IAYSP-Philippines and Misamis Oriental Chapter Orientation and UN Celebration

IAYSP-Philippines and Misamis Oriental Chapter (Mis. Or.) conducted an Orientation and a celebration of the United Nations Day on October 31, 2020. As one of the many newly-established chapters of YSP-Pilipinas, YSP–Mis. Or. made an Online Orientation to prospect members to secure its foundation and eventually pave the way for expansion throughout other provinces in Mindanao. They also celebrated the United Nations’ Founding Anniversary by transmitting Peace Messages and doing a replay of the performances of Misamis Oriental during the Young Sounds of Peace Online Concert. (Transmitted via Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook).

The event was a success thanks to the support of Fr. Errol Nebrao, S.J., the Xavier University Junior High School Chaplain of Xavier University–Ateneo de Cagayan; Mr. Rene Lansangan, the National President of YSP-Pilipinas, who gave the welcoming remarks; and of Prof. Richell Jalipa, the Regional President for Asia-Pacific of IAYSP and Rev. Leo Angelo Halog, the National Chairman of YSP–Pilipinas who gave special messages.

In celebration of the UN Day, recorded Peace Messages were given by the president of Women’s Federation for World Peace–Philippines, Ms. Merly Barlaan, as well as Mr. Allison Opaon, an awardee of the Gawad Genny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino 2009 who has been recognized for his efforts in patriotism and service, along with youth leaders Ms. Arriana Jupakkal, the Executive Secretary of Youth Da’wah for Peace, Mr. James Ambat, the Secretary of the United Arts and Sciences Student Council – Department of Information and Communications Management, Hon. John Mark Tubelleja, the Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman of Barangay Burnay, Gitagum, and Hon. Jesel Mercado, the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation.

Vice President of Gingoog City, who gave his speech live in Zoom. Testimonial videos of invitees in the International Leadership Conference and Rally of Hope also were played alongside the clips of all the recent activities of YSP – Pilipinas.

The event was originally scheduled on Oct. 24, 2020, which is also the 75th founding anniversary of the United Nations but was postponed due to internet connectivity issues. This, however, gave the chapter a chance to reach out to more youth leaders and participants. In the span of the week, a significant increase in participation from invited leaders and participants was observable; there were 46 registered participants (Some of which are youth leaders in their schools or community as indicated in the registration), and 16 of these participants completed the entire process required for membership (according to the standard set by the chapter president), which is registration for, completion and evaluation of the YSP Orientation. The live stream on Facebook has more than 432 views, has reached 832 people, and has 309 engagements.

Certificates of appreciation and participation in the event have also been sent on November 2, 2020, and the token of appreciation was well-received by the guest speakers and participants. The chapter surely has made a significant first step through this event.