Thursday, September 1, 2011

A great believer in the Filipino

Alex is a great believer in the Filipino. He is a great believer in our beauty and greatness as a people. He is the author of the famous poem “I am Filipino”, and the bestselling author of the book “12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country”. Through Kabayanihan Foundation, Alex has written a series of patriotic books – a) “12 Little Things Our Youth Can Do To Help Our Country”; b) “12 Little Things Our Senior Citizens Can Do To Help Our Country”; and c) “12 Little Things Global Filipinos Can Do To Help Our Motherland”. He believes that every Filipino is part of the Solution, and part of the Hope of our Motherland. Alex is the founder and chairman emeritus of KaBayanihan, a foundation that promotes a Culture of Greatness for the Filipino. KaBayanihan is anchored on Kapatiran and Bayanihan, which literally mean Brotherhood and Community Heroism. Kapatiran and Bayanihan are two old and beautiful traits of the Filipino. These are universal values that would help make a better world for all humanity, regardless of race or religion. KaBayanihan hopes to help bring out the kapatid and the bayani in every Filipino. Every Filipino, wherever in our archipelago or the world, can be part of the solution even through small acts of patriotism or heroism. Today, Alex is one of the country’s top and best speakers on the Filipino and Patriotism, receiving almost 200 speaking invitations every year in the past 5 years. He has received several awards, including the Good Citizen/Good Filipino Award given by the Edsa People Power Commission in 2009. Alex finished law at the U.P. College of Law in Diliman, and has taken post graduate studies at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also studied at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio for 3 years. In 2007, he took a leadership course at Haggai Leadership Institute in Singapore, where he was chosen to give the valedictory address for all graduates from various countries. At present, he is a partner at the Malcolm Law Office. Alex believes that every change begins in the mind and in the heart. He believes that one of the most important things we need is cultural change, particularly cultural enrichment. He believes in the principle “Culture is Destiny” – that our culture people as a people will determine our destiny as a nation; that our culture today will determine who and what we will become tomorrow. Alex is a great believer in the Filipino. He believes that we, as a people, have the power and all the essentials to make the Filipino great and respected in the eyes of our world. By Ralph Reuben C. Morales - Kabayanihan Foundation