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March 2014 Issue No. 1

DLSU-M holds the first International Leaders Summit

Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta of DLSU -M talking about the importance of AEC to the Southeast Asian Youth By: Jazon Enriquez-Roque De La Salle University Manila (DLSU-M) hosted the first International Youth Leaders Summit from February 10 to 14. Forty-one delegates from different countries in Southeast Asia, including the host country, participated in the said for five days. “Initiating Student Action towards an Empow-

ered Generation” was the theme of the summit. It

aimed to educate the Southeast Asian youth on how to become a “more responsible student leader” and get ready as the ASEAN prepares for the Asian Economic Community (AEC). On the first day of the summit, guests were given a chance to get to know the country’s capital, Manila. The following day gave the delegates an opportunity to interact with one another and discuss their respective countries’ readiness for Asian Economic Community (AEC) next year. On the fourth day, discussions were held regarding the primary goals of the event. Atty. Chito Gas-

con, the Undersecretary for Political Affairs from Office of the Political Advisor, Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, discussed “Path of Student Leadership for ASEAN 2015”. Meanwhile, Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, a Political Science Professor from DLSU—, followed with the discussion on “Importance of AEC 2015”. Mr. Jules Maaten, the Country Director of Friedrich Naumann Foundation Philippines, talked about the topic “IYLS: Movement Towards Change.” The last day, on the other had, was marked for the departure of the delegates who would go back to their respective countries.

VOTY Joins MTV EXIT and USAID in Fight against Human Trafficking and Exploitation By: Mina Deocareza Voice of the Youth Network (VOTY) recently joined MTV End Exploitation and Trafficking (MTV EXIT) in its fight against human trafficking and exploitation. VOTY showed its support through participating in one of its events, the screening of the film entitled "Alagwa" at the Cinema 1 of SM Mall of Asia, March 2. This movie screening was made possible by USAID Philippines, one of the partners of MTV EXIT. Members of different organizations and students from different schools who also supported the advocacy attended the said event. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg was also present in the event. He spoke at the opening program where he briefly discussed how rampant cases of human trafficking and exploitation have been around the world, even in the US. He even said that most of the

time, victims of human trafficking and exploitation are not informed. Meanwhile, Mr. Jose Mateo R. Dela Cruz, Country Youth Leader of MTV EXIT Youth Philippines, also gave a speech about the role of the youth in fighting human trafficking. He also encouraged everyone to spread the word and help more people become aware of this pressing issue, not just through MTV EXIT but also in other simple yet meaningful ways. Most importantly, he invited everyone to take part in the

fight. “Alagwa” filmmaker Ian Lorenos also spoke in the said event and shared information on the film’s journey from a mere father and son story to something that captures a highly relevant issue in today’s generation. He emphasized that more than the drama; his film pushes a very important and timely advocacy. He also expressed

his belief that like him, every individual can actually join this fight. “Everyone can do something even through simple ways,” he added. After the screening, participants in the event had their photos taken at the photo booth set by MTV EXIT and USAID while holding signs showing support to the fight against human trafficking.

Organizers with Lorenos, Goldberg, Uncle Sam, and Lady Liberty


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Experts Share Secrets in the Ultimate Health and Wellness Summit By: Aiyana Cruz Health Experts shared their secrets in weight loss and healthy living during the Ultimate Health and Wellness Summit, which took place at the Paragon Plaza last February 22. “Health is Wealth” was the overall theme of the said event. Some of the speakers who imparted their knowledge on weight loss and healthy living . Khoa Bui shared his experience and knowledge on effectively cutting down excess fat and getting six-pack abs in the process. He also demonstrated how to prepare spicy vegetable salad and green juice, which were good alternative to the usual unhealthy meals some people love to indulge in. Rence David shared some of her tips on keeping a lean figure and modeled a demonstration of Mary Kaye’s make-up wonders. Stress management was also discussed as an essential part in healthy living by Jhun Que. Paul Tan stressed on the importance of hydration and provided tips on how to lose weight with the help of

water while Nutritionist Valerie Tangsoc debunked diet myths and promoted the use of organic rice as a healthy alternative. Health Literacy Advocate Gen Blasurca corrected misconceptions about the use of supplements and stressed on the value of bioavailability. Rey Tan also informed and warned the audience about the harmful effects phones on people. He also introduced the use of phyto-energy patches as a solution. Ms. Philippines Earth 2014 candidate Jamie Chua Reyes and Mr. Philippines 2013 candidate Jarry Lara also contributed to the event by sharing their methods on maintaining their figures. The summit ended with a one-hour Zumba session led by Instructor Nick Manjares.

