In a remarkable milestone, the Teresian Association (TA) celebrated its 50th year of presence in Cebu, Philippines in 2022. The anniversary was marked by a spirit of gratitude, renewal, and engagement with the community.

One of the highlights of this momentous occasion was the decision to hold a “Young Leaders Boot Camp” to be organized by the TA Youth Ministry of Cebu. This took place last August 19-20, 2023. The two-day event carried the theme: “O Youth, powerful weapon (…) you can conquer the world. No more, no less.” The boot camp was held at OAD Tabor Hills in Talamban, Cebu City, a serene hillside retreat house.

The primary objective of this camp was to bring together young individuals between the ages of 18 to 25 and foster their development as Christ-centered leaders, aligning with the Povedan way of leadership.

boot 1Day 1: Building Foundations

The camp’s first day commenced with participants gathering at Guadix Open Center, registration, the distribution of Campers’ Kits and Holy Mass.

In the afternoon, an ice-breaking “Getting-to-know-you” activity led by May Revecho encouraged participants to establish connections using Spot-it cards.

Subsequently, the first session, “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Getting to Know the Leader Within” by Kimberly Joy Dizon, delved into understanding the self through Johari’s Window, facilitating self-discovery.

The second session, “Don Your Armor, Prepare to Enter the Belly of the Beast” by Dorothy Elaine Continente, emphasized various types of leadership, particularly Servant Leadership, with Jesus as the model servant leader.

The day concluded with a meditative prayer session, helping participants reflect on their experiences and learnings. Dinner was followed by fellowship activities, including team chants, creative presentations summarizing their newfound knowledge, and relay games.

Day 2: Developing Servant Leadership

Day two began early, with a morning rosary and a morning stretch. Participants experienced a unique “Monks Meal”, where they refrained from verbal or non-verbal communication during the entire meal, emphasizing sensitivity to others’ needs and selfless service.

Session 3, led by Fra. Anthony Booc, OAD, focused on developing Servant Leadership, highlighting the imperfections of historical leaders chosen by God and discussing Jesus as the ultimate example.

Session 4 took the form of a Talk-Show, featuring guest speakers from various fields, addressing technical leadership questions.

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After lunch, Dorothy Elaine Continente summarized sessions 1-4. The participants were presented with certificates, and the TA Cebu team congratulated them. The event concluded with ice cream, pizza, laughter, and heartfelt farewells among the participants.

The Young Leaders Boot Camp proved to be a fulfilling two-day experience for all involved. Participants left with renewed spirits, ready to embrace leadership with the values and principles instilled during this transformative event.

As the Teresian Association continues its mission in Cebu, these young leaders are poised to make a positive impact on their communities and the world at large.

Athena Marie Anog, ACIT-Cebu. Philippines.



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