MAKATI City, Nov. 24, 2012—Even a year after the last National Youth Day (NYD), there is a lot to be thankful for. This is why though belated, there will be a thanksgiving gathering from November 30 to December 1 in Pansol, Calamba, Laguna for some 50 NYD volunteers.
Richard Tañada, a NYD volunteer who headed the secretariat team for the week-long event, talked about the reason behind organizing the get-together, “Sabi nga (They say) gratitude is the language of the heart.”
Tañada said the thanksgiving party is a small gesture to thank the core volunteers who worked hard for the NYD last year.
Though an estimated 300 to 400 volunteers were involved in the NYD in all 6 festival sites all over Metro Manila, the thanksgiving hopes to gather at least aroound 30 to 50 core volunteers who planned and prepared for the NYD from start to finish.
When asked about the NYD volunteers’ gathering, NYD steering committee head Fr. Favie Faldas, SDB, mentioned how apt it was that last November 22, some countries celebrated Thanksgiving, a theme Fr. Faldas hopes the gathering will adopt as well.
Fr. Faldas said the gathering, aside from being a time for fellowship, eating together, swimming and sharing, will also be a reunion of sorts, since it has been a year since the volunteers have seen each other last.
National Youth Day is a national gathering of young people, under the auspices of the CBCP – Episcopal Commission on Youth.
During the NYD, they listen to formation talks, attend workshops and set up performances.
Last year, the NYD was held in 6 separate festival sites: Mary Help of Christians in Parañaque, Miraculous Medal Shrine in Sucat, Don Bosco Youth Center, Tondo and Don Bosco Technical College, Mandaluyong, Claret School in Quezon City and St. Joseph Parish in Las Piñas. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]