Through its ASPIRE program, PEAC supported the 2019 CEAP National Convention which was held last September 25-27, 2019 at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City. CEAP is one of the largest educational associations in the country with more than 1,400 member-schools. With the theme, “Missio: Yes, YOUth can!” the convention explored the role of Catholic educators in accompanying and empowering the youth in their journey towards discerning their vocation and mission in life.

Highlights of the convention include the turnover ceremony of the CEAP Presidency from Fr. Joel E. Tabora SJ to Fr. Elmer G. Dizon. Fr. Joel’s message of thanks can be read here: https://taborasj.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/ending-my-term-as-ceap-president-thank-you/.

On the first day, the convention featured a keynote address delivered by Alyana Therese C. Pangilinan, a delegate to the 2018 Pre-Synodal Meeting of the Youth. There was also a panel discussion with Juan Manuel C. Dela Cena, social media influencer from University of San Agustin Iloilo; Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman, Executive Director, Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement; and Miguel Karlo L. Abadines, former Chair of the CEAP Subcommittee on Engaged Citizenship. The panel discussion was moderated by Br. Dennis M. Magbanua FSC, who was recently appointed Brother Director of La Salle College in Kowloon, Hongkong.

The convention featured 12 concurrent sessions that gathered participants for meaningful conversations on issues concerning the youth such as exclusion and marginalization, gender and sexuality, legal issues in education, violence and vulnerability, commitment and social engagement, among others.

The convention opened with a eucharistic celebration presided by Most Rev. Jose Romeo O. Lazo, D.D., Archbishop of Jaro, while the closing eucharistic celebration was presided by Most Rev. Rex Andrew C. Alarcon, D.D, Bishop of Daet.