NCA Leadership Journey – Online for the ABS-CBN Foundation

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As the world exists on the cusp between life before COVID and how it lingers in our midst today, a new year has brought both hope and uncertainty for humanity to come. In the face of this sordid turns of events, the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation has still been blessed to reconnect with esteemed partners at the ABS-CBN Foundation over the course of 2021’s first few months to plan, then execute an Online Version of the NCA Leadership Journey for executives and staff of the latter. The political persecution anew of ABS-CBN has casted many a dark cloud over the nation-building work of its foundation- hence, the invitation to look towards Ninoy and Cory’s leadership ideals of Prayer, Discernment and Self-Sacrifice, especially in times of persection, aptly fit the situation.

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Helmed by NCAF Program Director Mr. Jampao Reyes, the 52 participants immersed themselves in three half-days of reflection and recollection from February 22-24. Each day centered on different aspects of what it means to be a human and a servant-leader even amidst difficult times and trials. The program was enforced by the honor of having three esteemed guest speakers- former DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman, MLAC Founding President Dr. Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang with MLAC Psychologist Dr. Bles de Asis, and Time Magazine Person of the Year & Rappler CEO Ms. Maria Ressa. Each talk duly enforced different ways servant-leadership is important in the advent of tribulations. Participants were inspired with calls to action from no less than AFI Managing Director Ms. Roberta Lopez- Feliciano, NCAF Executive Director Mr. Rafael C. Lopa, ABS-CBN President and CEO Mr. Carlo L. Katigbak and Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo.

Fr. Manoling Francisco of the Society of Jesus concluded the three-day journey with a virtual Celebration of the Holy Mass: providentially, the day’s readings centered on the biblical narratives of Jonah and the tribulations he went through in the quest to follow the will of God. This composed the final call to action for the participants- to work, live & fight for what is right, wholeheartedly and bravely.