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Don’t just read history, make history.

July 3rd, 2005

Yes, I was able to watch the LIVE 8 concert shown Live at ABC 5 last night.

I’m proud to have witnessed a historical event where people around the world were united not only because of music but more because of a cause. A cause that seeks to make poverty history. Unlike the previous Live Aid concerts, Live 8 is not about raising funds to help Africa. Live 8 is part of a campaign to raise consciousness and pressure powerful leaders of countries who compose the G8 to make a stand in addressing trade justice, dropping the debt and more and better aid. On June 6, 2005, eight of the most powerful men of the world will meet in Scotland to discuss matters that affects lives and the future of the poor countries of the world. They have in their power to decide it, we have the power to press them to do so.

I stayed glued to the TV till near dawn watching the concert bridged and performed simultaenously in London, Paris, Rome, Philadelphia, Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, Canada and Johannesburg. Many veteran musicians who performed are my favorites, Sting, Bono and U2, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, UB40, to name a few. But what made me endure the marathon concert was not much about the musicians and their music. It is the fulfilling sense of solidarity, of being part of a world united for the cause of humanity. That’s what kept me awake. That’s what gives me reason to struggle and live.

I support this campaign not because of its hype but for our contry’s sake. The Philippines is among the heavily indebted countries of the South. The poor and marginalized of our peoples are the ones who pay the most for the country’s debt. They pay for it with taxes and they pay for it through the social services that the government does not provide because it chooses to pay the debt.

The sun was almost up when I went to bed. I snuggled beside my baby in dreamless slumber, kissed her forehead and whispered to her, “You know baby, the great Nelson Mandela said tonight, “sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great”… I want to be part of that generation. A generation that will build today a brighter future for all the babies of the world like you my darling angel.”

Don’t just read history, make (poverty) history by taking a stand and signing up here: http://www.live8live.com/list/

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  1. JOÃO PEDRO ERNESTO
    July 3rd, 2005 at 16:32 | #1

    Só os Grandes Homens sabem perdoar nós os Governados exigimos que os Governantes sejam para os mais pobres do Mundo GRANDES HOMENS,QUE HOJE FAÇAMOS HISTÓRIA , abdicando de uma Riqueza podre para que sejemos Nações Ricas em espirito, Ricas em Fraternidade e Ricas em Solidariedade.Não doi, não custa nada

  2. Samuel Bilibit
    July 3rd, 2005 at 20:09 | #2

    Desculpe-me, não falo de português. But anyway, Bem, obrigado, JOÃO.

  3. July 4th, 2005 at 01:03 | #3

    Just came from Tita Bambit’s blog, I would have to tell you the same story: I have students who are in and out of jail, sometimes they see each other in jail, and they talk about it with me as if it’s a normal part of their life. Indeed, because their parants are convicted criminals too who are in and out of jail. I feel so helpless, I have no power over the law.

    In my understanding, Live8 is our generation’s version of Band Aid, Live Aid and USA for Africa, and the Pinoy’s ‘Handog ng Pilipino Sa Mundo’. Am I right? This is another history… I support the campaign!

  4. July 4th, 2005 at 22:05 | #4

    hindi ko napanood. pero nakikiisa ako sa kampanya laban sa kahirapan!:)

  5. July 5th, 2005 at 00:47 | #5

    sam, walang tulugan!!!!! eh no? napuyat ako talaga, tinapos ko. hehehehe, gayong pwede naman ako manuod ng tape sa abc5 studios. hehehehe pero, iba syempre pag “one with the whole world” ang panunuod (almost). parang kaisa ka talaga. the versionyou saw sa abc5 ay ang GLOBAL TELECAST VERSION ng LIVE8.

    sol! pina-alala mo sa akin kung gano ako katanda na hehehehehehe. kala ko kasi generation ko ang LIVE 8 eh…LIVE AID pala, buhay na ako hahahaha.

  6. July 5th, 2005 at 12:31 | #6

    TITO SAM, I can never express myself better about this campaign than you did here. But you stressed everything that is important for all of us to know.

    “Leaders of countries belonging to the G8 have in their power to stop poverty, we have the power to press them to do it. If they decided not to, thats up to them…at least we have shown them that the world is united in opposing policies that perpetuate poverty.” Good take!

    I said to Dre, and I will emphasize it here: This may not be totally successful but I hope at least it would create awareness about what’s happening to the children around the world (“the future of the world”?), and something be done about it by the people who can afford to help.

    Sumisikip ang dibdib ko sa mga sari-saring opinyon ng mga readers ko…argh! People may not always agree, but we have to speak anyway, disseminate this campaign, for our children and our children’s children…

    JOVE, ngek! Magka-age ba tayo? Buhay na rin ako sa LIVE AID eh, di ko lang nga pa maintindihan kung bakit sikat sila noon 😀

  7. July 5th, 2005 at 23:53 | #7

    TITO SAM, sana ok lang kung i-post ko rin dito ang sagot ko sa comment ni BW sa entry ko. Nagiging agile ako pag mga bata ang pinag-uusapan eh, pasensya na, napaparami ang comments ko dito ha:

    I don’t want to think that the plight of the children in the Philippines is much like the kids in Ethiopia. Let’s not lose hope for our country and our children. I’ve read from our correspondence with Perry Diaz, the moderator of our egroup Balita-USA, the miracle that Gawad Kalinga is doing to our nation. Gawad Kalinga looks very much like humanitarian work, and it is. Next month, Kalinga Pilipinas will be launched by the leadership of Congress. GK is being introduced to Filipino communities around the world as an effective way of building a nation we can all be proud of – beginning with Filipinos taking care of their own poor and helping millions of families rise from a poverty that has shackled them for centuries. More and more Filipinos (OFWs and immigrants too)are joining the collective effort of a people to build a good and strong nation through building good and strong communities from its weakest (but majority) sector. We can do this, and must do it first ourselves – Filipinos helping themselves, Filipinos all over the world, Filipinos in the motherland – before others who will be inspired by our determination to rise above our poverty, our corruption and our conflicts.

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