According to Boy, the idea stems from his own desire to always make his nanay proud! "I always measure what I do with how I think nanay would react. It is my internal moral compass and it has guided me to where I am today."
Judging from the activities that MYNP has so far been involved in since its founding the same spirit has served it in very good stead.
Throughout 2013 MYNP's commitment to serve the community was tested time and again by several natural disasters that devastated the Philippine countryside, most notable of which were Typhoons Pablo and Yolanda.
While these twin calamities served as its "baptism of fire," MYNP was able to pool its resources together and donate much needed relief goods to the victims, as well as assist in the long term recovery efforts by providing funds for livelihood projects, and building elementary school classrooms in the affected areas.
Emerging stronger after each trial, the foundation settled down to the important work of spreading its advocacy and building a stronger network of partners. This was done through numerous engagements and dialogues with various sectors of society.
Boy explains that MYNP wants to reach out to as many people as possible. "The message we bring affects all of us, after all, everyone is a child of a mother and that bond of love is established long before all the other ties we have in our life."
In this regard, under the steady guidance of Boy and his handpicked team of officers, MYNP has been able to reach out to everyone, from "inmates in women's correctional facilities, to business executives, community leaders, politicians, and ordinary Filipinos from all walks of life."
Adds MYNP President, Mike Sicat, "I believe it is only through “One heart, One mind, One mission, One vision and One direction” that we may eventually fulfill our goal of building better lives for our fellowmen whom we are here to serve. Obviously, there’s still much to be done; but with our commitment and passion, I am confident we can further raise the bar and look forward to more successes in 2014 and beyond."
This sentiment is echoed by Gasper Gozo, Secretary General of MYNP when he says "With the outpouring of encouragement from friends and supporters; the inspiring leadership of our Founder and Chairman, Mr. Boy Abunda; the unwavering passion of the men and women behind this small foundation; and the invaluable guidance of our distinguished Council of Advisers, I am confident that the Make Your Nanay Proud Foundation will live up to its core of making nanays proud."
In reflection of the year just past, Boy sees that with all the challenges they faced and were able to overcome, "Taken as a whole, 2013 can be considered a productive year of growth for MYNP. The challenges that we faced - we conquered. And the opportunities that we saw - we seized. But what is most satisfying is that we were able to do it hand in hand with people who shared our simple cause of making our nanays proud."