Filipino Youth to Lead YSEALI YOUnified events on December 12

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MANILA, 08 December 2015 — Filipino members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) will mark the 2nd anniversary of YSEALI on December 12 by celebrating youth empowerment in 20 cities across the Philippines. These YSEALI YOUnified events are aimed at encouraging youth to be civically engaged and to work together to develop solutions to pressing local, national, and regional issues.


YSEALI YOUnified is organized by members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative in the Philippines and supported by the U.S. Embassy Manila. Each of the Philippines’ three major island groups is organizing its community activities around a separate theme. Five cities in Luzon – Mindoro, Tarlac, Ilocos Norte, Baguio, and Metro Manila – will participate under the banner “Luz-on!” with the aim of activating youth engagement.  YSEALI members from Cebu, Tacloban, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Dumagute in Visayas will focus on giving back to their communities, particularly in areas with high populations of indigenous peoples, under the banner of #BeSaya, or “Be Happy”.  Mindanaoan YSEALI members from Davao, CDO, Iligan, Pagadian, Bukidnon, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sarangani, Cotabato, and Marawi will be holding interfaith and intercultural activities under the banner of “Mindanao-One.”


All activities will connect via video, social media, and/or phone to a central YSEALI event in Manila, providing a platform from which to coordinate, celebrate, and promote the youth activism undertaken by YSEALI members nationwide under the hashtag #YSEALI. The main event in Metro Manila will be held in Nayong Pilipino (formerly Orchidarium), Rizal Park from 2PM-8PM in partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC). Youth organizations will introduce their advocacies and recruit new volunteers to be part of their programs, while young entrepreneurs will highlight their products and discuss the challenges of starting their businesses.


Launched by President Obama in 2013, YSEALI creates opportunities for young ASEAN leaders to engage with peers from around the region to develop innovative, local solutions for their generation’s greatest regional challenges: economic development, environmental protection, civic engagement, and education. YSEALI provides professional and academic skills-building and opportunities to put those skills into action through exchanges to the United States, professional development workshops in the region, online networking, and project seed money. Any ASEAN youth between the ages of 18 and 35 can join YSEALI for free at  Today, the YSEALI network engages nearly 50,000 ASEAN youth, including more than 7,000 Filipino young leaders.

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