Barack Obama and the Filipino Youth
Manila, Philippines –
The president of the Philippines may have been ignored but not the Filipino youth. Two Filipino students have been invited to attend the induction of Barack Obama as 44th U.S. President at the White House on January 20, 2009.
College freshmen Anne Marie Liwanag and Paul Michael Thomas Cruz are expected to be part of the historic ceremony which shall forever be remembered by America and the rest of the world. Both students were shocked upon receiving the invitation letter and consequently proud and very excited about the rare opportunity to experience this great American moment.
“I wanna know, like, when he was my age, parang, what did he do? If he was of leadership status also,” said Liwanag.
On the other hand, Cruz was just hopeful that America’s first colored president really can make a difference.
“Sana matulungan niya yung mga third-world countries tulad ng Philippines, lalo na sa hunger (I really hope he can help third world countries like the Philippines, especially in terms of hunger),” he said.
During their senior year at Reedley International School in Libis, Quezon City, Anne and Paul participated in the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) held in June 2007 in Washington and New York . The two definitely stood out and left their mark earning them the attention of University Presidential Inaugural Conference (UPIC) and subsequently the invitation.
Dubbed as “inaugural scholars”, the pair together with participants from other nations are primarily set to experience the inaugural parade and presidential motorcade. Other activities lined up for them in this five-day affair include a chance to meet members of the U.S. Congress, White House officials, and other political dignitaries.
For now, they need all the support they can get as the trip would cost them $4,000 or about P200,000 each. Let’s hope they gather enough sponsorship from the government and private individuals to fund this remarkable activity.
To Anne and Paul, hats off to you guys and good luck!