by Dominic Ferreol
Last January 14 and 15, La Salle Green Hills was the stage for a momentous occasion for the Filipino youth all over the country, the EDSOR Peace Congress 2017.
This year, La Salle had the chance to host and witness the broken barriers and newly formed friendships throughout the 2-day event.
This was an important occasion for the youth, not just because it allowed them to interact and share ideas with people of the same age and creativity, but also because it was the first time EDSOR became a “Peace Congress” instead of normally being a “Peace Consortium”.
Even with the overly official title and formality surrounding EDSOR 2017, the event held its reputation as a fun-filled experience and a place to meet people while simultaneously giving its participants a chance and encouraging them to contribute to improving the laws in our country.
The first day began with opening remarks given by the Vice President, Mrs. Maria Leonor M. Robredo. She gave a powerful message to the students, talking about the power of technology in the hands of the youth.
“I believe that modern technology puts you in the perfect position to protect the greater good. Most importantly, I believe that you are ready to fight this fight, to answer the urgent call for nation-building, no matter how young you are,” she said to the students.
Before she ended, she challenged the youth to make a difference by using modern technology to the utmost of their capabilities: “Use this technology so you will be responsible stewards of the environment, and yes, of human life as well. But to make that possible, you must first be stewards of peace. Only then can you make real change happen.”
The students were then split into teams and had to work together to be the fastest team to complete the “Amazing Race” around the campus.
The race served as one huge team building activity aimed at forming camaraderie and friendship between the delegates from separate schools.
The first day was then capped off by performances from each school in a talent-filled student presentation.
The second day was the more official day of the event, focused on the “Peace Congress” subtitle of EDSOR.
The day consisted of the drafting, proposal, and voting on the resolutions that were made by the delegates for selected laws.
The delegates hosted debates on the resolutions and had a parliamentary procedure to determine which resolution would be submitted.
EDSOR is a yearly event, with participants from the for EDSA-Ortigas Consortium schools, namely La Salle Green Hills, Saint Pedro Poveda College, Immaculate Conception Academy, and Xavier International School. These are hosted by one of the four schools each year.