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Young Bicolanos in Full swing during the 2016 Youth Leadership Conference

Atty. Franis Padua Papica - 2016 Youth Leadership Conference

Last February 6, the Francis Padua Papica Foundation celebrated its 19th anniversary in the Naga City Coliseum by conducting a youth leadership conference with the theme 'building purpose driven country through empowered communities'. It was a large gathering of youngsters from all over the province of Camarines Sur and they all have been benefitting from Attorney Papica’s Foundation. In fact, it was mentioned that the total number of his beneficiaries already reached ten thousand and counting! Such an amazing accomplishment for a fellow native Bicolano! I was very impressed although the venue could have been better if it was in a place somewhere cooler but, nevertheless, it accommodated thousands of peeps who were filled with inspiration and knowledge.

One thing that made the youth leadership conference appealing to the audience was that artists and politicians graced the occasion by giving inspirational talks about leadership and optimism. I am no longer a teenager but I was lucky to hear and appreciate words of wisdom from various personalities and celebrities like the beauty queens Ms. Venus Raj and Ms. Bea Rose Santiago, the talented and award winning actors Piolo Pascual nd Cesar Montano who emphasized the importance of being a good leader and role model not only for the Filipinos but for everyone regardless of background, the distinguished and vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo, Secretary Leila Delima, Mr. Vince Hizon and last but not the least, the well known musician and composer, Mr. Ryan Cayabyab.

The entire activity was a blast and you will remember all the positivity and excitement found in the coliseum from each young mind. I hope the Francis Padua Papica foundation continues to help young Bicolanos because I am pretty sure that the youth in that conference showed a promising picture of the future – a large number of men and women, great leaders and managers, who are willing to help each other under a just and prosperous government.