You might have seen us around asking for 1 peso, here’s why…

We believe that your 1 peso can change the world.

Before anything else, I would like to give you a background of our group (cue: flashback w/ upbeat music). I’m Juan Miguel G. Alvarez, a recent graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Computer Science division of the Faculty of Engineering. I know that’s quite a handful, but bear with me for a second here.

Together with a team of 4 original members also from the Computer Science course of UST including me, we decided to start this company called Potatocodes Web Development and Designs. We believe in making life simpler and in doing things the smart way.

Just this year the company launched an umbrella blogging-community called Ideas Talk Philippines that believes in changing the world by changing minds. We’re soooo sick and tired of all the articles complaining about the state of the Philippines, blaming the government and discussing shallow showbiz issues -This gets us to nowhere.

So we decided to step up, stop complaining and write our own articles concerning hope, and creation, looking inward instead of blaming each other, aiming for changing the world by changing ourselves.

Which brings us to the present, we have gathered a respectable amount of viewership with our blog, almost 10 awesome contributors and have established partnerships with awesome people like theboywhocriedbooks, vangoghisbipolar, burgercompany, wingst, oxygenemag to name a few. We believe in the capability of every individual to change his/her surrounding just by simply making the choice of doing something about it.

For our choice, we decided to employ the expertise of my team in technology and design to change our country for the better. We are a small startup company, although we don’t have any financial backing that large organizations do, we believe that we have the support of God almighty, awesome people (both random and familiar) and our families.

This brings us to the concept of the PISO PROJECT, an ineffable, extraordinary and radical project that can help our country in some way. The idea is to raise a fund of Php 250,000 which will be enough to fund our project. With the help of all the people we might meet (even the random people we meet in the streets) we believe that we can use the PISO of everyone for something good.

We will be creating an app, together with my team of talented young people, the app will focus on one particular problem in our country. It will either be in helping stop crime, reducing traffic jams, bringing food to hungry people (We haven’t decided yet which one, don’t worry, we have a list). At the end of this project, we plan to list all the participants, all 250,000 people who signed up for the project and were kind enough to donate their 1 peso. Once we’ve improved our country with this technology, we dream of listing everyone who participated in the wall of fame, acknowledging everyone in making this project possible.

This will also ultimately prove that we don’t need millions of pesos to make a change. We just have to do things the smart way. We just need people with pure intentions, and people willing to believe the impossible. Once we have this things, we can definitely change our country.


Bring out 1 peso. Now look at it. What do you plan on doing with that one peso? Maybe buy another stick of cigarette, buy a candy, or batuhin si noynoy gamit yang piso na yan. We can take that PISO farther than that. Something that can actually help our country, and to prove an important point…

More than the fundraising, we want to prove that even the smallest things can bring about the greatest change. It might seem impossible at first, and you might be thinking that we’re crazy for doing this (We might be). But I believe it will all be worth it, the price of change is greater than the 1 peso you will give us, it is actually the hope you give our country by signing up for this project.


Once we hit 1000 we will be posting an online counter and listing all the names here in this website. We will always update you with this website, and posting snapshots of the collected PISO army.

Jesus Christ once said to his disciples

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20 (NIV Version)

Now let’s go move that mountain!

We are planning a campus tour in UST this March 26, 2015, Thursday. If you would like to join this project, we hope to see you around. If however you’re not available at that time, there are plenty of opportunities, we’ll be updating our facebook page regularly on where we are planning to go next. You can contact us through our mobile number 09178802238 (globe) or 09068774901 (globe)

What do you think of our PISO project? If you have been a part of this project (nakulit ka namin) or planning to help out, sound of in the comments section below! It will also be a big help if you can share this idea in your social media accounts, there are buttons just below here for that.