School year 2012-2013 starts off with Young Leaders Journeying the Footsteps of Ninoy and Cory Aquino

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL) are proud to announce the sixth batch of candidates to its youth leadership program, the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey on the second weekend of June 2012 at the SPC Vigil House, Taytay, Rizal.

A brand new school year, a brand new opportunity to change lives, a brand new time to serve the country. Thirty young leaders nationwide have been selected for the NCA Leadership Journey, touted as one of the more transformative programs available in the country. 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.

“We are excited for this school year to journey with another batch of young Filipinos,” NCAF President and Executive Director Rafael C. Lopa says. “It is time for the next generation of leaders to serve this country. We are always at awe when we hear stories of love, service and mission at their young age.”

After a rigorous application process, the following candidates were selected for the June 2012 run of the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey:

  1. Stan Agaceta, Malate, Manila
  2. Fatz Ang, Marikina City
  3. Ally Carandang, Tanauan, Batangas
  4. Deej Cruz, Malate, Manila
  5. Carlo Duay, Boston
  6. Paulo Ferrer, Lipa, Batangas
  7. Ed Hacildo, Malate, Manila
  8. Chamie Chamorro, Singalong, Manila
  9. Julien Dela Cruz, Sta. Cruz, Manila
  10. Trisha Descalla, Quezon City
  11. Harvs Falcasantos, Zamboanga City
  12. Glenn Galiza, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte
  13. Aise Hernandez, Marikina City
  14. Ghabid Jamil, Zamboanga del Sur
  15. Ervs Manalo, Naga City, Camarines Sur
  16. Alyssa Ochoa, Makati City
  17. Riva Panganiban, Cainta, Rizal
  18. Arl Pontillas, Nabua, Camarines Sur
  19. RR Racelis, Camalig, Albay
  20. Shine Rayoso, Tatalon, Quezon City
  21. Cha Salcedo, Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental
  22. Aqe Santos, Quezon City
  23. JP Santos, Antipolo City
  24. Ritchie Talisay, Cebu City
  25. Nina Tay, Guiguinto, Bulacan
  26. Janjan Trinidad, Daraga, Albay
  27. Tecla Ubay-Ubay, Cagayan de Oro
  28. Ding Valenzuela, Iloilo City
  29. Karina Velasco, Las Pinas City
  30. Camz Yamashita, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

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, Department of Education Undersecretary Lino Rivera and NCAF Formations Head Boom Enriquez. Past speakers of the program were Born to Be a Hero author Pia Nazareno-Acevedo, singer-activist Leah Navarro, Zamboanga Cong. Beng Climaco, award-winning social entrepreneur Mark Ruiz and Ted Talk presenter and entrepreneur Fr. Xavier Alpasa, S.J., 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.


Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF)

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy. BSAF became her vehicle for continuing to engage non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) that played a key role in empowering communities and reviving democratic institutions alongside her administration.

On August 21, 2008, BSAF launched the iamninoy campaign with the help of creative and merchandise partners to introduce Ninoy Aquino to new generations of Filipinos as a fitting commemoration of his 25th death anniversary. Using the senator’s iconic eyeglasses as its visual signature, the campaign invited young Filipinos to look at society “through Ninoy’s eyes” and to surface the selfless hero inside them.

Today, NCAF seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy.

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL)

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.

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB)

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB) operates the most extensive route network with 33 domestic and 16 international destinations. This includes top local tourist destinations such as Boracay, Siargao, Puerto Princesa, Coron, Bohol, Cebu and Davao. CEB also flies to the most ASEAN destinations and routes from the Philippines, and is the only Philippine low-cost carrier flying to all three major North Asian countries of Japan, China and South Korea.

CEB, the country’s low-fare pioneer and leader in creative pricing structures, offers fares as low as P499 for domestic and P1,599 for international flights.

White Knight Hotel Intramuros

White Knight Hotel Intramuros is located within the Plaza San Luis Complex of Intramuros, Manila. It is considered to be the best in its category of budget hotels featuring rooms with prices ranging from Php 1,750 per night up to Php 2,700 . The whole facility is being managed by a professional and highly respected group called the White Knight Hotels Group. The room sizes range from 25-35 square meters and provide superb comfort, exclusive privacy and culturally mesmerizing scenery as it stands in the middle of the Historical Capital of Intramuros.

The Deluxe, Standard, Suite and Executive Rooms of White Knight Hotel Intramuros are all furnished with private bathrooms, personal wardrobes, desks, telephones, and free WiFi Internet access. In addition, rooms come with all the modern equipment to bring the convenience and safety for guests, such as flat screen television sets, air conditioners, menu tours, refrigerators and other necessities. Guests may also dine at the onsite restaurant Coco Bango Café which showcases class A cuisine. The restaurant offers buffet packages and features live bands every night.

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