Ayala Young Leaders’ Congress: A UBian’s Perspective

Editor's Note: The Ayala Young Leaders’ Congress (AYLC), a four-day summit involving workshops, lectures, outdoor activities, plenary sessions and discussions designed to hone the students’ leadership skills and potentials, brought together 81 of the most promising student leaders of colleges and universities from all over the country in this year’s staging of the event, held in Manila on February 9-12, 2016.


The following article chronicles UB student Joshua Rae Bantic’s experience in the convention.




Bantic (standing, third from right) and his co-delegates with journalist Howie Severino (seated, left) who talked in one of the panel discussions 

 (Photo: Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2016)



The Philippines is constantly challenged with circumstances that might disintegrate the good bond among the Filipino people. However, the youth responds with initiative, creativity and courage to help continue building our nation. Being one of the 81 selected participants truly inspired me to dream more, hope more and serve more.


The Congress gave us chance to meet, talk to and learn from successful persons on leadership. We were given the opportunity to be part of a group wherein we identified our own leadership problems and then suggested possible solutions. Also, our outdoor groups helped us to get through several challenges and hurdle obstacles along the course. It was filled with fun, lot of learnings, reflections and realizations.


Our desire to serve was strengthened by the Starfish Projects session, wherein we discussed our community projects and programs, tapping each other’s help for the planning and implementation as soon as we go back to our respective hometowns.


My spirit was overwhelmed upon meeting my co-young people with the same intensified passion in serving others. I was really happy listening to the bright ideas of my co- delegates and learning from their leadership stories with a touch of their own cultures, beliefs and traditions. At some point, during our indoor workshop sessions, I could not stop my tears from rolling upon my face as the stories, innocent yet powerful, seemed to conspire to keep my faith that we, the youth, are still the hope of our country.


The AYLC experience is beyond ordinary.  It has proven its worth to unite the youth with the same dream for the country. The 18th batch of the Congress has the batch name “Caguyuman,” a Hiligaynon term for ant colony.


Going back to our own communities means exciting stories to share but more work to do. The AYLC provided an avenue for us to realize our mission in life and fueled us up to keep moving forward. Four days is never enough for us to continue developing ourselves, hence we vowed to keep and honor our commitment, selflessly working for the benefit of the whole colony.


Today, I can say that I am equipped with some of the abilities to help my community and I am ready to share these with and inspire my co-Cordilleran youth as we all strive to become better citizens of our country. – Joshua Rae Bantic





Bantic during a forum  (Photo: Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2016)



The 18th batch of the Congress adopted the name “Caguyuman” which means ant colony.

 (Photo: Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2016) 




Joshua Rae Bantic is a third year Dentistry student of the University of Baguio.



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