Michaelinians Plug Into 20th SPC Nat’l Leadership Congress

Paulinians from different schools throughout the Philippines gathered once again at Saint Paul College Pasig (SPCP), Pasig City for the four-day SPC Nat’l Leadership Congress anchored on the theme: “Meaningful and Inspiring Action for the Paulinian Gen Z Leader” held last March 31 to April 3, 2016.
Thirty one (31) students represented Saint Michael College (SMC) – 10 from the grade school and 21 from the high school. Mr. Nico Michael D. Huelma, Ms. Louvanne Jessa D. Orzales and Ms. Merlyn E. Lao-ay accompanied the delegates.
March 31 was the registration day. Delegates from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao came together for the congress with Saint Paul College of Ilocos Sur (SPCIS) as the most numbered delegation. Opening ceremonies took place at the SPCP Convention Hall at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon. Mr. Jay Michael Jaboneta, Founder of the Yellow Boat Hope of Foundation, gave a talk on The Yellow Boat Story: Meaningful Perspective and Inspiring Action. Afterwards, Mr. Reuben Velarde Jr., Program-in-charge, gave the orientation and a sight on “Why must the Paulinian Gen Z Leaders CLAP?” Then, the facilitators of the congress presented the Paulinian Leadership clusters where the students were grouped according to the letter printed in each one’s ID. Dinner followed at the SPCP tent, and the Fellowship and Talent Night came next. Sr. Teresita Agana, SPC, gave a short orientation to remind the delegates of the do’s and don’ts to observe and some other important matters to consider.
Morning praise started at 7:15 the following day. Simultaneous talks were scheduled for both the grade school and high school team. Mr. Bryan Bonsol, CEO of the Be Blest Training Formation Center gave the Sterling Traits that every Catholic young leader should develop to the grade school delegates. On the other hand, Ms. Eleonor Rose Pingu, Foundation and Executive Director of Mano Amiga Academy, shared Mano Amiga: Raising Leaders and Building Dreams to the high school leaders. Then, the student tracks followed at 9:00 o’clock in the morning until 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon. The participants played together with their corresponding teammates in a maze-like venue, where they unlocked various doors to be able to enter and experience an exciting activity. After dinner, the students went back to SPCP Convention Hall for the Outbound Education Activity orientation. Then, the Second Talent Night took place, where Ms. Gabbi Garcia, a GMA Talent and an SPCP Alumna, together with her sister, Ms. Alexandra Garcia, serenaded the Paulinians with songs like her own rendition of Roses by Chainsmokers and many more. Indeed, the night inspired and motivated the young leaders to continue developing their leadership skill.
April 2 was the day for the Outbound Educational Tour led by the Lakbay Kalikasan Team. Each school was assigned with a bus number that would take them to the destinations set for the group. The grade school and high school leaders had separate destinations. The grade school participants went to San Gregory Farm, Bulacan while the high school delegates left for Campo Trexo in Cavite and Nuvali in Laguna. The evening of April 2 was tied up with the Festival of Talents which included the SMC performers.
On the last day of the Congress, April 3, a Eucharistic Celebration was held at the SPCP Kindergarten Chapel. After the mass, Ms. Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, 2014 Binibining Pilipinas International, gave the Keynote Speech on “Making Young Voices Heard: How To Find an Advocacy You Believe In”. Primarnie Diamond P. Ortigas, Grade 8 student and one of the Paulinain Ambassadors of the Word, shared her experiences as a Paulinian Student. This was followed by the Awarding and Closing Ceremonies and distribution of congress certificates. It was announced that SMC won the fourth place as best performer during the Festival of Talents while St. Paul University Surigao got the first place. An AVP was shown, containing scenes from the whole event. Lastly, Mr. Reuben Velarde Jr. officially closed the Leadership Congress with words of thanks and inspiration.
Indeed, the whole journey of the said Congress was worth-remembering. The SMC delegates learned how to act as true Paulinian leaders while meeting new circle of friends, experiencing variety of challenges, and sharing and learning ideas on advocacies that would help uplift the life of Filipinos and at the same time learn to adjust to the demands of time and be proactive Gen Z leaders!

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