WYA Asia Pacific Coffee House Celebrates Dignity Through Art, Film, Poetry, Music


Over 70 WYA Asia Pacific members, intern alumni, summer camp participants and friends participated in the annual WYA Asia Pacific Coffee House Session on June 20, 2014 at Third District, Quezon City, Philippines. The event, “A Night of Rhymes: Our Art. Our Story,” showcased the talents and art of both WYA Asia Pacific members and non-members.

The Coffee House started with a presentation of the World Youth Alliance and its regional and international projects by WYA Asia Pacific Regional Director, Lord Leomer Pomperada.

There were a total of twelve performances during the event. University of the Philippines Diliman students Robby Vaflor and TJ De Ocampo and University of Santo Tomas student Kenn Acosta opened the program with performances that entertained the crowd through songs and musical instrument performance.

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde alumnus Dempson Mayuga showcased his thesis, an animation film showcasing the history of the names of Manila’s train stations.  University of the Philippines students JM Espiritu and Gianco Ante passionately presented respective performances of poetry and film to the audience.

WYA member Emerson Ong amazed the crowd with his magic tricks and surprises. “I haven’t performed magic tricks for more than a year because I was finishing my academic requirements and thesis. I’m happy to be back in WYA and to once again entertain people through my magic,” Emerson said.

An ‘Open Mic’ portion encouraged the audience to share their talents. Some of the audience presented their passion for singing and stand-up comedy. De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde alumni Jasmine Olayvar and Franz Alfonso serenaded the crowed with their music. Their performance was followed by spoken word poetry from Abby Orbeta.

WYA Asia Pacific intern alumna and summer camp graduate Mary Imbong shared her talents in paper quelling. “It’s not about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen,” Mary explained as she inspired the audience. The night ended with De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde alumnus Yuji Enriquez, who serenaded with popular jazz piano pieces.

WYA Asia Pacific Director of Operations Lilia Cornelio thanked the performers and the audience for their participation to the Coffee House. She also invited them to upcoming projects at the WYA Asia Pacific office.  All of the performers were given certificates as tokens for their participation in the event.  WYA Asia Pacific wishes to thank Third District for being the official venue of the Coffee House.

If you wish to work with WYAAP for future cultural events, you may email asiapacific@wya.net