What Went Down at Freedom to Dream 2019 Summit
by Shara Mae Balce, May 10, 2019 1:40pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
In a developing country like the Philippines, dreaming of a better future is customary. However, a nine-year study conducted by Dream Project PH, a volunteer-based organization, revealed that seven out of 10 Filipino youths are hesitant to dream of a better future.
The study, which was released in 2018, covered 614 Filipino teenagers from different socioeconomic class in 54 provinces in the country. To encourage the teens to pursue and chase after dreams, Viviamo! Inc., makers of the Bell deJour Power Planner, launched The "Magic of Dreams” campaign in December last year. This 2019, an event that aims to create positive conversations on dreaming followed the said campaign—it was the country’s first “Freedom to Dream” summit to date.
Addressing Goal Barriers
The Freedom to Dream Summit was held at the Red Carpet Cinema, Shangri-La Plaza on April 13. It aims to inspire and encourage the Filipino youth to discover and pursue their dreams, break the barriers, and create a positive impact. President of Viviamo and creator of Belle deJour Power Planner Darlyn Ty-Nilo, along with her team, hope this initiative will make a long-lasting change and give the Filipino youth the freedom to dream.
The summit had three plenary sessions: Raising Self-Worth; Igniting Your Passion, and Making it Happen. Barriers and self-esteem issues were discussed in the first plenary, Raising Self-Worth. Attendees were able to get pieces of advice and hear stories from Dr. Gia Sison, a mental health advocate, Rezza Custodio-Soriano, a life coach and transformologist, and Gretchen Ho, sports and lifestyle news anchor.
During the Igniting Your Passion plenary participants were encouraged to find the purpose and passion. Prim Paypon, Filipino Dreamagineer and founder of The Dream Project PH, and Aimee Hashim, lifestyle consultant and founder of LoveLuxe Trading Inc., shared their experiences and urged the attendees to persevere despite unprecedented challenges.
The Making it Happen plenary discussed how to maximize resources and translate their dreams into reality. The speakers were Sherill Quintana, the multi-awarded entrepreneur behind Oryspa Spa Solutions Inc., educator, and advocate of the Filipino Brands Can, and Jessica Lopez, Maningning Miclat Art 2018 awardee who created artworks out of milkfish bones.
Apart from the plenaries, there were two fast talk sessions—social enterprises with successful women entrepreneurs: Mots Venturina, founder of Cancervants PH, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, co-founder and president of R2R – Rags2Riches Inc. & Things That Matter, and Tal De Guzman, founder of Risque Designs. The second fast talk session was on creatives: with Abby Asistio, singer-songwriter and Alopecia Awareness Advocate; Kooky Tuason, Spoken Word Artist and Radio Host; and Wiji Lacsamana, designer of tattoos, books, and illustrations. These women shared personal stories on dreaming big and overcoming discouragements.
An advocacy expo was held at the lobby of Red Carpet Cinema where participants were given a chance to help non-profit organizations in cash and/or in kind. Viviamo! Inc. looks forward to more Freedom to Dream summits in the future. The aim is to help more people move away from the negative preconceived notions that hinder them to pursue their life goals. It is focused on building up positive dream conversations, inspire, and make a lasting change to other Filipino people.
Viviamo! Inc. is the maker of Belle de Jour (BDJ) Power Planner made especially for Pinay fashionista achievers.