British Council Philippines Staff ready to entertain questions and give further information to the participants

Students, Parents Attend Education UK Exhibit ‘14 By: Jazon Enriquez-Roque Filipino students and parents attended the British Council Philippines’ (BPC) Education UK Exhibition 2014 held at the intercontinental Hotel Makati last February 15. Organized to attract prospective students to study in prestigious learning institutions in the United Kingdom and inform the Filipino youth about the opportunities in store for them, the said event was free of charge. A total of 21 UK schools participated in the said exhibit. Some of them were Cambridge Education Group, City University London, Northumbria University, Staffordshire University, and University of Bradford. These institutions offer courses on different fields. These schools set up their own booths where they handed out brochures and

registration papers for their programs. They also entertained questions from the participants. There were also separate booths devoted to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), UK Visas and Immigration, and the British Council. Another highlight of the event was the discussion of important topics such as Visa application, university requirements, and varying study options. Alumni of the different grants and programs also shared their very own experiences during their stay in the UK.

Kaya Natin! Launches #WhatTheFacts The Kaya Natin! Movement launched #WhatTheFacts, a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Campaign last February 22 at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government (AdMU ASG)

Mr. Khoa Bhui demonstrates how to make the green juice

This campaign serves as a response to the rampant case of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines, which can be attributed to the ignorance of some Filipino youth. An orientation on reproductive health was given to the attendees of the

said event. Here, the importance of knowing things about one’s reproductive health and staying safe were emphasized. Aspiring participants in “Know it before you do it – A Video Making Contest” were also given an orientation during the event.


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PUP College of Communication Holds a Voice Acting Workshop By: Jill Legson The College of Communication of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) organized a voice acting seminar last February 7.

Artists of varying forms and media receive recognition from the NCCA for their exceptional contribution to the society

NCCA Celebrates the 6th Ani ng Dangal By: Charlene Ara Gonzales The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) celebrated the Sixth Ani ng Dangal to recognize the highest achievements of Filipinos in the Arts last February 2. Artisans and experts from the field of Cinema, Dance, Drama, Literature, Music, and Multi-Disciplinary Arts among others were awarded for their local and international achievements that gave the country hope and strength to start over. "Filipinos have always treasured touching one another's heart, especially through the arts. Thus, our artists have revealed their innermost souls, their unique creativity for the world to behold." said Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr., Chairman of NCAA. Maria Cecilia Cruz of Bridgebury Realty Corporation was recognized for her feats in Architecture. Clint Ramos was recognized for Dramatic Arts and Merlie Alunan’s poems The Haiyan Dead and Tales of a Spiderwoman bagged her recognition for the Literary Arts. Awardees for Cinema were Paul Sta. Ana, Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses, Jericho Rosales, Dwein Baltazar, Kanakan Balintagos, Adrielle Esteban, Inshallah Montero, Jun Robles Lana, Emmanuel Quindo Palo, Bugoy Cariño, Anita Linda, Alessandra de Rossi, Eugene Domingo, Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Nora Villamayor, Eddie Garcia, Marilen Magsaysay, Joel Torre, Barbara Miguel, Ron Morales, Ian

Loreños, Sandy Talag, Briccio Santos, Roy Iglesias and Brillante Ma. Mendoza. Jed Madela, Beverly Caimen, Aldeza Ianna dela Torre, De La Salle University Chorale and Hail Mary the Queen Child-dren's Choir also received recognition for Music. The Bayanihan, Boyz Unlimited and The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet were recognized for Dance. Visual Arts awardees included Orley Ypon, Manny Fajutag, Aaron Favila, John Vincent Redrico, Jamille Bianca Aguilar, Jamia Mei Tolentino, Norman Issac, Raimundo Folch, Robert John Cabagnot, Ahzrin Bacalla, Maria Angelica Tajeda, Joel Forte, Jerica Shi and Trisha Co Reyes. Lastly, Philip Jerome Vaquilar, Sergio Bumatay III, Nanoy Raphael, Eric delos Santos, Jason Tan, Reel Time (GMA), Pupil and Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) bagged the awards for Multi-Disciplinary Arts. The sixth Ani ng Dangal was the highlight of the 2014 Philippine Arts Festival with the theme: "Art on the Edge,” which is mainly about challenging cultural workers and artists to go beyond their comfort zones in order to create change through their craft.

