Everybody has a voice, but not everyone hears it. And to make the teenagers voices heard, MODESS culminated the nationwide campaign “Your Voice, Your Move” at The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City.
MODESS have been encouraging teenagers to make their voices be heard. Surely, we all have our own opinions about politics and other stuff. The event is for the publication of “Girl Talk” – a compilation of messages for the country’s leaders and advocates. They got the perfect timing to publish it since we just elected our chosen leaders.
Campaign Ambassadors, Barbie Forteza, Bea Binene, and Louise delos Reyes attended the said event. They also gave their own shoutouts for our leaders who got elected in the last May 2013 election. Julie Anne San Jose, one of the ambassadors, had her voice heard by sending a video message.
And these are what the ambassadors of MODESS campaign have to say:
“Tuparin ang lahat ng pangako, kahit pagkatapos po ng eleksyon.” – Barbie Forteza
“Move against Child Trafficking and Climate Change.” – Bea Binene
“Sana mabigyan ng pansin ang boses ng mga kabataan.” – Louise delos Reyes
“Proper education para sa lahat ng kabataan katulad ko.” – Julie Anne San Jose
Truly our Ambassadors are responsible. They deserve to represent MODESS in every way they can. It’s really inspiring how teenagers can actually speak up at their early age. “Sabi nga, ang kabataan ang pagasa ng bayan.” Our generation would be absolutely the best if we had our leaders well-disciplined and responsible.
“It is unfortunate that young girls are commonly viewed by adults as self-absorbed, indifferent and shallow. But MODESS found an eye-opening insight about teenagers that challenges the way adults see them. We found that teens actually want to do big and meaningful things. What hinders them from moving and making that impact is the limited perception that society has of them,” explains Nikka Arcilla, MODESS Assistant Brand Manager and Campaign Lead. “We at MODESS believe that young girls have a huge potential to make a meaningful difference in the world around them. They just need a little nudge and the opportunity to make their move.”
“But we didn’t want to just give teens a platform to speak up and break that shallow stereotype that adults have of them. We also wanted to make sure that these messages would be heard by the right people and be acted upon. That is why we produced the book, ‘Girl, Talk’, which was essentially written by hundreds Filipina teenagers,” added Nikka.
There are some promising and, I should say, well-educated and passionate people who gave their advocacies. Here’s a little info about their background so you could know them.
Faculty Member, University of Makati
Currently a faculty member of the University of Makati, Rachel hopes to inspire her students to be more proactive and engaged in current affairs. As an educator, Rachel hopes that students do not only excel inside the classroom but become inspired to extend their learning outside the classroom. Her passion for teaching fuels her desire to encourage the youth to react to the issues that the Philippines is currently facing. Rachel graduated with a degree in AB Philosophy and Human Resource Development from San Beda College and is currently pursuing her Masters in History in UP Diliman’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.
Co-founder, Save Philippine Seas
Describing herself as the Yoda of the Youth, the Environmental Empress and the Mistress of the Sea, Anna has certainly made it her personal goal to make an impact on today’s society. At 25, she already has a lot of achievements under her name – one of which is co-founding Save Philippine Seas, an organization dedicated to preserving our water resources. She also represented the Philippines at the British Council’s Global Changemakers Asian Youth Summit, was a Philippine delegate to the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, and was part of the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum 2012 in Davos, Switzerland.
Founder, Leaders International Christian School
Together with her husband, Eligh Yu founded the Leaders International Christian School in Bonifacio Global City. Having been a guidance counselor and educator for years, Eligh is passionate about looking after the youth. As the school’s founder and guidance counselor, she believes that children need the correct guidance and support from their elders, especially in their formative years. Eligh graduated with a degree in BS Psychology from Assumption College San Lorenzo and is also an Affiliate of the Psychological Association of the Philippines. She has also taken classes under Robert Kegan of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Chairman, UP Diliman College of Education Student Council
At 23, Paulina hopes to develop a new generation of critical thinkers through education. Apart from being the Chairperson of the UPD College of Education Student Council, Paulina has already achieved a lot at a very young age. She was chosen to present her paper on “Beauty and Blindness” in Rome for the UNIV Conference. She also earned 2 million worth of funding from lobbying in the Senate for the UPD College of Education. Other notable achievements include being the Councilor of Sangguniang Kabataan Barangay Bel-air and being a delegate at the Ayala Young Leader’s Congress.
The event ended up by sending the published books to wherever it has to be.
Well, the event was worth of my time. It’s really an eye opener for us, teenagers. MODESS really made a successful campaign about how a teenager can make a change at their very young age. It really gives hope to us, knowing that our leaders will hear our voice. Our voice has been heard. It’s time for you to make your move!
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