July 30, 2013
Love for the Filipino
Rafael C. Lopa, better known simply as Rapa, is the Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and concurrently the President and Executive Director of the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF). In various and sometimes diverse ways, both organizations are committed to alleviating poverty in the Philippines and developing competent and ethical leaders for the country. You can just imagine what kind of man chooses to lead such organizations in a country where one-fourth of the population live below the poverty line, and where stories of corruption are received with a shrug because it is so pervasive. Listening to him speak about his motivations, heartaches, and joys during the 2013 Ignatian Festival was profoundly moving and inspiring.