In its "Heroes for Better" campaign, Western Union recognizes the heroic efforts of Filipino migrants to affirm their invaluable contribution to their families, communities and the country. Not only do these migrants send hard-earned money back home, they had also given pride to the Filipino community with their successful missions. This tribute to outstanding modern-day Filipino heroes coincides with the celebration of Filipino Heroes Day come end of August.
Present in today’s Heroes for Better press conference were three heroes – Nilo Beltran, founder of the Skills Caravan – a non-profit organization which provides free technical skills workshops to jail inmates, out of school youth and unemployed members of underprivileged communities in the Philippines; Edmond Corpuz, founder of the “Black Pencil” advocacy project which helped bring school supplies to 1,200 school children in rural areas; and Nestor Puno, a missionary who teaches a small school in Japan for Filipino and Filipino-Japanese children who cannot enter regular schools due to their residency status.
“I guess it holds true for all of us heroes that it started with an issue that had affected us and it simply compelled us to take action. It’s not that we wanted to change the world, we just wanted to help in our own way,” says Nestor Puno.
“This recognition given to us by Western Union only inspires us to continue and even extend the reach of our advocacies, involve more people, and hopefully influence other migrants to start their own missions too,” adds Nilo Beltran.
Learn more about inspiring stories of the these ordinary Filipino migrants living extraordinary lives at wuheroesforbetter.org