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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, October 13, 2017
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Robredo arriving

Vice President Leni Robredo will lead the Bacolod launching of the Istoryang Pag-asa (INP) at the Sanctuario de La Salle of the University of St. La Salle on October 19, former Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez said yesterday.

INP is an initiative of the Office of the Vice President to direct social conversions away from animosity toward positivity in spreading stories of hope featuring ordinary Filipinos who triumphover adversity, Lopez said.

“The world has changed tremendously in recent years, and there seems to be more negativity, division, fear and frustration, especially in social media,” Robredo also said in a letter to Brother Joaquin Severino Martinez, president and chancellor of the University of St. La Salle.

She said she worries about its effect on society, specifically the youth.

“If our objective is to create a society that is empowered and unified, one that is able to rise above the negativity and hopelessness so prevalent in our society today, we must change the conversation out there,” she said, and together heal “our divided nation.”

INP is a travelling photo gallery featuring extraordinary stories of ordinary Filipinos, Lopez said.

Through words and portraits, this project aims to inspire, empower and be a source of hope for all, said Lopez, lead coordinator of INP in Bacolod.

Lopez said the event “has no political color that is why I invited only (people) from the private sector. No government officials.”

President Rodrigo Duterte is also expected in Bacolod City on Oct. 22 for the MassKara Festival.*CPG





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