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Water for Christmas

Posted: December 21, 2011 in AYLA News, AYLC News

This Christmas, why not sponsor water for a family in CDO and Iligan? For P230.00 you can provide our friends in Mindanao a box of bottled water.

Donate now! The Ayala Young Leaders Alumni Association is calling for kind individuals who wish to donate and sponsor water for a family.

Send your donations to:

Account Name: MICHELLE B. ALMENARIO (official AYLAA Treasurer)
Account No.: 0039-2797-62 (Savings)
Bank/Branch: BPI/Philamlife Tower

(This account is solely used for our projects. For monitoring and acknowledging our sponsors, please send me a text message at 09176649216 after you have donated. Thank you!)

81 delegates of AYLC 2012 named!

Posted: December 20, 2011 in AYLC News

Out of the 179 outstanding student leaders from all over the country who were called in for interview last Nov. 22-24, 81 of them made the cut and will be invited to participate in the 14th Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC 2012) on Feb. 7-10, 2012 in Tagaytay.

These top 81 emerged from about 800 applications received this year, and have successfully passed  the different phases of AYLC’s rigorous screening process. They will now undergo a 4-day leadership summit which will feature talks, outdoor activities, plenary sessions and workshop group discussions.  Well-known and highly respected leaders from government, civil society, business, the arts, media and entertainment will share their own leadership stories and experiences that will challenge participants’ perspectives and paradigms.

The Ayala Young Leaders Congress is a concrete expression of the Ayala Group’s commitment to national development. It is the keystone of “Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders”, the youth leadership development program launched in 1998 by the Ayala group of companies as a strategic investment in the youth, and ultimately, in the future of the country.

Ayala’s dream is to nurture a community and form a network of values-based and principled Filipino leaders  committed passionately to nation building and to uplifting the lives of their fellow Filipinos.




Mga kapatid,
In the aftermath of typhoon Sendong, we hope that you and your families are all safe. Our hearts go out to the victims of the typhoon who have lost so much to the destructive ways of the typhoon. We pray for all the victims and their families as they struggle through these very trying times.
As the country struggles to bring back order after this devastating aftermath, we call out to our alumni and ask for your help. We hope that every alumni can find time to do a few simple acts of kindness and spread some love all around.
Volunteer. Share. Love. Donate.

We’re accepting donations from our alumni, as we will send these through out friends of the PAF. We ask you more importantly to donate and help our brothers and sisters to get them through these very trying times. Any amount you will share to these families will definitely go a long way.
Please deposit cash donations to:

Account Name: MICHELLE B. ALMENARIO (Official AYLAA Treasurer)

Account No.: 0039-2797-62 (Savings)

Bank/Branch: BPI/Philamlife Tower

For tracking of your deposits, please text the following people in order for us to keep track of our donations.

Mich Almenario (2002, AYLA Treasurer): 09178406424

Lis Baumgart (2007, AYLC Alumni Relations Officer): 09178545191

For more information to donate (cash or in-kind) you may get in touch with AYLC Alumni Relations Officer Lis Buamgart at 09178545191 or email

Thank you!

AYLC Alumni Relations

179 make it to the AYLC 2012 Panel Interviews

809 started. 709 screened. 179 make the cut!

After going through a series of screenings under this year’s more rigorous selection process, 179 student leaders from the different schools and universities all over the Philippines emerge as qualifiers for the 14th Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC 2012) Panel Interviews on November 22-24, 2011.

Held every year at Ayala Corporation’s headquarters in Ayala Tower One in Makati City, the Panel Interviews is the final stage of screening. Top executives and HR personnel from the Ayala Group of Companies compose panels that will choose the top 81 from the pool of interviewees. These 81 outstanding student leaders get to move on as delegates to the Congress on February 7-10, 2012, at Alfonso, Cavite.

Coming forward with their leadership experiences and active involvement in their schools and communities, these 179 young leaders will vie for a spot in the Congress, where they will further develop their leadership skills and grow into servant leaders for this country. Already on its 14th year, the Ayala Young Leaders Congress is a concrete expression of the Ayala Group’s commitment to national development.


