"What this Country needs is not a change OF men but a change IN men" March 1980

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bagumbayan Movement launched, raise P17 Million in contributions.

A national movement composed of more than 30,000 volunteers was officially launched today (April 27) at the historic Manila Hotel on the occasion of the 488th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan, the nation's first victory against the colonial invaders.

Leon B. Herrera, president of the Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines Movement, said Bagumbayan's grand launching was timed on the anniversary of the Battle of Mactan because Lapu-Lapu, the first Filipino hero, is one of the movement's inspirations.

"Lapu-Lapu courageously defended his community against the colonial invaders. Like Lapu-Lapu, Bagumbayan volunteers seek to defend our country from corruption, immorality and transactional politics so that we can have a New Philippines, a Bagumbayan," he said.

About 2,000 delegates who paid for their own way from all walks of life and every corner of the country including overseas Filipinos flocked to the movement's grand launching and national convention that raised P17 Million through individual contributions and which was graced by Independent Senator Richard Gordon, the keynote speaker.

In his speech, a teary-eyed Gordon said there is a need to abandon the “transactional politics” of the country’s “corrupt leaders.”
“Change ourselves first, before we change our leaders,” he said.

The senator was joined by other guest speakers, to wit: world flyweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr., CNN Hero nominee Efren Penaflorida, Journey band lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, and Chikka.com founder Dennis Mendiola.

They were chosen for being ordinary people who went on to do extraordinary things.

“Nonito, Efren, Arnel and Dennis are ordinary people who made a difference in their lives and the lives of others. We have many of them in our midst, and we will surely see several of them as volunteers of a new Philippines, our Bagumbayan,” Herrera said.

"Senator Gordon has been one of Bagumbayan's inspirations. With his impressive track record in bringing about positive changes wherever he went, Gordon's forward-thinking ideas tie in with our aspirations," Herrera added.

Bagumbayan is a movement of individuals united by a common vision for the nation, inspired by the courage and bravery of Lapu-Lapu and the ideals and wisdom of Jose Rizal, and empowered by the spirit of volunteerism.

"We in the Bagumbayan movement seek to break the walls in our minds and depart from a transactional society. We work for genuine transformation in our country through the collective efforts of the society anchored on the strength of volunteerism," Herrera said.
The Bagumbayan Movement started as a volunteer group whose members served in the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), which Gordon chaired in the 1990s.


Blogger Mertz N. Bernardo said...

This movement should be brought down to the provincial, municipal and barangay level. I personally believe the change in Filipino attitude and view can only materialized once we have a leader who that can lead us to all these developments. RJGordon is the man that can lead us, the Filipinos, to a better future.He is a positive, can do spirit,strong leader we need. I hope that RJG and Mar Roxas will team-up very soon to lead our country... Let us support Bagumbayan Movement!

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Blogger laking anonas said...

Dick gordon is the true and a genuine leader and idol of the youth i do believe to what he said when he was a city mayor of olongapo and that time i was in grade school that 'what this country needs is not a change of men but a change in men' i grow up during the time that idol dick was transforming olongapo from sin city to a model city of the philippines where a leader must set a example to his constituents the good working attitude,determination and true commitment of giving good public service it is not always the solution to elect new leaders but the attitude of corruption and wrong doing will always prevail.This is the time that the filipino people specialy the youth to choose the right leader that will lead our good nation to progress and development and that man is DICK GORDON subok sa lahat ng panahon Bawat Oras Sama Sama sa hirap at ginhawa hindi ka iiwan.

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Blogger Wilson said...

There is no doubt that he's the man that can bring back the pride and glory of the filipinos all over the world. I'm longing for the time where we can tell again to everyone with pride wherever we are PILIPINO AKO!!!

How can we be of help by the way from Australia? Is there a local chapter here of Bagumbayan?

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Blogger Machete said...

I heard him dis moring @ LS-Fm Presidential forum... and believe me.. im now switching my choice for president... go GORDON...im supporting you here at BULACAN... is there a richard gordon movement chapter here in Bulacan? I wanna join...

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Blogger alfred_aldave said...

Go Team Transformers!

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Blogger alfred_aldave said...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

BAGUMBAYAN-bagong pag asa ng taong bayan.....i believe GORDON-BAYANI will win..they r the true leaders..go go go GORDON-BAYANI

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

INTEGRITY over POPULARITY....i vote for Dick Gordon...open ur minddd..wag magpadala sa survey! GORDON and BAYANI kami.ty-fr Imus cavite

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