WYAAP Members represent Philippines at Global Youth Forum

TEAM PHILIPPINES (L-R): Rogin Eribal, Ana Mariela Gonzales, Rigel Kent Almonte, Maria Katrina Flores, Mary Imbong, Kleine Abrugena, Miko Superable, Rejean Darroca

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Philippine Members of the World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific showcased the Filipino spirit and shared the WYA Mission at the recently concluded 2017 Global Youth Trends Forum on Sustainable Development held in Taiwan, Republic of China (ROC) last October 24 to 31, 2017.

The Global Youth Trends Forum is an annual program held in Taiwan which aims to provide a unique and enriching exchange of ideas among young people from around the world. It serves as a platform for country representatives to share ideas for cross-cultural friendships, and engage the youth to discuss relevant topics on sustainable development. This global event was organized by the Youth Development Administration, Ministry of Education of Taiwan (YDA MOE), and the National Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (NASME).

Over 200 youth leaders from 16 different countries were present this year. The Philippines team, led by World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific Director, Mary Imbong, along with WYAAP Members, Maria Katrina Flores, Rejean Darroca, Ana Mariela Gonzales, Rogin Christ Eribal, Rigel Kent Almonte, Kleine Abrugena, and Jan Miko Superable, presented an uplifting report about civic competence and the role of the youth in promoting justice and active youth participation in the country. Their report, entitled, “Prioritizing the Person: A Personal and Shared Responsibility “ highlighted the importance of valuing human dignity in both policy and culture, promoted family values, and called for holistic development in forming responsible citizens.

Country representatives at the 2017 Global Youth Trends Forum

The delegation also featured existing educational and civic participation programs in the Philippines that help promote responsible citizenship and youth productivity such as the Human Dignity Curriculum of the World Youth Alliance, the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) courses, and the Philippine Model Congress.

“Meeting the delegates from the Philippines was an absolute blast. I really enjoyed watching their presentation and hearing about all the positive change they are making with the World Youth Alliance. From the second we met to the moment we parted ways , they couldn’t have been nicer and treated me like I was one of their own. I can’t wait to work with them in the future and will be visiting the Philippines ASAP!” Emma Currie of the Scotland Youth Parliament, shares.

Team Philippines also prepared a lively cultural presentation which highlighted the light-hearted humor of Filipinos as well as our fun culture and traditional attire.

World Youth Alliance (WYA) is a global coalition of young people, ages 10 to 30 years old, committed to promoting the dignity of the human person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. As a United Nations ECOSOC-accredited organization, we train young people to work at the regional and international levels to impact policy and culture.

Learn more about WYA and become a Member by visiting www.wya.net/getinvolved.