Perched amidst the urban and din of traffic, experience an incomparable floor-by-floor grandeur with an excellent blend of ecological tapestry, adventures satisfaction, and momentous contemplation clad with modern exteriors right here at the queen city of the South. Schoenstatt Spirituality Center, accessibly located along Lawaan III Talisay City, Cebu. It was managed by nuns of the Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt wherein Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal proclaimed the shrine to be the first archdiocesan shrine in the Philippines. The place promises not only a customary cordial welcome to its clienteles but also provides an array of total satisfaction (accommodation, food and etc.).

As a tradition to gather the youth from different school councils biennially to a congress, the Philippine Red Cross-Red Cross Youth, Cebu Chapter held the Three (3) days and two (2) nights 8th Red Cross Youth, Cebu Youth Congress at the said place last October 28, 29 and 30, 2010 with the theme “Our voice, our move”. Truly, if we will put our words into action we can make a great difference. The congress was presented by a delegates, observers, guests and advisers of the different school councils including the 2009-2010 Chapter Youth Council officers namely: Aj Manuel, Francis Cruz, Louie Villanueva, Euyanna Marie Hilamon, John Lorenzo Urpiana, May Montanez, Sheena Siega, and the youthful Chapter Service Representative of Red Cross Youth- Mr. Landolf Villanueva whom we used to call “kuya Ig”

Among those school councils including their participants whom I know:

Don Bosco Technology Center Council:

(1) ALEX Guardiana






University of San Carlos Council:

(1) Jhoana Therese Togonon

(2) Justin Lucero

(3) Kristine Niza

University of San Carlos- North Campus Council:

(1) Tinna Franzhara Chan

(2) Klaryza Dionson

(3) Jon Paulo Siglos

(4) James Charles Rosales

(5) Eunice Ebao

(6) Brian Dayondon Pajo

(7) Kristine Jewel Sotto

St. Theresa’s College Council:

(1) Lorie Ann Gunhuran

(2) Mary Denise Rodis Beltran

(3) Tim Tudtud

And of course, Cebu Institute of Technology-University Council (1) Rico, whom they referred to as the “pinaka-gahi sa CIT University Council” It’s because I was the only one representing the council.

For the sessions that was conducted on the first day of the congress, I was able to reward myself of new learning’s and imparted it with others. As what Fr. Sherwin said “perhaps, we give the best of ourselves to those who hardly think about us in return” with that we must be responsible to choose wisely the best pieces that would make us complete or whole. Just like the lyrics of the song Lingin says “among balay – lingin, among mata – lingin………”which calls me, you and everybody to be responsible in everything we do.

Secondly, a realization from a youth volunteer was discussed by Monch Pabion-a former CYC officer and a volunteer. During his talk, he shared his Eleven (11) points of volunteerism: (1) Volunteerism is not a competition; (2) Volunteerism is a commitment; (3) Volunteerism is being professional; (4) Volunteerism is a way of communicating; (5) Volunteerism is understanding your co-workers; (6) Volunteerism have limitations; (7) Volunteerism is all about family; (8) Volunteerism is all about principles; (9) Volunteerism is all about personal development; (10) Volunteerism is giving and lastly (11) Volunteerism is fulfillment. With that I was able to value the spirit of volunteerism and gained lesson on the parable he shared-No matter what difficulties come our way, we must know how to face with it for us to be sharpen and learn to conquer those problems. Like a pencil, it is being sharpened until it becomes smaller just to leave clear marks. Gladly step my feet to the 19th stairs of Schoenstatt Shrine in the morning as I punctuated it by watching the sun as it rises beneath the islets and sit on the edges to strike the wackiest pose and in the evening wherein I lavished my eyes with the spectacular view of the metropolis sparkling night lights and feel the sound of the winds and solitude of the hills.

There are a lot of ways to fully enjoy Schoenstatt Spirituality Center. It’s definitely a perfect choice for comfort and affordability, it also offers an ideal combination of intimacy and laid back atmosphere, it’s unique architecture are enveloped with the natures touch of tenderness.

October 28, 29 and 30, 2010 is worth to be reminisced for I was able to meet new friends, learning’s and a place to share with others.

Indeed, I can humbly say that I was one of the observers of the 8th Red Cross Youth, Cebu Youth Congress and at the same time a volunteer!

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