Young Turks go to UP NCPAG, August 26


The University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) is celebrating its 56th year, along with UP’s 100 glorious years of existence. In recognition and support to the important responsibility of the said institutions in developing future leaders, the College’s Student Council plans to hold a forum dedicated to the youth sector entitled “What about YOUTH (Answering Queries of the Young)” on August 26, 2008, 1:00-5:00 P.M., at the NCPAG Assembly Hall.

The forum aims to inform the youth of the issues that confront them today. It also wishes to provide a venue for students to voice out their different concerns, engage them, and hear possible answers to their issues. Moreover, the said event seeks to educate and empower the students as part of the youth sector by making them realize that they can do something for our country and by rekindling the hope in their hearts.

In this light, the Student Council is humbly requesting your presence as one of our guest speakers. We hope that your group, the Young Turks, will consider our College as the second stop of your nationwide campus tour.

Looking forward for your favorable response. Thank you and more power.

In service of the students,

Shiela Mae M. Sabalburo Pebbles B. Sanchez
Chairperson Socio-Academic Affairs Administrator
0927-7881134 09275282080


Dr. Leonor Magtolis-Briones
NCPAG Professor


Title: What about YOUTH (Answering Queries of the Young)

Date: August 26, 2008, Tuesday

Time: 1:00-5:00 P.M.

Venue: Assembly Hall, National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

I. Description:
“The youth is the hope of the fatherland,” our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal once said.

In the present times where our country and our society is experiencing turmoil and crisis, the call for the youth to voice out their opinion and concerns, actively participate and get involved is even louder. The youth is considered as a powerful force in the society, considering that they compose a big bloc of the Philippine population with a total of 26.6 million as of 2007. They are the next generation who will lead our country, so it is only proper to let their voices be heard and address the issues they are currently facing to equip them and provide ammunition to better serve the country in the near future.

A group of young politicians who call themselves the “Young Turks” is calling on the students to organize among themselves and help in forming a new political environment that would be directly advantageous for the youth sector. As part of this call, they are conducting nationwide campus tours. As head start, they have visited Silliman University last July 10 and 11. They engaged the students of Silliman in forum discussions that addressed the issues and concerns on education, politics, economics, culture, gender equality, and Filipino diaspora, among other concerns of the youth.

The Young Turks is composed of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Manila (PLM) President Adel Tamano, also spokesperson of the United Opposition (UNO) and an alumnus of UP NCPAG; Representative TG Guingona III of the 2nd District of Bukidnon; Representative Lorenzo “Erin” Tanada III of the 4th District of Quezon, the son of former Senator Wigberto Tanada and the grandson of nationalist Senator Lorenzo Tanada; Representative Gilbert Remulla, a former congressman, broadcaster and television personality; and Danton Remoto, chairman of Ang Ladlad Party List and professor of English at Ateneo.

It is their call that the youth must actively engage in government and society and that there should be room for everyone regardless of faith, religion, or sexual preference. With this, What about YOUTH (Answering Queries of the Young)*, is the second leg of their nationwide campus tour that has the following Objectives:

1. To inform the students of the issues that confront the youth of today
2. To provide a venue for the students to voice out their different concerns as youth, engage them and hear possible answers to their issues
3. To educate and empower the students as part of the youth sector by making them realize that they can do something for our country and by rekindling the hope in the hearts.

*The title “What about YOUTH” intends to inform the young with the realities and situations concerning them. In addition, it aims to suggest that the youth should be taken into consideration in solving various issues either on the individual, relational, national, or global level. The title entails a challenge to the youth sector as well.

Target Audience: 400 participants
Mechanics: A professor serves as the master of ceremony (onstage with the guests) while two students join the audience. The latter facilitates and solicits questions from the participants.

II. Tentative Flow of Program

PM (2-5pm) (1 pm Registration)

1:00 – 2:00 Registration
2:00 – 2:15 Musical Invocation Manila Concert Choir
National Anthem Manila Concert Choir
2:15 – 2:25 Welcome Remarks Dr. Alex Brillantes, Jr., NCPAG Dean
2:25 – 2:30 Opening Remarks Dr. Leonor Magtolis-Briones, NCPAG Professor
2:30 – 2:40 Introduction of Guests
2:40 – 3:05 Message to the Youth Atty. Adel Tamano, Rep. TG Guingona, Rep. Gilbert Remulla, Prof. Danton Remoto, and Rep. Erin Tanada’s message.

3:05 – 3:35 Talk Show Discussion
3:35 – 3:45 Intermission Manila Concert Choir
3:45 – 4:30 Continuation … Talk Show Discussion
4:30 – 4:45 Synthesis
4:45 – 5:00 Awarding of Tokens of Appreciation
Closing Remarks Shiela Mae M. Sabalburo, Chairperson NCPAG SC



  1. Erin Tanada said,

    August 6, 2008 at 7:31 am

    To my fellow Young Turks,

    I will not be able to join you at UP NCPAG. I will have a Committee on Human RIghts Hearing in Davao on the same date and will not be able to make it back on time. I will try to join you in our next activity.

    erin tanada

  2. Shiela said,

    August 7, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Thank you for accepting our invitation and announcing the activity in your blog. We are very excited and we are looking forward to have the Young Turks here in UP NCPAG. More power guys! 🙂

  3. Pebbles said,

    August 7, 2008 at 5:03 am

    the whole ncpag community is very excited as well as the students from other colleges in UP and schools/universities who are and will be invited. thank you very much for accepting our invitation. more power!

  4. Pebbles said,

    September 4, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Thank you for visiting UP-NCPAG and inspiring the youth to take a stand and make a difference. Many school leaders are already asking us on how to organize an event with the Young turks. We would love and will definitely share the formula.

    Also, thanks to Ma’am Liling who really helped us pull the strings.

    Keep it up Young Turks!

  5. liling magtolis briones said,

    September 5, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Dear Pebbles, Shiela and the NCPAG Student Council,
    Thank you for the kind words. Of course let us share our formula for organizing block-buster public events!Success does not happen accidentally. You faithfully followed time-tested strategies and techniques for mobilizing huge crowds, great speakers, and a fun-filled program. You did everything right–from careful planning, organizing, budgeting (including identifying funding sources), programming, pinpointing responsibility, and most of all monitoring. It helped that for three months we met every week to listen to reports, agree on solutions and check on assignments. Of course there were unexpected twists and turns but I am sure it helped you understand grownups better.
    All the time, we had fun. It was impossible to fail, what with a wonderful group like the Young Turks. I am very proud of you. I wish I could take you to Silliman so you will meet your counterparts! They are just as wonderful. You will love them as much as I do. Mam Liling

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