This year, as the congress enters its 12th year, AYLC welcomes a new batch of young leaders from different parts of the Philippines.
From February 9 to 12, 81 student leaders will embark on a journey of life, friendship, leadership and change at the San Miguel Corporation – Management Training Center in Alfonso, Cavite.
Timely as the country is on the verge of facing new changes, the congress faces new changes as more young leaders are added to the list of participants for the yearly congress.
“The goal of AYLC is to build a network of leaders serving in various fields and areas in society. For this 2010 congress, apart from our regular partner colleges and universities, we have decided to expand our search for these leaders,” said Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala, chief executive officer of Ayala Corporation.
This year, students from the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education, Philippine National Police Academy and Seminaries were invited to apply for the congress.
“The participation of leaders from these institutions lend greater diversity and will hopefully provide greater insight and understanding across backgrounds and cultures,” said Ayala.
The expanded search lead to a total of 81 delegates that are expected to attend AYLC 2010, a first in the history of the congress.
Adopting the theme “Ako: Pagbabago!”, this year’s congress puts focus on the positive change that leaders do in their society and communities.
”We believe that leadership, one founded on integrity and service, leads to positive changes for those whom the leader serves and for society. We want to highlight the tremendous changes and impact each leader can do, and more importantly, the change we can do and should do together,” said Ayala.
Having made headlines last year as a notable change maker, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida will be key-note speaker during the congress.
Ready to inspire the young delegates with their stories of change, “Change Champions” from the government, business, media and socio-civic sectors have also been invited to join the congress.
South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes, Jaime Garchitorena, journalist Cheche Lazaro, and sculptor Ben-Hur Villaneuva are among the expected speakers throughout the congress.
At the same time, noteworthy alumni of the AYLC will also be joining the congress and speak of their own experiences as change makers, years after their own AYLC encounter.
“We want this new batch (of delegates) to discover in the stories of our alumni, more possibilities and greater strength, as they too, embark on ‘being a change’ guided by the values of servant leadership,” said Ayala.
AYLC is a yearly leadership program created by Ayala Corp. as its concrete expression of its commitment to national development. Now on its 12th year, AYLC continues to fuel the dream of developing a corps of servant leaders who will use their leadership to uplift the lives of all Filipinos.
During the congress, the delegates will participate three days of lectures, panel discussions, workshops and outdoor activities, designed to hone their leadership potential and inspire them to lead lives of integrity and to work for the good of our country.