Louie G. Pagtakhan
JMRF has shaped me to become a leader with the ability create change and enable others to do the same as well. We were trained by the foundation to give importance in transparency, accountability and people's participation when tasked to lead in our respective organizations. The foundation has given me the chance to connect to many other youth leaders who also have a deep commitment in serving the country.
De La Salle University
Daewoo Adam C. Almiron
Jesse M. Robredo Foundation influenced me to impact someone's life by providing them hope and inspiration. I always believe that our love and desire to help can rebuild this nation.
Far Eastern University
Erika Jean Quiñones
Last August 5-7, 2016 was a redefining moment for me as a leader. Not only did I learn about "TsinelasLeadership" exemplified by the late Sec. Jesse Robredo but also I came to realize that leadership, by all means comes with a greater purpose. There were times, national issues overwhelm me but after the JRYLC 2.0, it gave me a compelling reason to live and lead like Jesse
With JMRF's guidance, I, along with many other Tsinelas Leaders, would continue the good work which Sec. Jesse has started.
With its advocacy of good governance and responsible citizenship, the foundation touches the lives of many Filipinos and empowers them to become everyday heroes. The stories of Sec. Jesse will continue to live in our hearts and minds and will be passed on to many others because of JMRF. I wish the foundation the best and may they continue to preserve Sec. Jesse's legacy for the next generations.”
Madeleine A. Si
Being a Tsinelas Leader is an eye opener to the four walls outside De La Salle University. It made me more aware of the needs of the marginalized, the issues of the country as well as how I, as a citizen can be a useful contributory to the society. It made me also assess the leader in me, identify my circle of influence and materialize visions into reality
De La Salle University
Maria Patricia B. Cortez
JMRF influenced me as a person by always reminding myself to do things morally and ethically. Moreover, JMRF ignited my hidden passion in volunteerism thus, in doing this, JMRF taught me that young people can indeed selflessly serve and make enormous change in our nation even without any position.
De La Salle University
It starts when my adviser Sir Art Cantos posted the "Call for Applications" in the foundation’s search for JR Youth Leadership Camp participants. I tried out for it and luckily, I passed the panel interview and I've have been selected as one of the 30+ young leaders all over the Philippines to participate at 2nd Jesse Robredo Youth Leadership Camp last August 2016. I was one of the two youth leaders from Bicol.
Patrick John C. Reyes
University of Nueva Caceres
I represented University of Nueva Caceres, while the other Bicolano was Charles Herpacio from Central Bicol State University of Agriculture. We were both so excited and thankful to be part of the program. I am very glad and proud to be a Tsinelas Leader. For me, JMRF is just not an organization; it's a family that creates and empowers more leaders in our country.
Being a Tsinelas Leader is a very challenging role in my life but it is a seed towards success. You will be motivated to serve and inspire more people. I've been able to influence more in terms of my leadership and character.
Here's just a snippet of what I learned:
1) Time is gold, time is trust and the time is the respect we allot for one other.
2) Servant Leadership - We demonstrate that as leaders we are rendering our services and talent to the organization; rather than asking the members of the organization to serve the leader.
3) Balance - There are good days and there are better days. As leaders, we need to know when to stop and ask for help. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”
4) Harmony - Leadership is a convergence of unique personalities, skills and abilities. When we combine all of these, that is harmony. Everyone is important, and everyone contributes to the good of the organization.
5) Inspiration - Search for inspiration. Jesse Robredo and his way of Tsinelas Leadership is one. A source of inspiration sets a good example; it drives us to do better.
Five months ago, I was very fortunate to have been part of a not-so typical and conventional leadership camp attended by more than 30 youth leaders across the Philippines.
Organized by the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation, everything was an array of spectacle between intimacy for diverse advocacy and of proactive vision from both the attendees and the organizers.
Clyde Jayvy A. Villanueva
San Pablo Colleges
Savoring all those memories, I remember entering the event’s premises as somewhat lost and dazed like a bewildered sheep. Little did I know that after the training, I would come out empowered as a shepherd; I became a Tsinelas Leader. It didn’t stop there. After the youth camp training, a lot of doors for opportunities came. We were exposed to a lot of fulfilling outreach programs and activities, and some were even organized by the JMR Foundation. I can even consider “Akyat-Bigay Project” in Kiangan, Ifugao as one of the most rewarding outreach programs I have ever been part of. Truthfully, the foundation really helped in finding my own arrow, with a burning passion that never falters towards a shared destiny or a collective benefit.
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