Name School
Joerem Cuenco Angeles University Foundation
Abriam Josh Esteban Angeles University Foundation
Cheska Mikaela Kabiling Angeles University Foundation
Mark Allen Bañares Aquinas University of Legazpi
Valerie Rose Chan Aquinas University of Legazpi
Mark Kevin Vidar Araullo University-PHINMA
Monica Bruce Assumption College
Paolo Cansino Ateneo de Davao University
Gabriel Ignacio Alejo Ateneo De Manila University
Dom Joseph Bulan Ateneo De Manila University
Jose Eos Trinidad Ateneo De Manila University
Ma. Josefa Almarez Ateneo De Naga University
Aries John Pineda Baliuag University
James Paul Sevilla Baliuag University
Nick Sibaen Benguet State University
Julius Dado Bulacan State University
Sandra Jane Soon Cebu Institute of Technology
Roselle Margaret Dangin Cebu Normal University
Mary Lourdes Melloria Cebu Normal University
Albert Ngujo Cebu Normal University
Albert Jan Matthew Java Central Philippine University
Nonito Pasuelo Jr. Central Philippine University
Kristine Bernadete Sasi Centro Escolar University – Manila
Meccar Moniem Elino Davao Doctors College
Nikaela Katrina Gamboa De La Salle – Lipa
Katrina Elaine Laygo De La Salle – Lipa
Carlo Joshua Robleza De La Salle University – College of Saint Benilde
Michael James Fabian De La Salle University – Dasmariñas
Lauren Robee Grace Enriquez De La Salle University – Manila
Peniel Jean Gildo De La Salle University – Manila
Janine Grace Noblezada De La Salle University – Manila
Ryan Ramirez Divine Word College of Legazpi
Jayvee Badile Far Eastern University
John Michael Lava Far Eastern University
Richard Yatar Far Eastern University
Mar Kevin Billones Filamer Christian College
Philip Jayson Falcis Filamer Christian College
Aldren Fuentes Filamer Christian College
Vincent John Fuentes Filamer Christian College
Nico Jay Herrera Foundation University
Robbie Austen Vailoces Foundation University
Arnie Victus Alvarado Holy Angel University
Gieno Lee Ilagan Holy Angel University
Jan Kevin Mendoza Immaculate Conception Major Seminary
Rapael Cedrick Merculio Immaculate Conception Major Seminary
Jersey Prepose Immaculate Conception Major Seminary
Derick James Vergara Immaculate Conception Major Seminary
Catherine Yasay John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation – Alijis,Bacolod
Jason Vincent Caldeo John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation – Molo
Al Mae Deriada John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation – Molo
Rodgie Siat John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation – Molo
Adrian Huesca John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation Maritime University – Arevalo
Mark Collin Solas John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation Maritime University – Arevalo
Nikki Manuel Coronel La Consolacion University Philippines
Charisse Mae Salcedo La Salle University Ozamis City
Zairah Maine Aguila Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
Uzziel Abib Gabiola Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
Raynell Inojosa Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
Alyssa Lagrama Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
Julius Macaraig Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation
Randell Dan Dalire Mariano Marcos State University
Ruben Mateo Jr. Mariano Marcos State University
Michael Elechicon Mindanao State University – General Santos
Norbert Germano Mindanao State University – Marawi
Mariz Jor Paler Mindanao State University – Marawi
Jonito Estillore Jr. Mindanao University of Science and Technology
Alfredo Vicera Jr. Mindanao University of Science and Technology
Alvin Joseph Caseja Mother of Good Counsel Seminary
Dominic Mari Reyes Mother of Good Counsel Seminary
Mary Joy Delos Reyes Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila
Florante Galura Jr. Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila
Joselyn Advincula Philippine Military Academy
Charles Leiand Regala Philippine Military Academy
Marc Francis Bauya Philippine National Police Academy
Jhon Felix Pascual Philippine National Police Academy
Eden Maizelle Taga-Amo Philippine National Police Academy
Jayson Jimenez Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Rodelle Lavarias Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Jose Mari Pineda Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Christian Awilan Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
Rhaian Corpuz Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
Norvin De Ocampo Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
John Dela Cruz Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
Joel Ebalan Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
