’ll be glad to know that, as we speak, a lot of groups are already coming together to ensure that TRUE reform happens in this country.

      In that case, please also allow me to invite everyone to the concert called “365 Days to Change… Todo na ‘to!” headlined by Jim Paredes and “Juana Change”, and organized by the group Artists’ Revolution and supported by the Movement for Good Governance. Here’s a link to the event in Facebook:

      For any more questions, comments, etc., please feel free to send me an email 🙂 Thanks!

      P.S. I started working with the Senator only in January. 🙂

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  • BrianB

    Where’s my free lunch? No free lunch no vote.

    • hmmm. in your dreams?

  • “young voters can usher in the political and electoral change that we need to happen for genuine political and economic reforms to take place.”

    I whole-heartedly agree. I was a first time voter last 2007 elections and got involved as a poll watcher. That experience had been quite liberating because it makes me feel involved in whatever my country is going through. Unfortunately, I know a lot of my peers who are not interested in election whatnot’s and I find it disappointing because they are not willing to step up and take the challenge of making this country better.

    I say thanks to Sen. Kiko for still being optimistic about reforms despite the current political situation of the country. Indeed, hope is what we Filipinos need.

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    • I’m glad that you are not cynical over the turn of events in our current situation. Keep the hope up.

  • What a fun dinner that was!

    And yes, Kiko is crazy…. haha

    We share the same thoughts… I’ll put a link on note to this blog of yours too. =)

    Vinces last blog post..Crazy Guy

  • A reform movement will be launched this coming first week of May?

    I’m a bit confused, is “Kaya Nation” different from “Kaya Natin!” or was just a typo?

    Either way, I’m glad that Kiko has found value in using the internet and new media to do something for the country.

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    • I believe I made an error. It is Kaya Natin!

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  • Goodluck to all your endeavors. I am at a loss on what to say as no one could ever imagine how you feel/felt.

    Anyway, pangilinan seems to genuinely care about the state of the nation although he is still, and will be a politician. Hopefully you can find the time to glance over and check out my own little spin on the affairs of the country.

    Thank you.

    P.S. Hopefully that was not too “spammy”