WYA Asia Pacific Celebrates Success of 3rd ELC


Over one hundred youth leaders from the Asia Pacific region attended WYA Asia Pacific’s third Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) held from October 16-18, 2014 at Traders Hotel, Manila, Philippines.

The participants represented a number of countries in Asia Pacific including Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The conference, themed Strengthening the Family: Key to Asia Pacific Development, aimed to “look more deeply into some of the challenges faced by families in Asia Pacific and recommend human-centered solutions for them,” said Renelyn Tan, WYA Foundation Programs Manager.

Speakers during the conference Speakers included representatives from various organizations, government units, and dignitaries the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, and the embassies of Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia.

“With the ELC, we hope to give our participants experiences and knowledge that will help them become youth agents of transformation in their communities,” Lord Pomperada, Regional Director of WYAAP said.

The 3rd WYAAP ELC was sponsored by Traders Hotel Manila, Tourism Promotions Board, 40th SSEAYP-Batch Dugong Dakila, Batanes Travel and Tours, Color Cure: Gab Madrid Design Studio, University of the Philippines Filipiniana Dance Group, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies, University of the Philippines Sandigan, Faber-Castell, Chao-Dao Tea Place, Signrays Advertising and Intramuros Administration.

Official Media Partners included AsianNGO, Bhutan Youth Media Center, ChinoyTV, ClicktheCity.com, Global News Network, Interaskyon.com, International Youth Network, Manila Bulletin, Manila Events List, Rappler, Solar News Television and WhenInManila.com.

The official conference partners were the ASEAN Youth Leaders Association, City Government of Balanga, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, EduChild Foundation, Inc., Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, Embassy of Indonesia in the Philippines, Embassy of Vietnam in the Philippines, GMA 7 Network Artist Center, International Organization for Migration, National Youth Commission, Office of Senator Grace Poe, Philippine National Red Cross, SOS Children’s Villages Philippines, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, TMA Homeschool, World Vision Philippines and World Youth Alliance Headquarters.