Filipino Medical Frontline Workers partake of the NCA Leadership Journey – Online Edition


Perhaps no other group of people can attest to the burgeoning difficulties of the present-day situation better than our dear Medical Frontline workers. Over the course of the last seven months, the pandemic raged across nations and a large portion of the human race was driven into their homes for months on end. Simultaneously these frontline workers were at and continue to be at the forefront of a fight against an unseen enemy- the dreaded Coronavirus of 2019.

In this light, we are fortunate enough to have been blessed with the opportunity to share Ninoy and Cory’s principles of Prayer, Discernment and Self-sacrifice with thirty three (33) Filipino medical frontliners from around the country and  the globe. Last Saturday, October 10, aided by the facilitation of Program Director Mr. Jampao Reyes, these modern-day heroes took a quick break- a breather from the toxic bustle of their lives confronted with the new normal.


The group’s main organizer, NCALJ Companion Kym Villamer, who is based in New York City, noted two important takeaways. First is the Online Journey as time to pause and reflect on the last few months’ experiences. Second would be the Journey as a chance to have heard fellow frontliners’ stories and to show solidarity of companionship. Participants also realized the power of compassion as an outpouring of wholehearted service- that even in times of difficulty, there is lasting strength that emanates from a heart that not only serves, but loves at the very core of this service. “I realized that small things matter, and a simple act of kindness always sparks. Lahat tayo may kinakaharap na suliranin sa buhay. Huwag kalimutang maging makatao. Be compassionate, a simple gesture can mean everything to someone else.”

The progam was capped off on a high note with no less than Vice President Leni Robredo’s words of hope and wisdom for the participants. She emphasised the importance of continuing to fight the good fight, amidst all adversity- and thanked the health workers for their tireless efforts in combatting the pandemic at hand. Her message served as a shining beacon of hope for the participants to carry on with the acts of heroism they live by in their daily lives. Closing remarks were given by NCAF President and Executive Director Mr. Rapa Lopa who likewise encapsulated the message of hope and solidarity the Online Leadership Journey aimed to impart.

The world of today may be facing what feels like an overextended night of utter darkness- with our dear Medical and Health Worker Frontliners at the forefront of this ugly truth; but we remember that “the darkest nights produce the brightest stars.” And inarguably, the brightest stars have been fashioned once more by our creator in the mold of the selflessness and bravery of these frontliners.