by Deano Christian Echague with reports from
Jeano Marcayda and Shan Gabriel Apuli,
The Bicol Universitarian.
As part of the three-day climate action summit, delegates of Power Shift Philippines toured around parts of Albay last March 12 despite rainy weather conditions.
Participants from schools in the Philippines such as Bicol University (BU) and Aquinas University, as well as foreign delegates from Cambodia and Indonesia visited famous landmarks across Albay including Daraga Church in Daraga, Sumlang Lake, Camalig Church, The Colonial Houses, Quituinan Hills, and Pasalubong Center in Camalig.
With their visit in the municipality of Camalig, foreign students got a glimpse of Bicolano products made from abaca and other traditional materials found in Albay.
Anggi Oktaviani, a delegate from Indonesia, said that she would love to come back to the Philippines after the convention. “The Philippine people are very nice. I met so many people. Today is my first time to come in a church, I never go there. Here, we are united in diversity. They don’t care if Muslims come in church. They respect me,” she added.
Thomas Nathaniel Ang from Baguio and Kier Gasga, a BU Chemical Engineering Student, noted that they want to travel to the home countries of their foreign co-delegates.
Ang stated that he wants to visit Cambodia because it is a place of cultural history. Meanwhile, Gasga expressed his desire to travel to another country. “Indonesia is said to be the biggest archipelago in the world and I want to travel there,” Gasga stated.
When asked about what is next after Power Shift Philippines, Cyril Vinz Banza, a Filipino delegate, said that he will start change within.
“It’s time for us to echo what we learn here in Power Shift Philippines. As a Psychology major, I’m not a scientist, I don’t do big stuff, but I can use my learnings in Psychology on connecting with others and encourage them through the use of creative things like poetry,” Banza added.
Oktaviani of Indonesia said that after this, they shall create a project in their compound. “We plan to teach about climate change to primary students,” he added.
After the tour, the delegates went back to Patio de Cagsawa for the closing program. BU-University Student Council (USC) Internal Vice-Chairperson Jerome Benipayo stated: “We are all members of the youth sector, let us use that as a weapon. Let us turn the three-day summit into decades and generate change to other people.”
The climate action summit was spearheaded by BU USC in partnership with The Climate Reality Project Philippines.