Jorald Mangohig Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
Phil Collins Nequinto Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
Nerwin Balilu Republic Central Colleges
John Francis Aberion Rogationist seminary College-Manila
Francis Dominic Vergara Rogationist seminary College-Manila
Allan Castro Saint Louis University
Richard Allen Amazona San Beda College
Michael Kevin Fabian San Beda College
Kenneth Conrad Matias San Beda College
Jan Audrey Sanchez San Pedro College, Inc.
John Michael Tagsa San Pedro College, Inc.
Cherry Mae Gumapac Silliman University
Luigi Anthonoel Chan Southwestern University
Christian John Atienza St. Augustine Seminary
Kier Genil St. Augustine Seminary
Heribert Miado St. Augustine Seminary
Cris Raymund Viray St. Paul College of Quezon City
Katrina Bulgar St. Paul University Manila
Nescel Mark Barrera St. Paul University of Dumaguete
Eduard Joseph Narciso St. Paul University of Dumaguete
John Rex Baltazar Jr. St. Paul University of Iloilo
Lorrie Ann Mascenon St. Scholastica’s College
Anna Bianca Sarte St. Scholastica’s College
Angel Marie Ysik Sultan Kudarat State University – Access Campus (Main)
Joshua Peter Cadoy Technological Institute of The Philippines – Manila
Gendale Lipata Technological Institute of The Philippines – Manila
Maica Erika Catalan Technological Institute of the Philippines – Quezon City
Lindakris Almendral Universidad De Sta. Isabel
Roe Mendoza Universidad De Sta. Isabel
Sareana Ayra Nacario Universidad De Sta. Isabel
Christianne Mary Villanueva Universidad De Sta. Isabel
James Caswang University of Asia and the Pacific
Jose Romano Mira University of Asia and the Pacific
Josemari Lorenzo Valdez University of Asia and the Pacific
Albert Gonzalo Ii Bautista University of Baguio
George Dieyouson Estabillo University of Baguio
Raymond Sakiwat University of Baguio
Jezreel Ezer Archival University of Cebu
Kenneth Jhon Babaran University of La Salette
Ronell De Venecia University of La Salette
Daisy May Nonato University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos
Gilmar Morino University of Nueva Caceres
Corina Oliver University of Nueva Caceres
Shara April Pagsuyoin University of Nueva Caceres
Mary Allysa Jenica Sariba University of Nueva Caceres
John Paul Taday University of Nueva Caceres
Jayson Lomboy University of Pangasinan-PHINMA
Jejomar Quiros University of Pangasinan-PHINMA
Jennel Bermundo University of Rizal System
Leonard Cabaliw University of Rizal System
Jonathan Luris University of Rizal System
Jackson Apostol University of Saint Louis
Maynard Guinucay University of Saint Louis
Tirso Mangada University of Saint Louis
Lorraine Chavez University of San Agustin
Jerald Ambe University of San Jose – Recoletos
Sheila Marie Dandan University of San Jose – Recoletos
Johnel Luceno University of San Jose – Recoletos
Sherry Ann Cantor University of Santo Tomas
Martin Sylvan Dacles University of Santo Tomas
Roman Gerard Enguero University of Santo Tomas
Katherine Marl Ferrer University of Santo Tomas
Christopher Bernard Javier University of Santo Tomas
Pio Sanchez University of Santo Tomas
Kimberly Tiam-Lee University of Santo Tomas
Noel Buenafe Jr. University of Southern Mindanao
Jalvin James Gaspan University of Southern Mindanao
Ma. Jerilee Cabello University of Southern Philippines Foundation
Marc Kevin Jabay University of St. La Salle
Abigail Marie Tupas University of St. La Salle
Teodoro Angelo Villanueva University of St. La Salle
Lois Belingon University of the Cordilleras
Argelyn Adlawon University of the Philippines – Cebu
King Anthony Perez University of the Philippines – Cebu
Paulina Regine Miranda University of the Philippines – Diliman
Ramon Miguel Panis University of the Philippines – Diliman
Ihna Alyssa Marie Santos University of the Philippines – Diliman
Kim Sony Mendoza University of the Philippines – Los Baños
Marianne May Loquias University of the Philippines – Mindanao
Francis Eric Almaquer University of the Philippines – Visayas
Tracy Nombres University of the Philippines – Visayas
Edisen Mamauag Wesleyan University – Philippines
Vanns Payawal Wesleyan University – Philippines
Ronnel Simbulan Wesleyan University – Philippines
John Christian Tadique Wesleyan University – Philippines
Lucellie Santibañez West Negros University
Jester Paul Bacabac West Visayas State University
Val Justin Deatras West Visayas State University
Mary Jade Gabanes West Visayas State University
G.L. John Haro West Visayas State University
Jaywardene Hontoria West Visayas State University
Keziah Huelar West Visayas State University
Rudiver Jungco Jr. West Visayas State University
Dean Cris Acabo Xavier University
Franz Daryl Magriña Xavier University


