The country's young global shapers

MANILA, Philippines - It was at the Ayala Museum where nine young achievers dubbed the Filipino Young Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum were introduced to the media. World Economic Forum (WEF) is an independent international organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. It's committed to improve the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

"The goal of the WEF's newest project is to build a global community of the most outstanding young people, ages 20 to 30 years old." said broadcaster Karen Davila, who as a WEF Young Global Leader for 2010, had been task to be the founding curator of the Global Shapers Community in Manila.

Driven by passion and inspiration, the list of outstanding leaders includes an environmentalist, social entrepreneur, mayor, TV host, program manager and philanthropist.

Anna Rosario Oposa, 23, is a co-founder of Save the Philippine Seas movement to protect the world's richest marine life. She also co-founded the Isko Cleans UP, a waste management program based in UP Diliman.

With her passion to give back, Eleanor "Lyn" Pinugo founded Mano Amiga Academy Inc., a non-profit school that provides underprivileged Filipino children access to high quality education, and all other support they need to have a better life. After two years of raising funds for the students' scholarships through private donations and corporate partnerships, Lyn decided to establish a social enterprise that would generate a steady income for her school and at the same time provide employment opportunities for the mothers of the students.

Maria Carmela Alvarez, 24, is currently the youngest female mayor in the country. She is a graduate of International Business, Public Law and Environmental Technology from Babson College in Boston, MA. As Mayor of San Vicente in Palawan, she is working towards building a sustainable town with social initiatives and environmentally sound developments.

Probably one of the youngest social entrepreneurs in the country, Ponce Ernest Samaniego, at age 21 is the co-founder and CEO of Outliers, a social enterprise that serves as an outsourced business expertise for non-government and non-profit organizations.

The "fire starter and chief story teller" as he likes to refer himself, Jay Jaboneta started the movement called the Philippine Funds for Little Kids that helps communities where children swim to school. He was the first to serve as media head of the Presidential Communications Office under President Benigno Aquino III. Currently, he sits at the boards of Kabayanihan Foundation and Team Pinoy Inc.

A graduate of Medicine at the University of the Philippines, Dr. Bryan Albert Lim is a practicing general physician in San Pablo Laguna. He is also a program consultant of the Asian Institute of Management Zuellig Center for Asian Business Transformation, a Research Associate of the UP Universal Health Care Study Group and the proponent of the Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health.

Currently pursuing her passion to becoming a lawyer, Mildred Ople is taking up Law while she continues her advocacy on countryside development through the adoption of innovative agricultural technology with profitable business concepts and ideas.

Mildred is the founding member of the Hagonoy Young Leaders Program and has worked with the Ayala Foundation on youth leadership and development projects.

A junior in college taking up Urban Studies, Alexandra Madrigal Eduque is committed to various humanitarian projects. At age 21, she is the founder and chairperson of the Habitat for Humanity Philippines Youth Council and stands as one of the institutional ambassadors.

She is currently formulating on a legacy program in the organization to recognize members of the youth sector who foster promising leadership qualities and provide them opportunities to excel.

The most popular among the achievers and yet the most humbled for being in the list is TV host Bianca Gonzalez. Bianca currently hosts five television programs. She was recently appointed as Special Advocate for Children for UNICEF Philippines.

Three of the nine Young Global Shapers were invited to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Anna Oposa, Lyn Pinugo and Carmela Alvarez will be flying to Davos with their curator and mentor Karen Davila later this month.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors
    No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors

    Instead of filing an opposition, ombudsman prosecutors filed a manifestation yesterday expressing belief that there is no urgent need for Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to visit his son at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. “Based on the clinical abstract issued by the Asian Hospital on patient (Cavite) Vice-governor (Jolo) Revilla, which was submitted by accused Revilla in support of his Urgent Motion, Vice-governor Revilla is in stable condition and has stable vital signs, as of March 1, …

  • Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano
    Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano

    Government troops captured Sunday a bomb and weapons factory of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday. Col. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, said the captured bomb and weapons factory is located inside an area controlled by radical Muslim cleric Ustadz Mohammad Ali Tambako at Barangay Dasikil in Mamasapano. …

  • N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills
    N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills

    North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula, and analysts saw the North's missile tests as a prelude to a concerted campaign of sabre-rattling. "If there is a particularly sharp escalation, we could see the …

  • How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
    How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

    CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded. …

  • Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together
    Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together. …

  • Solar plane passes new test ahead of planned world tour
    Solar plane passes new test ahead of planned world tour

    A solar-powered plane made a third successful test flight in the United Arab Emirates on Monday ahead of a planned round-the-world tour to promote alternative energy. Organisers hope that Solar Impulse 2 may head off around the globe as early as Saturday but caution that the launch is dependent on the weather, even in the relatively cloudless Gulf. The hour-long test flight was the plane's third from the UAE capital Abu Dhabi's small Al-Bateen airport, but the first for Solar Impulse chairman …

  • Recruitment firm accused of worldwide scam
    Recruitment firm accused of worldwide scam

    Filipinos aspiring to work overseas should avoid dealing with a recruitment agency that has duped jobseekers worldwide, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday. The National Bureau of Investigation has padlocked Global Visas Inc., which is based in Cebu. Baldoz said the agency’s parent company, ICS Global Visas Inc. based in the United Kingdom, has reportedly collapsed and left thousands of applicants without jobs.  “Global Visas was in the limelight this week, following its reported …

  • Jordan, 2 other NBA owners join Forbes' billionaire list
    Jordan, 2 other NBA owners join Forbes' billionaire list

    Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have reached new heights, making Forbes world list of billionaires. Forbes released its list on Monday and noted that Jordan's net worth is estimated at $1 billion, ... …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options