“So many faces, so many races, different voices, different choices” over 580 public high school students, faculty and staff sang FrancisM’s Kaleidoscope World during the Born To Be A Hero™ Talks conducted by Pia Magalona, President of the Francis Magalona Foundation and their partner, Coach Pia of the OneCORE Success Center in Barangka National High School, Kalumpang National High School, Parang High School and Nangka High School in Marikina City.

At present there are approximately 6.3 million students enrolled in 7, 268 public high schools receiving instruction from 146,269 teachers amidst an environment where peers:
– have to drop out of school;
– affiliate with gangs and violence;
– experience teen pregnancy and early parenthood;
– become hooked on smoking, drugs and alcohol; and
– commit suicide.

Only about 30% of the 6.3 million students that successfully complete high school will go on to college with the hopes of achieving their bigger dreams in the future. For the remaining 4,334,400, options are few and hope for a better future is small. “You are Born To Be A Hero™ there is no limit to your greatness!” This is the message that the Francis Magalona Foundation aims to impart the Filipino youth.


According to Pia Magalona, the Born To Be A Hero™ Program equips young people with real-life skills such as thinking before you act, making the best decisions and cultivating good relationships. These are often not taught in school but are essential for a good life. “Francis and I learned these the hard way. If we had known this earlier, life would have been much simpler.”


The Born To Be A Hero™ is a year-long values education and character development program designed to empower the youth to harness their inner greatness and realize their potential. The program designed by Coach Pia highlights the importance of becoming a better person in all aspects of your life especially while one is in high school. It equips both teachers and students with skills and techniques to help them become more aware of who they are, create opportunities for themselves and take concrete actions towards the life they envision for themselves and their loved ones. It utilizes FrancisM’s music-which is familiar and iconic to the youth as a tool to inspire and cultivate Filipino Pride, personal integrity and commitment to positive change.

“Malaki na po na tulong ng FrancisM Foundation at OneCORE. It started nung nasa school kayo. That time I was facing different problems at school, dahil ako ang president ngayong school year. Medyo napabayaan ko po ang academics at family. Nag-focus ako sa leadership sa school and extra-curricular activities. Thanks to FrancisM Foundation at OneCORE na ni-remind ako about time management-ung mga circles [5 Aspects of Life] I still remember that… Now may bagong sets of student leaders sa school, I choose to rest first and give time to academics.”(The FrancisM Foundation and OneCORE were a big help. The day you were in school, I was facing different problems. I am the president [of the Student Government] this school year and I’ve neglected my academics and my family. I was focused on being a leader and my extra-curricular activities. Thanks to the FrancisM Foundation and OneCORE, I was reminded about time management. The circles [5 Aspects of Life], I remember that. Now there’s a new set of student leaders. I will rest first and give time to my academics.) remarked a second year student serving in the student government via email.

In the coming months, the Francis Magalona Foundation in partnership with the OneCORE Success Center will be conducting the Born To Be A Hero™ Program in selected public high schools in Metro Manila thanks to the support of the Department of Education-NCR, private donors and corporate sponsors.

To find out how you can help, send an email to getintouch@francismfoundation.com and visit www.francismagalonafoundation.com

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Ginger is the General Manager of ManilaWorkshops.com. She is also the co-founder of a tech start-up company called Turn Up Trumps, Inc. She is a business coach and has her own program called Love the Leap. She has been a blogger since 2005, writing for MommyGinger.com, ManilaFitness.com and ManilaReviews.com. She graduated MA in Communications Major in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific. She worked as an account executive for a couple of ad agencies. She also managed a food franchise store. Her longest corporate stint was as a product manager for a known bank in the Philippines.

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