Press Release
April 28, 2006

To celebrate Nacionalista Party's 99th Year Anniversary
Youth Leaders' Camp held in Indang, Cavite

Senator Manny Villar, President of the Nacionalista Party (NP), together with other nacionalistas kicked off the celebration of their party's 99th anniversary by training the future leaders of the country through a two-day summer youth camp at the Cavite State University (CSU) Indang Campus on April 27 (Thursday) and yesterday (April 28).

"What better way to commemorate the anniversary of than Nacionalista Party than to help shape the ideals and principles of the youth and inculcate in them the spirit of nationalism and love of one's country. It will be like leaving a legacy for the future Filipino leaders," cites Villar.

In keeping with NP's motto 'Ang Bayan Higit Sa Lahat' (The Nation Above All Else), the two-day summer youth camp focused on leadership development, love of country or nationalism and value-centered personality development all in a friendly environment to develop camaraderie among the participants.

Participants or delegates to the NP youth leaders' camp include young professionals, students, national youth group members and out-of-school youths from all over the country. Among the topics discussed were role of the youth in the nation-building, leadership skills, time management, social advocacies, campus journalism among others.

"There was a report or survey that came out just recently that the sense of idealism and nationalism among the Filipino youth is waning over the years. Hopefully, through humble projects such as what the NP is doing, we can help reverse this sad trend and we develop young leaders that are proud to be Filipinos," further cites Villar.

Besides Villar, other NP members that participated in the youth camp as speakers included Rep. Allan Peter Cayetano, Rep. Gilbert Remulla, Rep. Boying Remulla, Rep. Joel Villanueva, Rep. Timmy Chipeco, Rep. TG Guingona, Former Rep. Rimpy Bondoc, and Rep. Cynthia Villar among others. Resources persons such as National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Deputy Director General Nestor Mijares IV and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) member Alecks Pabico were also invited as resource persons.

The Nacionalista Party, founded on April 29, 1907, is considered as the oldest surviving political party in the Philippines and Asia.

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