Jan 23, 2012

9th National Youth Parliament

 originally posted at national youth commission  website

“We need your voice! Join us usher in change," said NYC Commissioner Gio Tingson Thursday, marking the opening of the applications to the 9th Parliament of Youth Leaders.
With the theme, “Revolutionizing Youth Development,” the parliament aims to formulate policy recommendations to address youth issues in the country. These recommendations are then lobbied to government leaders to be considered as proposed bills and administrative policies.  It is important to note that during the event, paricipants also get to share ideas and gain valuable insights and networks to aid them in their youth development efforts.

Commissioner Tingson, who heads this year’s NYP National Organizing Committee, said that this gathering is the perfect platform for all Filipino youth to get proactive, “Ito na ang pagkakataon n’yo na makibahagi sa isa sa pinaka-importanteng proyektong pangkabataan ng pamahalaan kung saan ang boses ng natin ay maririnig sa paggawa ng mga policy recommendations para maging batas o polisiya. If you want change in the government – in our society – this is a great place to start. Ang Kabataang Filipino mula sa lahat ng rehiyon at sektor ay inaanyayahan ng NYC na sumali at makilahok.”

The Commission is also revamping the conduct of the parliament, making it more inclusive and youth-friendly. “We’ll do away with cosmetics like formal clothing and focus on the substance. You can show up in your jeans and rock star shirt, as long as active participation and involvement is there,” said Commissioner Gio.

Started in 1996, the NYP is slated to be held on the 1st week of May 2012. An estimate of two hundred (200) youth leaders representing different sectors and regions are expected to participate in this event.

Download the application forms at the NYC website (www.nyc.gov.ph) or get it from your nearest NYC area office. Following are the qualifications of NYP 9 applicants:

● Filipino citizen, aged 15 - 30 years old as of February 29, 2012

● Residing at the place of representation for at least six (6) months at the time of submission
● Must be a member of an organization
● Of good moral character
● Can contribute to the objectives of the 9th National Youth Parliament

Deadline of sending of application is February 29, 2012. The NYC reminds that previous NYP delegates are no longer qualified to participate. Other details and requirements are posted on the NYP 9 application form, the NYC website and the NYC Facebook account.  For more information, please e-mail 
nyp9@nyc.gov.ph or call (02) 416-2833, 416-3415, 413-5503 or 416-3570.
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Jan 16, 2012


Viva Nuestra Señora Candelaria!--This is the outcry of Cabadbaranons who will be celebrating this years fiesta. It's Dagkot Festival once again and the streets of my hometown will be filled with colourful banderitas.

Dagkot Festival  is a week long celebration of Cabadbaranons in honor to our Patron Saint “Nuestra Señora Candelaria” fiesta celebration and is celebrated every 2nd day of February. As a tradition, the highlight of the festival is the street dancing competition more popularly known as the “Dagkot Street Dancing Competition” which had its concept taken from the City’s religious tradition; “Dagkot” is a vernacular word which means “to light”. With the City’s huge influence of Christianity, the word “Dagkot” is a traditional religious practice of showing praise and thanksgiving. It is believed that the lighting of a candle is a Christian act of offering our aspirations and lifting up our prayers to God.

Everyone is invited. Let's celebrate.

Here are the series of activities for this year's Dagkot Festival.

January 27, 2012 (Friday)
Kick-off Parade/Program 
(Around the City/CSU-CC Ground)

January 27, 2012 (Friday)Drum and Lyre Competition 
(Caraga State University –Cabadbaran Campus)

January 28, 2012 (Saturday)Musikainan 2012 
(Cabadbaran City Gymnasium)
January 29, 2012 (Sunday) Practical Shooting Competition 
(Hinagdanan Firing Range @Barangay Comagascas)

January 30, 2012 (Monday)Soccer Football Tournament 
(Caraga State University –Cabadbaran Campus)

January 30, 2012 (Monday)Balik-Cabadbaran Night 2012  
(Social Hall, People’s Government Center)

January 31, 2012 (Tuesday)Miss Cabadbaran 2012 Grand Coronation Night 
(Cabadbaran City Gymnasium)

February 1, 2012 (Wednesday)Miss Cabadbaran 2012 Float Parade
February 1, 2012 (Wednesday)San Miguel Beer Street Party 
(Cabadbaran City Gym Area)
February 2, 2012 (Thursday)

Dagkot Grand Showdown and Street Dancing Competition 
(Caraga State University –Cabadbaran Campus)

For more information, please log on at www.cabadbarantoday.com

Jan 13, 2012


Philippines is a stunning country with over a thousands of islands scattered in the archipelago. The Philippine government aims to attract more visitors for the upcoming years. Recently, the Department of Tourism (DOT) launched their newest branding slogan for the country dubbed as "It's more fun in the Philippines". The country will be more tempting as it was. What are you waiting for..

