Valencia City Holds 17th National Youth Day Celebration

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On August 23, 2015 more than 300 youth participants from different Youth Organizations in Valencia City assembled at the City Hall Covered Court to celebrate the 17th National Youth Day with the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement in Agriculture and Fisheries.” The activity was attended by Pag-Asa Youth Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PYAP Valencia City Chapter), Bidlisiw Kilos Kabataan, Inc., Black Orchid Text Clan, Miss Valencia Society, Rotaract Club of Metro Valencia, Pilipinas Natin and Gawad Kalinga, Unlad Pilipinas, Barangay Youth Task Force Batangan, San Isidro Generation Band, and NMR One Youth Entertainment Inc.

“This is the first time the City Government of Valencia joined the National Youth Day Celebration and the main objective of this event is to unite all Youth Organizations in Valencia City, that the youth can showcase their talents and have fun. Holding this event would encourage them to participate more in the programs of the government that could benefit them,” Ms. Vanessa Anne Alvarez, the Youth Focal Person explained.

During the first part of the whole day celebration, a symposium on Sex Education and STI, HIV Awareness was conducted with Hon. Policarpo P. Murillo IV, MD as the speaker, and being the Co-Chairperson of the Valencia City AIDS Council, he emphasized that the youth should be sexually responsible and must not engage in matters that could hamper their studies and most especially their health.

The Local Chief Executive, Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, who initiated the celebration, encouraged the youth to engage in activities that could make them productive and also help save mother nature since Valencia City is an agricultural city. She also emphasized the need for the youth to respect their parents and the elders. “There is a time for everything, enjoy your youth but stay away from drugs and vices,” she added.

The highlights of the activity include Poster-making Contest, Group Dance Contest, Singing Contest and the Search for Mr. and Miss Youth of Valencia City 2015, and the winners are as follows:

Mr and Ms. Youth of Valencia 2015

Ms Youth 2015 - PYAP (Christel Jane Amosin)
Mr. Youth 2015 - Bidlisiw Kilos Kabataan, Inc. (Alan Ignacio Monicit

1st Runner up

(Ms) -Bidlisiw Kilos Kabataan, Inc. (Noemi Sophia Ampong)
(Mr) -NMR ( Jessie James Yanson)

2nd Runner up

(Ms) - NMR (Divine Faith Diaz)
(Mr) - PYAP (John Mark Magallanes)

3rd Runner up

(Ms) - BOTC (Arjay Elloren)
(Mr) - BOTC ( Mr. Garcia)

Minor Awards: Mr. Ms.

Best in Org. Uniform and Jeans Attire Bidlisiw Bidlisiw

Best in Indigenous Attire Bidlisiw Bidlisiw

Best in Ethnic Attire PYAP PYAP

Poster Making Contest

1st Place - PYAP

2nd Place - NMR

3rd Place - Rotaract

Hip Hop Dance Contest

Champion - Bidlisiw Kilos Kabataan, Inc.

1st Runner up - PYAP Valencia

2nd Runner up - NMR

Song Contest (Solo)

Champion - PYAP Valencia

1st Runner up - NMR

2nd Runner up - BOTC

The City Vice Mayor Hon. Rolando P. Laviña on his closing remarks encouraged the youth to keep in mind the saying, “Toga Muna Bago Tahe de Boda.”