Philippine Paper Crane Project

Japanese folklore tells us of the story of cranes, mystical creatures that said to live for a thousand years, being symbols of prosperity and longevity, and poses the thought that if you fold a thousand paper cranes you are granted good luck and your wish will come true. “Sadako and A Thousand Paper Cranes,” explains that “for the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again.”

Recently, blogger Marck Rimorin of The Marocharim Experiment wrote of A Thousand Paper Cranes for 2010, and launched his site to chronicle his efforts. He says “I’m folding one thousand paper cranes for clean, honest, and fair elections in 2010. Cute. Naive. Hah. Humbug… but I believe in wishes,” he explains.

Right after I have read his blog, it got me excited and inspired to join him in his quest for a clean, truthful and fair elections this 2010, and for a better government in the future by folding 1,000 paper cranes too.

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. 🙂

Don’t judge. For me, doing this project is an online exercise, a hobby, a leisurely activity that carries and advocacy. Critics would say that this is a sorry excuse for involvement and activism. Rest assured, as a student council member, a student-activist, and a blogger-journalist, I will do my share. Now, will you?

For comments, suggestions or violent reactions, you may reach me through the comments section or at philippinepapercraneproject@gmail.com.

*Credit to Marck for the idea and Dave Ward for the Paper Crane Photo.

Edit (09/19): P.S. If you want to join in, contribute or support the project, in any way you want, you may express your interest by making a comment here or emailing me. Thank you very much.

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