DESPITE the threats and the movement restrictions because of the pandemic, the Junior Chamber International-Davao Inc. (JCI Davao) remains determined in reaching its goal of recognizing the Most Outstanding High School Graduate (MOHSG) of Davao. The annual search for the MOHSG continues.
Focusing the contents on digital platforms, the reach of MOHSG’s social media pages has grown exponentially. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of each nominee were also posted online.
On May 8, 2021, the search for the MOHSG ‘54 was initiated through an online conference meeting. It was followed by a series of online activities, sessions, and workshops to ultimately get to know each participant and eventually eye the next MOHSG of the batch.
The first session was conducted on May 22, 2021 with speaker Britzie Suzie Solatorio, a multimedia content creator, who discussed Digital Content Creation. The nominees were taught to enhance their digital content creation skills and to be more aware of responsible social media use.
Speaker Angel Constantine Bajana, on the other hand, discussed the pressing perennial problems faced by many countries around the globe. She discussed the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals from which the nominees were challenged to take a hopeful stance advocating for these goals in their own ways. They were given the task to apply the knowledge they’ve learned in the morning session to create digital content based on these development goals.
The videos they each created made headlines and were shared online by their respective schools they represent. Participants were challenged to release their creativity as they were assigned to their respective UN Sustainable Development Goal strengthening the advocacies.
On May 29, another meaningful and enlightening session was conducted on the subject of mental health and wellbeing. The workshop “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay” was led by registered psychometrician Gabriel Sebastian N. Lizada, RPM, MCOUNS. The session became an eye-opener to participants towards sensitivity and awareness on mental health and wellbeing alongside the challenge to erase stigma on mental health problems and issues.
On the other hand, the afternoon session became a fun-filled and blithesome time for the participants to finally get to know each other, build friendship, and bond closer in their meet and greet session. A series of stimulating activities were done via Zoom. It was filled with smiles and laughter, making it an enjoyable time for the nominees.
As JCI envisions the MOHSG nominees to build character as great leaders in the future, the June 5 session was conducted as a fireside chat on leadership and formation on “Being the Best Version of Yourself” with JCI Regional Skills Development Director Aldwin Chester Yap Dumago as the speaker. It became a stirring and empowering chat on building one’s self, overcoming challenges and simply recognizing one’s weaknesses and strengths.
To conclude all the workshops, the final session on June 12 was called “Chasing the Dream in the Midst of a Pandemic”. It was an invigorating and inspiring talk by Maria Adora E. Rogon, RGC.
With each nominee finally taking the next step towards higher education, JCI has left a good closing session in hopes of forming equipped and primed students ready to take on the challenges of entering higher education.
All aforementioned activities, sessions, and workshops were led and facilitated by Romeo B. Batestil Jr., MOHSG’54 chairman and Sherwin Lester Yap Dumago, MOHSG’54 vice chairman.
MOHSG of Davao is known for its reputable eminence. It remains to be the longest-running and most prestigious honor in the region for high school graduates. Behind MOHSG’s esteemed name, honor, and prestige is an organization of unfeigned purpose. Despite the pandemic, JCI Davao Inc. stands by its theme that indeed, they are stronger together thriving still in 73 years.