EDZ [61期生（2019年春）] [フィリピン]
Mabuhay! I am Edz Lopez from the Philippines!
I can’t wait to see you all (staff and participants) and of course, experience the 61st IATSS Forum. I have heard various IATSS stories from alumni and most of them said that this is the best leadership training program in Japan. Having heard of that makes me more excited to be in the forum with you all. I expected that this program will not just heighten our awareness on what is going on in our respective countries but will also deepened our love to be nation-builders through different activities prepared for us by the organizers who are very well-organized in all aspects of the program. Thank you in advance for the efforts exerted for all of us.
I engage with indigenous communities recently and I have seen that in our initiatives, we are in need of this kind of training program. A program that will not just improve our leadership skills but will also allow us to see best practices of Japan and other countries as well in terms of sustainability, culture preservation, and the like. I am hopeful that after the program, I will be going back to the Philippines with myriad lessons learned, skilled enough to implement sustainable projects and very inspired knowing that I have a new family in all of you. I am also excited to hear your stories, your advocacies and even your strategies in order to make a difference in the community. I have high hopes that we get to really think and learn together, then later get to contribute something to Asia and the world.
Excited to meet you,