Angeline Chrisette C. Olegario and Arthur Joshua S. Rodriguez, both from Western Mindanao State University represented the country in the largest international student festival in the world called ISFiT (International Student Festival in Trondheim).
Olegario is a graduating Computer Science student of the College of Engineering and Technology, who is at the same time a Google Student Ambassadress; while Rodriguez is a junior Mass Communications – Broadcasting student of the College of Liberal Arts and concurrent Vice Governor of the college.
The 2015 ISFiT festival and conference was held at Trondheim, Norway from February 5 to 15, 2015 where 450 international students convened to share ideas and build friendship with other participants from all the corners of the world. ISFiT is the grandest international student festival that has been existing for 25 years now and happens every two years.
As a future media practitioner, Rodriguez participated in the workshop where certain topics on how the media contributes to the existence of corruption were discussed—corruption being the theme of this year’s ISFiT conference.
Furthermore, students from all over the world who were participants to the set of workshops also talked about corruption on a general context. At the end of the day, they brainstormed on resolutions to combat corruption and its implications. These proposals were then submitted to the United Nations.
“Representing the Philippines gave me pride and honor, but at the same time I was really pressured because I have to embody the cultures and traditions that my country is blessed with,” said Rodriguez.
When asked to give her message to her fellow students, Olegario said “Do not limit yourselves, dream big and achieve. Be a part of a bigger and better world. Know your worth, the world is yours.”
To Olegario and Rodriguez, the experience made them realize that students like them are potential catalysts for change.
Since 1990, ISFiT has become a venue for students from across the globe to discuss universally significant topics that affect every nation and the theme for this year’s festival is Corruption which is one of the largest impediments to development in countries all over the world, according to ISFiT President Marius Jones.
The Dalai Lama was among the notable speakers during the festival who talked on “A Better Future without Corruption.”
(Mandy Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)