On October 23 to 25, 2016, twenty-seven (27) Ateneo Senior High Students became the first batch to undergo the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey for Ateneo Senior High Student-Leaders. The participants spent three (3) days in St. Scholastica’s Center for Spirituality in Tagaytay. There, they underwent NCAF’s unique seminar-retreat on spiritual-leadership, inspired by Ninoy and Cory Aquino’s own brand of leadership.
The participants were treated to a number of engaging and reflective activities, as well as talks from various speakers. Speakers such as Ken Abante, Ateneo College valedictorian of batch 2012 and the Chief of Staff of the Department of Finance Strategy, Economics, and Results Group, who talked about his personal experiences as a leader and choosing the road less traveled, NCAF Executive Director, Rapa Lopa, who talked about his personal accounts with the late President Cory Aquino and the work that can still be done for the country, Kesz Valdez, seventeen (17) year-old recipient of the International Children’s Peace Prize Award in 2012, talking about his work with street children and his fight for the rights of children all over the country, and many more.
Throughout the Journey, the participants were invited to reflect and pray, as well as look back into their own stories and remember the key moments in their lives that have inspired them to be leaders – loving and serving others.
Riza Franchesca Regala, one of the participants of the Journey, shared, “You’re able to see God through the difficult moments in your life, but it is in those moments that I realize how much He loves me and cares for me. And because of these blessings, I am inspired to repay His goodness by serving others.” Raymond Rowell Reyes added, “Our country isn’t really hopeless. We are called to have a renewed purpose in people’s lives, and the best way we can reciprocate love is through service.” Aldrin Benedict Camba ends by saying, “The Journey has helped us understand our question of ‘why’ – why do we wish to serve others. In the end, service is God’s call to us to share the love we have received from Him.”
The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) 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. It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.
The Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral of the Ateneo Senior High School is the very first student government of the ASHS. These students were elected and currently face a multitude of challenges of establishing the student government of a school which transitioned to a co-educational K-12 system. Rooted in the spirit of being Lux-in-Domino, Light in the Lord, it is hoped that the very core of their leadership is serving the Filipino nation. It is the vision of the group to be Filipino Christian leaders who will create a positive transforming difference in the lives of their countrymen, especially those in the peripheries.
Ang-Hortaleza (AH) Foundation, formerly known as Splash Foundation, stands as the link between Splash Corporation, HBC Group, and World Partners Group in the exercise of CSR on programs of livelihood, education, health, environment, and community service. The unanimity of the companies founded by the Hortalezas strengthens the realization of its vision to be the model social development organization working towards the advancement of Filipino progress.