I have this theory that Inspiration is paying it forward. You must be inspired with something or by someone to have the feeling of a certain ‘high’ that drives you to do certain things. Thus you pay it forward by doing something that inspired you. Somehow it inspires someone thus the cycle continues.
Last Saturday – I was honored to be invited by Starbucks to join the first leg of their Dialogues at Starbucks. They had 2 guest speakers – the first was Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and the second was JP Tanchanco of Tanchanco Tri-Media Productions.
As for Anton – his theme was Proud to be Pinoy. Those who follow his blog can see how proud he is of our country! I’ve actually never seen him do a ‘talk’ I’ve bumped into him and his lovely wife numerous times – once even travelling with him to Corregidor. You can really sense his eagerness and thirst for new discoveries. The best thing about him is that – he shares it to us through his blog. We become part of the adventure while reading his entries.
The second speaker ws JP Tanchanco. His was a different type of talk. It was actually a very inspiring talk. I loved his positivity. You can sense and feel the ‘fire’ burning – like coffee – I can almost smell the taste! He was very passionate re-telling his tales of roaming the whole of the Philippines searching and asking ‘Are you Happy?’ While listening to him speak – I admit – I was so ‘in the moment’ that I felt a certain drive – an inspiration to share. I love watching documentaries and when he showed us a clip of his docu-drama – I was blown away. I really was, while watching the preview – I got teary eyed – I felt so very proud while watching the preview. I can’t explain fully what I felt exactly but I felt the positivity, I felt the message – as the saying goes – tumagos sa puso – it pierced through my heart. I never felt so proud that I was Filipino.
Inspiring! That is what I have to say – I can’t wait until they release the film. As I was talking to JP and Ayee – I felt their sincerity, they believed in the cause – and so pursued it.
When I got back from my Corregidor trip – I’ve had this nagging feeling that I couldn’t quite explain. I think I’ve never understood what that ‘feeling’ was until I saw the documentary. I’ve so long believed in the causes of Carlos Celdran and Anton – now JP and Ayee’s. I just hope that somehow – I can do my fair share.
I was telling JP and Ayee – our country needs this – we need this, to push us to become more that we can.
As they say – it begins with an inspiration, it’s the fuel that makes you go further.
More Dialogues at Starbucks!!
June 21, 4PM : Starbucks Coffee Silver City (near Tiendesitas)
(featuring Anton Diaz and the WeeWillDoodle team)
June 28, 4PM : Starbucks Coffee Harbor Square (CCP Complex)
(featuring Dr. William Oliver of Fauna and Flora International)
July 5, 4PM : Starbucks Coffee Leviste
(featuring Ivan Henares, Kidlat de Guia and JP Tanchanco)