DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE YOUTH
by: Angelo Garcia
When Robin Charles Ramos was just a young kid, he dreamt of becoming a dentist then later on an accountant, then a CPA lawyer, but this all changed due to environmental factors and financial constraints he and his family experienced.
This consistent honor student and an award-winning lad now has dreams of attaining more than just a profession.
Their family’s problems didn’t stop him from achieving recognition in his student life. Representing the school in competitions and joining youth-based organizations wasn’t just for the extra points but it’s where his plans for the future will all begin.
Before taking Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management at South Philippine Adventist College (SPAC), he took up Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Ateneo De Davao University. Although he enjoyed scholarships from the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and Ateneo Grant In Aid (GIA), it was still not enough to support his education and he was forced to stop his schooling.
"Since kindergarten I am fond of numbers, no wonder why, I got 99 percent in high school Algebra. But I’m not good in theory that’s why I didn’t surpass BS Mathematics course which is more on theory, I want applications, that’s why I enrolled BSBA Management," he relates.
He started joining organizations back in high school and continued until college. He is a member and a youth leader of various organizations like the Voice of the Youth Network Bantay Bata 163 Davao City, National Youth Commission, National Youth Parliament Alumni Association (NYPAA), NYPAA Region XI, SPAC Academy Alumni Association, Mindanao Young Leaders’ Parliament Region XI, Young Managers Newsletter of BSBA, to name a few.
One of his many interests is writing/journalism and he became the editor of his high school’s student publication. He also discovered that he has a flare in hosting right after he finished a Speech Improvement Class, which lead him to hosting several events in school. This talented student is also into declamation and oration, he joined and won several competitions like the 1999 Speechfest, where he was proclaimed as the champion and 2nd runner-up in declamation and oration respectively.
Radio broadcasting also became an interest. He volunteered as a disc jock at 88.9 HOTFM Radyo Natin Digos City for a year and a half. While serving as a DJ in radio, he became involved in event organizing. He coordinated national band concerts like that of Parokya ni Edgar and Slapshock. It was his starting point to organize other forms of events, from band concert to seminars and conferences.
He joined several academic and non-academic competitions that gained him awards. He joined and won as champion three years in row in the Mathematics Quiz Bowl, from 1st to 3rd year high school and then became the Quiz Master in his fourth year. He also won 2nd runner-up during the 6th Regional ROTC Speech Contest each Davao City.
Aside from the long list of academic recognition, he also won various competitions. Here are some of his notable achievements: Speech Improvement Awardee and Champion, Declamation Contest (Summer Class 1999), Pathfinder of the Year 1998 and 2000, Pathfinder Leadership Awardee 2000, 3rd place in the Drug and Narcotic Symposium Extemporaneous Speaking in 2000, 1st place in School’s Nutrition Month 2000 Celebration on Extemporaneous Speaking, Editor of the Year 2002 and the recent Marketing Professional Foundation’s Top 25 Marketing Management Trainee as one of the semifinalists, becoming the first student from Mindanao to attain such feat in the competition.
A YOUTH FOR THE YOUTH
Aside from his many interests there is one that truly captured his heart – volunteer work. He joined several youth organizations, which made a challenging realization for him.
In year 2002, he was involved in youth volunteerism and activities and was elected as one of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Councilors in his barangay in Digos City. "My public service starts from there, until I found an organization – the Voice of the Youth Network (VOTY), where they informed me of youth opportunities and inspired me to make a difference in my own little way," he says.
"The organization empowered me to do the things I want to do for the good and betterment of the youth as well as to the whole populace, being the "voice" of the youth," he adds.
Apart from his young political career he’s also active in various youth organizations. He became a delegate in the 5th National Youth Parliament (NYP) of the National Youth Commission (NYC) and later on became the vice-chairperson of NYP Alumni Association of Region XI, and eventually the present chairperson of Region XI in the Mindanao Young Leaders’ Parliament. He voluntarily offered his services to serve the youth in the province and region.
He also volunteered for Bantay Bata 163 Davao when he joined their Facilitators’ Training in the Convention of the Rights of the Child last 2004.
As a youth advocate, he joined Davao Teen Center, an organization that dealt on youth
issues such as adolescent reproductive health, and eventually became one of its members. He also joined the Brotherhood of Destiny (BROOD), a national youth organization where he was appointed as the NYP/NYC Mindanao Coordinator, TakingITGlobal Coordinator and GCAP Coordinator.
"My plans for the future is to have a youth foundation, catering to the needs of young children and the youth, especially their education. Each and every child and the youth has the right to have education from elementary to college. Providing scholarships, livelihood training to out of school youth, employment to fresh college graduates and a lot more are some of the things that I will do after my graduation," he explains.
"After my graduation, I will look for work and will save some of my earnings and hopefully start a business while employed in a company and from that, I will try to form and establish the foundation which I dream of," he adds.
This true blue youth advocate strongly believes that in order to reach a dream, one has to have faith in God and in oneself.
"My advice to all kids, just believe in your dreams, no matter what happens, just ask it and pray for it to the Lord and he will never leave you nor forsake you. Just believe in yourself that you can surpass all the challenges that you will be facing in your life. Poverty and fatherless situations were not hindrance to success. Just do your share, work and pray for it and God will do the rest," he ends. DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE YOUTH
by: Angelo Garcia
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