16th AYLC kicks of in Cavite

The Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) 2014 will kick off on February 11, bringing together 81 of the country’s most promising student leaders to a four-day leadership program.

Set from February 11 to 14 at the San Miguel Corporation–Training Management Center in Alfonso, Cavite, this year’s AYLC the will be “Great Leadership: Great Purpose,” focusing on the importance and the central role of a sense of purpose to great leadership.

AYLC delegates will participate in four days of lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and outdoor activities designed to hone their leadership potential and inspire them to lead lives of integrity and to work for the good of their community and country.

“We have observed that many of our young leaders benefit from a clearer sense of purpose as individuals and as leaders. Their commitments would be greatly enriched through a deeper sense of purpose beyond wanting to help others. Though perhaps this lack of a greater and deeper sense can be expected because of their age, it would benefit them very much to be exposed to leaders of great purpose and to begin to explore their own deeply felt sense of purpose,” said John Philip S. Orbeta, congress director of the Ayala Young Leaders Congress.

This year’s keynote speaker is Astrid S. Tuminez, Regional Director (Legal and Corporate Affairs, Southeast Asia) of Microsoft Corporation. Tuminez was selected in 2013 as a “Top 100 Global Influencer” by the Filipina Women’s Network of the U.S.

Other panel speakers include Fr. Xavier Alpasa, S.J., executive director of the Simabahang Lingkod ng Bayan; Jason Sibug of Tuklas Katutubo; Sabrina Ongkiko, a public school teacher; Millie Kilayco, president of the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation; Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; and Hon. Sandy Javier, mayor of Javier, Leyte.

A new component has been added to the congress where delegates will develop advocacy projects based on their personal interest and advocacies. Groups will pitch these projects during the congress to a panel of mentors and then implement these projects after the congress.

Delegates of the AYLC 2014 come from a broad range of disciplines and were chosen not only for their academic achievement but also for their involvement in their respective schools or communities they serve. A total of 772 students from colleges and universities from across the Philippines sent applications, from which 81 delegates were selected after rigorous paper screening and panel interviews with Ayala group executives. 

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