International Youth Day 2017 (Philippines)
Through the Core Conveners of Youth and Student for Peace in the Philippines, International Youth Day 2017 was celebrated through a Conference for young people with the theme: “Youth Building Peace”. The event was held in Manila City on August 12, 2017 at the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) which was attended by 300 select student participants from different colleges and universities in Manila and neighboring provinces such as EARIST, University of Caloocan City (UCC), Universidad De Manila (UDM), Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) – Manila, TUP Taguig, TUP Batangas, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Rizal Technological University (RTU) and International Peace Leadership College (IPLC).
The Conference was very timely as it coincided with the commemoration of International Youth Day (IYD) 2017 which is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contribution to conflict preventions and transformation as well as the inclusion of social justice and sustainable peace. The conference started with an invocation followed the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. The excitement grew as the emcee, Ms. Jenny Rose V. Mendoza started to introduce the delegates coming from universities. The Welcome Remarks for the youth was given by the Youth and Students for Peace (YSP) International President, Dr. Robert S. Kittel.
For the entertainment, young participants from Japan wearing fascinating and colorful Kimonos shared their talents through two exciting dance performances.