18/05/2010: Ambassador Gaa Underscores Importance of Interfaith Dialogue; Leadership Training During Courtesy Call by Mindanao Youth Leaders
18 MAY 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa underscored the importance of interfaith dialogue and leadership training for the youth during a courtesy call of Mindanao youth leaders recently. In his interaction, Ambassador Gaa lauded the commitment of the Mindanao youth leaders to contribute to nation building by forging greater understanding between different faiths and pursuing higher education to enhance capabilities. The youth leaders had earlier expressed to Ambassador Gaa their common realization that interfaith dialogue was an important part of their development as individuals and leaders. Prior to the courtesy call on Ambassador Gaa, the Mindanao youth leaders actively exchanged personal insights on their experiences with the program. The 26 youth leaders are participants of the Philippine Youth Leadership Program, a four week program organized by the Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) International Office. Shown with Ambassador Gaa and Mindanao youth leaders is Dr. Lina Davide-Ong, Project Administrative Director of the NIU International Training. END.