Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spreading HOPE through Facebook status

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation.
That simple status marked the beginning of a movement which will give hope to children to continue value their education despite of the adversity they need to surpass before going to school.

Jay Jaboneta: A must-know individual
An “ordinary individual with extraordinary ideas”, that’s will best describe Jay Jaboneta.

He . . .  . .
was born in Cotobato City, Philippines.

graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce Majoring in Management Accounting with a minor in Philosophy in Ateneo De Davao University.

was a corporate employee for 5 years before he volunteered to be part of the Presidential and Senatorial campaign in the Philippines in 2010.

was the head of the New Media Officer under the Presidential Communications Operations Office but decided to leave this job to be more focused in Yellow Boat of Hope.

was the first Filipino who appeared on a TEDx talk outside the Philippines.

is the man behind Hungry People, a website for leaders and other individuals who are hungry for ideas worth spreading.

is the Fire Starter and the Storyteller of the Yellow Boat of Hope.

was one of the Yahoo! Philippines’ Pitong Pinoy (Seven Pinoys) awardee in June 2011 for his significant contribution as a modern day hero.

Jay Jaboneta during his talk about Yellow Boat of Hope in College of Communication (COC), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)

Photos by Flordelyn Manaog of

Online Ink, Writer’s Black and Block Mates with Mr. Jay Jaboneta.

Online Ink, Writer’s Black and Block Mates with Mr. Jay Jaboneta and Mr Jun Lubid (in white). Thanks to Sir Lubid for making the talk possible.

The Yellow Boat of Hope
Jay was currently working in Presidential Communications Operations Office when he encountered the story of the swimming children in Zamboanga, Philippines.

Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation.

Those children need to swim back and forth in going to school every day. Upon knowing this, he made a facebook status and it became viral as a lot of his friends wanted to offer help for the children.
Children who strive for education during low tide
Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation.
The idea of transporting the children from their homes by boats rather than swimming was created. They named the first boat they gave in the community as ‘New Hope’ because they believed that they are not just providing a vehicle that can ferry these children to school, but they are providing them a source of hope and renewed optimism as well.

Yellow boat brings ‘Bagong Pag-asa’ for the children
Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation.
 Jay and his group discovered other communities with the same situation. Now, the Yellow Boat Project is currently present in three communities in Philippines: Layag-Layag, Brgy. Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City; Isla Mababoy, Brgy. Guinhadap, Monreal, Masbate; and Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.

More Yellow Boats, more hope for the children
Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation
Being a TEDx Speaker
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. (

Visit to watch Jay Jaboneta in TEDx Montpellier.

Jay found a way on how he could explain to his audiences about the Yellow of Hope and on how they could easily understand his purpose in doing this. So, he used the word HOPE and made acronym out of it to share his story.

Jay Jaboneta as the first Asian and Filipino to talk in TEDx, France.
Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation.

H – harnessing your potential/passion. “As this has become sort of a personal mission for me”;

O – open your mind/open your heart. “We have to open both our minds and our hearts to the many opportunities to help in the world”;

P – perspiration. “I shared about the importance on acting out our potential, our passions in life”;

E – empower others. “Lastly, I emphasized the importance of sharing our personal success stories with others so that we can help build more leaders and change makers in society”.

Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation.
The True Heroes
“Sacrificing his work and giving out his own wallet in order to be a STORYTELLER”, isn’t it admirable? Jay used facebook to let people know about the story of those children as he promotes to use social media for social change. 
Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation.
Truly, everyone has his own way to let his hands for others, even the people in those communities were all willing to offer 99% perspiration, and that’s the reason why Jay is more inspired to persist his purpose.
Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation.
Aside from boats they produced, Jay’s team also raised funds to build additional school as the number of children who wanted to go to school increased, after they initiated the Yellow Boat Project. 
The school that was build through the people who eagerly offer their help.
Photo credits to Jay Jaboneta’s presentation.
As the new school was build, more teachers are also needed.  Teachers who chose to share their knowledge to those children spend almost 125 pesos a day for transportation, but it was just nothing compared to the joy they can get in teaching those amazing children.

Currently, they are looking for individuals and organizations who can help them build a social enterprise so that their operations can become sustainable. To be specific, they are looking for private donors who can fund their daily operations on the administration/operations side so that all their public calls for donations will go 100% to their projects.

For additional information about Yellow Boat of Hope and if you are interested to lend you’re helping hands, just visit the following links:

“I have to stress though that the real heroes of our story are the children who used to swim to school. They are the brave heroes in our story. I am just the storyteller” – Jay Jaboneta


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