Written by Gian Carlo Abellana,RN* - VYLH Mindanao Pioneer
"Never stop dreaming, never stop imagining cause it doesn’t cost you anything”.
This line remained within me after a training camp (Volunteer Youth Leaders For Health Philippines) that I have once attended in 2009. It started all the success which I have garnered now. At the same time it inspired me and boosted me to achieve all my dreams.
I truly believe in the saying “Many have been called but only few are chosen”.
Before, it was just a dream. But now, it has become a reality when a group of Youth Volunteers coming from various parts of the Philippines was created which aims to be a part of a National Project with high impact on Public Health. I can still vividly recall how this Organization started and evolved. It was the 17th-19th of July last year in Tagaytay City when 20 Schools/Colleges/Universities and 12 Community Organizations from various parts of the country were gathered in a camp which was co-sponsored and organized by the Institute of Human Genetics - National Institutes of Health of the UP-Manila, Department of Health and The UP Los Baños Genetics Society. We were then a small family, but a family with great aspirations.