Regional Director of World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP), Mary Imbong, concludes the region’s activities for the year with a grand visit to the youth of Iloilo City, Philippines as part of WYAAP’s annual Regional Director Tours (RD Tours).
The WYAAP RD stayed in Iloilo City from December 19 to 23, 2016, and was hosted by WYA Iloilo Chapter President, Rejean Darroca, and Chapter member, Kara Aguilar. It was Imbong’s first RD Tour in the province.
The tour officially commenced on the 20th where Imbong paid visits to the different Chapters in the province—WYA University of the Philippines Visayas Chapter led by Jenn Margarette Bordon, WYA Assumption Iloilo Club led by Faye Ong, WYA PAREF Westbridge Club led by Angelo Jon, and WYA Iloilo provincial Chapter led by Rejean Darroca. She also met with a few WYA Chapter moderators.
The following day, December 21st, Imbong conducted two workshop sessions focused on leadership and chapter management, both held at PAREF Westbridge School. The morning session aimed at educating WYA members about human dignity, freedom for excellence, and youth leadership, and was organized for aspiring WYA Chapter founders who belonged to different schools in the province—Ateneo de Iloilo High School, University of the Philippines Visayas High School, Assumption Iloilo High School, and PAREF Westbridge School. The afternoon session aimed at building rapport among Chapter members and heads of the different Chapters in the province, and exploring ways on how to strengthen members’ involvement.
WYA Iloilo Chapter’s annual Christmas get-together followed in the evening, which was attended by the chapters’ leaders, members, partners, and friends.
On December 22nd, Imbong joined the Chapter’s Christmas Outreach activity held in Guimaras Island where at least 20 volunteers participated in the event. For 2016, the Chapter’s beneficiaries belonged to a community of Aetas found in the mountains of Guimaras province. The outreach party was held in the morning and concluded at noon where all participants and volunteers had lunch with their newfound friends.
The day ended with an island hopping adventure in Guimaras in the afternoon with the WYA Iloilo Chapter members.
The events during the RD Tour cultivated relationships, started new friendships, and spurred interests of WYA Members to strengthen their involvement in WYA.
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