Lasallian Student-Leaders to take on the Journey of Ninoy and Cory Aquino in 2011

On the second death anniversary of the former President Corazon C. Aquino, the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) is proud to announce the partnership with the De La Salle University – Manila in conducting the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey for its student-leaders on September 9-11, 2011.

In the Philippines today, there is an underlying culture of patronage, corruption and deceit.  This has resulted in broken institutions, poverty, mistrust of government among citizens, and abuse of the underprivileged. A vacuum of moral leadership in critical areas of national life is impeding the country’s progress.

“It’s time to build a new nucleus of leaders that are grounded on spirituality,” NCAF President and Executive Director Rafael C. Lopa says. “From these young people, we can hopefully transform Philippine society.”

Using Ninoy and Cory Aquino as role models, 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 that will ultimately lead to self-transformation and self-commitment for others and country.

“This is the first batch in DLSU-Manila,” Lopa shares.  “We hope to start a meaningful partnership and have more batches with them in the future.”

On the 100th Year of the University, NCAF joins in the celebration as a partner in trailblazing Philippine history. Once again, Lasallians will be at the forefront in changing the country as they prepare to embrace a life of mission for the betterment of fellow Filipinos.

Journey Batch 1 graduate and current DLSU-Manila Student Government President Camille Aquino spearheads the partnership.  “I had profound realizations about myself and my relationship with God when I joined the program,” Aquino shares.  “It changed my perspective on our own journeys as young leaders.  I want to share that same experience with my fellow Lasallians; ultimately, we hope that they will also discover themselves in the process.”

The program invites the youth leaders to undergo a 3-day transformative experience and be living witnesses of leadership.  It is the hope of the Foundation that the young persons will be moved to commit to a life of service and mission through effective and impactful community work. The objectives of the program are:

  • To reintroduce models of leadership based from the lives of Ninoy and Cory Aquino
  • To realize that spirituality, faith and love are values that anchor one’s life
  • To build communal experiences in spirituality with other youth leaders
  • To respond to a life of love through the call for action
  • To appreciate a life of sacrifice that is deeply rooted in one’s faith

The NCA Leadership Journey is exclusively for De La Salle University – Manila student-government appointed officers, 18 – 25 yrs. old, and at least a college sophomore (or the equivalent) at the time of the application period.  

Interested applicants may contact Mr. Xavier Lara of the Office of Student Life or Ms. Ina Ongsiako of the DLSU Manila – University Student Government.  Downloadable forms are also available at or via email

Deadline of application is on August 12, 2011.  Based from the application process, NCAF will select the Top 30 applicants who will participate in the NCA Leadership Journey Batch 3 (DLSU-Manila).

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey, on its third run, is in partnership with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL), 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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