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HNU Student Leaders Participate in Nationwide
I Transform Young Leaders Convention

YouthLEAD Philippines, together with its partners, held the I Transform! Young Leaders Convention Best Visayas Wave on September 15-16, 2012 at the Bohol Cultural Center, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. It was a nationwide convention graced with the presence of delegates from the different universities, colleges and youth organizations throughout the Philippines as well as delegates from the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Bohol. Holy Name University, one of the local partners and participating institutions, sent delegates from the Central Student Government (CSG), headed by its president, Vincent Louie Raotraot, and from The Word.

The convention was set from sunset to sunrise, a symbolic time concept taken from the last plot of Rizal's Noli Me Tangere. Its objectives were to launch the I Transform Campaign, a youth-oriented campaign that advocates action among Filipino young leaders using the vehicle of transformational leadership, to cultivate individually the essence of self-transformation, to inspire a conviction for action characterized by believing, excelling, serving, and transforming, and to foster camaraderie and establish a network of young leaders' organizations in support of the I Transform! Campaign.

Among the convention's highlights were the Keynote Address of WYA Asia-Pacific Regional Director Renelyn Tan and the three plenary inputs that featured renowned and multi-awarded speakers namely Hon. Gibby Gorres, Sectoral Representative of the National Anti-Poverty Commission Youth and Student Sector Council; Rex Villavelez; and Rex Ybanez, Chair of the Institute for Youth Development Affairs of the Philippines. The speakers spoke topics about the Filipino youth's role in shaping a bright future for the nation, the current situation of the Philippines, how to impact your community, and the path to being a transformational leader, respectively. The delegates were active in asking questions during the open forum that followed after each plenary. They also danced gracefully to the tune of the different solidarity dances inserted between plenary inputs to break the monotony of the event.

Bamboo also graced the event being the guest band that entertained the delegates during the solidarity concert in the midnight of the 16th. During the twilight of the convention, Convention Chair and Lead Convenor Metodio Maraguinot Jr. conducted group exercises designed to provoke young leaders to face their own giants, discover a new sense of purpose, and encounter a new and facilitative journey of believing, excelling, serving, and transforming. Regional representatives from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were also selected before the event drew to a close.


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