WYAAP Visits Western and Southern Philippines

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WYA Asia Pacific (WYAAP) conducted visits to Philippine provinces last February 2015.

WYAAP Regional Director (RD) Lord Pomperada visited Zamboanga City in Southern Philippines from February 6 to 8. The visit aimed to meet and train the officers and members of the newly opened WYA Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) Chapter, to introduce WYA to the ADZU students and to meet with the ADZU university officials and student leaders.

An introductory session about WYA was given to over 200 students, while  a special leadership seminar was given to select university students. The lecture presented WYA’s leadership lessons to become global change makers.

“WYA leaders dream big; they dream not only for themselves but for the betterment of their community and their country. They are the type of leaders who don’t have the best of everything but they make the most out of every challenge and opportunity that comes their way,” Lord Pomperada said.

The WYA ADZU Chapter officers and members also underwent a Track A Training review.

“The Track A Training was indeed an eye opener to all of us. We were also able to apply the lessons in our daily lives and share them with our friends,” WYA ADZU Chapter member Jessica Duque proudly shared.

WYAAP RD Lord Pomperada also met with different university officials including Academic Vice-President Dr. Rebecca Fernandez, School of Education Dean Dr. Evelyn Chavez, School of Management and Accountancy Dean Mr. Maynard Bagtasos, Campus Ministry Director Ms. Judith Tugade and Office of Student Affairs Director Engineer Stevan Dimaguila as well as university student leaders namely Barry Barraca, El Consejo President; Judean Galvez, College Governor; and Lizette Ann, College Governor.

Meanwhile, WYA Asia Pacific gained close to 600 new members during its visit to Western Visayas last February 10-15. RD Lord Pomperada and RDO Zarina San Jose, along with two international interns, Fang Chen and Kento Morie, visited seven schools during their week-long stay.

Some of the schools visited included those with existing WYAAP chapters- Assumption and PAREF Westbridge in Iloilo, and Philippine Normal University Visayas in Bacolod. The WYAAP team also gave leadership talks to John B. Lacson Maritime University, University of the Philippines Visayas, Ateneo de Iloilo and Western Visayas College of Science and Technology.

“As leaders, it is important for us to keep studying because having knowledge enhances our skills,” shared Fang Chen shared to the students during one of the visits.

“I really enjoyed the chance to be able to visit some of our chapters here in the Philippines and I really learned a lot,” Kento Morie related.

WYA Asia Pacific would like to thank its summer camp and ELC alumni, and WYA friends, including the WYAAP Clubs and Chapter members for making this trip possible.


If you would like us to visit your school, province or community, you may send an e-mail to asiapacific@wya.net

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