The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey goes to Visayas this June 2013

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) and the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL) are proud to announce the tenth batch of candidates to its youth formation program, the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey on June 28-30, 2013.

Slide1Drawing 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. Since its inception in November 2010, the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey has already provided a unique and life-changing experience to 9 batches of young people nationwide.

 “This batch marks a historic milestone for the youth leadership program,” NCAF President and Executive Director Rafael C. Lopa says.  “More than being our tenth batch for college students, this marks our first run in Visayas, and by this batch, we would have extended the community to three hundred Filipino young people moved by the Filipino model of leadership embodied in the lives Ninoy and Cory Aquino.”

After a rigorous screening process, the following candidates were selected for the June 2013 batch of the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey:

  1. Xanthe Kamille Almonguera, Iloilo City
  2. Alvin Kenneth Apuado, Dumaguete City
  3. Johanne Lorren Arceo, Quezon City
  4. Flora May Avenido, Lapu-Lapu City
  5. Dardamie Carminos, Bindoy, Negros Oriental
  6. Nancy Kathleen Elardo, Dumaguete City
  7. Ralph Anthony Gonzales, Oton, Iloilo
  8. Melgazar Gorgonio, Dumaguete City
  9. Jessie Lou Gumban, Lilo-an, Cebu
  10. Ian Leoj Gumban, Iloilo City
  11. Karen Jane Imalay, Iloilo City
  12. Jenny Pearl Infante, Roxas City
  13. Rona Mae Lamsem, Oton, Iloilo
  14. Christian Christopher Lopez, Mandaue City
  15. Raoul Danniel Manuel, Iloilo City
  16. John Renz Dale Morales, Mandaue City
  17. Jandi Nietes, Iloilo City
  18. John Kevin Oanes, Cabatuan, Iloilo
  19. Rengelle Pelayo, Cebu City
  20. Camille Denise Peñafiel, Miag-ao, Iloilo
  21. Frietz Arban Perales, Dumangas, Iloilo
  22. Krezyl Joyce Pugna, Oton, Iloilo
  23. Louie Raotraot, Davis, Bohol
  24. John Lorence Rosano, Calinog, Iloilo
  25. Marie Louise Salazar, Cebu City
  26. Jerome Sausa, Iloilo City
  27. Rhyle Clifford Sayat, Talisay City
  28. Rommel Terante, Iloilo City
  29. Anna Katharina Tirador, Iloilo City
  30. Therese Claire Varon, Miag-ao, Iloilo
  31. Christy Kim Velez, Minglanilla, Cebu

“The program would never have gotten this far without the generous support of our local partners led by Mr. Gabby Cruz,” NCAF President and Executive Director Rafael C. Lopa says. “We are much grateful for our friends from the private sector in Cebu,” he adds.

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 Companions” 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 Rizalino Rivera, and NCAF Consultant for Youth Engagements and Formation John Paulo “Jampao” Reyes. Past speakers of the program were Born to Be a Hero author Coach Pia Nazareno-Acevedo, Public School Teacher Sabrina Ongkiko, and SPO2 Edgardo Figuracion, among others.

Batch 10 of the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey is open to all Filipino citizens, 18 – 21 yrs. old, a resident in Visayas, and at least a college sophomore (or the equivalent) at the time of the application period.

Ninoy & 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.


Ninoy & 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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