Friendship Goals That Share The Love with Fellow Filipinos!
Kenneth Mheil Mangaya- Ay | July 22, 2020
Photos by Muriel Vega Perez
You may be wondering why it’s important to have friendship goals. Humans are social creatures for the most part and our friends can have a significant influence on how we think and behave. While you think you left the whole peer-group pressure thing behind in high school, you’d be surprised how adults can also be influenced by the company we keep. Thus, setting friendship goals is important for our overall well-being. It’s not so much about how many friends you have, but how valued they are – and everyone will have a different idea of what makes a valued friendship.
For instance, Muriel Vega Perez and some high school buddies created #ShareTheLovePH, a campaign that changed their lives and will be their greatest legacy, “It started 10 years ago when I encouraged some friends to do a Love Sharing event for kids in a refuge house rather than spending our money in clubbing and bar hopping. Thus, we decided to celebrate our birthdays with different institutions.”
Over the years, Muriel’s #ShareTheLovePH has provided mini-libraries to some public schools, refuge houses, and public daycare centers. They also organize back-to-school and milk feeding campaigns, relief operations during crises, famine, and tragedies. The love was also felt all the way to Marawi during the Marawi Siege as they distributed relief goods to displaced families. The love continues to be spread during the pandemic. They have distributed PPEs to frontliners all over Metro Manila, Provinces nearby Manila, Mindoro, Palawan up to Mindanao. Also, they have provided food aids and other necessities to over 5,000 families around Metro Manila. Celebrities, brands, family, and friends have also extended love to their desire to make more families feel the love during these challenging times. “We wish to continue to send help and we started our campaign to encourage everyone to wear the right kind of face mask and how to help people bounce back,” shared Muriel.
For Muriel, their advocacy didn’t just strengthen their friendship, but it also made them realize how blessed and privileged they are that enables them to share their blessings to those in need. It also made them more mature in making the right judgment and choices. Finally, it helped them become closer as they continue to encourage others to do the same, “We feel grateful as we help them (beneficiaries) change their lives for the betterment. We feel it’s the right thing to do. If you can do something for our kababayans (countrymen), do it! The inner joy and happiness of your soul is a bliss.” In times where people need light to go through life, be a friend who’s more understanding, passionate, and loving. #ChooseHope