The University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) and World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) partnered for the 17th Civitas Asia National Student Conference with the theme Building the Filipino: The Road to ASEAN Competency from November 12 to 14, 2014 at UA&P Conference Hall.
On November 14, WYAAP Regional Director Lord Leomer Pomperada was the guest speaker during the closing ceremonies. On the topic A Portrait of the ASEAN Integrated Filipino, Lord shared the importance for the ASEAN youth to not just learn about the ASEAN but to engage in people to people interaction by participating in different youth exchange and study programs or by simply traveling around the region.
“Come 2015, every Filipino should not just be a proud Filipino but a proud ASEAN citizen. We must start thinking that we live in one ASEAN community. I challenge each one of you to seize every opportunity that comes your way – learn a new ASEAN language, travel to new places in ASEAN and make friends with fellow ASEAN youth. The youth has a very important role in the upcoming ASEAN integration because we are the future leaders of our countries, the ASEAN region and our world,” Lord shared.
There was also a World Youth Alliance booth during the 3-day conference where the students learned more about the upcoming WYAAP activities and signed-up as WYA members.
Formally launched in 1997, Civitas Asia or CivAsia is an annual conference in education and culture that is anchored together by an arching theme: civilization is constituted by reasoned conversation. Their belief is that civilization cannot exist, much less develop, without meaningful, creative, and managed communication—without intelligent or reasoned conversation.
This year’s conference aimed to help bridge the Asia-Pacific community, to assert the role of the academe in development, and to sustain and nurture the leaders of the Asia-Pacific community.