ASEAN YOUTH SPEAK: Role of Youth in ASEAN Community Building
(September 12, 2013 at the Mini Theater of University of Makati, Philippines)
In partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the National Youth Commission (NYC), and the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSYEAP) International Philippines Inc., and the University of Makati, Philippines, the ASEAN-PHILIPPINES commemorated its 46th Anniversary of ASEAN.
One of the highlights of its events was the ASEAN YOUTH SPEAK held on September 12, 2013 at exactly 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Mini Theater of University of Makati, Philippines, with the theme of “Role of Youth in ASEAN Community Building”. This event launched the “WE ARE MANY BUT ONE” statement, aiming at Youths’ role of being leaders in Community Building.
One of its speakers was the 24-year-old Filipino Nominee for Nobel Peace Prize for Children’s Rights, Mr. Emmanuel Bagual who was born and raised in Cavite Philippines, famous for his authored coloring book “A Child’s Rights” aimed at teaching the less fortunate Filipino children their rights as individuals, in his utmost creative way.
As a speaker at this event, he highlighted the values that his experiences of being a volunteer leader have taught him. One of these values was his statement strengthening the confidence and perseverance of every youngster to hope and do something for a CHANGE regardless of the age, the status in life, and every hindrance that others may think through this statement: “One is never too young to know and understand his visions; one is never too poor to serve his society; and one is never too ordinary to be a HERO”. He Also highlighted his CODE RED (Ready, Empowering, Determined) which aims to let the youngsters be informed of the values they need to partake and keep as willing youth leaders in their communities, in their own unique ways.
Being a speaker with a meaningful statement and wonderful shared experiences, he touched the hearts of the University of Makati students and guests who were willing to serve and promote change but are hesitating to do so due to lack of support and lack of confidence; he touched each and every audience member to gear up, stand up, and altogether, promote CHANGE through their own little but unique ways. He inspired everyone in his concluding statement that “it is not important whether your efforts are being recognized by others now. Just FINISH the race WELL for REWARD will always be in the END”.
By Pearl Rhee Jean Culanag, Philippines