Posted: August 22, 2011 in AYLC News

AYLC 2012 applications are extended to August 31, 2011, 11:59 p.m.


We will continue to accept student online applications and online assessments until 11:59pm of August 31, Wednesday to accommodate applicants and assessors who are having difficulty accessing the site due to heavy traffic. To avoid possible site traffic, please be advised not to wait until August 31 to submit your applications.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for this inconvenience.


OVER 120 school officials from universities and colleges from all over the Philippines met for a Student Leadership Development Forum organized by the Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) Program. The event was keynoted by Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Chair Dr. Patricia Licuanan.

The Student Leadership Development Forum highlighted on the vital role educators play in the leadership formation of their students. With her experiences in the academe, as a psychologist, and now as Ched Chair, Licuanan shared her insights on student leadership development in the context of higher education.

“Apart from sharing with our guests updates on the AYLC program, we invited Dr. Licuanan to deliver a keynote speech and share her insights on leadership development in the context of higher education institutions. Her sharing will provide our audience new perspectives and a greater sense of responsibility for the role they play as formators of leaders for our country. She will emphasize the need for schools to see their role not just in terms of developing skills for their graduates’ employment but as key drivers in bringing change to our country through leadership development,” said AYLC program director John Philip Orbeta.

The forum likewise marked the official launch of the 14th cycle of the National Ayala Young Leaders Congress. Now on its 14th year, the search is once again open for nominees to the annual leadership congress.

The AYLC is the flagship program for youth development created in 1999 by the Ayala group of companies as a concrete expression of its commitment to national development. Now approaching its 14th year, AYLC continues to fuel the dream of nurturing a corps of servant leaders who will use their leadership to help uplift the lives of Filipinos.

“Today also marks the formal start of our 14th AYLC cycle and our call for nominees from your respective institutions. We go through this process of searching for student leaders to take part in AYLC each year and through the past 13 years, our conviction and hope for change in our country have grown stronger,” said Fernando Zobel de Ayala, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ayala Corporation, in his opening message.

New innovations have been introduced into the AYLC program, widening its scope of partner schools, introducing an online application process, and adopting a post-congress mentoring program for the AYLC delegates.

“We have expanded our scope of schools to include seminaries, the Philippine National Police Academy, and Pamulaan School for Indigenous people in recognition of the need of these sectors for more servant leaders. We believe that leadership is best learned when it is practiced or applied immediately and in a concrete manner. Because of this, we have strengthened our push for AYLC delegates to pursue change projects at their school and community level,” said Orbeta.

Over the years, the AYLC Program maintains to strengthen its partnerships with its partner schools even beyond the annual congress in hopes developing more young leaders across the country. The AYLC has piloted a mentoring program to strengthen the involvement of schools in the continuous development of young leaders.

“Through programs like the student leadership development forum, AYLC hopes to build in school leaders a deeper sense of mission not just in education but in leadership formation. In the coming years, AYLC hopes to develop relevant programs such as helping adults work with youth leaders better,” explained Orbeta.

Expanding its reach of developing more young leaders in the country, the event likewise introduced a new leadership program that was inspired by the AYLC. The Leadership Communities program is a multi-stakeholder program developed by Ayala Foundation, Inc. Under the program, partner schools form a “Leadership Community” that will champion youth leadership development in its area.

“Because of your continued support and belief in our goals, AYLC has gained credibility and recognition in the youth leadership development field. Through AYLC, we have been able to draw needed attention to youth leadership development resulting to expansion efforts giving birth to a number of Ayala Foundation-led leadership development initiatives such as the Education & Livelihood Skills Alliance or ELSA Young Leaders Camp, the Cultures Across Mindanao Program sponsored by the US Embassy and USAID, numerous leadership camps, and most recently, the Leadership Communities program for Catanduanes and Oriental Mindoro,” said Ayala.

As the Ayala group of companies continues with its commitment to national development and nurturing young leaders, the AYLC alumni community continues to grow. To date, there are 963 AYLC alumni located all over the country, and the world, working in their respective sectors as catalysts for change.

“We, in the Ayala group, remain steadfast in our commitment to principled leadership and to service for national development. We organize AYLC and our top executives take part in it each year because we firmly believe in our dream that in the near future, principled, values-based servant leadership will be the norm and corrupt, self serving leaders, the exception. We see our Ayala Young Leaders and the many everyday young heroes and change-makers in your respective schools setting the new standard of leadership in our country,” said Ayala.

Annually, the program receives more than 600 applications nationwide. Applications for the congress will undergo a rigorous screening and selection process, before being shortlisted to the top 150 applicants. The top 150 applicants will undergo another round of screening, where they will be asked to come to the Ayala Corporation’s headquarters in Makati City for their panel interview. The top 80 delegates will be selected from this final leg of screening process. Delegates to the annual AYLC will participate in three days of lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and outdoor challenges designed to hone their leadership potential and inspire them to lead lives of integrity and to continue working for the good for their community and country.

Nominations to the AYLC 2012 are open until August 22,2011, interested applicants may visit their Student Affairs Office for more details or visit The AYLC 2012 is set on February 7 to 10, 2012 at the San Miguel Corporation Management Training Center, in Alfonso, Cavite.


A copy of Dr. Licuanan’s presentation is made available. This may be downloaded through the links below. (Made available in both .ppt and .pptx verions)

AYLC 2012 Student Leadership Development Forum – Ched Chair Dr. Patricia Licuanan (.pptx version)

AYLC 2012 Student Leadership Development Forum – Ched Chair Dr. Patricia Licuanan (.ppt version)


Empowering Leadership. Passion for Service. Great love for country. APPLY NOW for the 14th National Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2012!


The person I used to be..

I’ve always been very active in both academics and extra and co-curricular activities. Partly because I grew up in a very demanding and competitive family and academic environment, and maybe because I always want to challenge myself to stretch the limits and do the impossible. Yes, although I’m not that short, I think I have the “Napoleonic complex,” o mas magandang sabihing, I ‘had’ one.