 Visit the Philippines

Photo Credit: Integrated Performing Arts Guild
Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology

The IPAG is a leading Philippine dance and theatre company whose world-acclaimed productions integrate the dance, music, and arts traditions of the South where it is based. IPAG has represented the Philippines in over 100 cities worldwide, and is today Philippine Theatre's most-performed and most-traveled performing group. Based in Iligan City in north Mindanao, IPAG is the resident theatre company of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), consistently rated among the top ten universities in the Philippines. 


 "Light One for Iligan (Sky Lantern for a Cause)"

One Prayer, One Hope, One for Iligan!
Contact ILAGA ILIGAN through https://www.facebook.com/iliganairsoftgamers
Contact no.: 0915-873-3358 
Proceeds will go to the victims of typhoon Sendong. 

Jan 9, 2012



The National Youth Ambassador for Peace Program is geared towards empowering young leaders to become effective volunteers for peace in the Philippines. In this program, PeaceTech is connecting 40 selected youth leaders in Metro Manila/Cebu region with 40 selected youth leaders in Mindanao through technology specifically videoconferencing to promote solidarity and increase understanding
g about peace issues affecting them and the country as a whole.

In this program, a majority (if not all) of selected youth volunteers graduate to become PeaceTech Youth Ambassadors. To graduate, volunteers participate in five day and night formation workshops on peace education and on-line communication.

Youth Volunteers also spend time on a regular basis mentoring peace clubs in all participating program schools. High school students in Peace Clubs produce videos, which capture community concerns and questions around the peace process. Videos are then uploaded at www.peacetech.net for all key parties to the peace process to respond to.

Youth volunteers who graduate from formation workshops and who mentor Peace Clubs in schools become “Certified PeaceTech Ambassadors” at the end of the program and join the Annual General Assembly to become an official member of PeaceTech Embassy.

The PeaceTech Youth Ambassador Program consists of three components: Formation Workshops; Peace Club Mentoring; and General Assembly.

Phase 1: Formation Workshop

PeaceTech Inc and partners will select youth leaders who will participate in the formation and capacity building workshop. Workshops focus on:
• Peace Education
• ICT and social media for peace building
• Project Management
• Leadership and Team building

Workshops are five days and five nights. PTI holds these workshops simultaneously in Mindanao and Metro Manila.

Phase 2: Peace Club Mentoring

Peace Clubs are the outputs of PeaceTech’s Classroom Videoconference Program. These clubs are the “vehicles” through which students of classroom videoconferences report on community concerns around the peace process.

It is at peace clubs that youth volunteers practise those skills they have learned at Formation Workshops in project management, ICT and peace education. There is also a time commitment from youth volunteers because they are facilitating peace club meetings in schools and then supervising high school students in producing video reports.

Phase 3: General Assembly

After twelve months, the youth volunteers from all program cities hold one General Assembly. This is to deepen relations between PTI’s youth volunteers, reward volunteers for their work at peace clubs and to prepare youth volunteers for upcoming community projects, which they may implement.

At the end of the General Assembly, youth volunteers become PeaceTech Ambassadors and can officially join the PeaceTech Embassy.


This program is open for college students (1st year – 3rd year) who are currently enrolled from a university/college at the following cities:

City Slots
Metro Manila 30 participants
Cebu City 10 participants
Zamboanga City 10 participants
Iligan City 10 participants
Cotabato City 10 participants
Marawi City 10 participants


1. Shortlisting of received online applications
2. Panel interview
3. Final list of qualified


1. Electronic copy of duly accomplished application form with picture
2. Electronic copy of an endorsement letter from Office of Student Affairs
3. 1-minute video introduction of the applicant (email the link)

All requirements must be emailed yap@peacetech.net .

Certificate will be given at the Annual General Assembly for those who finished the formation workshop and school club mentoring. PeaceTech Youth Ambassadors Program is an all-expenses paid program supported by AusAID.

Download application here