(Pre-) #MoveIlocos: An Honest-To-Goodness Groupthink

“Honest discussions – even and perhaps especially on topics about which we disagree – can help us resist hypocrisy and arrogance. They can also help us live up to the basic ideals, such as liberty and justice for all, on which our country was founded.” -David E. Price

#MoveIlocos Focus Group Discussion

How can I say no to a personal invitation from Northwestern University President Liza Nicolas to attend a focal group discussion for the Rappler’s #MoveIlocos event, with the theme “Ti akem ti social media tapno magun-od ti napudno nga panagpipili” (The role of social media in achieving honest elections)?

The group was composed of Rappler’s Chay Hofileña and Voltaire Tupaz, familiar local faces from the academe, media, government, private and business sectors.

Plainspoken young businessman Hanson Chua set the tone for one intense thought-sharing. The scraping went easy, free-flowing and at some points almost reaching boiling point.

The local issues changed from malls to governance, to noise pollution, to lay-offs, to taxes, to desecration of historical landmarks, to local governance again, to public hearings, to large-scale mining, to selective apathy, to vote buying, to social media practices — sentiments that are not commonly brought out in the open for sifting, prompting Chay to say that she never thought the Ilocanos are this passionate.

Next on the blog: the revolutionary #MoveIlocos

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