With all the stressful days, sleepless nights, tight competition, and ‘buwis-buhay’ stunts I’ve pulled off, I never knew I forgot one very important thing – to stop and think. It seemed that I was racing against time, and that there was no second to waste. There even came a point that sleeping was a luxury I couldn’t afford to give myself – the choleric, overly hardworking person that I am. And now I can honestly say, “I missed a lot. Sayang. If only I was able to treasure every moment, to realize all the things I’ve done and learn from each one of them, I could’ve grown more as a person.” Akala ko kasi noon, pag sobrang busy ka, eh cool ka na. Yung tipong wala ka laging tulog, mukha ka nang drug addict or zombie. Yun kasi ang uso samin. Pero hindi naman pala.

This is what makes the AYLC Experience a very life-changing and momentous experience for me. After more than 10 years of leadership and service, I have come to the realization that leading is not just about creating the best plans or getting the job done. It’s not just about success. It’s about making a difference – it may not be that big, but knowing that you’ve helped develop and inspire others to do good is all it takes.

The wakeup call I really needed

Getting into AYLC’s top 81 made me really happy and overwhelmed. But at the same time, it made me worry — to the point of questioning my worthiness. True, I’ve been overly active before, but that was BEFORE. Now that I’m in 4th year, I’ve already cut loose of all the ropes that tie me to every single leadership responsibility I’ve held most value for so long. Hindi ko din alam. Bigla na lang, hindi na ako active sa leadership positions. Maybe because I’ve already reached the top positions last year? Or maybe it’s my involuntary way of ‘giving up.’ Siguro nga.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned during the congress are that “There is NO EXCUSE not to serve” and “If you give up, they will.” I can say NATAMAAN TALAGA AKO, as in tagos hanggang buto. Kumbaga, na-‘in your face’ ako! To think that for a few months now, I have totally turned away from the very vision I set myself to pursue many years back. I guess, in one way or another, we all pass through this phase wherein we question even the very things we believe in. It pains me to think that I once became the person I so hated – apathetic and hopeless. And for realizing that, I am deeply grateful. If not for this Congress, edi hindi ako nagising sa pagtutulug-tulugan ko?

I believe it’s never too late to get back on track and continue the race. Medyo napag-iwanan na ako, OO, pero with dedication and blazing passion, alam kong kakayanin kong humabol. Wala namang deadline ang paggawa ng mabuti, kaya pwede pa talaga. :)

/Humingi ako ng tinapay, binigyan ako ng burger, may fries pa! :))

At dahil ang haba na din nitong composition ko, e lulubus-lubosin ko na. haha! Just wanted to share this short anecdote. Promise, this makes total sense! :)
As far as I could remember, it was starting this 2011 that I started including the “Lord, make me a vessel to spread your truth and love po. I want to make a difference and I want it to be in line with your will. Kayo na pong bahala sakin.” line in all my prayers. I don’t really recall how it all started, but I’m pretty sure ngayong taon ko lang dinasal to. Maybe it was partly because I hadn’t had enough confidence that I’d get in sa AYLC, and so I was asking God to give me other chances to help out and make a significant difference – kahit hindi through AYLC.

So ayun nga, simple lang naman ang hiningi ko sa Diyos – ang gawin nya akong instrument para gumawa ng mabuti. But never did I expect na ibibigay nya sa akin ang napaka-WOAHHH! na AYLC experience. It was actually only during our last workshop session at Caleruega that I realized this connection. Na sinagot na pala ni Lord ang dasal ko – at hindi lang basta binigay ang hinigi ko, dahil wala naman talaga akong hininging anything concrete – instead of giving me bread, binigyan Nya ako ng burger, at may fries pang kasama!

For every end is just a new beginning.

As leaders, we all have different molds. These vary based on our past experiences, learnings, and decisions. I can honestly say my mold before the Congress was not perfect, in fact there’s Coercive, Dictatorial Leader written all over it. But that was before. As the longest and most unforgettable 4-days passed, my mold slowly softened. Parang ice cream na natunaw completely. And I don’t regret it. Sabi nga sa isang movie nina Jackie Chan and Jet Li, “empty your cup.” Dahil sa pagkatunaw ng molde ko, I became more open and free to choose a new mold – the mold of servant-leadership. At sa pagpili ko ng bagong molde, wala akong pinagsisisihan. In a way, lahat tayo ay umalis sa Congress na may pagbabago. Now we all share the same mold, illuminated by the same light, and driven by one passion – to serve and make a difference. Salamat sa AYLC at na-realize kong wala akong karapatang sumuko dahil siguradong may pag-asa pa.

