By Francis Ryan B. Pabiania | News Writer
Vol. XCI No. 3 — Aug. 14, 2019
Four Sillimanians will converge as speakers for the first AC United States Embassy Talks that will be held in the Luce Auditorium on Aug. 19.
The event will be hosted by American Corner Dumaguete of Silliman University, in partnership with organizations including US Embassy Manila, Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and others.
The speakers include Atty. Myrish Cadapan – Antonio, 2019 Harvard Hero Awardee; Val Amiel Vestil, Founder of Association of Young Environmental Journalists (AYEJ); Shamah Bulangis, Fellow of YSEALI Academic Fellowship; and Asst. Professor Ian Fermin Rosales Casocot, five-time Don Carlos Palanca Awardee.
According to the organizers, the “signature speaker program platform” of the American Spaces of the US Embassy in the Philippines highlights the accomplishments and compelling stories of US Government Exchange Alumni and university faculty from a US perspective.
Antonio, Vestil, Bulangis and Casocot will talk on Democracy, transparent governance, rule of law and human rights; Environmental Sustainability, Disaster Preparedness; Youth activism and empowerment; and Pop culture and the Arts: Soft Power Diplomacy, respectively.
Despite the “Parade of Lights” schedule for the Hibalag festival that will follow after the event, the organizers are expecting a “full house” with almost a thousand of audience to attend.
Negros Oriental’s youth leaders, English, Sciences, political and governmental students and media were already invited to expectedly attend the talk.