Calidad humana, or human quality, translates to a deep and intuitive “concern for others.” This very characteristic—undoubtedly innate to Filipinos—is the main theme of a new book titled, The Calidad Humana Book 1: Sharing the Filipino Spirit.
Launched on December 2 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City, Calidad Humana is edited by former Chilean Ambassador to the Philippines Roberto Mayorga, who is currently a consultant of the Energy Development Corp.
Mayorga’s book compiles the works of nine authors whose calidad humana have touched many lives.
The Manila Times very own president and executive editor Dante Ang 2nd also wrote a special message in the book titled “We Have to Act.”
The book takes on from the Calidad Humana movement that Mayorga pursued throughout his term as ambassador from 2010 to 2014. The movement highlights the Filipino’s positive and constructive qualities—humility, simplicity, friendliness, and hospitality, among others—spreading them in other parts of the world.
It will also be remembered that it was through the same movement that Mayorga launched the “Smiles for the World” project, a photo contest sought to capture the best smiles and acts of calidad humana in 2013. Unfortunately, while the project was a benevolent initiative for the country, the project hogged the headlines for wrong reasons as grand winner Mark Joseph Solis was proven to have plagiarized his entry.
Two years later, the regrettable incident became a pivotal moment at the book launch. For, in front of more than a hundred guests—comprised of young students and adult professionals—Mayorga showed calidad humana and forgave Solis with open arms, like a father to his son.
Repentance, forgiveness, and redemption: it was calidad humana in the flesh.
The Calidad Humana Book 1: Sharing the Filipino Spirit will be available by the end of December at Fully Booked branches.