Bacolod City, in the Philippines, is a very special place for us… and not just because they have the best barbecue chicken in the world!
It is the place where we met the ICM Children’s Choir, where we shot our first short film and won our first film festival, where we lived and learned how poverty affects lives, where we started to really us our skills to advocate for the voiceless.
We have been visiting Bacolod City for over eight years. It has changed so much in that time! Every time we return now, we see a new mall or restaurant or spa or car dealership that has opened up. The economy is booming.
But there are those that are left behind in the frenzy of credit and spending and growth. Our heart in Bacolod will forever be with those who don’t have enough money to feed their children, send them to school, give them medicines, nurture their dreams. The ICM Choir, who we have worked with since 2010, completely sum up our hopes for this section of society; that each person would be given the chance to grow their talents, dreams, would develop in confidence, would have the platform to bless and inspire others, would know their worth.
We know that we’ll return one day to Bacolod. We don’t know when. But we know that when we do return, we will see great change. And we hope that it is always in the right direction.