PHILIPPINES – The radiance of the Filipino Youth’s dreams for the nation rivaled that of the sun last May 8-12, 2017 at Villa Soledad Beach Resort, Bolinao, Pangasinan. 79 participants of the 39th Annual Summer Conference and Work camp for Junior Members and Teacher-Advisers tapped into the potential of the youth and worked towards concretizing the dream of a developed and sustainable Philippines.
Organized by the CMLI JC-NEB 2017 Illuminate, together with the CMLI Mother Council and TAAPI, the event featured sets of Commission Discussions, the heart of the convention.
The central theme: Dream Aloud! Empowering a Generation of Visionary Leaders Towards the Sustainable Growth and Development of Our Nation.
Throughout the five-day convention, delegates had to go on a quest to reach the paradise that is the City of Stars.
Proving themselves to their elders in Egg Land, battling the poisons of the Chaos Capsules deployed by the Huns in the Valley of Dead Dreams, and finally conquering their enemies as they cross the Huns Port and Bridge.
The delegates wake up to the realization that the City of Stars is not a place but a vision for their beloved Philippines – which can be the future if they so choose to take this path.
Professor Jose P. Dividina, CMLI Project Director, invited the delegates to inculcate this mantra, “I will dream aloud in service of God and country. I will persist. I will win.”
And win we did, for the youth, for the nation, for tomorrow, in the realization of this reality.
However, the convention was not only a venue for fun and games, but it also served as an avenue for the Filipino Youth to showcase their skills and talents–both academically and artistically– in the Competitions for Excellence and Competitions for Entertainment.
The Grade School category had Solo Singing and Hip Hop Dancing for their Contests for Entertainment while Extemporaneous Speaking English, Extemporaneous Speaking Filipino, Essay Writing English, Essay Writing Filipino, Photojournalism English, Poetry Writing English, and Poster Making for the Contests for Excellence.
Meanwhile, the High School Category featured Solo Singing and Talent Variety Show for their Competitions for Entertainment while Extemporaneous Speaking English, Extemporaneous Speaking Filipino, Editorial Writing English, Editorial Writing Filipino, Essay Writing English, Essay Writing Filipino, News Writing English, News Writing Filipino, Photojournalism English, Photojournalism Filipino, Poetry Writing English, Poetry Writing Filipino, and Poster Making for its Competitions for Excellence.
Inevitably, the convention drew to a close. Smiles remained as the knowledge gained gleamed in the delegates’ eyes- alight with the promise of unforgettable memories and dreams that are sure to change the country.
In her parting words, CMLI JC-NEB 2017 President, Ana Patricia J. Tiongson, said, “Cherish every single moment that you will have in your journey to the City of Stars. Love the people who you’re going to be with and the people who you’re going to work with. Begin as individuals, but work and end as a family. Together, we dream aloud not just for our own, but for everybody else – for our nation.”
This year’s SummerCon was sponsored by Jack n Jill Magic, ASTIG.PH, Wazzup Pilipinas, and DZUP 1602, accommodated seven different schools from all over the country, namely, Tiwi Central School, Cararayan – Naga Elementary School, Notre Dame of Greater Manila, St. Raphaela Mary School, Claret School of Quezon City, De La Salle Zobel School, and Maria Montessori Foundation.