Maine Mendoza launches 'Humans of Barangay' project

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) ­  Eat Bulaga star Maine Mendoza started her own personal project entitled "Humans of Barangay," inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton's renowned Facebook page, "Humans of New York."

Stanton's "Humans of New York" chronicles his conversations with his different subjects.

Mendoza tweeted a Facebook post on Monday, detailing her experience of being on the reality show "Eat Bulaga," and their segment, Juan For All.

"Considering myself fortunate for being in Eat Bulaga's Juan For All segment and having the opportunity to visit different barangays around the country, I would like to take this chance to collect stories from people I come across to every single day," Mendoza said.





In her post, Mendoza said she is thankful for the opportunity of meeting different people in the barangays she visited. Her project serves as her way of telling their stories and inspiring others.

"My goal is to inspire more people through stories of others," the post read.

Mendoza launched her project's Facebook page with four stories, three of which featured co-stars Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, and Jose Manalo.




The fourth post featured two friends openly talking about their sexuality, and their strength in overcoming discrimination.

"Iba't iba pang salita ang binabato ng kapwa namin para i-down kami. May konting kirot, pero dahil mas kilala namin ang sarili namin, hindi kami magpapadala sa mga sinasabi nila," the featured quote said.

[Translation: Our peers throw different insults our way just to bring us down. There's a little pain but because we know who we are, we won't let their words get to us.]




Fans and netizens on Twitter applauded Mendoza for her initiative and they even addressed the criticisms about her being "just a member" of Juan For All.


The "Humans of Barangay" Facebook page has drawn more than 17,000 likes since yesterday's launch.