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Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation
Board of Trustees | PinoyME Foundation
Rapa Lopa is a Co-Founder and Director of Pulse Asia, a leading research agency that studies social and commercial issues.
Pulse Asia periodically conducts a nationwide survey called "Ulat ng Bayan" to monitor the Filipino citizenry's socio-economic and political perceptions, and utilize this information to guide the decisions of influential political leaders and policymakers. He is also the Chair of MicroVentures, Inc. (MVI), a social enterprise that develops sustainable business models for microentrepreneurs, as a means to alleviate poverty. Rapa graduated with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Reimagining the New Filipino | ruizmark.com
To deepen our thinking, we underwent a process to discuss the theme in length, inviting Rapa Lopa (who would eventually be a speaker), Lino Rivera, and former WhyNot? speaker Floy Quintos to brainstorm.
Rapa Lopa - Executive Director of the Benigno Aquino Foundation, Chairman of MicroVentures, and Executive Assistant to as well as nephew of President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino - became an emotional high-point for the forum. With his beloved Auntie Cory's passing just a few weeks earlier - an event that would dramatically envelop the whole Philippines in mourning, respect, and love - Rapa shared his thoughts and reflections on her life. Rapa talks about his belief that the story of Tita Cory is interwoven with the story of his Tito Ninoy; In fact, it's not just any story, but rather a very powerful and moving love story. As Rapa asked early on in his talk : Is the Filipino Worth Living and Dying For? And the lives of his uncle and his aunt were testaments that the answer is a resounding yes. He then shares how working with his Tita Cory has moved him into working for a better country, and that has shaped the people he has chosen to work with today; MicroVentures, a microfinancing business development services company working with the poorest of the poor; iamninoy runners; Philippine Stagers Association (for Ako Si Ninoy musical); and his efforts on "giving multiplied" - harnessing the power of the internet to find help for those who need it. With a solemn silence not heard since Mr. Pagsi's talk in WhyNot?Forum 3.0, Rapa then ends by asking young children from the audience what their dreams were, what they wanted to be when they grew up. WhyNuts L-R : Timi Gomez, Bam Aquino, Carlo Calimon, Rapa Lopa, Jan Chavez-Arceo, Angeli Ko, Mark Ruiz, Lino Rivera
Rapa Lopa, the Aquino Center's executive director, said the library was still empty but "will contain Ninoy and Cory's book collections as well as other materials about People Power."
The library would also have Internet access, he said. The center also houses the Institute for People Power and Development "to continue whatever is not yet finished by institutionalizing People Power," Lopa said. Lopa said donations also came from individuals and groups abroad like the Hans Seidel Foundation of Germany.
We hope to officially launch the song by May, in time for the next school year, said Rapa Lopa, executive director of the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation.
Pineda will sell the song he penned just last week in time for the 25th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution throu... ...
Things that seem possible become possible when you get together and unite, said Rapa Lopa, NCAF executive director.