About this project
HEY, I DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND THE TITLE!
Ako Ay Pilipino means I Am Filipino in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines. But don’t be turned off by the title! Ako Ay Pilipino is for you, even if you’re not Filipino.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS AKO AY PILIPINO?
Glad you asked!
Ako ay Pilipino is a movement we started in 2009. Thousands of people have now jumped on board, and we want to invite you to be a part of this creative community that is inspiring Filipinos to understand their identity and destiny.
So, in July 2009, we started working on a totally cool coffee table book. In only 13 weeks we researched, wrote, edited and designed the creative 375-page book, then printed 5,000 copies. Launched in November 2009 to over 4,000 people, this book is set to share hope in the midst of uncertainties.
Check out the Ako Ay Pilipino coffee table book online!
But this project is not just about selling books. It’s about getting the message of the Philippines’ destiny into the hands of every Filipino.
Everywhere you look there are heroes. Some are more unassuming than others:
The beggar kid on the hot Manila streets;
The entrepreneur with a passion for change;
The college student with a big dream.
Ako Ay Pilipino Movement is all about inspiring these heroes to rise up and do something great for the world.
WHO ARE YOU REALLY?
Our team of volunteers are from the Philippines, Asia, America, and Europe. They are students, businessmen/women, designers, writers, and just normal people from all walks of life. No one is getting paid for their participation in the Ako Ay Pilipino Movement. It’s simply about the satisfaction of helping transform the nation.
WHY THE COFFEE TABLE BOOK?
The Ako Ay Pilipino coffee table book is an interactive book based on the history of the Philippines, with daily reflections on every page. It’s a cutting edge design, with a creative, non-conventional writing style.
We know that no one wants another history book. Boooring! That’s why this movement is so relevant. It’s a totally new take on history, culture, and destiny.
The ultimate goal is to change the mindset of Filipinos. They are asking:
“Who am I?”
“Where am I going?”
“What is my role in changing the Philippines?”
Ako Ay Pilipino is a movement that seeks to stir up patriotism, passion for true freedom, and prayer that leads to the fulfillment of the destiny of the Philippines.
“In order to read the destiny of a people, it is necessary to open the book of its past.” –Jose Rizal, Philippines national hero
We started this book project with zero funds and a big heart to help give hope to this nation. We toiled day and night with sweat, tears, and time.
With the present economic crisis, increasing number of poor, and rampant corruption, we simply want to share the wonderful hope that this country has.
OKAY. SO WHAT CAN I DO?
There is a million little things around you that can consume and waste your time. Why not be a part of something life transformational?
You can help us raise the money that we put into book printing, freeing us up to give the books away to every Filipino. We believe that 2010 is a year of destiny for the Philippines, and you can help make a difference in peoples’ lives by reminding them of their importance.
We actually put out $19,852 for the 5,000 books that we printed. But we are only asking for $6,000 on Kickstarter because we need immediate funds. We hope that others will be willing to donate money to this cause as well. So basically what we’re trying to say is, if we reach our goal on Kickstarter, we could always use the extra cash to make a bigger impact.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
First of all, it’s your chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself, something that will far outlast you. You were made for destiny, and your participation in the Ako Ay Pilipino Movement will inspire people around the world.
But let’s be honest: you gotta get something cool out of the deal too, right?
For your pledges we will send you the book, cool posters, sweet ballers, t-shirts, and other really cool stuff!
Jump on board today and create life transformation in the Philippines!
Special thanks to Nez Cruz for the photo: http://www.flickr.com/people/nezgcruz/
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