Collaborating with a Greater Impact

maeann
Posted January 19, 2020 from Philippines
Collaborating for a Greater Impact

Leveling up my engagement with World Pulse to be an Ambassador is a commitment. I never thought that I can be valued as I represent World Pulse to my community.  Creating an impact together is like a tsunami wave to a digital world. 

When I applied for an Ambassador, I never thought that this inspires me to do more and to connect more.   

So I started connecting with fellow World Pulse members in the Philippines.  Then, the World Pulse Philippines Facebook group was created last November 21, 2019, in collaboration with fellow World Pulse members.

The objective of this Facebook group is to connect with fellow Filipinos through L.E.A.D. 

L - LINK with women who want to be heard and make an impact through the power of her story.

E - Encourage women to be part of a worldwide sisterhood where we can speak and lift each other through the World Pulse platform.

A - Advocate individual's aspirations by collaboration to benefits children, young girls, and women in our community.

D - Develop World Pulse PH Sisterhood through active participation as an encourager, share stories, join meet-ups and support any campaign online or offline.

We also use hashtags to easily find messages with a specific theme or content #WorldPulsePH #PinayRiseUp #LogOnPinay

World Pulse PH had 104 members and counting.  We feature every story posted on World Pulse since 2010 up to the latest stories.

A new member of World Pulse Den Ramonal posted her message to the World Pulse PH Facebook group and I quote: “Hello. I was just invited by a good friend here and I am so happy to hear that this group exists! Salute! I am Den, a dance anthropologist, and artist. I just recently restaged my dance piece 'Finding the Mindanao Body' in Tangier, Morocco and would like to share a photo of the performance”  Read her first story on World Pulse entitled “Growing out of that Box” http://bit.ly/2uczvjF

Blanche a World Pulse member since 2011 said in her message and I quote: “I am elated to see that WorldPulse members from the Philippines are growing. I see familiar faces and old acquaintances from this group of which I believe had little knowledge of my real struggles when I was younger. Healing is yet a continuing journey even until now. I joined WorldPulse in 2011 without thinking that this community is real. But yes, WorldPulse is a safe online community. And I am proud to say, this is my space for inner peace. Please allow me to share my first post, written 8 years ago, as my persisting voice for #IStandwithHer

Aside that we share our post stories on our group we have different activities that we can share online.  Michelle shared her painting for our WOWWW Wednesday (Wisdom, Works, Worth and Worship)

“Hello, my name is Michelle Louise. I am new to this group and I feel deeply grateful to be part of it. I am a mom of a 10-year old boy, scientist by profession and an artist by heart. ❤️ Painting is my way of unleashing my mind and connecting to my soul. Here’s one of my art pieces and this is my WOWWW Wednesday”

We also have daily posts in our Facebook group so that members can interact and can post their thoughts and share:  Motivation Monday (inspiring quote & sayings), Thanksgiving Tuesday (what are you grateful today?), WOWWW Wednesday (Wisdom, Works, Worth and Worship), Tula Thursday (poetry, favorite poem, compose, copied from a book or any poem), Fun Friday (painting, graphic, vlog, humor, jokes, anything) and Serene Saturday (bookworm- share what book inspires you and why?).

Some who were invited to join the World Pulse PH Facebook group ignited their passion for writing stories again.  Some have blogs and would like to share it also on the platform.

JOIZZ2006 shared her first story post from her blog http://bit.ly/367m4yH

A new member found courage in posting about her love story, DIANAGRACE808 for the first time and I quote what she replied to one of our encouragers: "Thank you for welcoming me. ulaw kau oi! hahah!" (I felt embarrassed) http://bit.ly/3arAaya

Pram posted her first story too and received a lot of encouragement and she replied and I quote:  “Thank you all for your warm welcome! I'm very nervous about posting my first story. Your words comfort me and it's good to know that I'm not the only one who experienced these things. I'm happy to discover World Pulse!” http://bit.ly/2TFpuWL

With the featured story posted we sometimes get ideas what stories to tell next.  Sharing to you some of our conversations on facebook:

Karen Quiñones Axalan: This post is nice. I haven't written my story when I was still studying. Hmmm. Thanks for the inspiration, Ann Mhe.

Kharla Jhoei :Hmmm write about going back to study

Ann Mhe: Kharla Jhoei yes excited to read your college life

We have also participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. I am sharing to you a story posted by KAREN QUIÑONES-AXALAN , AKSHAYA9, ANGEL LASONA, BLANCH1981, CSAM and MAEANN

Karen's story: http://bit.ly/2PzOETh Jack's story: http://bit.ly/2YJTv8J Angel's story: http://bit.ly/2LDdSPd Blanche's poem: http://bit.ly/2PuYsxH Crisam's story: http://bit.ly/38ohHlh Maeann's commitment: http://bit.ly/2RAn6zL

To support this campaign I have posted on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) a quote, a statement, and SDG Goals 2030 on Gender Equality for 16 days.  The last statement I posted: “Let us not forget that violence does not exist by itself and cannot do so; it is necessarily interwoven with lies.  Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence.  Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his method must inexorably choose falsehood as his principle by Alexander Solzhenitsyn  

On our Monthsary and to celebrate Christmas and New Year we have also given away ebooks for FREE (provided by Karen Quinones-Axalan) which is timely for us to learn and lead entitled “Dare to Lead” and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (pm me if you like to have a copy).

Being a member of World Pulse brought me a deeper connection with sisterhood in the Philippines.  The Philippines have three Islands (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) and even if geographically far and challenging by means of transportation, we use the internet to connect and link. 

I believe there are women who have advocacies; they only need to know that there are women like them with the same belief and dreams. And through World Pulse, we can influence change to an empowered woman.

I congratulate World Pulse Philippines Ambassadors:  KAREN QUIÑONES-AXALAN, BLANCH1981, and PAULINA NAYRA.  

We are excited to unlock new opportunities, new skills and powerful stories in the coming days.

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I Connect with a heart.  I live a life of empowerment. I Influence to accomplished.  

This story was submitted in response to #OurImpact.

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