Kekert: Shape Asia Pacific 2017

EMBRACING the past to shape up the future, this momentous local and global event Shape Asia Pacific 2017, which took place in Cebu City hosted by the Global Shapers Club hub together with 116 international youth leaders from 26 Global Shapers Community hubs from 23 countries, was a very successful three-day event!

Focusing on the support for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), the aim is to “strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.”

To open this exciting three-day event, the participants were welcomed for dinner at the BIG Hotel’s Kalea Hall before the early start the following day for a hop on, hop off tour dubbed the CEBus Learning Tour. The tour took these participants to Qube Gallery and were given the opportunity to learn about Kadisig, a crowd-funding effort that aims to sustain and empower local songwriters to continue producing songs in the Visayan language, having listened to Jude Gitamondoc and to singer-songwriters Lourdes Maglinte and Jerika Teodorico. The tour carried on to the Montebello Garden Hotel’s glass house where the Environmental Conservation pillar led participants to the exhibit of Nature’s Legacy featuring inventor and speaker Peter Delantar. Other two speakers featured for the Business Development pillar included multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer Kenneth Cobonpue and the country’s first natural chocolate sommelier Raquel Choa. The final stop was at the Universal Education pillar at the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Office where participants were hosted with a mini-Gabii sa Kabilin, a walk through Fort San Pedro, Casa Gorordo and a tartanilla ride at Parian’s Heritage Monument.

For dinner with cultural presentations held at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Banquet Hall that same evening, a welcome address was made by Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III at the start of the program. This evening event was hosted by Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, Provincial Board member Jerome Christian Librando, and protocol and events management head Grace Paulino. On the final day, various speakers from Shapers included Aimee Dushime from Rwanda, Katrina Bayog from Iloilo, Namnandorj Bayaraa from Ulaanbaatar and Mohammad Sammour from Jordan, which ended with a very meaningful Community Night at the Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa.

At present, the Cebu hub is composed of 16 young and empowered individuals from different fields that have all come together to improve the state of the city they live in.

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