We are always wondering if there are youth out there who are Pro-Life. We see the surveys and statistics pummeled out by the Social Weather Station saying that the youth are not as Pro-Life as we would like to think. And media also shows us youth doing things that promote values that are twisted and, well, value-less.
But we know that the youth who love life, live life and defend life are out there. We just need to tap into them and revolutionize them. And that’s what inspired the Pro-Life Youth Congress. Getting youth together to listen to what it means to be pro-life. Learn more ways to promote the cause of life. And live out that message in their day to day lives. More than 450 youth came to the Congress, and were filled with knowledge, conviction and passion for the cause of life!
The emcees of the event were Xavier Padilla (Secretary of Pro-Life Philippines; and, International Coordinator of CFC Kids for Family and Life) and Chinka Sarmiento (Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life leader; and, teacher at the Holy Spirit School and School of the Holy Spirit).
We started with an opening prayer from Tony Kosca (Chairman of Pro-Life Philippines, VP and COO of Meralco Foundation; and, Head of the Family and Life Ministry of the Diocese of Pasig) and opening remarks from Secretary Lito Atienza (President of Pro-Life Philippines and Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, among others). Sec. Atienza stressed on the importance of the environment, the importance of life and the inter-connection between the two.
The first session was on HUMAN SEXUALITY and was given by Ed Sorreta (Vice President of Pro-Life Philippines and ardent Pro-Life warrior who has the passion to speak to the youth about the importance of life).
The second session was made up of three people sharing their conviction on life issues. JC de los Reyes (Ang Kapatiran Party, Olongapo City Councilor; and, Presidential Aspirant) shared on POPULATION CONTROL and the DEATH BILLS. Lance Katigbak (16 year old Pro-Life advocate, CFC Youth for Christ; and, Southridge student) spoke about his battle against those who are PRO-REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH on Facebook (Lance is the creator of the I OPPOSE THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL group on Facebook). And, Jeremiah Belgica (Chariman and Founder of Kabataang Bagong Buhay – which is an awardee of the 2008 Ten Most Accomplished Organizations in NCR; and, Radio Broadcaster) spoke on SEX AND MEDIA and the effects it has on people, especially the youth.
For the last session, we had 2 workshops that would equip the youth with the capabilities to go and speak up, after listening the whole afternoon. The first workshop was on RELATIONSHIPS AND PEER COUNSELING given by Francis and Debbie Rodrigo (young married couple with 5 boys; and, leaders of CFC FFL). And the second on ADVOCACY given by the Ang Kapatiran Party. The workshops were capped off by the RELATIONSHIPS workshop presenting a debate of Sex and Marriage (where the girls defended the position of boys; and vice versa); and the ADVOCACY workshop presenting a conviction-based masquerade.
The whole afternoon was spared from the Typhoon Ramil, and was given good weather (even hot weather) to be able to promote the cause of life, and have the youth start living the pro-life way of life.
There were delegates from Ang Kapatiran Youth, Manila Muslim Youth, Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic School, University of the East, St. Mary’s College of QC, General Hope Youth, Manila Youth, St. Paul University, New Era High School, Holy Spirit School Cubao, Mt. Carmel School of Infanta (Quezon Province), St. Rita College and Agustinian Recollect Sisters, St. John the Baptist Parish, Tanglaw University Center, CFC Singles for Family and Life, CFC Youth for Family and Life, Catholic Praise Project; and, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.
The afternoon ended with the youth committing to the COVENANT OF A PRO-LIFE YOUTH and a concert. The whole event was endorsed by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth, and will be brought to the different areas around the Philippines.