10 Leaders Who Redefine Leadership
Malayapinas | Philippines
Leadership through Grassroots Action
“The passion and the patience to unite the people in charting their own destiny and collectively realize their aspirations—without fears of the power that be—is the very essence of being a leader.”
In the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, with the Philippines government struggling to assist survivors of the devastation, Malayapinas did what came naturally to her: Along with her husband, she stepped up to organize relief efforts for her hometown of Estancia.
A social worker, a social justice activist, and a women’s advocate, Malayapinas ran for Philippines Congress in the spring of 2013 as the only woman from her party on the opposition platform. Though she lost, she tells us, “I left footprints of a real politics of change with every handshake and smile I gave.”
Malayapinas was raised in a poor, working class family, and was exposed at a young age to worker struggles for just wages and safe working conditions. She promised herself that one day she would work for change and fight against such exploitation. Today, she continues to speak out in a country that has one of the highest rates of attacks on journalists. She believes in the power of the collective to free her country from poverty and oppression.
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