CALABARZON youth leaders gathered for SULO: Southern Tagalog Youth Camp 2018 held at the Union Theological Seminary, Dasmariñas, Cavite on March 17-18.
With its theme “Youth Leaders Forging Unities to Defend Civil Liberties and Freedom,” the two-day event featured various seminars and contests, honing the journalism and leadership skills, social awareness, and camaraderie of the participants. It aimed to develop the youths’ potential in culture and arts in fostering and propeling social development.
Congresswoman Sarah Elago spoke on the youth’s role in helping ease the various issues facing the different sectors of society. Meanwhile, Professor Danilo Arao from the University of the Philippines-Diliman shared the importance of preserving press freedom and fighting fake news and other problems that hamper the media’s role in nationuilding.
The students participated in workshops consisting of Student Council Orientation and Management, Mass Campaign Planning and Administration, and Student Publication Management to develop their leadership capacities. In addition, literary and theatre arts skills were offered in other parallel lectures.
Participants also visited Lupang Ramos, a farmers’ settlement in Dasmarinas that was claimed by a former politician. There, the students witnessed first hand the social issues discussed as they were exposed to the impoverished state of the farmers as they fight discrimination and oppression from both the local government and the land’s alleged wealthy owner.
After the lectures, students competed in essay writing and extemporaneous speech. There was a campfire for the participants from the different universities and the members of the local community to allow for interaction in the spirit of youth empowerment.
Participants came from different communities across the region, along with students from De La Salle University- Dasmarinas, City College of Tagaytay, Cavite State University, Olivarez College of Tagaytay, Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation- Lucena, Polytechnic University of the Philippines -Maragondon and University of the Philippines -Los Banos.
The event was organized by Free Education for Everyone Coalition, National Union of Students of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog, College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog, Kabataan Partylist-Southern Tagalog, ANAKBAYAN-Southern Tagalog, Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Southern Tagalog and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog.