USTP Panaon student leaders attend LLS 2023

By Marjune T. Bonilla, USTP Panaon SSC Adviser

Five (5) student leaders from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) in Panaon, Misamis Occidental, accomplished the Learn. Lead. Serve (LLS) Camp last July 17-19, 2023, at the USTP Claveria campus, with the theme, “Leadership beyond the shores.”

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The opening ceremony echoed with excitement and anticipation as the campers gathered to kick off the event with a powerful keynote “Why are you here?” address from Mr. Floreto B. Quinito Jr., Director of the Office of Student Affairs at USTP CDO campus. The atmosphere was charged with enthusiasm as the young campers’ minds, filled with dreams, came together to embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and leadership.

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In a heartwarming and inspiring moment, the Chancellor of the USTP Claveria Campus, Dr. Renato O. Arazo, shared with the campus community the touching tale of the starfish, a simple yet profound narrative, which served as a reminder that every small action we take can create a powerful impact, similar to a ripple in water that can lead to waves of positive change. Dr. Arazo’s message encouraged the listeners to embrace their ability to make a difference, regardless of how small or insignificant we may feel.

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The unveiling of team flags and chants marked a significant moment in the event, epitomizing the unifying spirit and enthusiasm that defined the participants’ journey. The creativity and thoughtfulness in each design showcased the teams’ dedication to unity and camaraderie. The chants resonated with a shared passion for success and forged an unbreakable bond among the participants. As the event unfolded, the team flags and chants remained constant reminders of the strength of working together, motivating everyone to embrace the challenges ahead with zeal and determination.

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Dynamic team-building activities and workshops marked the following day, challenging the participants’ perspectives toward leadership. Atty. Dionel O. Albina, Chancellor of the USTP CDO campus, talked about the university’s support of its trailblazing students. The university paves the way for students to become the great leaders of tomorrow through honing their skills and helping them succeed.

Mr. Quinito also led an engaging workshop on fostering unity and collaboration among the campers. The inspiring words of the Director allowed the student leaders to believe that amazing things can happen when an organization shares a common vision. Student leaders actively participated in the discussion on the organizational activities matrix designed to promote shared vision and common goals.

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Ms. Angelie S. Azcuna Collera, the Head of the Center for Human Development, shared her insights on “Sustainability in Focus.” Her insightful talk on sustainable development highlighted student leaders’ engagement in eco-friendly solutions to build a more sustainable and resilient future for the next generations.

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For the second day, the staff organized various activities, such as the “Station Games,” wherein the group could earn a badge if they completed the task on each station. The game was an uplifting celebration of teamwork, leadership, and the spirit of friendly competition. Through a diverse range of stations, participants engaged in physical activities and developed valuable communication, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. The event’s success underscored the importance of fostering positive interactions and camaraderie within the community.

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On their last night, student leaders performed the “PAGBABASBAS” in a very scenic moment. Afterward, the OSA heads, the moderators, and the guidance counselors presented a special number. The organizers acknowledged all campers, organizers, and chaperones for contributing to the camp’s success.

The LLS Camp 2023 proved to be a rewarding and helpful activity that enhanced the participants’ leadership skills, strengthened their motivation to serve people and the community, and developed their drive to build promising relationships with other great young leaders in the future.

Photos courtesy of USTP Student Affairs – CDO