MYNP: It’s All A Matter Of Pride

There's a new movement that may just sweep the country and it's built around the idea of pride, of making one person in your life proud: your mother. Called "Make Your Nanay Proud" - or MYNP for short - the campaign is the brainchild of TV host Boy Abunda, whose closeness to his mother Licerna - Nanay Lesing, as she is well-known in and out of showbiz. When Boy revealed on January 2010 that Nanay Lesing was suffering a mild case of dementia, it was not just a personal revelation gone public: It was also a turning point for him.

His mother's situation was difficult, but it also made him look at things differently. "I was dealing with the mortality of Nanay, I was dealing with my own relevance, with my own importance, with my own usefulness in the context of 'Here is my mother, I want to be more relevant to my mother.' I wanted to deliver the message to children and parents out there that while you have the chance and while you have all the time in your lives, then why don't you just love each other more?"

Boy's way of loving his Nanay more meant doing things that would make her proud of him, and that's how he came up with the idea of turning this into a movement that he hopes would sweep the country, where every child would be encouraged to do things that would make his nanay proud. Boy started telling a few close friends about his idea. One of them was Gasper Gozo, then a writer of "The Buzz" and producer of Boy's other show, "Private Conversations With Boy Abunda." Gasper lost his mother when he was 14 years old, so the concept of the campaign resonated with him immediately.

Early this year, Boy invited Gasper to a meeting with Carlos Munda, and introduced to them the concept of MYNP. Toward the middle of the year, the discussions intensified. They spent long hours of brainstorming sessions in finalizing the concept.

The premise of MYNP is quite simple. It is to "make our nanays proud by being the best of who we are and by being the best in all we do." In following this simple mantra, Gasper says, "I think our world will be better. Maternal love is very basic. It is the first love that any being experiences. In this complicated world we live in, it is easy to get lost, but if we go back to the basic, our core, we can go wherever we want to."

Gasper, who is MYNP's secretary-general, says that steps are being taken to ensure that MYNP does not remain just an acronym. The group has a Council of Advisers composed of distinguished personalities, and they have projects lined up that will directly and indirectly address immediate problems. They will be going to Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and other areas affected by Typhoon Pablo to distribute relief goods. They plan to introduce livelihood enhancements and micro-entrepreneurship programs for mothers, as well as promote maternal health and well-being. Finally, they will introduce projects that will support abandoned mothers and children.

The goal, adds MYNP Program Director Carlos Munda, is to take all that motherly love and channel it for the greater good. It is a message that Boy believes should be heard by as many people as possible. "Para sa akin kasi, loving your mothers, loving your parents, is something that transcends barriers. Make your nanay proud. It's never too late."

Other members of the MYNP Executive Committee are Mike Sicat, President; Nini Borja, Vice President; Aileen Robles Treasurer; Atty. Wendel Dimaculangan, Corporate Secretary.

For more information email makeyournanayproud@yahoo.com

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Zaijian Inspires Pinoy Kids

A few Saturdays ago, award-winning Kapamilya child sensation Zaijian Jaranilla started teaching Pinoy kids and families different life lessons as he topbills special episodes of ABS-CBN's longest-running and most awarded fantasy-drama anthology "Wansapanataym."

A most loved young star, Zaijian has shown his exceptional acting skills in several top-rating Kapamilya drama series such as "May Bukas Pa," "Noah," "Ikaw Ay Pag-ibig," and "Lorenzo's Time."

"Wansapanataym," which airs every Saturday after "Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal," was recently awarded by various award-giving bodies including the PMPC Star Awards for TV, Catholic Mass Media Awards, and the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International Festival.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Jan. 19, go to Shirley Tesoro, Belen Ocampo, Jericho Strachan, Talitha Espiritu, Dan Talusan of FEU, Regine Joyce Gabayno, Noel Rene Nieva Y. Mendoza, and entertainment columnists Mario Bautista and Joe Barrameda... Belated birthday greetings to Jaime Chris Rafael Ong Cuartero, firstborn of PJ and Sheila Cuartero (Jan. 5)...

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