Youth’s Collective Dream for Cebu unveiled at the Dream Festival - Weekend

Youth’s Collective Dream for Cebu unveiled at the Dream Festival

THE Global Shaper Cebu, a group of like-minded young individuals aiming to make a better and more sustainable Cebu, recently held the first ever Dream Festival: A Grand Celebration of the Collective Dream of the Youth of Cebu last November 19 at the Ayala Center Cebu.

Team members of Azpired
Team members of Azpired
Representatives from Let's Do It Philippines
Representatives from Let’s Do It Philippines

The Cebuano youth’s collective dream — gathered through a year-long campaign of collecting dreams from the youth in corporations, classrooms and communities — was unveiled during the festival and aptly called SHAPE Cebu, which stands for Sustainable, Holistic, Accessible, Productive and Engaged Cebu.

During the event, speakers from different sectors talked about their own dreams. They were grouped according to the Global Shapers Cebu’s four main pillars: citizen engagement, environmental conservation, business development and universal education.

Rowel Medyo Maldito Ucat, Jude Gitamondoc, event host Nina Alcoseba
Rowel Medyo Maldito Ucat, Jude Gitamondoc, event host Nina Alcoseba
Representatives from the Basadours
Representatives from the Basadours

Miss Cebu 2016 Gabriele Raine Baljak talked about her work as an organic farmer and environmental conservationist. Michael Karlo Lim, one of the partners of Sugbo Mercado, spoke about his passion to help small businesses. Spiritual educator, Bobby Gothong, shared his dream to revolutionize the public school systems in the Philippines. Production art group, Sutukil Sauce, talked about using art as a medium for citizen engagement.

Chai Fonacier, Sam Solidum, Ted Paraiso of Sutukil Sauce
Chai Fonacier, Sam Solidum, Ted Paraiso of Sutukil Sauce
Event speaker and SunStar Weekend columnist Michael Karlo Lim spoke on entrepreneurship.
Event speaker and SunStar Weekend columnist Michael Karlo Lim spoke on entrepreneurship.

One of the highlights of the event were the advocacy booths where the youth can learn more about a certain organization and know more on how to help out. The booths present during the event were Let’s Do It Philippines, Kadasig, Save Philippine Seas, Archdiocese of Cebu Committee on Environmental Concerns, Islands Inclusive Business Program, DTI Go Negosyo, the Basadours and the Philippine Accessible Disability Services (Pads).

Left shark! Nina Alcoseba with the shark from Save Philippine Seas
Left shark! Nina Alcoseba with the shark from Save Philippine Seas
Bobby Gothong
Bobby Gothong

Musical guests kept the crowd buzzing with energy with performances by Bethany, the 2B Boys and the Mother Folker, Cattski Espina.

Event speaker Gaby Baljak shared her passion for farming.
Event speaker Gaby Baljak shared her passion for farming.
Kurt Fick and The 2B Boys
Kurt Fick and The 2B Boys

The Dream Festival was a unique event of youth empowerment made possible by the leadership of the Global Shapers Cebu, Cebuano youth hub of the World Economic Forum. From the Dream Festival, the Global Shapers Cebu are set to work on the collective dream with the help of the Cebuano youth in the coming year. For more information about the hub and the happenings at the Dream Festival, go to facebook.com/globalshaperscebu. (Deneb R. Batucan)

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