WYAAP Hits the Queen of the South

Last August 19, 2006 (Saturday), WYA AP headed down to the Queen City of the South, excited to meet the young people of Cebu City. Two half-day sessions were held at the University of San Carlos – Main Campus where we were able to address over 100 students from various schools of Cebu. Some of the schools represented were Cebu Eastern College, Cebu Normal University, St. Theresa’s College, University of San Carlos, and University of San Jose Recoletos.

During the sessions, Asia Pacific Director, Erika Tatad and Regional Director of Operations, Tamara Tan faced a jam-packed room of students eager to learn more about the WYA and how they can get involved. A barrage of questions followed the end of each presentation; among them, queries about and requests for Cebu-based projects where the locals can participate. By the end of the day, a number of signed charters came flowing in and there were even a few who expressed their interest to join as member organizations.

This was truly an overwhelming response from the youth of Cebu City. They were very open about their excitement that we came to town, and could not wait to start training and working with us! Given the demand for Cebu-based activities, some promising young leaders were invited to come on-board and take up the responsibility of coordinating between the regional office and Cebu-based members. We are now exploring the possibilities for Cebu and are confident that the talents of its youth will be a very valuable addition to the WYA AP team.

Indeed, recognition needs to be given to the people who made this infosession possible. Thanks to Atty. Alex Monteclar, Dean of the University of San Carlos College of Law for welcoming us into their campus and expressing their interest to support future projects of the WYA. We feel equally grateful to Dr. Cris and Dr. Emma Dy for welcoming us into their home. We also truly enjoyed the food of Golden Cowrie Restaurant, snacks from Baker Bob and Kate’s Bakeshop, as well as the refreshments generously donated by Del Monte. And finally, thank you to the Cebu team who put it all together – Annabel Quisado, Charisse Piramide, Charismae Ferrer, Emily Dy, Karen Dy, Kay Aviles, and Mark Chang. The people of Cebu are amazing, and they hold such great promises for the future. We look forward to seeing them turn into realities in the near future.

Emily Dy is part of the Philippine Committee. Born and raised in Cebu, Emily was our most gracious host as we hit the Queen of the South.