PYF2k16: #Rave For His Purpose (Youth For Christ-Gawad Kalinga, Misamis Oriental, Provincial Youth Fest)

I am deeply in awe whenever a large group of people or even a crowd would gather together for a purpose. What more if these individuals are young people gathered together for the purpose of worshiping Jesus Christ’s name? With this, I was greatly enthusiastic when I knew that our community, Youth For Christ – Gawad Kalinga, Misamis Oriental, would hold the Provincial Youth Fest for this year. This youth conference is done annually. During this year, the event was held last March 28-29, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Parish School, Manticao, Misamis Oriental.

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The large field of St. Anthony Parish School
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The large Acacia Tree of St. Anthony Parish School
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Panoramic view of the school

From Cagayan de Oro City, one must travel an hour and a half to Manticao, Misamis Oriental which is already almost a boundary between the province of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte.

I was nervous at first because a lot of us don’t have knowledge regarding the event’s itinerary. Also, what made me more fidgety was my task to deliver a piece during the creative portion of the program during the night. So, instead of focusing on this nerve-wracking experience of facing 500 plus young individuals, I instead bonded with my fellow members. I was glad to bond with my fellow youth who mostly younger than me.

Program Flow of the Provincial Youth Fest 2k16
DAY 1

Morning to Noon – Arrival of participants

We arrived at St. Anthony’s Parish School at 11:00am.

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With my fellow YFC-GK members in District 2. They arrived an hour after we went at the area.
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Registration during the arrival of participants

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During our idle time before the start of the session at 2pm, we took crazy snapshots together with my friends. We also went around the area to discover the place, especially the not comforting comfort room.

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Me posing at the back of the large Acacia Tree
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By height. Haha. 😛

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With my little brothers and sisters, (L-R): Reyjean, Harriet, and Felix
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Road to the comfort room with Ricky, the photobomber. 😛 Haha.

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The not-so comforting comfort room. 😦
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Getting crazy with our younger brothers. (L-R): Allanrico, Emmanuel, Reynaldo, Nerry Jhon, Ednel, Allan Louise
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With my close friend, Cherry Lou or ching ching ching ching (As what I’ve fondly call her)
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Me, Ching, and Jam
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The Flag of the Philippines

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2:00pm – Start of the session including praise and worship/Introduction and Welcome of Participants from the 4 Districts, East District and West District from Misamis Oriental and District 2 and District 1 from Cagayan de Oro City.

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At the auditorium

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Ching with her younger sister, Mae Hyacinth. Also, with us as photobombers.
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Big smiles from the participants of YFC-GK, District 2

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The sea of participants
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The emcees, Meyanne and Nix

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During the teaching of songs

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3:00pm-4:00pm – Breakout sessions for workshops

There are 4 different workshops for the afternoon sessions. These are the Speaker’s Workshop, Events Workshop, Worship Leaders Workshop, and Music Ministry Workshop. I joined the Speaker’s Workshop because of my interest on speaking and sharing myself to my fellow youth. However, only a few of us joined the Speaker’s Workshop. Indeed, a lot are called but only a few are chosen. 🙂

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Speakers Workshop with the speaker, Ate Eda Tenejeros

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Listening to the sharing session. Together with my new found friend from West District, Rica Mendez. 🙂

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4:00pm-8:00pm – Free time (Prepare ourselves, dinner, practice for presentations)

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Candid shot. Char. Jam and I were talking to our friend, Jomark, who is also our fellow YFC-GK member. He did not join the PYF so we make him envy during our conversation. Haha.
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Preparing for the night’s program

8:00pm-11:00pm – Worship/Entertainment Night/Presentation of Creatives/Rave (Band, Spoken Praise, Dance)

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Similar to the Sabado Nights
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District 2 for Battle of the Bands
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Me representing District 2 for the Spoken Praise
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District 2 during the Dance Presentation

 

Presentation of Creatives for Band, Spoken Praise, and Dance from District 2. Check out our video. 🙂

DAY 2

6:00am – Call time to prepare ourselves

8:00am – Sunday Mass at St. Anthony Parish

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St. Anthony Parish at Manticao, Misamis Oriental

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9:30am – Start of 3rd session

10:30am – 12:00pm – Praise jam and Awarding ceremonies

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Awarding Ceremonies

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District 2 – Battle of the Bands Champion! A round of applause!

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12:00pm – Lunch and departure to Cagayan de Oro and to our respective homes

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With my squishy gay friend, Matthew

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Bonding moment before going home

My feedback/evaluation for the PYF2k16
Positive:
1. We were able to bond with our fellow YFC members.
2. We were able to know some people from other districts.
3. The t-shirt design is very appealing.
4. We were able to worship our Lord Jesus Christ.
5. The speakers are great.
6. The praise jam is awesome.
7. We were able to feel God’s love to us.
8. We were amazed as we witnessed the diverse talents of our fellow brothers and sisters in Youth for Christ – Gawad Kalinga, Misamis Oriental.

Negative:
1. The 2 comfort rooms are not comforting at all. The comfort rooms and wash rooms are dirty, smelly and above all, are not conducive to accommodate 500 plus participants. Well, as they say, when joining a camp or conference, one should not expect for a luxurious or comforting accommodation. #Cowboy
2. There is not enough water supply for taking a bath or for call of nature.
3. The food is not worth paying for. The participants have paid Php200 as registration which includes food and payment to the venue. A lot of participants really complained on the food, most especially in the last day because the fried chicken was not wholly cooked.
4. The auditorium was not conducive for the participants. There were no chairs. We only sat on the floor that is not tiled.
5. The participants were not informed on the itinerary of the conference and on the food. Most of us bought our food from people selling in the area. Without a choice, we bought our food in this stall, despite the expensive prices of their products.

Overall, despite the negatives I’ve mentioned, the pros truly outweighs the cons. What matters most is the bond, the joy, and the happiness we’ve shared together with our Youth for Christ – Gawad Kalinga brothers and sisters. It’s a summer to remember for us before we would have a fresh start for another school year, for them! But for me, I already have to work (I’m not getting younger, Haha). At the same time, we were able to feel God’s love through our brothers and sisters and through the things that happened during the conference. We were able to sing our endless praise to Our Lord Jesus Christ because most importantly, He made us for His worship, to do everything for His Greater Glory!

One more time for YOUTH FOR CHRIST – GAWAD KALINGA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL, DISTRICT 2

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Once a Youth for Christ, always a Youth for Christ! ❤

 

 

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