YOUTH LEADERS PRESENTED “EXIT” PLANS ON OCTOBER 29 AT THE MTV EXIT & VF INAUGURAL NATIONAL YOUTH SUMMIT FOR THE MOVEMENT OF ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN MANILA
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY KOREAN POP SENSATION, JAY PARK & MTV EXIT CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR IN THE PHILIPPINES, DINGDONG DANTES, TO INSPIRE YOUTH LEADERS
29 OCTOBER 2011, MANILA: MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and the Visayan Forum Foundation (VF), hosted the first-ever National Creative Youth Summit for the Movement of Anti-Trafficking from October 24 to 28, in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Government Aid Program (AusAID) to empower Filipino youth to spread the awareness on human trafficking and exploitation.
An official media presentation and award ceremony was conducted today on October 29 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, where the youth leaders’ collective work and campaign plans were presented to government officials, business professionals, and members of the media, including MTV EXIT Celebrity Ambassador, Dingdong Dantes. Korean pop sensation, Jay Park, made a special guest appearance to congratulate the youth leaders who were awarded with an official certificate of recognition.
The Summit commenced with a 2-day forum from October 24 to 25, that brought together 110 youth participants, ages 16 to 26 years old from across the Philippines for a series of inspirational workshops and discussions to educate them on this critical social issue and explore various methods to contribute to the anti-trafficking movement.
40 youth leaders were selected to lead in the movement and continued the Summit with a 3-day media camp from October 26 to 28. The media camp was conducted by members of ‘Dakila’ involving leading Filipino talents from the film, theatre, and music industries to inspire and strengthen the youth leaders’ creative skills, while challenging them to produce a campaign plan to take back to their local communities to spread the critical social messages.
Human trafficking is a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide. Of those, more than half are living in or are from Asia and the Pacific. Often, the victims are young people who are guilty of nothing more than wanting a better life for themselves.
MTV EXIT, in partnership with USAID & AusAid, will also be hosting a free outdoor Live concert at SM Mall of Asia concert grounds on October 29 at 5:30 p.m. to further increase awareness about the dangers of human trafficking. MTV EXIT Live in Manila free concert will be headlined by Korean pop sensation, Jay Park, and joining the line-up will be Californian alternative rock band, Evaline and top local artists Parokya Ni Edgar, Pupil, Ebe Dancel, Itchyworms, and hosted by MTV VJ Holly.
MTV EXIT recently announced the released of the new documentary film; Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special hosted by Dingdong Dantes, which will premiere on GMA News TV Channel 11, on November 27 at 9:55 P.M.