I never thought I’d inspire somebody with one post, but these are the things that make writing – and yes, paper crane folding – all worth it.
Brian Ong of the Manila Foodistas, and also serving as Councilor of the University Student Council of UP Diliman, has read my post on paper cranes (and my photogra-crap… s0w33 nA p0wH d1 p0wH m3 pH0t0gRaPh3r kkkk (“,,)) and decided to make a little difference of his own: the Philippine Paper Crane Project. Besides folding 1,000 cranes of his own, Brian writes:
Besides folding 1,000 cranes, I made it my personal advocacy to look for 1,000 Filipinos to join with me to pledge to adopt a crane, a symbol of their active and vigilant role for the success of this wish. I will be searching for 1,000 like-minded, creative, reform-oriented individuals to vote and guard their votes this coming 2010 elections, and maybe they too will get inspired and fold 1,000 paper cranes.
Oh, and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism has this to say about my paper cranes:
ORIGAMI, the Japanese art of paper folding, is usually considered to be a pastime of young girls in pigtails. But blogger Marck Ronald Rimorin doesn’t care. While listening to lectures at a training workshop on covering elections currently being conducted by the PCIJ in Subic, Rimorin has been feverishly making one paper crane after another.
“Young girls in pigtails…” yeah. I don’t have a future in kawaii cosplay.
A friend of mine, on one of those low points of writing and crane-folding, told me that one of the reasons why our democracy fails (and by extension, the reason why I keep on ranting and raving about it) is that people give up. I’ve always banked on the “wish” part of the paper crane project, and the protest aspect is still pretty much lost on me, but it’s nice that just craning around is spreading fast. So it does, to a certain extent, matter.
Anyway I suggest that you head on over and adopt one of Brian’s own cranes.