IMELDA LAUNCHES VOLUNTEERISM CAMPAIGN

Imelda MarcosManila, Feb. 15, 2003 - Former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos yesterday launched a "volunteerism-oriented" movement in Delpan, Tondo.

Marcos, 73, said the organization "Kilusang Magmahalan Tayo" would give people the chance to "make this nation the greatest," and give meaning to the adage "love conquers all."

"My breathen, my countrymen, this is the time for us to move towards a good cause because love conquers all...(Ferdinand) Marcos said this nation can be great again. But I say this nation can be the greatest," said the former first lady to a cheering crowd of 2,000 people.

"As your mother, I'm here. I want to take care of you and say I love you," Marcos said.

She was clad in a red "terno" dress with the logo of the "Kilusang Magmahalan Tayo (Nanay)" printed at the chest.

A statement from the movement's organizers said the movement aims to establish a nationwide movement to aggressively promote positive values of love, caring, respect and mothering of all Filipinos. It also aims to develop strategies and programs to make people aware, and to instill in everyone an appreciation of what is beautiful in himself or herself.

Also present at the event were members of the entertainment industry such as German Moreno, Eddie Mercado, Camarines Sur Vice Governor Imelda Papin, Amay Bisaya, and comedienne Tia Pusit.

Moreno also delivered an emotional speech against what he called hypocrisy in the present government, saying it is not sincere in improving the lot of the poor.

Convenors of the movement led by Papin, started with a feeding program for 2,500 children and medical program for 2,500 indigent persons.

Papin said that a select group of doctors from the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and Philippine Dental Association (PDA) gave their time for free to serve the needy and unfortunate. Medical supplies and vitamin supplements were also distributed to the Tondo residents. The mission's next stop is the scavenger community outside Metro Manila.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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