30 Students across the Country Chosen to Undergo the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) proudly announces the second batch of candidates to its core youth formation program, the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey, which will be held on June 3-5, 2011, at the Loyola Retreat House in Angono, Rizal.

Drawing insights from the lives of the beloved Aquino couple, the program seeks to reintroduce spirituality as a major foundation for Filipino leadership. Harnessing their innate values systems, the participants take part in a process of self-reflection which, it is hoped, would ultimately lead to self-transformation and self-commitment for others and country.

Launched in November 2010 in collaboration with the Ninoy andCoryAquinoCenterfor Leadership (NCACL), the Journey provided a unique experience to the initial batch of 29 student leaders from Metro Manila and elsewhere inLuzon.

“We were overwhelmed with the response of our first set of ‘Journey-ers,’” shared Rafael C. Lopa, NCAF president and executive director.  “For the second run, thanks to Cebu Pacific, we can now accept program participants from other parts of the country.”

As the official air carrier of the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey, Cebu Pacific will transport participants from the Visayas, Mindanao, and other remote islands to and fromManila. While inManila, their billeting will be provided by White Knight Hotel Intramuros, another Journey partner.

The Journey is open to Filipino citizens, 18-25 years of age, who are at least in their college sophomore year (or the equivalent) at the time of the application period.  He/she should be a current youth leader, has a passion for excellence and public service and has the ability to communicate well.

Candidates are to undergo a three-day transformative experience and be living witnesses of leadership.  It is the hope of the Foundation that these “Journey-ers” will be moved to commit to a life of service and mission through effective and impactful community work.

After a rigorous screening process that involved evaluation of required documentation, written essays, and interviews, among others, the following candidates were selected for the June 2011 run of the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey:

  1. Michelle ThereseAsuncion,FloridaUSA
  2. Elaine Atienza, Cebu City
  3. Joana Camille Balenteros, National Capital Region
  4. Lily Jean Cacatian, North Cotabato
  5. Reymart Canuel, Benguet
  6. Rachel Dawn Cudiamat, Quezon City
  7. Jun Duka, Quezon City
  8. Jessica Ann Fullero, Pasay City
  9. Coco Chanel Garcia, Pampanga
  10. Mac Ardy Gloria, Quezon City
  11. Ma. Cienna Jaucian, Albay
  12. Jacelle Manara, Manila
  13. John Michael Matibag, Batangas
  14. Jenny Melendrez, Quezon City
  15. Vanessa Kate Morada, Romblon
  16. Gino Alfonso Munoz, Rizal
  17. Ernesto Neri, Cagayan de Oro
  18. Rose Carmel Pagtalunan, Mandaluyong City
  19. Jo Jan Paul Penol, Iloilo
  20. Carlo Patoc, Negros Oriental
  21. Marlon Peralta, Caloocan City
  22. Jose Mari Pineda, Bulacan
  23. Jemalyn San Jose, Naga City
  24. Jenalyn San Jose, Naga City
  25. Ninya Sarena Saquilabon, Pasay City
  26. Felicia Mikaela Solano, Quezon City
  27. Christian Sorongon, Iloilo
  28. Arvin John Telintelo, Morong Rizal
  29. Adriel Earl Toribio, Zamboanga
  30. Jerome Villacorta, Quezon City

“We have a potentially rich mix of passionate and dynamic young leaders with diverse backgrounds,” Lopa said.  “We are excited to journey with them as they commit to a life of self-transformation in helping build our nation.”

The third run of the Journey is scheduled for November 2011.

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership is an institution established with the help of Drs. Rolando and Rosalinda Hortaleza of Splash Corporation. NCACL seeks to identify, form, nurture and recognize individuals who, through a process of self-transformation, can develop into a community of empowering, world-class leaders.

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