Daphne Ceniza’s unwavering mission becomes a beacon of inspiration, driving positive change, and touching the lives of those around her.
This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s September 2023 Issue.
Sometimes, the universe sends us gentle reminders of our purpose on Earth, often in the form of experiences, epiphanies, or heartfelt callings.
For Daphne Ceniza, a name known to many when discussing advocacies and philanthropy, her mission is clear, yet she shies away from the label of a philanthropist.
To her, it’s not just about giving money; it’s a divine mission, “We don’t own what we have, it’s all given to us by God.”
A Path To Empowering Change
At the age of 63, Ceniza realized the value of her actions and embraced the responsibility of being accountable for her contributions.
Her advocacy, Bawat Isa Mahalaga, mentors those who are willing to listen, offering help and a voice to those in need.
It is a citizens’ movement for godly governance, believing in empowering the Filipino people within the framework of the Philippine Constitution.
Her journey as an advocate has been rife with challenges, particularly in facing apathy during campaigns like overseas absentee voting.
People often expressed doubt, questioning why they should still vote. For Ceniza, overcoming this apathy is difficult, but she perseveres, reminding them that, “If we give up on our country, we’re giving up on our children, because what we do now is a legacy to our children.”
Despite the challenges, the most rewarding part for Ceniza is witnessing God’s impact on different communities.
Through Bawat Isa Mahalaga, they provide essentials like vegetables and rice to those in need, “Seeing ordinary individuals stepping up to serve others in inspiring ways, like an LGBT member caring for people living in a cemetery or a diabetic pastor feeding the homeless and ministering in prisons, humbles and motivates me,” she expressed.
Ceniza firmly believes that “God guides people to work together in a common goal – to serve others.” Bawat Isa Mahalaga seeks to change hearts and mindsets, emphasizing the importance of each individual’s contribution.
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Photos by Excel Panlaque of KLIQ Inc.