WYA Asia Pacific Welcomes over 2,000 New Dignity Defenders

WYA Asia Pacific Regional Director, Lord Leomer Pomperada, conducted the first provincial tour of the year in the Western Visayas Region of the Philippines and gained 2,220 new World Youth Alliance members. From February 20 to 28, he visited the provinces Iloilo, Negros and Antique and conducted 15 introductory sessions in 14 schools and 1 youth community. 

The first part of the visit took place in the Province of Iloilo. Lord visited four schools: Assumption Iloilo (AI) High School, Ateneo de Iloilo High School, Dingle National High School and Westbridge School for Boys Iloilo. He also met with the AI WYA Teen Club and discussed their plans for a WYA club. He then visited the Province of Negros where he met youth leaders from Bacolod City and officers and active members from the Philippine Normal University-Negros WYA Chapter in Cadiz City to discuss the upcoming school year.

After Negros, Lord visited 8 schools in the Province of Antique including St. Anthony’s College, Pis-anan National High School, San Pedro National High School, St. Augustine’s Academy, University of Antique High School, Antique National School, Belison National School and Sibalom National High School. He also met with the youth leaders and volunteers of St. Joseph the Worker Parish Youth Ministry in San Jose, Antique.

“I joined World Youth Alliance because I want to become an agent of change in my community and make a difference in the lives of other people especially to my fellow youth,”shared Lorie Anthony Ortiaga, a youth leader from the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Youth Ministry.

The provincial tour ended with a presentation and dinner meeting with the student leaders of the University of the Philippines-Visayas (Miagao Campus). “As a youth leader, I joined World Youth Alliance because I want to inspire my fellow youth and help them especially in promoting human dignity. I also joined WYA because I know that my involvement will make me a better person and a more effective leader. I am interested in joining the summer camp and if my schedule permits, I will also apply for the internship program,” Zaniel John Barluado, a 4th year Chemical Engineering student from the University of the Philippines-Visayas (Miagao Campus), said.

The school visits introduced the World Youth Alliance and its upcoming regional and international programs, including the WYA Asia Pacific Summer Camp this coming May 11 to 15. The sessions also discussed freedom and the ideas and history behind this topic. The talks related freedom to the EDSA revolution (also known as the “People Power Revolution”), an event that restored democracy to the Philippines in 1986, since the Philippines celebrated EDSA day last February 25.