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SMART PayITfwd: Spreading Good Deeds Through Technology

It’s been a long time since I last delivered a talk in front of an audience. I’ve always known that I easily get nervous when people are looking at me. But last week, I decided to take on the challenge because it was an opportunity to share about my volunteerism. And share I did.

Last Friday night *Katy Perry’s song starts playing in my head*, SMART Communications shared to the Cebu Bloggers Society about PayITfwd, their new initiative that aims to enable through technology ongoing efforts that foster learning, and they invited guest speakers to share about their advocacies.

Sir Boboi Costas shared about his story of the Aloguinsan community-based ecotourism, Ms. Bernadette Parco shared about her bag donation campaign for the school children, Doc Buboy Tapia shared his advocacy for kidney disease awareness, and Insoy Niñal shared about helping poor children stay in school by spending for their basic educational needs through Tsinelas Association.


I, on the other hand, talked about volunteerism. I’ve been volunteering for social good since I was in college — until now. The biggest and the longest-running volunteerism I’ve done, though, is for Gawad Kalinga. I’m just glad that, though I clearly sounded nervous and in a hurry when talking in front of the audience, I was able to share my thoughts and wonderful experiences in serving the poor.

So in the hopes of gathering more people to spread good deeds through technology, I encourage all individuals or groups that have programs or projects on social good which have the potential to bring more benefits to the communities to join SMART Communications’ PayITfwd initiative. Head over to the website for more details! :)

Mikyu Maglasang

Mikyu is a software engineer, a blogger, a photography enthusiast, and an adventurer from Cebu, Philippines.

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