Natapos man ang masasayang araw natin sa Congress, hindi dito nagtatapos ang kani-kanyang responsibilidad natin para gumawa ng mabuti. As we go back to our different places of origin, we are called to blaze our respective trails and make a small difference in whatever way we possibly can. It is through our individual conscious efforts to try to influence others to be better – and to bring them to places they never thought they’d reach.

MISS KO NA KAYONG LAHAT. SOBRA. Kung pwede lang sanang ulitin lahat sa umpisa… Pero hindi, dahil marami pa tayong mas mahahalagang role sa buhay. Let us all shine – rock on, Kislap!


Gladyss Dhoreen Documento is taking up Bachelor in Integrated Marketing Communications at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Last Saturday – February 26, 2011, I was walking along the pathway of Notre Dame Uuniversity (NDU) going to the gymnasium wearing my dear BLUE long sleeve from Ayala Young Leaders Congress. While walking, I heard one student commented “WOW, Ayala Young Leader siya”, napalingon ako and I looked at him and smiled. Para akong BLUEtooth na nagpasa ng litrato ng aking saya dahil he recognized me as an Ayala Young Leader.

Nung nasa bahay na ako nung gabi, I reflected on what happened and I remembered myself in the same account nung student. To remember: 2 years ago, nasa office ako ng student council, and Kuya Jayson (Alumnus, 2008), wearing his Ayala t-shirt sitting with me sa faculty room. Nabasa ko rin yung t-shirt nya at tinanong ko, “Ano yung Ayala Young Leader?” and he responded, “Yun na yung best student leaders in our batch all over the Philippines” *smiling*. Naisip ko, Wow, ang galing naman, and starting that day, I always look him as somebody bigger than anyone, parang UN Ambassador kumbaga. I’m always amazed by his words, inspired by his actions and gratified by his love for everybody.

Hindi ko napansin, I was into his path na pala. Natuto akong maging leader, I learned to initiate, serve and present activities and programs sa school. I learned to talk with teachers, to everybody, hanggang sa dumating ang time na halos kakilala ko na lahat ng tao sa school at sa lugar namin (ayaw na nga sumama ng classmates ko minsan sakin, kasi, maubos daw ang time mag HI, HELLO, kasi lahat ng taong madaanan namin, kakilala ko. Haha). I should say that Kuya Jayson helped me to become who I am as a leader. And as my destiny calls for it, napasali ako sa Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2011. Napasali ako sa isang bagay na sobrang tiningnan ko nang mataas, sobrang taas for how many years.

Going back to my first story, I believe that the BLUE shirt, do not just symbolized the opportunity being an Ayala Young Leader, but the responsibility behind the shirt. The challenge is for us Ayala Young Leaders to inspire other people to become an Ayala Young Leader too, someday. To inspire them with your actions and invite them to be on your path and let the passion burn in their hearts and minds. We have to become role models and gratify them with our love for everybody. To help them create and realize activities for our institution, our community and for our country. I believe that we have to work hard, as simple as we can, to inspire others to be like us.

I remembered a quote said from the congress; “Remember that you are the chosen few, but don’t forget the unchosen many”. Let us not be proud of ourselves because we’re part of few, because the greater challenge is to INFECT MANY. I know personally the Kuya Jayson already did this, and I have to challenge myself to do more than what he did, to inspire more young students to be servant leaders. I always pray that years after, an AYLC delegate will write on the blog na naging Ayala Leader din siya because of me, or because of an Ayala Young Leader. I always wish that Kislapers will soon be like Kuya Jayson, para dumating ang time na 250 Young Leaders na per batch. Para dumami ang makarating sa Alfonso Cavite at mainspire to lead tulad natin. Nung dumating nga ako dito sa Cotabato, hindi ko alam bakit ako nahihiya pag tinatawag akong Ayala Young Leader, pero sa loob-loob ko, hindi pala dapat ako mahiya, dapat akong magtrabaho, kasi ang laki nung tingin sakin ng mga tao, at mataas ang inaasahan nila sa akin. They always say na “Ikaw pa Kent, kaya mo yan”. Natatakot ako, kasi, nag enjoy nga ako sa Congress, pero sa pagbalik ko, malaking responsibilidad ang naka atang sa sarili ko.

Simula nang nangyari last Saturday, I-BLUEbluetooth ko ang learnings na natutunan ko sa AYLC, I-BLUEbluetooth ko ang passion for servant leadership. I-BLUEbluetooth ko ang dakilang aral ng mga outdoor activities and workshop groupmates ko. I-BLUEblotooth ko ang saya ng pagiging AYLC delegate at panghuli, I-buBLUEtooth ko ang sarili ko para sa lahat.


Kent Harvey Jobo is an Education student major in English at the Notre Dame University.