Entitled “Voice Master Series,” the said seminar was made possible by the Student Voice Artists’ Society (SVAS) and Voice of the Youth Network (VOTY). Its theme was “DUBBING 101: The Art of Voice Acting.” Johnoel Capucion, SVAS president, said during the seminar that its objective was to promote dubbing as an art form most especially

to the youth. The speakers who attended the event were Lala Banderas, Rico Panero, Lucy Quinto, Alex Agcaoili and Pocholo Gonzales. “The VoiceMaster Series” will go around the country and visit different colleges and universities to educate the Filipino youth about the art of voice acting and its importance.

PJMA Launches Mad World 2014 The Philippine Junior Marketing Association o(PJMA) launched Mad World 2014 last January 2 at the SMX Convention Center. Considered one of the biggest marketing in the country this year, it had the the theme, “Selfie: How to Create Meaningful Personal Brands?” More than 4,000 participants from over 60 colleges and universities inside and outside Metro Manila participated in this event. The speakers during the event were Paul John M. Pena, Head of Integration and Branding Communications at Globe Telecom; Nomer “Mindmaster” Lasala, a famous mentalist, psychic entertainer, and a top Business Development Officer at Intellicare; Tony Sarmiento, Managing Partner and Chief

Collaborator at Havas Media Ortega; and Vicky Belo, CEO and Medical Director of Belo Medical Group. Aside from inspirational and empowering talks from the said speakers, there were also mind boggling presentations by Mr. Nomer “Mindmaster” Lasala. There were also fun-filled activities that required the participants to tweet and use social media. especially Twitter. Winners were given prizes from the event’s’ major sponsors such as Yahoo, Hawk, Apple, and LG. Awards were also given to the SELFIE winners for the Mad World 2014. These winners got the most likes on Facebook.

EDITORIAL BOARD Editor in Chief: Reicelene Joy Ignacio Executive Director and Features Editor: Kristeen Jill Legson Associate Editor and News Editor: Jazon Roque Layout Design: Mina Deocareza Contributors: Mina Deocareza, Aiyana Cruz. Charlene Ara Gonzales, Christian Alamodin


RMAF Invites Youth in Essay Writing Tilt By: Christian Alamodin The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) urges the youth to speak up and write their sentiments as the Ramon Magsaysay Youth Essay Competition launched on March 17. The 10-year essay competition invites young writers and thinkers to exercise their minds and contribute an original piece that answers the call of this year’s theme: “My Favorite Ramon Magsaysay Awardee: Servant Leadership Qualities That Inspire Me“. The competition also hopes to spark a fire of leadership and servitude among the nation’s youth. The competition has separate categories: Level 1 for 15-18 year olds and Level 2 for 19-24 year olds. Each contestant must choose a Magsaysay awardee of his/or her choice, and reflect on the life and work of the laureate. The young wordsmith must then write a 500-800 piece regarding his/her personal reflections and submit it through the RMEYC online registration and submission portal at www.rmaf.org.ph. Each contestant may only submit one original, unpublished piece. The RMAF will accept entries

until June 30, 2014. Winners of the two competition levels will receive prizes at an appropriate awards ceremony and will be able to interact with Magsaysay laureates. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation was created in 1957, the year Philippine president Ramon Magsaysay lost his life in a plane crash. The namesake of the organization was loved by the Filipino people for his simplicity and passion for the common man. The organization started giving out recognitions to people who have boldly made strides towards human development in Asia the following year. Authors interested in learning more about the Essay Competition can contact Ms. Kiel Fernandez, RMAF Advocacy Officer at 521-3166 to 75 loc. 189, or email inquiries to rmyec@rmaf.or.ph. Subscribe to the organization’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to learn more information about the competition.

VOTY DISPATCH (March 2014 Issue)  

The Official Newsletter of Voice of the Youth Network, March 2014 Issue

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