“My advocacy pertains to all Filipinos all over the world. As an Aklanon living in the United States, I saw the importance of Filipinos giving back to their roots, and giving back in the most meaningful way possible. The Philippines is a beautiful nation, but she faces many painful challenges, whether it’s poverty, natural calamities, diseases, and many others that test the will of our people. My passion is to raise awareness to all our kababayans worldwide to be active and engaged with the multitude of issues that exist in our country. My advocacy aims to call for all global Filipinos to be educated, compassionate, and relentlessly engaged with whatever dire issue(s) that resonate in their hearts. The true essence of my advocacy is centered on the idea of Filipino unity across the globe and give ourselves the best way we possibly can to our beloved Philippines.
This pandemic has taken the biggest toll on all of us, but I took it as an opportunity to take action. I admit, quarantine has definitely been a struggle because I am away from my loved ones. But as we face this worldwide crisis, I didn’t want to focus on what we couldn’t do, but on the GOOD we CAN do. Since we’ve been instructed to stay inside, I utilized the power of social media to start an online fundraiser to assist with our fellow Filipino front-liners, healthcare workers, enforcers, and the rest of our country men who have no choice but to work to ensure their daily necessities.”
Christelle’s fundraiser, called Kapit-Bisig Tayo, was a success as she had raised a total of $1,225. She is thankful for the people who supported her project because together, help was given in their own little way. The proceeds were distributed among six (6) different organizations. Half of the funds were donated to the Philippine General Hospital to assist with PPEs and other medical supplies for our healthcare workers. The other half was split among five (5) projects, four of which were dedicated to needs in Aklan to assist with PPEs and relief goods for the families who really need it at this time. The last project provided six (6) sacks of rice to her mother’s province in Silang, Cavite.
Bless your heart, Christelle. You are one of the few “real” individuals I have personally met and become friends with in recent times. And I am pretty confident that she can do a lot more if given the bigger platform to work with.