Friday, December 4, 2020

#LightItForward Is A First Global Filipino NGO Initiative to Pay Tribute to Frontliners


Ground zero for a kilometer count but for most of the Filipinos Luneta Park is one of the historic grounds. It is indeed because not only did Jose Rizal died here but thousands of Filipinos were executed in this park which is formerly known as Bagumbayan. Just the right place to bring a message of hope and solidarity to the world in this time of the pandemic. Last November 30, while the sun is setting and the nation is celebrating Bonifacio Day, the Liter of Light has created giant tableaux of a Philippine flag as a tribute to frontliners. 


The flag's outlines are made up of 3,000 sustainable lamps individually assembled by volunteers from all over the country who have united for the project. "This is our tribute to heroism on a global scale, a tribute to all the Filipino frontliners worldwide who have fought to contain the pandemic. It is a profound expression of solidarity with those who have risked life and limb to be in the frontlines of the fight," said Illac Diaz, Founder of Liter of Light and organizer of the event. 

I just remembered watching light shows during the start of the Christmas season and they were all amazing but today seeing these giant tableaux of our Philippine flag and sending a message of support and tribute to all the frontliners makes me feel more of the urge to help at least in my own small and simple way. 


 One  of the famed celebrity, Dingdong Dantes, participated in personally and manually assembling a few of these sustainable light lamp which will be distributed to places where there's no electricity. 


In the course of a few weeks leading up to Christmas, the thousands of individual lights making up the image will be rearranged to form equally stunning images of symbolic significance in the global fight. The Philippine flag is expected to be the first in a series of glowing tableaux as other groups of volunteers such as doctors have come forward to express their willingness to create their own tableaux using the individually-assembled renewable lights. The giant tableaux in Luneta Park will be until this weekend.


The Liter of Light is a global grassroots movement founded in the Philippines that is committed to providing affordable, sustainable, solar lights to people with limited or no access to electricity. As the first global Filipino NGO, Liter of Light has brought light to millions of people in off-grid areas across the globe. To Diaz, the organization's programs have also spearheaded a progressive narrative for the Filipino people. - that of a forward-thinking nation capable of contributing solutions to the world's problems. 


Diaz has been selected as the Philippines' private sector representative to Expo 2020 Dubai as part of its EXPOLIVE Impact Innovation Program showcasing the work of innovators of global importance. Liter of Light's grassroots platform operates hubs in 32 countries and has positively impacted the lives of over 1.5 million individuals globally. 


After the Luneta event, the lights will be distributed to off-grid communities ravaged by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses with the help of partner airline, Air Asia Philippines. 


"In the darkness of Covid, stars of hope, exemplified by Filipino frontliners globally, have emerged. Where there is light, there is always hope," Diaz said. 

 

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