4th Batch of Young Filipinos chosen to take on the Journey of Ninoy and Cory Aquino in 2011

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL) are proud to announce the fourth batch of candidates to its youth leadership program, the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey on November 18-20, 2011 at the SPC Vigil House, Taytay, 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 commitment for others and country. The NCA Leadership Journey, touted as one of the more transformative programs available, has already provided a unique and life-changing experience to 3 batches of young people nationwide.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of each batch every time,” NCAF President and Executive Director Rafael C. Lopa says.  “We are inspired by how these young leaders embrace the life of serving their country.”

After a rigorous application process that included a submission of essays and video essays and  personal/online interview, the following candidates were selected for the November 2011 run of the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey:

  1. Randell Aranza, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
  2. Gabriel Billones, Bukidnon
  3. Jerwin Borres, Cagayan de Oro City
  4. Lucien Jay Caiman, Baguio City, Benguet
  5. Gracielle Cardenas, Antipolo City, Rizal
  6. Warlie Diaz, Arevalo, Iloilo
  7. Nickson Felix Epe, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
  8. Jem Eripol, Taytay, Rizal
  9. Jessica Mae Estrella, Las Pinas City
  10. Michael James Fabian, Imus, Cavite
  11. Renato Galvan, Jr., Angeles City, Pampanga
  12. Sheina Rose Gina, Quezon City
  13. Ridwan Landasan, Cagayan de Oro City
  14. Christopher Erwin Lota, Cainta, Rizal
  15. Franz Daryl Magrina, Cagayan de Oro City
  16. Rosalia Anna Medina, Muntinlupa City
  17. Ghio Angelo Ong, Cainta, Rizal
  18. Katrina Grace Ongoco, Makati City
  19. Faye Dominique Palmares, La Paz, Iloilo
  20. Kathleen Andrea Marie Rodriguez, Pateros
  21. Ara Laiza Roldan, Tondo, Manila
  22. Renmar Ernest Samonte, Baguio City, Benguet
  23. Mitz Serofia, Viejo, Iloilo
  24. Marvin Sipin, Quezon City
  25. Kris Angelica So, Angeles City, Pampanga
  26. Maria Crisselda Tamondong, Quezon City
  27. Julian Torcuator, Cainta, Rizal
  28. Quimberly Hyacinth Villamer, Naga City, Camarines Sur
  29. Jeshamar Villasis, Quezon City

Together with program partners, Cebu Pacific Air, the Official Air Carrier, and White Knight Hotel Intramuros, the Official Manila Residence, the program invites the youth leaders to undergo the three-day leadership retreat and be living witnesses of leadership.  It is the hope of the Foundation that the “Journey-ers” will be moved to commit to a life of mission through effective and impactful community work.

Facilitators of the program are Lopa, DepEd Undersecretary Lino Rivera and NCAF Formations Head Boom Enriquez.  Speakers for Batch 4 are Ted Talk presenter and entrepreneur Fr. Xavier Alpasa, S.J. and philosopher, poet and academician Eduardo Calasanz, Jr, among others.

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey is open to all Filipino citizens, 18 – 25 yrs. old, and at least a college sophomore (or the equivalent) at the time of the application period.

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