Maine Mendoza has found a way to inspire her fans and netizens alike.
Through her Twitter account, the Eat Bulaga! mainstay happily announced her new project, Humans of Barangay, yesterday, April 2.
Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s photo blog series, Humans Of New York, which features interviews, stories, and portraits of individuals residing in New York City, Maine changed the setting to barangay.
The Dubsmash Queen tweeted, “Every person has their own story to tell.
“That includes times of adversity that is filled with lessons, motivation, and inspiration.
“Considering myself fortunate for being in Eat Bulaga’s 'Juan For All' segment and having the opportunity to visit different barangays around the country, I would like to take this chance to collect stories from people I come across every single day.
“Since I get to meet people in different walks of life, I was deeply inspired by how they manage to survive and be thankful even with the smallest things that they have.
“Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, I am thrilled to announce that I starting this ‘Humans of Barangay’ project.
“My goal is to inspire more people through stories of others.
“Hoping that this project will inspire us to be a better person in one way or the other.
“I am taking the chance that the universe gave me to help others and spread awareness of what the real world is. One photo, one story at a time.”
One of the first entries on the Facebook page featured two gay best friends.
Their story read: “7 years na kaming magkaibigan, pero elementary pa lang magkaklase na kami.
“Bata pa lang ganito na kami pero hanggang ngayon may mga nangungutya pa din. ‘Salot na bakla’ o kaya ‘Madami na nga kami, dadagdag pa kayo’, iba’t iba pang salita ang binabato ng kapwa namin para i-down kami.
“May konting kirot, pero dahil mas kilala namin ang sarili namin, hindi kami magpapadala sa mga sinasabi nila.
“Sana lang ay tigilan na nila yung gawaing ganun at mahalin niyo nalang ang kapwa niyo tao.
“Mahirap magpakalalaki kung hindi ka lalaki, mahirap din magpakababae kung hindi ka babae.
“Pero tao din kami, mahirap ba kaming respetuhin sa ganitong katayuan namin?”
The hashtag #HumansOfBarangay became a trending topic after Maine's announcement.
The Facebook page currently has a total of 36,941 likes.