Who were our Filipino leaders, trailblazers, and innovators before we looked up to them? A student working as a bus mechanic. A child with a stutter, bullied by her peers. A resistance fighter against the Japanese, who was captured and tortured. We hear their stories in Bago Ang Lahat. A podcast by Youth Leadership for Democracy, or YouthLed, a program implemented by the United States Agency for International Development and The Asia Foundation. Powered by PumaPodcast.
Lualhati Torres Bautista knew all along that she wanted to be a writer. She even left college to pursue her passion by writing for "Liwayway." She enjoyed it and her family was proud. But one day, she lost pride in what she wrote. In this episode, Lualhati herself shares how she found her love for writing again. Clarisse de Jesus, her niece and "Dekada ‘70" translator, and Lualhati’s youngest brother, Dante, also share who Lualhati is as family, writer, and feminist.
Jesse had a fun childhood: swimming in the Bicol River, playing agawan base, and telling stories by the bonfire. But it wasn't all carefree days. From his visually impaired father, he learned to hone his own strengths in order to achieve his goals. Like turning Naga into a first-class city, and reaping awards for good governance. His sister, Dr. Penny Bundoc, and executive assistant, Atty. Nina Rances, tell us about the man who believed that "yielding power to the people" was among his greatest achievements.
Santanina “Nina” Tillah Rasul learned that many of her adult kababayans in Mindanao could not read. So, she gathered her family to teach their community how to read. This literacy project spread across the Philippines until Cory Aquino heard about it and asked her to run for senator.
As the face of Probe's TV documentaries, Cheche Lazaro became known as a fearless broadcast journalist. Pero bago ang lahat, she was a child who dabbled in music, treated the world as her classroom, and jumped headlong into the then-emerging field of television. Hear her story from Cheche herself and from Yasmin Tang, executive director of Probe Media Foundation.
Senator Juan Flavier was a doctor to the barrios at a time when many Filipinos died before ever seeing a health worker, and when other doctors found prestige in working abroad. He implemented mass vaccination campaigns and promoted reproductive health—even earning the ire of the Catholic Church. But before all that, he was a boy whose playground was the mountains, who excelled in school despite childhood bullying. Listen to his children Jondi and Joy share funny anecdotes about the late Health Secretary.