EIGHTY young advocates and cultural workers will be chosen to gather and discuss the youth’s role and their commitment to the preservation and promotion of the nation’s heritage and nation-building through the 1st National Youth Forum on Heritage (1NYFH), set to commence from November 11 to 14 at the Philippine High School for the Arts, Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna.
NYFH aims to foster active youth involvement in increasing the community’s awareness of the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, and integrating heritage in various youth programs and initiatives, regardless of professional background and field.
Comprising the 80 delegates are 54 youth representatives from the 18 regions along with 26 representatives from various youth sectors, and active youth organizations promoting cultural heritage who will be screened by the NYFH Secretariat. They may be advocates of heritage, cultural workers, activists, scholars, students, professionals, artists, and/or government official and employee, 18 to 30 years old before November 11. The age ceiling of 30 years old is defined by the Youth in Nation-Building Act of 1995.
With the theme “Entering the Future Remembering the Past,” the National Youth Forum on Heritage program is designed to serve as platform both for the Filipino youth who advocate for heritage and the stakeholders of Filipino heritage. Its thrusts are mainly focused on youth participation in nation-building through heritage promotion and conservation, and on heritage education for the youth anchored in awareness and capacity-building.
NYFH will play a crucial role in enriching the heritage discussions vis-à-vis the future of cultural heritage in the hands of the Filipino youth. Among the topics to be discussed are: Cultural Heritage and the Youth Programs, Heritage Awareness Strategies, Harmony in Diversity: Intercultural Exchanges, Cultural Heritage Documentation and Research, and Exploring Cultural Heritage Beyond.
The NYFH is spearheaded by the young leaders of The Outstanding Students of the Philippines Region 3 Alumni Community of Heroes Inc., Project Saysay, and Proyekto PH. It is supported by the RFM Foundation, Inc. and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.