GLOBAL SHAPERS CEBU HOSTED YOUTH LEAD­ERS

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A to­tal of 116 international youth lead­ers from 36 Global Shapers Com­mu­nity hubs from 23 coun­tries con­verged in Cebu City last Oct. 12 to 14. They discussed shared sen­ti­ments on the preser­va­tion, pro­mo­tion, and max­i­miza­tion of cul­ture and her­itage as a tool for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. Dubbed as “Shape Asia Pa­cific 2017: Em­brac­ing the Past to Shape Up the Fu­ture,” the event was hosted by Global Shapers Cebu hub. The event fo­cused on the host hub’s sup­port for Unesco’s ef­forts to high­light the United Na­tions’ (UN) sub­tar­get 11.4, which aims to “strengthen ef­forts to pro­tect and safe­guard the world’s cul­tural and nat­u­ral her­itage,” to the UN’s 20 sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals agenda.

Par­tic­i­pants learned, among oth­ers, about the Kadasig crowd-fund­ing ef­fort to sup­port Bisaya song­writ­ers

A to­tal of 116 international youth lead­ers from 36 Global Shapers Com­mu­nity hubs com­ing from 23 coun­tries con­verged in Cebu City last Oct. 12 to 14.

The gath­er­ing aims to dis­cuss shared sen­ti­ments on the preser­va­tion, pro­mo­tion, and max­i­miza­tion of cul­ture and her­itage as a tool for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. Dubbed as “Shape Asia Pa­cific 2017: Em­brac­ing the Past to Shape Up the Fu­ture,” the event was hosted by Global Shapers Cebu hub.

The event fo­cused on the host hub’s sup­port for the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion or UNESCO’s ef­forts to high­light UN’s sub­tar­get 11.4, which aims to “strengthen ef­forts to pro­tect and safe­guard the world’s cul­tural and nat­u­ral her­itage,” to the United Na­tion’s 20 sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals agenda.

A wel­come din­ner at Big Ho- tel’s Kalea Hall opened the event on Oct. 12.

On the sec­ond day, par­tic­i­pants went on a cu­rated hop-on, hop-off tour dubbed as the CEBus learn­ing tour.

Par­tic­i­pants vis­ited Qube Gallery to learn about Kadasig, a crowd-fund­ing ef­fort that aims to sus­tain and em­power lo­cal song­writ­ers to con­tinue pro­duc­ing songs in Bisaya.

They also wit­nessed an ex­hibit of Na­ture’s Legacy at Mon­te­bello Gar­den Ho­tel’s glass house, .

Multi-awarded fur­ni­ture de­signer and man­u­fac­turer Ken­neth Cobon­pue and Philip­pine’s first nat­u­ral choco­late som­me­lier Raquel Choa shared their knowl­edge on their re­spec­tive fields of business to the par­tic­i­pants.

Be­fore cap­ping off the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, par­tic­i­pants went to the Ra­mon Aboitiz Foun­da­tion Of­fice where a mini-Gabii sa Ka­bilin was hosted by the foun­da­tion.

The sec­ond day of the event ended at the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol Ban­quet Hall with din­ner and cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tions hosted by the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment.

On its last day last Oct. 14, par- tic­i­pants from dif­fer­ent hubs be­came speak­ers and mod­er­a­tors to a series of con­fer­ences and syn­the­sis ses­sion that tack­led dif­fer­ent is­sues on cul­ture and her­itage.

Speak­ers in­cluded shapers like Aimee Dushime from Rwanda, Ka­t­rina Bayog from Iloilo, Nam­nan­dorj Ba­yaraa from Ulaan­baatar, and Mo­ham­mad Sam­mour from Jordan.

The 116 par­tic­i­pants, to­gether with Com­mu­nity Lead of the Global Shapers Com­mu­nity for Asia, Shimer Diao, ended the event with a Com­mu­nity Night at Shangri-La’s Mac­tan Re­sort and Spa.

The hub thanked the event’s plat­inum spon­sors-Cebu Landmasters, Big Ho­tel, Kin­tar Group of Com­pa­nies, and Shangri-La Mac­tan Re­sort and Spa; sil­ver Spon­sors-CWC, Wealth­bank, UKC Builders, J. Abra­ham Con­struc­tion, and Na­ture’s Legacy; bronze spon­sors-Is­lands Group of Com­pa­nies, Kohler, Phelps Dodge, Cre­ative Cap­i­tal, Value Builders, Kone El­e­va­tors, Vic En­ter­prises, Di­a­mond In­te­rior, Ed­con, QMix, and Lyz Wood­craft; and me­dia part­ners-SunS­tar and Cebu Daily News.

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GLOBAL SHAPERS. Youth lead­ers gather in Cebu to dis­cusss cul­ture and her­itage as tools for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

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