In dumaguete july 10-11

The Young Turks will be in Silliman University, Dumaguete City, tomorrow July 10 until July 11.

Professor Liling Magtolis-Briones, our tireless mother in Dumaguete, gave me this schedule for tomorrow:

10 am — meeting with History and Political Science majors, Odarve Memory Chapel.

2 p.m. — meeting with students from the College of Business Administration, Presentation Room.

4:30 p.m. — town hall meeting with students, teachers, administration, the public at large. Silliman Church.

I was at the Silliman Writers Workshop in 1983, returned as a panelist in 1998, and am coming back tomorrow as part of Young Turks.

The word here and everywhere is change. You are deaf if you cannot hear it. And a fool if you do not follow it.

Let us blaze a trail, change business as usual in politics, let us go.




  1. mabelle saron said,

    July 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    i am thankful for the oopurtunity that you have given us this morning. we appreciated it very much. we are proud that you have chosen SU as your first choice of university. Godspeed.

  2. Jack said,

    July 11, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Hi Mabelle, please give update on forum. How was it? Issues and topics discussed? Spread the word and share your good fortune so others may know and would be aware that the HOPE of the the country lies with these fine gentlemen.

  3. Harmone Naparota said,

    July 11, 2008 at 2:33 pm


    Thank you to the young turks, we really learned alot and really enjoy your company…=)

  4. liling magtolis briones said,

    July 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    hehe. Am not only a mother. Grandmother pa! I am afraid we drove the Young Turks to exhaustion. Imagine 2 small group discussions (meaning 200 young people as in the case of the Poli-Sci majors and standing room only in the College of Business Administration) culminating in an all-university convocation turned talk show which filled Silliman University Church to overfollowing ,attended by President Malayang, the Vice-Presidents and faculty. All the questions were raised by students. A persistent query was: the youth have been disappointed so many times. Is there still hope? Yes, there is still hope, answered Gilbert. The hope is in you young people! We must reclaim government, was the rallying call of Erin. Everyone must have a seat at the national table! Make room for the marginalized! This was the message of Adel. Danton told stories of poor gays who care for their parents, beauticians who scrimp and save to send siblings to school, gays who contribute to literature, music and philosophy.And gays who help build this country and continue to do so.

    Everything was discussed–GMA, corruption at national and local levels,the search for oil in Sulu sea, gender equality, OFWs, employment for competent people from the provinces, alternative systems of government, and yes, recognition for gay organizations in universities.

    The four guys had to wake up at 4:00 A.M. to catch the first flights to Dumaguete. Upon arrival, they just grabbed a bite and started walking to the Udarbe Chapel where more than 200 students waited for them. They hardly had time to catch forty winks before they met the business and economics students. They were in the middle of coffee when they had to rush for the university convocation, like “good Christian soldiers,” according to Danton, describing himself.

    I am a jaded veteran of countless symposia and talk shows. I have never seen and heard such a superb combination of panelists–eloquent, knowlegeable and brimming with fresh ideas–and most of all, humble inspite of their degrees and positions. They said they came to listen and they did. They did not always have the same views–especially on economic policy–but they were one in saying that the youth must engage government and society, and that there should be room for everyone regardless of faith, region or sexual preference.

    Yes, the young people and the rest of the Silliman community are very fortunate to have such an intense series of discussions with lots of laughter and teasing in between.

    Next stop is University of the Philippines National College of Public Administraion and Governance. See you there!

  5. ianne said,

    July 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Having a forum that talks about critical issues in the country is always informative but seldom fun. I was glad that the forum with the Young Turks was a rare case.

    The main issue raised during the forum that caught me was when Cong. Gilbert Remulla said that the media is not fair in addressing political issues and that the business factor and ratings would always be the priority. Coming from someone who had tried both sides of the coin, indeed, this has become an eye-opener, especially for a mass communication student like me. Objectivity has always been one of the priorities of the media. Does this mean that the so-called objectivity of the story is subjective to the media person writing/broadcasting it?

    I hope more forums like Atbp would be held in our university. It’s a good break from the laid-back lifestyle Dumaguete has. Thank you and more power.

  6. Jack said,

    July 11, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for the update Mdm. Liling. Tiresome for the Young Turks, but it is all worth it. Surely, they did not mind, since they are that_ Young Turks, and would rather see the youth actively participating in these types of fora, so as to make them aware on the goingson in the national leadership and the nation especially.
    Congratulations Dumaguete for being the first recepient of such visits by this new breed of leaders!

    Young Turks – May your tribe increase! Kudos to you for a successful forum!

  7. Jack said,

    July 12, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Liling : When is the forum at UP? Thanks.

  8. liling magtolis briones said,

    July 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Jack, I will meet with the chair of the student council of U.P. National College of Public Administration and Governance(NCPAG) on Monday afternoon to discuss details and agree on the possible dates. The idea is to invite student councils in U.P. as well as in other schools to participate. It will likely be in August. Will keep everyone posted.

  9. Jack said,

    July 13, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Thanks for the headsup Liling. Cheers!

  10. Mabelle said,

    July 13, 2008 at 11:31 am

    it was very nice because my schoolmates participated and shared their views. sa uulitin po! we were blessed that day.

  11. Sarah Jane Martin said,

    July 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks to the Young Turks for visiting Silliman University 🙂 we all had such a good time, and we LEARNED a lot. There IS hope!! yehey!

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