Support Our Frontliners With These Bacolod Youth Designed Shirts!
Lory Joyce Andagan | June 03, 2020
There is a saying that "alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." This adage is what inspires these young individuals in Bacolod to take their part in helping the frontliners the best way that they can. It started when one of the members, John Christian Kho thought of a fundraising project for the frontliners through selling shirts.
Thirteen friends of Kho decided to join him on this project. They partnered with other youth organizations in Negros and some private companies for funding and promotions. “This project is all about what we, the youth, can do in a difficult time like this,” shares Kho. They called this project Bayonihan. Bayo is an Ilonggo word which means shirt. All proceeds will go to the frontliners in Bacolod.
A simple and straightforward design inspired by the culture and identity of Pinoys and the frontliners who served as our modern-day heroes was designed by one of the core members of this project. At the front, it features a Hiligaynon word Hangaway which means fighter or warrior. It also has three colors of the Philippine flag which means peace, patriotism, and freedom. The main focus is the frontliners which can be found at the back of the shirt with another Hiligaynon word Padayon which means to continue or to carry on. They tried to keep the design trendy and more modern to adapt to current trends, especially for the millennials.
They were happy with the overwhelming support for their small project. Started last May 12, they already distributed 250 pieces of shirts and gave a cash donation to Philippine Red Cross- Bacolod. Even the LGUs in some municipalities in Negros ordered in bulk. The project has an indefinite timetable and they will continue as long as this pandemic is still going. They are still planning to give PPEs and other needs to other frontliners who are fighting this pandemic. “We hope that we can reach as many people as possible and sell as many shirts as possible and hopefully we can raise an amount that will really help our frontliners”, says Kho. “I know that we can make money and I know it won’t even be enough for every frontliner. But if our actions are reciprocated by each and everyone; whether it can also be in a way that we are doing or simply just by donating because we can definitely help in a big way.”