Following Dreams with CANVAS

Mr. Gigo Alampay’s talk on following one’s passion was a very powerful and inspiring experience for me. He shared with us how he was able to make a positive impact on society by following his own passion.

Mr. Alampay is currently the head of the Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development or CANVAS non-government organization. His non-government organization primarily focuses on producing books for children who belong to the marginalized sector. CANVAS raises funds through its events and uses this money to create (write, illustrate, and publish) books which they hand over to children. Most of the children that CANVAS gives books to have been unable to continuously attend schooling. Some of them have not had the privilege of owning their own books. A large number of them have received books from CANVAS which are the first books they have ever read or owned. The books that CANVAS gives to these children are of a very high quality. The stories are adapted from very appropriate and positively messaged works. Illustrations that can be found in the books have been done by professional artists. And a very important aspect as well is that the books are printed and published to a very high quality standard. This allows the children who receive the books from CANVAS to enjoy ownership of the books, knowing that the books will last and not get worn out easily.

Mr. Gigo Alampay studied law at the University of the Philippines College of Law. He shared with the class that it was something he enjoyed and something that he wanted to do. However, through his journey in the profession, he discovered his passion. He found out that he was attracted to the idea of helping out the less fortunate, but in a unique way. He had an idea for CANVAS and using his skills and network in the law profession, he pursued his passion and created this wonderful non-government organization. Now, he is able to do something that he enjoys and at the same time, he is able to make a positive impact on society.

In the same way, he inspires me to do something that I love and enjoy. My current course in college should not be a hindrance in this goal. What I am taking up now and other factors in life that I might believe not to be in line with my passion will eventually find a way to fit in to what I love doing. There is a use for anything and everything that we have learned and experienced.

This talk from Atty. Gigo Alampay has been an eye-opener for me. I now know that I am not – and will never be – limited to what I study, work for, or anything that I am currently doing. If there is something that I want to pursue, I will find ways to push through with it. And more often than not, it will even contribute positively to the betterment of our society.

Paolo Lorenzo Tejano

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