The Manila Times - Heed Miss U, youth advised

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6 January 2016

The Manila Times

maniila-times.jpgSenator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has urged the country’s top youth leaders to heed the reminder of 2015 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

Marcos aired this advice on Monday in his inspirational message at the celebration of the “16th Year of Philippine Youth” held in Pasig City (Metro Manila) to recognize and award exemplary youth leaders.

“I think the words of our compatriot and original 2015 Miss Universe is really apt for the occasion tonight,” he said.

The senator cited in particular Wurtzbach’s comment that being chosen Miss Universe is “both an honor and a responsibility.”

“You are not merely winners in a competition. Because you are here tonight, you also bear the responsibility and the obligation to serve as role model for others,” he said.

Marcos added that the youth leaders should also take as inspiration the lives of of the country’s national heroes as well as modern-day heroes like 19-year old Welson Chua, who was murdered for his expose about corruption in his school, the University of Santo Tomas.

He also cited the case of 18-year old Muelmar Magallanes, who is recognized as a hero when he perished at the height of Typhoon Ondoy while saving the lives of 30 persons.

But Marcos told the youth leaders that they can still be heroes in their own right without necessarily having to give up their lives.

Among others, he cited as example Manny Pacquiao who became a world champion at the age of 23, giving honor and pride to the entire country, as well as Ateneo graduate Sabrina Ongkiko who chose to serve as a public school teacher in a lower-class district of Quezon City.

Even by doing simple things, like nine-year old Daniel Cabrera, who was pictured studying under the light of a McDonald’s branch, can serve as an inspiration to others, according to Marcos.

As a senator, he has long espoused the interest of the youth sector.

Among others, he spearheaded in the Senate passage of the SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) Reform Bill meant to empower the youth and prepare them to handle bigger responsibilities in the future.