Thank you, San Beda!

September 10, 2009

“For Freedom and Social Justice” was held in San Beda College, Manila from August 18-22. The event was organized by FES Manila, in partnership with the The Office of the Prefect of Student Affairs, Social Science Department and the Student Council, and in cooperation with the Bedan Advocacy and Consciousness Enhancement Society (BACES), Junior Bedan Law Circle, San Beda Debate Society, San Beda Economic Society, and Social Science Students Association.

Students, as well as members of the San Beda Community, were able to experience the exhibit depicting the rich history of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. They were also able to listen to various talks: Dr. Axel Weber, SPD member and Social Protection Specialist (ret.) in the Asian Development Bank, gave a forum on “The Role of Political Parties in Germany – Providing a Link between Citizens and the State;” Mr. Francis Isaac of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement who talked about the importance of social democratic policies on the advancement of social justice; Hon. Risa Hontiveros, who gave her thoughts on program-based politics and its importance on the 2010 elections; Bianca Lapuz, of the First Time Voters Network, who talked on the importance of youth participation in politics; and Benjamin Tolosa, Ph.D. of Department of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila, who gave a talk on “Social Democratic Challenges and Perspectives for Philippine Citizens.” Side events were also held such as the photo extemporaneous speech contest organized by the Junior Bedan Law Circle, and a debate exhibition was organized by the San Beda College Debate Society.

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung expresses its utmost gratitude to the whole San Beda Community for making the event, For Freedom and Social Justice, a big success.

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