Last April 6-8, 2017, CivAsia launched its 20th conference under the theme, “#Tagged”. Understanding the infamous stereotype of “ME”-llennials, the conference aimed to show how the youth are an important and active drivers in promoting progress. Despite their fast-paced lifestyles Millennials are gifts to society. In fact, one of the most endearing qualities that this generation has is their passion for seeking societal development for all communities , being conscious of how their actions and the actions of others, contribute to a bigger picture. Given this, it is important to educate and mould Millennials so that their energy can be focused on being the real change.
#Tagged invited a roster of speakers, fellow millennials, from various fields and institutions to engage with students and show them how they can be part of the change that society needs. The conference covered the fields of journalism, media, the arts, sports, advocacy-work, and politics. The three-day conference was jam-packed with talks given by notable speakers including: Atty. Karen Jimeno, Broadcaster Ms. Pinky Webb, Director Pepe Diokno, Political Analyst Richard Heydarian and Pasig City Official, Mr. Vico Sotto. On the 3rd-day of the conference, the delegates had the opportunity to attend an activity with Habitat for Humanity, where they learned about action plan-making.
Over 200 participants from all over the Philippines, from Metro Manila to Davao attended the event. As part of the conference, the delegates were asked to create an advocacy campaign to promote Millennial participation in society. Such output is a hallmark of the CivAsia Conference, which promotes not only reasoned discussion, but more importantly, turning ideas into action.