FINSTER AUDITORIUM, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 – Delegates of the 1st Ateneo Eco Congress celebrated their efforts and the success of the week-long congress at the Eco Congress Socials Night. Administrators and delegates imparted their inspirational and heartwarming testimonials and messages.

Che Adlawan, Chairman of the House, expressed her hopes for the formation of the delegates, “I hope that through this congress we were able to move your hearts and you are now able to relate to #OurCommonHome.”

Paul Ivan Gervosa, Chief of Staff of the National Youth Commission’s Commissioner-at-Large, challenged the youth delegates to wait and hope with regards to their resolutions, “Let us reformulate the 1st challenge from waiting to hoping – hope that these resolutions you have made may make a dent on the environmental issues humanity faces today.”

Mr. Gervosa also encouraged the delegates to engage in other environmental enterprises, “However the Commission doesn’t want you to leave you hanging on hope alone, therefore we encourage you to engage on other environmental enterprises such as agriculture and fisheries.”

Atty. Meong Cabarde, Council Director of the University Committee on Engagement and Advocacy, acknowledged the growth of the delegates as they finish the week-long congress “Tonight we have produced a new breed of parliamentarians.”

Atty. Cabarde further expressed his appreciation for the delegates’ efforts, “You are the embodiment of yesterday’s dream and you have committed yourselves to leave a legacy that will last for a lifetime.”

Gina Cajeta inspired her fellow delegates through her message, “We want to leave a mark, so let’s make it a good one; let’s be the change we want to see.”

Truly this event was a first of its kind in the Ateneo de Davao University, and hopefully this will not be the last. For through these student-congresses, student apathy can be eliminated. A lot of ideas and resolutions can be formulated through the innovative minds of the youth, may their energy and passion not be wasted.

Written by Daniel Naranjilla, Jr.