At 10:45 am, the Vice President met with AKABA and dressmakers from Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur at the Quezon City Reception House. AKABA expressed its interest in partnering with the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay program and the dressmakers of Saguiaran and the Landap weavers of Brgy. Dayawan, Marawi City. AKABA was founded as a social enterprise in 2014 to provide an avenue for designers and local artisans to collaborate in the creation of high quality and high value travel bags. AKABA works closely with at least 10 weaving communities hailing from different parts of the Philippines.
At 4:00 pm, the Vice President attended the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremoniesin the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is given to persons—regardless of race, nationality, creed, or gender—who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity, and in doing so have made contributions that have transformed their societies for the better.
In her speech, the Vice President talked about uniting as a region in these times of uncertainty. She emphasized that we must continue on enduring hardships as what was exemplified by the Ramon Magsaysay awardees. “As one region, now is the time to look deep inside ourselves, and reflect upon these common values that we still hold on to—these beliefs that we cherish and uphold during the most trying and desperate of times. Asia is home to a multitude of races, languages, cultures, religions, and political systems. Despite our differences, we are bound by one belief: that progress, peace and prosperity should be enjoyed by all people, regardless of race, educational background, religion, or social class. That every human being has the right to dream and lead a comfortable life. The men and women we are honoring today embody an unwavering commitment to this noble cause. This is the great Asian legacy. This is who we are as a people.”