Last May 22, WYA Asia Pacific Regional Director Lord Pomperada was the guest speaker during the 7th Commencement Exercises of MIT International School (MITIS) in Muntinlupa City, Philippines.
Themed “Reach Out, Touch Lives and Together Grow,” the ceremony witnessed 44 graduates from Grades 10 and 12, which included 3rd WYA Asia Pacific Emerging Leaders Conference alumni Juwon Park, Wonjae Lee and Jeonghun Mun. The three of them also received different academic and special awards.
Lord opened his speech by sharing his WYA story. “Finding and joining World Youth Alliance was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. It provided me with an avenue where I can apply and develop what I’ve learned as a diplomacy student but most of all it gave me the opportunity to work again with the Filipino Deaf community and promote human dignity through different youth projects,” Lord shared.
“Life is not where you are today but where you will be tomorrow. Always remember that the key to finding your passion is by following your potential. Each of us has an important role in this world. Use your talents and skills to make a difference in this world and to promote human dignity,” he added.
“All our dreams can come true but only if we dare to fail, learn to work together and never stop dreaming. I challenge all of you to chase your dreams, inspire others and contribute to your community,” Lord said.
MIT International School provides its students an integrated curriculum rich with values-oriented, inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate, and hands-on learning experiences. In addition, the school also actively promotes the core values of Solidarity, Truth, Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, Excellence, and Service (STRIPES) among its students and all its stakeholders.