Eira Feri "Peeboy" Antipuesto (third from right) with Kent Harvey Jobo, and JPO, JAZA, JZA, and FZA

At first I thought that “ang AYLC ay isang malaking opportunity para makasakay ako ng airplane”. I was a childish, ignorant moron noon palang. I got 18 years of twist and turns as many of you are experiencing but I can say that somehow mine’s different. I dared to dream joining AYLC as early as I enter college kasi yung na nga, gusto kong makasakay ng airplane and that’s the sole reason. I live my life as a typical college student or so I thought. I joined my first college organization kasi we were required. Never did I realize na dito magsisimula ang magulo pero Masaya kong buhay bilang isang leader. For the time being bago nagkaroon ng application for AYLC, I was enjoying the fact that I have participated in many organizations. I was not really aware that simple things like collecting funds, making a plan for a very simple parlor games or even contributing write-ups in the school pub is already a form of service. I was not really aware and I did not have any chance to appreciate myself in doing such.

Late July 2010 na ata noon ng may nagsabi saaking open na ang application for AYLC. Nung una parang “ow, talaga? Sige try ko kung hindi busy marami kasing sulat-sulat yan ‘diba tapos busy kami sa college council”, verbatim , yan ang sinabi ko sa taong yun. Actually, talagang nakalimutan ko na ang idea na sasali ako sa ganyang mga events kasi I was so overwhelmed by the many demands of the many orgs that I joined. Nakalimutan ko na rin ang airplane.

July 28, 2010 nang mag-conduct ng AYLC Caravan sa school namin kasabay ng Student Organization Recruitment Day (which I spearheaded) at kasabay din ng 38.6 degree Celsius kong lagnat. However, I managed to get up of my bed para ‘dun sa Recruitment (not for AYLC. Haha). But I guess AYLC have its way of choosing those who would be a delegate, when I say “way” I mean “mysterious way”. Would you believe na isa sa mga co-officer ko ang nag-volunteer to take over sa role ko sa program para lang maka-attend ako sa Caravan? (hindi niya alam kung gaano kaganda ang naging epekto nun sa buhay ko ngayon, I thank him a lot) Bottom line, nalaman ko nalang na ang submission ay one week nalang pala. Sa pagkakataong yun, unti-unti nang na-enlighten ang utak ko to join. Una dahil gusto ko ngang makasakay ng airplane at pangalawa maganda naman ang pagkaka-explain nung dalawang AYLC Alumni sa “magaganap” kung sakaling palaring makapasok.

Hindi talaga ako recommended ng Dean namin (haha). During that time, 4 days nalang at deadline na nang mga papel. Hindi niya raw kasi ako kilala sa tunay kong pangalan at akala niya first year lang ako (at busy daw siya to check). Pero, sabi ko nga kanina, meron ngang “mysterious way” itong AYLC sa selection. Mahirap sagutin yung papel, as in! Lalo na yung nakikita mo yung papel ng iba na halos mapuno na yung Top leadership positions and etc., MY GOD! At one instance, napanghinaan ako loob kasi akala ko about ‘dun na lang pala yon. (so, hindi na ako makakasakay ng airplane dahil kulang ang leadership position ko.) Gayunpaman, nagcontinue nalang ako, sayang naman kasi yung assessment ng friends and mentors ko, napagod pa sila.

October 28, 2010 nang pinapunta kami sa OSAS (Office of Student Affairs and Services). Siyempre, kadalasan ang pinapupunta lang doon ay ang mga may bad record, may offenses, nawalan ng I.D. o naglaban sa security guard. I don’t remember doing anything of those pero kinabahan talaga ako. To cut the story short, three of us qualified for the interview. (yey! Ito na talaga ang siguradong airplane ride). I never thought na ganon pala ka-pangit ang experience sa airplane, though.

November 23, 2010 ang scheduled interview ko. I met some friends na na-meet ko ulit sa congress. Ako ang last interviewee that afternoon and you could just imagine kung paano nagkukwentuhan ang mga katabi ko about sa kanilang “mahirap masyado ang interview, teh”. So, na-pressure ako katulad ng pressure sa loob ng airplane. Meron ting lumalabas na “madali lang pala silang kausap” ang remarks. Any of those two remarks, hindi nakatulong saakin. So, mamamatay na ako sa kaba. Si Papa Monch, Si Mabait na Maam at si Masungit na Kuya (I really forgot their names pero I thank all of them a lot) ang panel ko. In fairness, madaming pagkain sa mesa nila pagpasok ko, pero hindi yun nabawasan hanggang lumabas ako. “Screw this, AYLC was not meant for me”, ang nasabi ko lang sa sarili ko.

December 17, 2010 ko natanggap ang pinakamahalagang regalo ko noong 2010. Ang sulat kamay ni Jaime Agusto Zobel de Ayala and a resounding “Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that you have been chosen as one of the 81 delegates to the 13th National Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC 2011).” (third airplane ride!)

