Escolarians Gather for Virtual USC Leadership Congress
31 October 2020
Centro Escolar University Student Council held its very first virtual Leadership Congress for this year which ran for three consecutive Saturdays, October 10, 17, and 24 and were livestreamed via Facebook, Youtube and CEU Workplace.
Although the CEU Librada Auditorium that used to be filled with student leaders from the three CEU campuses—Manila, Makati and Malolos was empty for this year’s leadership congress due to the pandemic, the physical distance did not hinder the Escolarians to gather and be connected virtually for the event.
With the theme, “Ang Panday Series: Lilok” , the Leadership Congress is a venue for engagement, discussion and interaction among student leaders of CEU. Specifically, it aims to make a difference in planning and organizing relevant and meaningful activities that will hone the leaders’ physical, intellectual, psycho social skills towards holistic formation and growth while coping with the new normal.
“Do you want success in your life? Do you want to experience fulfillment, joy and meaning into your life? Do not despise trials and sufferings, just go through them. You may feel weak at times, but God will give you the strength for He is the rock that you can grip on,” said Mrs. Miriam Quiambao-Roberto, Miss Universe 1999, 1st Runner-Up and Anchor Host at The 700 Club Asia in her inspirational talk on the topic “The Better Self: Leader’s Individuality, Grit, Honor and Tenacity (LIGHT)” during the first part of the congress series.
She shared her wonderful journey from being in the limelight to having struggles in her relationship and career. But when she finally found God and accepted Him as her personal saviour, she then was able to find the true happiness and meaning of success.
The enriching discussion continued on the 2nd day of the series which focused on “Dignifying the New Normal: Shaping Online Influence and Leadership (SOIL) with Dr. Leandro Loyola, President, Philippine Association of Practitioners of Student Affairs and Services and Director, and Student Affairs of De La Salle University Laguna as the resource speaker. For the final day, a talk on “Selfless and Abiding Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT)” was delivered by Mr. Marlon Molmisa, Founding President of Mzone Training Philippines and Chairman of the Elevaxion.
Open forum and announcement of winners for virtual contests and raffles were also conducted after each session.
The Leadership Congress culminated with the induction of the newly elected officers of the CEU Manila‘s different School Student Councils, University-wide and School-based organizations and University Student Council for School Year 2020-2021 led by Maria Bernadette Nakagami, as USC President; Juan Carlos Carranceja, 1st Vice President; Pamela Grace Corpuz, 2nd Vice President; Sofia Marie Gregorio, Secretary; Rica Mae Bautista, Assistant Secretary; Michaela Alisa Flores, Treasurer; Oliver Pineda, Auditor; Jhoanna Kate Lazaro, PRO; and Jose Carlo Olaer,Assistant PRO.
Former USC President Juan Carlos Carranceja led the turnover and acceptance of the key of responsibility to the new President Maria Bernadette Nakagami.
This event was made possible through the efforts of the Student Affairs Office led by Dr. Carlito Olaer, Vice President for Student Affairs together with the USC Officers. For more information, please visit the official website of the University at www.ceu.edu.ph. You may also follow CEU on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theCEUofficial and on Twitter at @CEUmanila, @CEU_makati05, and @CEUMalolos.