Posts Tagged ‘youth leadership’

1st Jesse Robredo Youth Leadership Camp

November 18, 2012 1 comment


Kaya Natin! Leadership and Good Governance Summer Camp

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Are you looking for a memorable way to spend your summer vacation?

Are you a college student with a passion to change our nation?

If you are, then JOIN the Kaya Natin! Good Governance and Leadership Summer Camp this April 28-29, 2011 in Antipolo, Rizal. Kaya Natin! is a movement for good governance and ethical leadership initially convened by the Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government together with Among Ed Panlilio and Ramon Magsaysay Awardees for Government Service, former Gov. Grace Padaca and DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo.

During the 2-day seminar, you will have a chance to interact and engage with inspiring leaders in our country as well as take part in activities and workshops that will help you become a young changemaker in our society. At the end of the seminar, we hope that you will be able to use the knowledge and skills that you have gained to encourage more young Filipinos to become agents for change in the promotion of good governance and ethical leadership in our country.

Registration Fee is only at Php 2,000.00

We offer scholarships to exemplary youth leaders and those who cannot afford the registration fee.

To register or apply for a scholarship, send an email to or call the KN! office at (02) 434-1458 and look for Wendell or Kai.

You can download the registration form by going to this link:

Deadline for Registration is on April 15, 2011.

See you there guys!

Remembering Tita Cory’s Leadership

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Remembering Tita Cory’s Leadership

By: Harvey S. Keh, The Manila Times

I can still vividly recall my first encounter with the late President Cory Aquino. It was the first night of the Simbang Gabi masses at the Church of the Gesu at the Ateneo de Manila University and I had the chance to sit just behind her. I am not usually the type of person who easily gets star struck when I see celebrities or well-known personalities, in fact when I had the chance to meet our country’s past three presidents on different occasions, I never went out of my way to have a picture taken with them.  Yet on that night I just couldn’t help but go up to her and meekly ask if I could have a picture taken with one of the world’s greatest icons of democracy. Sadly, the phone I used to take our picture was stolen thus, I no longer have this memorable photo with me. This personal story shows how much I look up to the late president. When people ask me who I think is the greatest president our country has ever had, I answer without even batting an eyelash, “Cory Aquino”.

As a young Filipino leader that is currently engaged in promoting education reform and good governance, I have often looked up to Aquino’s leadership as the epitome of what it is to become a true servant leader. Servant leadership for Aquino wasn’t just when she was in power but she exhibited this in her way of life. I’ve read stories from those who have worked with her describe her as someone who always went out of her way to nurture and take care of those whom she worked with. Her grandchildren also shared with the public how Aquino would always stress to them that leadership is not just about using power but more importantly, it was to be of service to other most especially to those who are in need. Even in the way that she lived, she showed everyone that a leader must understand the real situation and needs of the people. While former first lady Imelda Marcos spent millions on luxury shoes despite the poverty experienced by millions of Filipinos, Aquino continued to live a simple lifestyle even when she was in Malacanang. What is more refreshing about Aquino’s leadership is that in this time when our many of our corrupt leaders treat government service as their own personal money making venture, Aquino was never accused of any form of corruption. Even when she was no longer in power and up until her last breath, she tried her best to give her all in the service of the Filipino people through her initiatives in promoting microfinance as a means for Filipinos to move out of poverty. Aquino shows us that one need not be in a position of power and influence in order to make a huge difference in the lives of others.

Tita Cory, as she is fondly called by many of us, also showed us the important role of a strong faith and devotion to God and Blessed Mother. Many leaders when they reach the pinnacle of success tend to forget the Almighty Father and thus, they are easily sidetracked by the temptations of riches, fame and power which eventually lead to their downfall. Yet, Aquino’s leadership teaches us that it is when we are already on top that we need the loving presence, wisdom and guidance of our God. She has always made it a priority to spend quiet time to pray and discern about important decisions in her life. This influence was clearly seen on her son, current President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III who even went on a retreat even before he heeded the call of the people to run for President. A leader must be rooted in the source of all life, this is the essential lesson that Aquino teaches all of us who aspire to also follow her footsteps.

As we celebrate her 1st death anniversary, I am very privileged to have been given this chance to remember and pay tribute to true Filipino servant leader and heroine. As Fr. Catalino Arevalo stated in his testimonial to our beloved Tita Cory, “The Philippines is truly blessed to have someone like Cory Aquino.” Likewise, I am truly blessed that even for just a few seconds I had the chance to meet her, shake her hand and have a picture taken with one of the greatest Filipinos to have ever walked this earth. Maraming Salamat muli Tita Cory, you make us all feel proud to be called a Filipino!

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Harvey S. Keh was an inaugural Asia 21 Young Leaders fellow of the Asia Society. He is currently Director for Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at the Ateneo School of Government and is the Lead Convenor of the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership.