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.
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
thoughts and reflections on her
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.
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.
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
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