Ateneo holds first student Leaders’ Midyear Summit
More than 80 student leaders from accredited student organizations, the Confederation of Publications and the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral gathered last December 10, 2016 at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center in Tagaytay City for the first ever Ateneo Student Leaders’ Midyear Summit. The LS Office of Student Activities, the main organizer of the summit, gathered distinguished alumni who are leaders in different sectors to confer and offer advice to student leaders in tackling issues within their organizations and the greater society.
Its first day kicked off with a paraliturgy to remember the victims of human rights violations all over the world as the first day of the Summit coincided with the International Human Rights Day. The student leaders prayed together the Ateneo Community Prayer for the Nation and a brief moment of silence was observed.
The second day of the summit started with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist and a talk by Fr. Johnny Go, S.J., who was also the Homilist and Presider. Fr. Johnny highlighted the Ignatian value of Discernment as he discussed Leadership and the Spirituality of the heart. Google Philippines Country Manager, Ken Lingan, then gave a talk on the role and significance of leadership in the digital age. Ken shared how Google and the internet help improve lives, citing examples from their various efforts in Vietnam and in Kenya. In the afternoon of the second day, COA and the Sanggunian went into separate concurrent sessions to listen to talks focused on their organization development. At the Sanggunian Session, former Sanggunian Presidents Luis Abad, Batch 2007 and Drew Copuyoc, Batch 2012, shared their experiences and pieces of advice to the current stable of Sanggunian leaders. COA, on the other hand, had Dr. Benjamin Tolosa, who talked about the Ateneo tradition of socio-political formation. The two breakout groups merged once again in the late afternoon for the Young Leaders Panel to discuss student leadership and the challenges of social transformation. The panel included The Outstanding Women in the Nation's (TOWNS) 2016 Service Awardee Sabrina Ongkiko of Culiat Elementary School and the Department of Education, Google Philippines Country Marketing Manager and former COA Business Cluster Head Gabby Roxas, young entrepreneur Kirk Damasco of KCube, mother company of Get Blued and Worship Generation, Ken Abante, formerly of the Department of Finance and former COA President, Arvin Basa from the Office of Campus Ministry and Assistant to the Director for Formation at the Ateneo Residence Halls, and former Sanggunian President Luis Abad, who now serves as the Manager for the Business Development Group of First Philippine Holdings Corporation. The delegates also had the opportunity to have a close encounter with these pioneers and innovators of their own industries through a leadership circle session. They had a chance to personally ask, engage and listen closely to the panelists as they exchanged notes and strategies to further their advocacies. The second day ended with breakout sessions for COA and Sanggunian to allow them to better deepen and enrich the insights they have gathered from the speakers.
On the last day of the summit, Office of Student Activities Director Tats Quiblat gave a talk on Ignatian Leadership, emphasizing St. Ignatius’ example of magnanimous generosity and leadership as a response and an attempt to love manifested through the language of service. Sir Tats ended the Summit with an invitation for the student leaders to be more creative, innovative, and loving in their efforts to contribute to the difficult task of nation-building.
For more information on the Ateneo Student Leaders’ Midyear Summit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call the Loyola Schools Office of Student Activities at (02) 426 6001 local 5050.