“A few hours after we posted the rst set of photos, we received comments from friends and the thread grew so long that it became dicult to follow,” Bessie continued. “Our friend Francois Medina decided that we should start a Facebook page for people who also believe in the beauty of the Philippines. He started the page last September 25, 2011 at 12 noon. Twenty-four hours later, we had 3,500 members!” Bessie, Alex, and Francois, a supervisor at a nancial institution, were stunned. “I was happily overwhelmed!” exclaimed Bessie, whose downto-earth nature and gregariousness easily win her friends, whether online or in person. Bessie’s wacky sense of humor, evident in her Facebook comments, is one of her most endearing traits. “But the member requests kept on coming and that was when I panicked!” Bessie confessed. “What are we going to do now? I people who spend a lot of time on Facebook like me. We added Francis Murphy, Raphael Salonga, and Frederick Maniquis from the East Coast; Fletcher Callanta from the West Coast; Marita Barral, Miguel Sarmiento, Xaviera Petell, and Ronnie Leonardo from Europe; Giboy Sarayba, Jay Sta. Barbara, Melo Martinez, Mae Paner ( Juana Change), Myra Abundo, Gaby Tinio, Noel Mate, Lito Boy P. Pangilinan, Nap Beltran, and Roland Fontanilla Jr. from the Philippines. We wanted to have a 24/7 site watch so new members could be accepted to the group at all times.” When I wrote this article, CVMP’s membership has grown to more than 34,000, an astonishing feat considering the page was almost new. Most of the active members are in the Philippines while the rest come from North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand. Bessie, whose latest project is “Brinoy,” which is her rst album of Filipino and Brazilian fusion songs, reected on why Filipinos responded to CVMP in such a phenomenal way. “I think it’s because CVMP is one of the very rst Facebook group sites that is positive `P balik!"#"$ February – March 2012 !"##"$%&"