UB studes join nat’l youth leadership summit


Note: The 55th National Rizal Youth Leadership Institute (NRYLI) with the theme: “The Young Rizals and the Quest for Unity Amidst Cultural Diversity” was held on December 12-15, 2017 at Teachers’ Camp, Baguio City. The summit provides a venue for Filipino youth leaders to get involved in discussing contemporary issues in the country, expose them to character building, and promote pride of race and love of country. University of Baguio students Macaullay Raquel and Jameson Bayan represented the University in the summit, which gathered the country’s school-based youth leaders.




Youth leaders from around the country gathered for the week-long congress.

(Photo courtesy of Macaullay Raquel and Jameson Bayan) 



The summit was opened by former Supreme Court Justice Reynato Puno.  


Lectures highlighted the week-long congress. On the second day, Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna delivered a talk titled “La Liga: A Model for National Unity and Solidarity.” The La Liga Filipina can serve as an inspiration for us Filipinos, as the members have shown unity in fighting for our country, he said. “Youth leaders should have one interest and that is to find purpose for the country,” he added.


Atty. Danilo Conception, president of University of the Philippines, discussed the role of education in attaining peace and unity amidst diversity. “Education can be a tool in understanding the diverse cultures of the different people in the country. It can be an instrument in uniting the country,” he remarked. 


Meanwhile, Darwin Absari of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies discussed his topic “Revisiting Rizal’s Dapitan – The Enigma of Elusive Peace in Mindanao”, imparting words on how we can derive inspiration from Rizal’s teachings towards a united Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.


Competitions on essay writing, extemporaneous speaking, oration, news writing, editorial writing, interview writing, makabayang sayawitan, and on-the-spot poster making as well as Rizal Quiz Bee were likewise held.


More talks were delivered on the third day. Emmanuel Cabusao, co-founder of the national youth brotherhood Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal (KAPARIZ), talked about the group’s history and functions particularly in honing youth leaders. Further, Jhon Lloyd Manggay, president of KAPARIZ Region XII chapter, shared how KAPARIZ changed his life and the lives of youth leaders in his region, stressing that KAPARIZ will always be a “tool in uniting the Filipino youth.”


Moreover, former Solicitor-General Florin Hilbay covered the topic on the responsible use of social media in a democratic society. “As youth leaders, you should be responsible in using social media, using it for the betterment of our society,” he said.


Resolutions after each talk were crafted by the participants.


The activity concluded with the singing the NRYLI theme song, echoing the idea that may we be inspired by the life and teachings of Rizal to become heroes in our own right. – Macaullay Raquel and Jameson Bayan




UB participants Macaullay Raquel and Jameson Bayan

(Photo courtesy of Macaullay Raquel and Jameson Bayan)




Raquel and Bayan with the speakers and other participants during the concluding ceremony 

(Photo courtesy of Macaullay Raquel and Jameson Bayan)







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