World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) celebrated its annual Dignitea Party, this year entitled “Letters from a Stranger”, last March 18, 2017 at The Open Space, Makati City. The Dignitea Party is WYAAP’s annual event where youth can exchange ideas, make new contacts, and learn more about what the youth can do for development inside and outside the programs of World Youth Alliance.
This year, the event took the form of an item exchange where guests exchanged letters with their mystery recipients. WYA as an organization fosters positivity and building a culture where every person experiences love and respect regardless of one’s circumstance. Guests were asked to write letters with this culture in mind.
The ceremonies were hosted by Mr. Brian Pineda of Ateneo de Manila University and Ms. Ann Geron of the University of the Philippines, Diliman (featured in left photo above). The program featured inspirational talks by WYAAP’s current Regional Director, Mary Imbong and WYAAP’s Regional Director from 2012 to 2014, Ms. Christine Violago. The WYAAP Batch 1 interns were also introduced in the program following their special video presentation.
Ms. Imbong shared the importance of fostering a culture of positivity, respect for dignity, and forming a lifestyle based on having a correct understanding of the human person. She also introduced WYA, as well as programs of WYA Asia Pacific. Meanwhile, Ms. Violago shared her journey during and after her time with WYA, as well as friendly advice on how one can live a positive and meaningful life.
Snacks and refreshments, provided by J.CO Donuts and Coffee and Maillard Specialty Coffee, were served while the guests were serenaded by musical duo, Ms. Celina Pacana (vocals) and Mr. Joseph Marasigan (keyboard). An interactive wall decal, provided by KT&T D.I.Y. Creative Designs served as another highlight of the event where guests shared positive and colourful messages. Adding to the heartwarming atmosphere were party decors sponsored by Party Packagers, which served as nice backdrops for guests.
The letter exchange was held at the end of the program where each guest was asked to choose a letter from the wall and exchange with the person nearest them on the floor. Tears and smiles overwhelmed the venue as guests opened and read their letters.
The event served as an effort for WYAAP to introduce the organization, inspire more young people to join the WYA community, and participate in its many youth programs. It also paved the way for the organization to reach out to new Members and to encourage partnerships with donors and sponsors who share in its vision.
WYAAP would like to thank Ms. Christine Violago, Ms. Ann Geron, Mr. Brian Pineda, Ms. Celina Pacana, Mr. Joseph Marasigan, the WYAAP Batch 1 interns and volunteers, and most especially the attendees, who all helped make the event a success. WYAAP would also like to thank its event sponsors, J.CO Donuts and Coffee, Maillard Specialty Coffee, KT&T D.I.Y. Creative Designs, Party Packagers, and The Open Space for their very generous support and contributions at the event. Photos of the event are available at the WYAAP Facebook Page.