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Pasay City, August 21, 2017 - The YesPinoy Foundation Inc. (YPF) of actor and youth advocate Dingdong Dantes celebrates its 8th anniversary today by launching a disaster resilience campaign, dubbed as “I Am Super”, through a week-long art exhibit at the Resorts World Manila.
The I Am Super campaign aims to distribute YPF Go Bags, which are hooded backpacks with emergency kits and learners’ materials, to all students in 10 schools, identified in partnership with the Department of Education, that are highly at risk to natural and human-induced disasters. In partnership with the social-enterprise Taclob, Typhoon Yolanda survivors and specially-abled persons will be trained and employed to develop the Go Bags. “The I Am Super campaign believes that with the right knowledge, skill, and heart, we can be heroes by empowering others in great need such as young people and communities in disaster-prone areas,” Dantes said.
Moreover, the Campaign extends assistance to families, children and soldiers affected by the Marawi Seige. Recently, Dantes visited the Philippine Naval Hospital to meet with wounded soldiers from Mindanao, where he shared encouraging words, and I Am Super gifts and plaques in recognition of the soldiers’ heroism. “Our soldiers are modern day heroes. Their efforts, together with our volunteers in Mindanao, deserve to be recognized and appreciated by every Filipino,” said Dantes, who is also a marine reservist.
Art Exhibit for Resilience
To launch the campaign, YPF together with Resorts World Manila organized the “I Am Super: An Art Exhibit for Resilience” from August 21 to 27 that showcases the works of artists, who volunteered to support the Foundation’s advocacy on climate action and disaster preparedness.
The exhibit features flower arrangements from Flora Vida, the online business venture of Dantes’ wife Marian Gracia-Dantes. The founder of Flora Vida also collaborates with Mark Padernal and Carlo Saavedra, the exhibit’s other featured artists.