It started with an innocent-looking note, posted in a public place with an innocent enough question, “Is there more to life than your own?” Not long after, half a dozen schools in Metro Manila are – knowingly or unknowingly – engaging in a discussion on pro-life issues via post-it and scribbles.
Lunch Hour Idea
It started as a lunch hour idea of five University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) students – posting notes in bathroom stalls and cafeteria tables in order to spark an exchange among students about issues like freedom, choice and “true love”.
According to Pat Bayona, 20, one of the “initiators” of the project, the initiative has since spread to five other schools, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila, Paref Rosehill, San Beda College, University of Sto. Tomas, and Miriam College, since the first note was posted a few weeks ago. Bayona, a business administration student, added, young people are swayed by media to champion “freedom of choice” and the the RH law, but fail to understand its implications.
Some 1,500 notes have been posted since last month, inciting a lively yet subtle exchange through paper and ink. Bayona said the back and forth comments are a sign that young people are far from apathetic.
“At first, we thought no one would mind them, but we got a very interesting response because people were actually writing their answers…And people were talking to each other,” she said.