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Calling all Cebu High School and College Students for a Chance of a Lifetime!

Can you please help us invite young leaders ages 12-20 years  to join the 9th Season of the Young Minds Academy?

What is Young Minds Academy? Young Minds Academy (YMA) is a youth leadership and citizenship development program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. – Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, which aims to develop the youth to become responsible and accountable leaders and pro-active citizens who are ready to serve the public and its interests.

This is done through experiential learning sessions, community visits, immersions, project development, and project implementation anchored on the theme Urban Development with emphasis on Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Response.


How to join?
Form a team of five (5) members under one of the following categories:
•        Generation A : 17-20 years old
•        Generation B : 12-16 years old

Accomplish the following:

Team requirements
Completed team application form (YMA Application Form 01)Letter of recommendation and suppo…

Guest Post: Art Saves Children's Souls

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It's never too late to change. He was once one of the kids we fear as we stroll the streets of Cebu City. Now, a boy becomes a hero in his own right by inspiring people to turn to art for comfort rather than spreading crime, violence and hate, which other impoverished kids are doing. Read on for a special feature from the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
What started as an artwork by 16-year-old Alberto Lopez from Barangay Ermita in Cebu City has led to the creation of an arts project that later provided venues for expression for more young children and teens like him.
For Lopez, this artwork, which is a sketch of a happy family, show his desire to draw until his hands get weary.
“I had never been interested in arts before, primarily because I was out in the streets fighting with other kids. I was once a delinquent juvenile in Ermita, spending more time on the streets with my older peers,” he said in Bisaya.
Lopez’s story inspired the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF) of the Ramon…

The Politics of Climate Change: RAFI Understanding Choices 2nd Forum

By Jaysee John Pingkian

We are in the generation where people mobilize themselves as catalysts for change.

Everyone is involved when we talk about Climate Change which is the very reason why our global leaders try to address it in the most diplomatic of ways. 

The process, however, is not as easy as it should be since every nation is tinted with different ideologies, backgrounds, laws and interests that may contradict with another nation’s.

Thus, the needs for negotiations arise.


United nations are convened once in a while to decide on what agreements and protocols are to be agreed upon so they would operate their country in such a way that would conform to the regulations that will ultimately protect the environment in the long run. 

That is why it gives me so much joy to see people like Atty. Antonio La Viña and Esperanza Garcia talk once again this time about their personal experiences as Philippine delegates to global world leaders’ conventions.