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.
Ramon Magsaysay was beloved by millions—"The People's President." Pero Bago Ang Lahat, he was a student who preferred to be outdoors, a mechanic who could make any engine purr, and a guerilla fighter who made sure evacuees had food during World War 2. His daughter Mila Magsaysay-Valenzuela and son Senator Jun Magsaysay tell his story.
Congresswoman Sarah Elago is the face of defiance, calling out the misdeeds of older public officials and advocating for the youth. Pero Bago Ang Lahat, she struggled in school because of severe stuttering. Together with former colleague Chard Amazona, Sarah shares how she found her voice.
Senator Jovito Salonga was the ultimate statesman: incorruptible, brilliant, and a true patriot. He was jailed during the Japanese invasion for disseminating the news, and decades later, was behind bars once more for fighting against a dictator. Pero Bago Ang Lahat, he walked barefoot to school and picked grass to sell as horsefeed. His son Steve shares the side of him most people don’t know.
Most Filipinos know Washington SyCip as the founder of SGV, the Philippines’ most prestigious accounting - and now professional services - firm. Pero Bago Ang Lahat, he was a boy genius who would end up doing “James Bond stuff” in World War 2. His experiences led him to reform the accounting profession in the Philippines.
Who do you look up to? Government officials who serve their citizens? Founders of top companies? Defenders of our territory? We know them for their accomplishments. Pero Bago Ang Lahat... sino nga ba sila? Bago Ang Lahat is a new 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.