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Change a Campus, Change a Nation: Play Sessions at Cebu Technological University

“The Filipino youth is the hope of the fatherland." —Jose Rizal

The last quarter of 2016 highlighted two major activities of PFP Cebu, Philippines, to cap the year-long commitment to promote leadership through PFP-inspired trainings. 

Change is an active word for a country in transition. The change in government administration stirred up the collective aspiration to bring about lasting results for the betterment of society especially the youth. A PFP session was the answer to address leadership training needs of students and teachers in Cebu. The first was a seminar on leadership held at Cebu Technological University (CTU). Training rituals started with prayer and then followed by a welcome message of their adviser. GTKY (Getting-to-know-you) activities warmed up the group. The goal of the HM play session held on October 29, 2016, was to build stronger communication and unity among core and classroom officers of the BSHM Program. Team building activities, debriefing, and collaborative games helped to achieve the training goal.

Francis John V. Manayan, a youth volunteer, was keen on sharing his servant-leadership journey. "Servant-leadership based on altruistic ideals is becoming uncommon in sectoral leadership where it tends to be more about me, myself, and I. Or a “what’s-in-it-for me” mentality."

A "selfie generation" alarms most devoted youth leaders from PFP Cebu. In order for one to be great, one must know how to really serve unselfishly. This pushes the team to train and pass the baton to emerging leaders.

Paul Aldrin O. Villamora, another devoted youth volunteer, had a talk on leadership ‘hugot' (‘hugot’ refers to a feeling stemming from somewhere deeper; personal sentiments). Most of these ‘hugot’ lines come from memorable, often hurtful experiences in life. But these memorable, emotionally-laden experiences taught us valuable lessons. So, their leadership journeys, specifically with PFP, were strong foundations that helped them build upon their roles as youth leaders.

"If we want to see change in our country, we must start changing the campuses where leaders come from," Paul said. "With proper training and guidance, new campus leaders will propel this country into greater heights. Yes, we once believed that the Filipino youth is the hope of the fatherland. With the help of PFP sessions on leadership, this is a real possibility."