New Batch of Mindanao Youth Leaders commit to a life of love and service

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL), the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) and the Ang-Hortaleza Foundation welcomed its ninth batch of young Filipino leaders into the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey Community.

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Twenty-nine youth leaders from Mindanao participated in the ninth run of the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey held last February 8-10, 2013 in Zamboanga City.

“We are very grateful to have been able to bring the NCA Leadership Journey to Zamboanga City a second time,” said Rafael C. Lopa, NCAF President and Executive Director. “With this batch’s participants spread more widely across Mindanao, we’re hopeful that they will engage more communities with the message of leadership rooted in love.”

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey, touted as one of the more transformative programs for the youth in the country, is a partnership among the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL), the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), the Ang-Hortaleza Foundation, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, the Zamboanga Basilan Sulu Tawi-Tawi Association of Private Schools (ZAMBASULTAPS), the Catholic Educational Association of the Phlippines Region 9 (CEAP IX), White Knight Hotel Intramuros, and Cebu Pacific Air.

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.

“I’m amazed at the power of the program to change us,” Robert Sinsuan, a Batch 9 graduate from Zamboanga shared.  “It is now my life’s mission to practice my profession in service to the community.”

“This was one of the most memorable events I’ve attended,” Sergeris Ortega, another Batch 9 graduate from Davao said, “By reminding me of who I am, the NCALJ helped prepare me for the challenges ahead.”

“None of this would have been possible without the generous help of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, ZAMBASULTAPS, and CEAP IX,” said Mr. Lopa. “After more than a year of our partnership, we are that much closer to building a nucleus of leaders committed to a life of service, mission and love.”

 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.

Website: http://www.cebupacificair.com

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.

Website: http://www.whiteknighthotel-intramuros.com

 Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU)

ADZU began in 1912 as Escuela Catolica, a parochial school run by Spanish Jesuits.

ADZU celebrates its centennial jubilee in the year 2012—a hundred years of striving for academic excellence, of embracing Ignatian Spirituality, and of engaged citizenship.

The motto of the University summarizes all of these: Pro Deo et Patria (For God and Country) hence, for all that has been done, is being done and for future endeavors, it is and will for always be in the service of God and Country. The current University President, Fr. Antonio F. Moreno, SJ, continues the tradition of articulating the thrust of ADZU, being the Jesuit University in Western Mindanao.

Zamboanga Basilan Sulu Tawi-Tawi Association of Private Schools (ZAMBASULTAPS)

ZAMBASULTAPS was organized in 1979. For al-most three decades now, ZAMBASULTAPS has shown how one man’s vision of better opportunities and quality teaching can become a re-gion’s best endeavor. From its early beginnings to the present, ZAM-BASULTAPS has become a prime mover, leading private schools to work together towards common educational goals and promoting lead-ership among the member-schools. ZAMBASULTAPS looks forward to hearing from both old and new private schools in the region, which have yet to reap the benefits of becoming members. To date, ZAM-BASULTAPS boast of 84 member schools in Region IX and Western Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP)

Founded in 1941, the national association of Catholic educational institutions in the Philippine (CEAP) is a voluntary organization which operates through regional educational associations located in the 16 regions of the country.

CEAP is commissioned to advance and promote the teaching function of the Catholic Church. It contributes towards the attainment of the objective, “the total development of the human person” through a Catholic orientation in accordance with the norms of the Church, consistent with national development goals as expressed in the Philippine Constitution.

CEAP Region IX and Western Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has forty-nine (49) member schools spread in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

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