February 7, 2011 nagsimula ang masasayang araw ng buhay ko. The rest was history!

February 23, 2011. There is a day in your life that you can say it is a good day, until another day came and prove to be better or best. For me, that day is when I became part of the 13th Batch of Ayala Young Leaders. Imagine the people waving outside the bus welcoming you. Kahit nga ung mga caterer and cooks. Imagine 80 promising and hopeful youth na makakasama mo for 4 days. I was silent during workgroup discussions, but in silence I learned a lot. During outdoors, I did things I never thought I could like shouting “1,2 Left… 1,2 Right…” and traversing a rope 30 feet high.

More than the pleasure of riding an airplane, more than the pleasure of eating dishes I never imagine I could, more than the pleasure of having varied frills, more than the pleasure of doing outdoor stuffs, more than the pleasure of hearing leadership issues and helping to solve them, more than the pleasure of meeting new people, more than the pleasure of hearing from different insights in the panel discussions, more than the pleasure of having a family, I found myself. I found myself and learned to appreciate it. Kung noon hindi ko naapreciate ang mga bagay na nagagawa ko, after jumping climbing that high ropes, “I swear to God, I would be proud of myself”, this is very symbolic for me. Ang swerte ko pala, ang swerte pala namin. Hindi mo lang basta itatapon yung mga starfish mo. I guess starfishes would be so much happier if they know that you are proud of throwing them.

We all have different stories, we came from different strata of life weaving different kinds of threads but AYLC binds us in one goal, to be a servant leader. This is not a challenge but a vocation, a passionate vocation para magbigay Kislap sa iba sa ating sariling paraan. AYLC was way more than an just airplane ride. “May natagpuan ako sa AYLC at habang buhay ko siyang pasasalamatan dahil dito”.

Eira Feri is an 18-year-old Philosophy major at the Notre Dame University. He is fondly called “Peeboy” by his friends.

The Y in AYLC by Franz Dizon

Posted: February 22, 2011 in AYLC News, Reflection

I can’t help but remember what my parish priest told my mother before I entered the seminary: “Maaga ho siyang tumanda.”

Even as a young boy, I would love to sit beside my lola or even my titos and titas waiting to hear their stories and asking them questions born out of curiosity. When I began to serve the church at the age of ten, I still wanted to interact more to people ahead of my age. Yes, the manangs and manongs of the church know me a lot. Well, they even predicted that I would become a priest someday. J I think, its just that I really want to learn from them, I wanted to advance in knowledge if I may say to the extent of sacrificing some of the childhood pleasure. I think, maaga nga po akong tumanda. Anyway, I also played childhood games, its just that I did not adventured much. Feeling ko kasi noon dapat ang magiging pari mabait na kahit bata pa.

Before narrating all of my childhood stories and then the entire autobiography, allow me to express what I feel.

I am very grateful to the AYLC experience.

I never expected to make it to the final list of 81 delegates. With the tag of being one of the “most promising youth leaders in the country” (Try to google it on the net. Haha).

I felt happy yet bothered.

I’m bothered that my ‘matanda instinct’ would spoil the entire experience. It was not until I met those 80 wonderful people of my batch and the other personalities that exited me most. The matanda instinct subsided. Imagine the sight of that bunch of people waving, welcoming us to the congress venue. Wow, it was just heartwarming!

The conferences, panel discussion, challenges and other activities the following days exited me more – not wanting to go back home anymore (don’t tell it to the seminary fathers. Hahaha).

Of course, how could I forget the mouthwatering lunch and dinner that were really SIMPLY DELICIOUS! Which by the way become more delightful when shared with people from the Ayala companies who have shared their own words of wisdom. My stomach was always full and so was my mind.

Most of all, I won’t forget the 80 folks to whom I shared the genuine youth within me. In tagaytay with them, I did not feel that I am really old. The energy and enthusiasm as well as the bright ideas were just amazing! It drove me to go beyond my box all the more. I felt their companionship and concern. I really owe a lot of realization from my AYLC batchmates. Their experiences of weakness made me strong. Their experiences of brokenness made my heart whole.

After AYLC, I realized that I am not a manong yet. I have a long way to go and I must enjoy everyday. I must become the youth as I am – passionate and energetic, willing to take risks and learn from experiences.

And I think, it is important for the path that I chose, a priest must always be a youth who is always open for change and development, a youth that lives life to its fullest.

Maaga man akong tumanda, salamat sa Diyos sa pagbibigay sa akin ng pagkakataon na mapabilang sa 13th AYLC upang mahanap ang bata sa kalooban ko. Kung mayroon mang kislap sa akin, iyon ay ang mga bagay na naunawaan ko.

Franz is taking up Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Bulacan. He is fondly called “Father” by his batchmates.