Camarines Norte hosts the 2nd Bicolano Young Leaders Congress
By Errol Ivan Badong
Vinzons, Camarines Norte --- The picturesque landscape of Maligat Integrated Farm in Vinzons, Camarines Norte, served as the venue for a transformative gathering from August 26th to 28th, 2023, of young leaders from the Bicol region. The 2nd Bicolano Young Leaders Congress, hosted by the Province of Camarines Norte, bore the theme “Journeying Towards Creating Impacts,” setting the stage for three days of inspiration, growth, and empowerment. The congress, spearheaded by the Bicolano Young Leaders Initiatives (BYLI) and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), in partnership with Junior Chamber International (JCI) Nagueña and Junior Chamber International (JCI) Daet Kabihug, alongside Millennials Philippines Camarines Norte, unfolded under the dedicated leadership of this year’s Congress Director, Ms. Mary Philline Rodriguez.
This landmark event brought together 31 outstanding youth leaders hailing from six provinces in Bicol, namely Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. Guided by the principles of Leadershape, delegates delved into four core sessions: Leadershape of the Self, Leadershape for Others, Leadershape with the Community, and Leadershape with the Society. These sessions nurtured leadership skills, emphasized the value of service, and fostered a deep sense of community engagement.
The Congress also featured enlightening panel discussions on Youth Opportunities, inspiring delegates to envision a brighter future for themselves and their communities. The Youth in Politics Session, in particular, resonated deeply with participants, encouraging them to actively participate in the political landscape and be the change they wish to see.
One of the Congress’s highlights was the Provincial Tour, which allowed delegates to explore the rich history and culture of Camarines Norte. This immersive experience provided valuable insights into the region’s heritage, fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation among the attendees.
The congress also tested the delegates’ acumen on their respective communities’ concerns through a Project Pitching Session, where delegates were challenged to develop initiatives addressing specific social concerns in their respective communities. These innovative solutions showcased the creativity and dedication of Bicol’s young leaders, proving that they are ready to tackle real-community issues head-on.
To further test the delegates’ character and teamwork, the organizers designed a series of challenging and thrilling team-building activities. These activities pushed participants out of their comfort zones, fostering bonds that will undoubtedly serve them well in their future endeavors.
In conclusion, the 2nd Bicolano Young Leaders Congress was not merely an event but a catalyst for change and empowerment. It provided a platform for young leaders to connect, learn, and grow, ultimately empowering them to take their rightful places as advocates and change-makers in their communities. The impact of this congress will undoubtedly reverberate throughout the Bicol region and beyond, as these young leaders embark on their journeys to create lasting impacts and positive change.