Boy Abunda hopes book, Make Your Nanay Proud, will serve as the Filipino's moral compass

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Boy Abunda (shown in photo with Bianca Gonzalez) shares the simple message that inspired the book, Make Your Nanay Proud: “We just want to encourage people to love their mothers and make their mothers proud.”


The Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation launched the book, Make Your Nanay Proud, at the opening of the first Philippine Literary Festival 2014 on October 23, 2014 at the Raffles Makati.

The book, published by ABS-CBN Publishing Inc., contains over 80 anecdotes, stories and reflections from celebrities, leaders, personalities, and everyday folk. The Philippine Literary Festival 2014 is sponsored by National Book Store and Raffles Makati.

TV host Boy Abunda, founder and chair of MYNP Foundation, said that when he was told by ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. that the book would be launched on the opening of the literary festival, he remembered thinking: “Siyempre natakot ako... how in the world did we deserve to open the first ever Philippine Literary Festival... how can we share credits with the likes of Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee?”

He continued, “It was with so much doubt, trepidation and audacity that we said okay.”

But the more he thought about it, he realized: “Why can't we open the Philippine Literary Festival? What can be more literary than a mother's love for a child? Or a child's musings and introspection, ideas, concepts on how he/she makes his/her mother proud?”

After all, the two-year old MNYP foundation "encourages people to love their mothers," Boy added.

As their senior council adviser Washington Sycip reminded him, “Your message must be simple, it must be short.”

Thus, their mission statement: Make your mother proud by being the best of who you are and by being the best in all you do.

Boy continued: "MYNP believes in the power of maternal love, with the love of a mother anything is possible... We believe if you want a better world, start with the individual. We believe strengthening families starts with strengthening the individual. These mother-loving communities create a better country.

"This is the reason we put up MYNP, we want to do our share in nation-building.”

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Boy said he wants the book's message to reach all Filipinos: “Gusto namin lumawak ang aming maabot, mga estudyante, mga nagtatrabaho sa opisina.”

He described the book: “Kaibigan, 'pag wala kayong makausap, 'eto. That's why in my introduction I said, if you need company, get this book, maganda siyang isama.”

TIMELY. Why publish the book?

“Dahil naging maganda ang aking buhay dahil sa pagmamahal ko sa aking ina. Dahil 'eto ay tama.

"Sobrang ingay na ng mundo natin. Sobrang daming nangyayari na hindi kanais-nais sa ating bansa, sa ating paligid. Panoorin mo ang news, ang daming malungkot, corruption, nakawan. Pagkawala ng tiwala sa isa't isa," the TV host said.

The book's message is simple: “We just want to encourage people to love their mothers and to make our mothers proud.

“We do not wish to get awards with this book. I'll be very forthcoming, very honest, our goal with this book is to win the hearts of the Filipino people," he said.



MORAL COMPASS. Boy hopes the book will contribute to building communities that celebrate things that Make Your Nanay Proud holds dear – diversity, tolerance, love, patience, positivism, kindness, and forgiveness.

“Kung gusto mo talaga mapalitan yung pamamaraan natin sa pagma-manage ng opisina, ng pakikipagkaibigan, pakikitungo sa kapwa, mag-uumpisa ka talaga sa sarili, you have to start with family.

“Ako, naniniwala ako na to strengthen families you have to strengthen the individual. At ang aming mensahe diyan sa individual ay love your nanay, make your nanay proud.

“Imagine a world, a family, a community, a country where people are conscious about making their nanays proud, magdadalawang-isip kang gumawa ng hindi tama.

“Magdadalawang-isip kang mangurakot if you want to make your nanay proud. Magdadalawang-isip kang makaisa if you want to make your nanay proud. That's our single most important message.”



SEQUELS. Boy also revealed plans to publish two or three more books on the same theme, because of the many positive stories they collected during their research.

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“Marami pang tumatawag at nagsasabing, we want to share our stories,” he said.

This first book features stories and anecdotes from leaders like Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and President Noynoy Aquino, to celebrities like Coco Martin and Kathryn Bernardo, to everyday individuals.

The book is democratic in its choices. Boy explained, “We have no criteria [for the stories].

“No story is less or more than any other story. Each one of us has a unique way of articulating our love for our mothers and how we make them proud.

“Bawat isa sa atin may nanay at may kuwento na inspiring, na nagbibigay ng lakas ng loob sa mga bata, na ang dapat maunawaan nila ay ang nanay ay napaka-importante sa bayan, sa komunidad at sa bansa.”


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