Nestor Archival, Pitong Pinoy People’s Choice awardee, has been helping
dozens of scholars out of his own pocket for years and he says it is for
a simple reward.
“They call me their second father. You cannot ask for more,” says the man who was nominated for “adopting” at least 80 children over the years.
He said the 52,504 votes he received from Yahoo! users inspired him to “keep doing more and to improve my advocacy.”
He will not be holding his weekend values formation and music lessons alone, however. From the time he started his scholarship program in 1998, the deal was for the kids to “do something for yourself and then come back.”
“I made them promise to help a relative or a friend to go to school,” he says.
Many of them have graduated and some have become teachers, Archival says. “They are now volunteers,” he says.
With his “children” to help him, he says he hopes to keep helping the children of Talamban and even those far from his barangay.
Archival, who is joining local politics again in 2013, says the next step for his advocacy is to set up a foundation. That way, he says, it will be easier to institutionalize his program of teaching values through music and hard work.
He is already working on developing a framework for the program and having an accredited foundation will make it easier to spread and replicate in other barangays and towns.
He admits that running the program has not been easy.
“I have some offers (of help) now, but you cannot just accept right away,” he says.
Addressing the rest of the Pitong Pinoy 2.0 awardees, Archival says they have been given the task to inspire others.
He says they have to get people to “take the road less travelled: The road of service, of helping others to stand on their own feet and have better lives.”
Archival, who also counts healthy eating and environmental consciousness among his advocacies makes sure the sharing of knowledge does not just happen during the weekends.
When not holding weekend lessons, he helps run the Archival Eco-House which he designed himself. There, he shows tourists how to live in harmony with nature, how to grow and eat the healthiest food, and how to live better lives.
These are lessons that are just as important for adults to learn as they are for his “adopted children.”
A trip to Nepal makes such an impression on a teenager, he goes on to scale Everest and raise funds for the school he volunteered at.