MANILA - Nearly 100 young leaders and mentors from Filipino communities across Canada were gathered together for the first-ever Young Filipino-Canadian Leaders' Summit last March 8 in Toronto.
The summit with the theme: "Understanding the Filipino-Canadian Identity --the Key to Transformational Leadership" was participated by youth delegates aged 18 to 35 from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Windsor, Hamilton, and Edmonton.
Philippine Ambassador Leslie Gatan said the summit was the fulfillment of a two-year old dream old the embassy to launch a continuing process of nurturing the Filipino community's young to be productive and to excel in their respective fields as their success redounds to the benefit of both Canada and the Philippines.
“I trust that the seeds of change we sowed at this forum will yield a dynamic nationwide youth movement leading Filipino-Canadians to contribute more significantly, and perhaps more visibly, to their communities,” Ambassador Gatan said.
The embassy initiated day-long event organized by iKubo Media, TPF Canada, and Eswela Inc., invited Dr. Anton Juan, Professor Roland Coloma, and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog as forum speakers.
During the open mic, Mayor Mabilog led the panel of youth leaders who shared their experiences and challenges in their chosen fields and respective communities, namely: Atty. Rafael Fabregas, Liberal Party MP canadidate; Vincent Villanis, CEO of Ontario Bamboo beer in Hamilton; Mithi Esguerra, community organizer, educator, activist in Toronto; Thomas Ancheta, President of Edmonton Filipino Youth Association; and Veraida-Lyn Bermejo, President of Pamana ng Luzviminda Philippine Folkloric Dance Company.