It was a rare treat for the young student leaders of Region 8 to interact with one of the nation’s highly respected and regaled business icons.

The Guest of Honor: Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ayala Corporation.

The occasion: Opening Ceremonies of the 6th Eastern Visayas Student Council Leadership Conference last September 01, 2011 at the Leyte Normal University Gymnasium, Tacloban City, Philippines.

A sampler banter during the ensuing Open Forum after Ayala’s keynote address:

STUDENT LEADER: Sir, how would you describe yourself – are you highly intelligent than most people or just plain smart?

[Audience: Laughter]

AYALA: Hahaha! I certainly would like to think I am not stupid!

[Audience: More laughter]

On a more serious note, Ayala’s main message: Leadership should be value-based and should emanate from good core values and anchored on principles.

Inevitable was the reminder for the youth of being Rizal’s “Fair hope of the Fatherland!”

Participants to the 3-day conference organized by An Waray Partylist were student council leaders – more than a hundred of them – coming from colleges and universities from all over Eastern Visayas.

The conference’s theme this year: “Never Too Young to Change the World:  Braving Together the Challenge of Transformational Leadership”

Whoa! Maybe there’s still hope for the nation!

Cheers to that! :)

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Guess what? Yep, we went back to Kalanggaman last weekend. Couldn’t say no to friends. ;)

So here are additional photos taken at the island gem.

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There was no avoiding it – we just had to get back to the enchanting island before summer’s gone!

And so the family (minus the “new” mother – sorry Nani, next time when baby Kenji gets bigger) with Capt. Kitchie, the family pet, hied off last Friday the 13th to Kalanggaman Island (also spelled Calanggaman as viewed in Google), one hour boat ride away from the coastal town of Palompon, Leyte.

Sheer paradise!

Special thanks to the able island crew of LGU Palompon and to Dir. Karen Tiopes and staff of DOT 8.

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte, May 13 & 14, 2011.

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Up next: The Adventures of Capt. Kitchie. Watch out for it!

For more info, contact Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours based in Tacloban City, (053)3217966 & (053)5237966.

Email: leytegulf@callezaragosa.com

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An Waray Party-list once again produced this year’s tuba festival, aptly billed as the “3rd Oktubafest” last October 23 at the Leyte Park Convention Center, Tacloban City.

Hatched as part of the continuing efforts to promote the region’s cultural heritage and the coconut and the tuba industry in Eastern Visayas, the Octubafest showcased the local coconut wine, tuba.

The day-long affair also featured a photo essay contest, the on-the-spot kawit (tuba container) painting contest,  a tuba wine tasting contest, a cooking contest featuring tuba-infused dish and kotil and several other entertainment numbers.

The festival saw the participation of several municipalities from all over Eastern Visayas with their respective tuba exhibit booths.

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