Cebu hosts first Global Shapers Community Forum

Over 120 delegates of the Global Shapers Community (GSC) – Asia Pacific 2017 attended the welcome dinner hosted by the Cebu Provincial Government as Cebu presented the first ever GSC Forum-Asia Pacific last October 13-16.

In his message, Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III eased the community envoys with highlights of Cebu’s rich history and culture.

Seventh District Provincial Board (PB) Member Jerome Christian Librando, who read Davide’s message, shared the Spanish influence over the province that lasted for more than 300 years.

“Cebu is rich in history, culture, and talent,” Librando said.

GSC community leader Shimer Diao expressed appreciation to the Capitol for its hospitality to the delegates who are gathered in an event that brings together young leaders for a commitment to resolve local and global challenges within their communities.

Diao handed a plaque of appreciation to Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale and the attending PB Members.

“Thank you to the Province of Cebu for giving their support for the next generation of shapers, the young people here,” Diao said.

Jose Franco Soberano, founder of the GSC-Cebu hub, said that this was the first time that Cebu hosted the GSC Forum in the Philippines.

“For Cebu, we wanted to showcase that Cebu has a sense of community, promoting good business, social impact, and good education,” Soberano said.

Cebu came out on top of over 80 other bidding cities in the Asia Pacific.

Conceived out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional, and global challenges.

With more than 6,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 378 city-based hubs in 160 countries with each city teams of Shapers organized themselves to create projects that address the needs of their community.

Projects are wide-ranging – from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities.

Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race, but are united by their desire to bring about change, Soberano said.

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