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The first part of a three-part webisode series from People of Excellence: Achieving Youth Excellence webinar held recently. It aimed to share best practices and useful life tips from well-respected role models of the society. Each webisode intended for a particular audience profile. Young millennials and Generation Z’s listened and participated with enthusiasm as Keynote Speakers share a live open discussion with the audience.

Mr. Clement Chen, Director of Taiwan Trade Center, Manila delivered his Opening Remarks and talked about Achieving Youth Excellence in full detail. This was followed by an introductory video of the topic, an introduction of the Keynote Speakers — Janina Vela and Darren Espanto by the host Ms. Diane Medina afterwards presided by a Question and Answer session with the live attendees present.

Youtube Star, Actress, Operation Blessing Ambassador, World Vision Youth and Education Ambassador Janina Vela, one of the Keynote Speakers invited for the webinar tackled the way she started in the industry, how influencing people to do good and put in the work through the organizations she joined is one of her advocacies, bouncing back from being burned out especially in a pandemic facing new challenges, how important using her voice as a youth who speak off her opinions with various issues of our country and gave simple advice to the youth viewers to become their own People of Excellence.

Hailed “Total Performer”, One of the most sought-after and bankable teen pop stars around, Singer and Actor, Asia’s Pop Heart Throb, a Youth Advocate for UNDP Philippines, Darren Espanto was also one of the Keynote Speakers for the webinar. He started off by sharing adjustments he made to become a singer here in the Philippines, how an undivided support for a child’s dream is very important, how his career is steadily growing pre-pandemic, even partnered with Disney, all the great achievements one could ever think at a young age but then the pandemic happened so he had to conquer and told how he is honored to be part of a prominent organization such as UNDP Philippines. He also shared advices to all the youth viewers to become their own People of Excellence.

The Open Discussion on Youth Empowerment and Adaptability filled the Zoom Webinar with a total of 498 questions from the youth attendees which made the event insightful and pragmatic. Janina Vela and Darren Espanto made the discussion light and motivating for the youth highlighting how to overcome and deal with the current struggles amidst the adjustments we are facing every day.

Overall, the webinar gained positive feedback from the audience. They were lively and participative all through-out the webinar. It even trended on the 9th spot in Twitter with the hashtag, “Darren for YouthExcellence”.

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