Let’s take some moment away from the tumult of the impeachment trial and other political debacles in our country. It’s time for a breather and some good news.
The famous line of our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal “ang kabataaan ang pag-asa ng bayan” (the youth is the hope of the nation) is still not lost to this day. Many Filipino youth from all over the country exemplify exemplary behavior and accomplishments. These young Pinoys serve as inspiration and model for their fellow youth. It’s just fitting that they are recognized and honored to inspire more youth in following their footsteps.
Two of these commendable youth are environmentalist Anna Oposa and online activist Jay Jaboneta who were recently chosen awardees for 2012 “Young Global Shapers” of the World Economic Forum (WEF). These two were also among Yahoo! Philippines “Pitong Pinoy Awardees” last year. Anna and Jay would join other 68 young women from other countries in helping set the agenda of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to be held in Switzersland where they would be able to speak to world leaders for their advocacies.
23-year old Anna is behind the campaign “Save the Philippines Seas” aiming for legislation for the protection of the environment, specifically, against the destruction of our marine ecosystem. Jay, 30-year old, is the captain of the “The Yellow Boat” project on Facebook which created awareness on the children of Zamboanga who had to had to swim just to go to school. His online efforts raised funds for the Bagong Pag-asa Yellow Boats community.
More Filipino youth who proved they can “make a difference” were chosen as “Young Global Shapers.” Philippine Star identified them as:
- Maria Carmela Alvarez, the mayor of San Vicente, Palawan and working on making their town as a a tourist hub
- Ponce Ernest Samaniego, a young entrepreneur managing a company providing business expertise to nonprofits
- Dr. Bryan Albert Lim who provides advises on health-related projects
- Eleanor Rosa Pinugu, a founder of a nonprofit school providing poor Filipino children access to high-quality education
- Mildred Ople, using innovative agricultural technology
- Alexandra Amanda Eduque who founded and serve as chairperson of the Habitat for Humanity Philippines Youth Council
- TV host Bianca Gonzalez, recently appointed as Special Advocate for Children for the United Nations Children’s Fund-Philippines
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