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21/06/2012: Students from around the World Learn of PH-US Ties

21 JUNE 2012, WASHINGTON, DC – Twenty-six students, aged 16 to 18, from 13 countries listened to presentations from the officers of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC to learn more about Philippine-U.S. relations.

The students are delegates of the Global Youth Leadership Conference (GYLC), who are in Washington to develop “a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens and future leaders” by giving them an opportunity to “explore cultural differences, absorb diplomatic skills, build confidence and enhance decision-making skills.”

In their presentation, Embassy officers provided a brief account of the history of the Philippine-US relations, discussed the two countries political and economic ties, and spoke of the Philippine legislative agenda in US Congress.

A question-and-answer session ensued, where the GYLC delegates posed intelligent questions pertaining to the economy, immigration and politics. The delegates were then treated to a typical Philippine merienda.

Minister Ariel Penaranda (leftmost) and Consul Emil Fernandez (second from L) respond to a question addressed by a student participant of the GYLC during a briefing held at the Romulo Hall on June 20.

Sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the GYLC offers students from countries all over the world the unique opportunity to interact with each other and explore global leadership issues.  The CYLC, an independent, educational organization, was founded in 1985 and is located just outside of Washington, D.C. in Vienna, VA. Its mission is to foster and inspire young people to achieve their full leadership potential. To date, over 200,000 young people representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, American territories and over 100 countries have participated in CYLC programs. END.