By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador
A Sillimanian qualified as one of only two delegates from Dumaguete City for the LEAD ASEAN Youth Summit.
Iphraim Cabristante, a junior mass communication student, went to the summit Monday at the Intercontinental Hotel, Makati City.
LEAD stands for Link,Engage, Activate and Develop. An activity organized by the Ayala Foundation and the United States Embassy in Manila, the LEAD ASEAN Youth Summit serves as a follow-up event for the previous participants of the summit’s various programs. Cabristante is an alumnus of the South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) which was sponsored by the US department of State.
There were four focus areas in the summit: livelihood, environment, education and human development. Under the areas were series of talks or “think labs” prepared for the delegates.
According to Cabristante, they were asked to choose their focus area beforehand according to their interests. As a mass communication student, he chose human development as his focus area because it included people from social news network Rappler as resource speakers.
The event gathered almost 150 delegates from South East Asia. The Philippines had the most number of participants with 60 delegates present while other ASEAN countries had six to ten representatives.
Cabristante said he found the activity as an opportunity for him to bond with his colleagues from SEAYLP and to meet prominent people in various fields.
“It’s also a way of networking with other student leaders in South East Asia,” he added. They also had excursion trips to the Gawad Kalinga Enchated Farm and Nuvali, Tagaytay where they went to the Coca Cola plant and the World Wide Fund Hamilo Coast.