Last February 27, 2016, the Commission On Youth of the Diocese of Novaliches (COY NOVA) conducted the 1st iVOTE Orientation and Theater Training for the “Halalan Sa Bayan Ni Juan” Street Play at the Palace of the Rock in St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
Invited to the activity were all the vicariate leaders and their respective theater groups, as well as, COY NOVA Youth Leaders in preparation for the proper launching of the upcoming electoral formation of the Youth through the said street play.
The play will be about a typical youth named “Juan” who came to realize the sacredness of his vote when he was confronted by the wrong election practices of traditional politicians and voters. The play aims to educate the youth especially the youth voters on the issues and challenges of society in the context of the upcoming May 9 Elections. It further aims to provide the audience a perspective on how citizens should decide and vote during the elections. The play captures the importance of collective discernment in the process of voting, guided by the One Good Vote campaign as the concrete criteria in choosing the right candidate.
The orientation started with an Opening Prayer led by Sky Encina. This was followed by the opening remarks of COY NOVA Youth Coordinator Alloy Peralta who gave a brief introduction on iVote and shared the experiences of all the youth behind the project. A Getting-To-Know-You (GTKY) activity facilitated by the emcees, Chejie Flores and Abril Lata, immediately followed suit. Then Alex Quillo facilitated the setting of expectations for participants while iVOTE Coordinator Eunice Ellarma conducted the orientation of the street play.
Afterwards, Rod Santos talked about the One Good Vote campaign, Alex Quillo discussed the Final Script of the play, and Gab Billanes and Jz Gerong facilitated the Theater Training. The play’s guidelines and module were disseminated to the Vicariate representatives present who were given the chance for clarifications and suggestions. The program closed with a prayer led by Abril. (~Eunice Ellarma)