12th International Youth Day Celebration and Conference


International Youth Day Celebration & Conference  will give you the opportunity to test your leadership skills, debate issues, deliver speeches, draft resolutions, make executive decisions, and realize through experience the complexities of life as youths.

This will be the first IYD that will be held outside Metro Manila, the country's capital, for the very reason of localizing and bringing the conference closer to our youths. As the center of the country, Visayas, IYD Delegates are expected to actively participate in number as compared to previous IYD's.

IYD was started   in 1999 in Manila, Philippines. It was a fitting tribute to youth volunteers with the theme “The Role of Youth Volunteers in the Promotion of the Culture of Peace and Sustainable Development”, eighty (80) youth leaders from Japan, the Philippines, Brazil, Cambodia, East Timor, Korea, Indonesia, Israel, Thailand, Germany, Myanmar and Vietnam drafted action plans for the regional and national celebration of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (IDPNCW). 



UNYAP consists entirely of youth volunteers, official arm of the UNAP. They live to embody the principles of the United Nations , and get other youth involved in understanding and sharing the ideals enshrined in the United Nations’ Charter. They provide fertile ground for youth empowerment, education, networking and generating public opinion to support the work of the United Nations to build a better world for all.


Member of the World Federation for United Nations Associations (WFUNA), UNAP was founded in 1947. Since 1999, UNAP has organized various project and programs for the youth sector of the Philippines because of the need to engage them in community development and nation-building.




Central Philippine University

The University sits on a 24-hectare campus, located along Lopez Jaena Street, Jaro, Iloilo City which is considered a Tourism Site by the Iloilo City Council.

CPU is the home of the largest library in Western Visayas, the Henry Luce III Library with more than 200,000 volumes including holdings of special collections like the 40,000 United Nations documents, World War II documents, etc.

It has its distinction of having its own cable channel and oldest student government in the country.

City Government of Iloilo

Led by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Iloilo City is located at the center of the country and is also the regional center of the Western Visayas Region.

Iloilo is well known for its Dinagyang Festival every January in line with the celebration of the Sto. Niño.

The City is commonly called, "The City of Love", due to its people's manner of speaking in a  lovely tone.


Provincial Government of Iloilo

Led by Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. Iloilo occupies the southeast portion of Panay Island and is bordered by Antique to the west and Capiz Province to the north. Just off Iloilo's southeast coast is Guimaras Province.

People from Iloilo are called Iloggos. There are two local languages spoken in the province: Hiligaynon sometimes calledIloggo, and Kinaray-a.

It has the distinction of a province having the most number of Barangays, smallest governing body.


Provicial Government of Guimaras

Southeast of Panay and Northwest of Negros Islands in Western Visayas, Philippines. The island is separated from Panay by the 1.5 nautical miles long Iloilo Strait and acts as a natural breakwater for Iloilo.

Guimaras is composed of five (5) municipalities and ninety eight (98) barangays with Jordan as the capital town. Hiligaynon is the native dialect.

Known as the Mango Capital of the Philippines.

Food, Accommodation and Attire

               Participants shall be provided with meal stubs for the five day conference . If meal stubs are lost, the participants will be required to purchase new tickets. For special provisions on food, please inform the secretariat ahead of time.

                All participants will be billeted at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center.  Extension of stay must be arranged in advance to the secretariat. Formal clothing is recommended for all events. National dress may also be worn. Please bring you swimming gears and sporting attire (e.g. jogging pants / swimsuit ) for planned immersion activities, outdoor outreaches and morning exercises. The weather is expected to be tropical throughout the period of the 12th IYD celebration in Iloilo City and Guimaras Island.

               Plenaries and Workshops will also be held at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center. The Hotel is about 30 minutes from Iloilo Airport and 20 minutes from the seaport.

Transportation, Arrival and Departure

The Secretariat will arrange the transportation of all Official Delegates during the five-day conference. However, transportation from the airport to the conference venue shall be provided to international delegates only due to security purposes . All participants should arrive in Iloilo City on or before 3:00 in the afternoon of August 03, 2011.  Delegates should inform their respective island convener about their travel schedules not later than July 30, 2011. Please arrange your departure on August 07, 2011. If you are planning to participate in optional programs please make sure to schedule your arrival and departure accordingly.

**FOR INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES: Please Arrive in the Philippines not later than August 02, 2011. You are responsible to arrange your domestic flights to the venue. Please send us your flight schedules ahead of time.

You may travel by air from Manila to Iloilo via: 

Program of Activities

Day 1 WEDNESDAY (August 03, 2011)

                    09:00 – 01:00                       Registration and Billeting

                    01:00 – 03:00                       Program Engagement and Orientation                           

                    03:00 - 06:00                      Opening Program and OYLA Awarding

                    06:00 - 10:00                       Welcome Dinner and Iloilo Cultural Presentations  

                    10:00                                     L I G H T S   O U T

Day 2 THURSDAY (August 04, 2011)

                    07:00 – 08:30                       Breakfast
                    08:30 – 10:00                        Plenary Session 1: National & Global Reports on MDGs
                    10:00 – 10:15                         Break / Snacks       

                    10:15 - 12:00                         Plenary Session 2: Accelerating the achievement of the MDGs 
                                                                                                 through Policy Advocacies 
                    12:00 – 01:00                        LUNCH

                    01:00 – 03:00                       Simultaneous Workshops on MDGs and Volunteerism ( 8 groups)

                    03:00 - 03:30                       B R E A K / S N A C K S

                    03:00 – 06:00                       Group Team-building activities

                    06:00 – 07:00                       Preparation for Cultural Night

                    07:00 – 08:00                       DINNER

                    08:00 – 10:00                       International Cultural Night
                    11:00                                      L I G H T S   O U T

DAY 3 – FRIDAY (August 5, 2011)

                    06:00 – 07:00                     Morning Exercise

                    07:00 - 08:00                     Breakfast

                    08:00 – 10:00                     UNYAP General Assembly                       

                    10:00 – 10:15                      Break / Snacks
                    10:15 – 12:00                      Action Planning ( SKs, Student Councils, UNESCO Clubs, Young Legislators,          
                                                                                   Young Proffesionals, Community Based Youth Orgs, Educators)
                    12:00 – 01:00                     LUNCH

                    01:00 – 06:00                    International MDGs Contests                     
                    06:00 – 07:00                    DINNER
                    07:00 – 10:30                    Solidarity Night with live bands

                    11:00 – 0:00                       L I G H T S   O U T

Day 4 – SATURDAY (August 6, 2011)

                    5:30 – 6:30                       BREAKFAST 

              OPTION 1.  National Forum on Volunteerism for MDG

             08:00 - 10:00                    National Forum

                   10:00 - 10:15                      Break

                   10:15 - 12:00                      Pleanary Session

                   12:00 - 01:00                     Lunch

                   01:00 - 5:00                       Free time

         OPTION 2. Ecological Immersion and Tour in Guimaras
                   06:30 – 08:00                  Assembly and travel to Guimaras
                   08:30 - 03:00                   Island Hopping, Tour, Immersion around the Island with 
                                                                               Welcome Lunch by the Provincial Government 
                   03:30 – 05:00                   Travel Back to Iloilo

                   05:00 - 06:00                    Rest and Shower

                   06:00 - 07:00                    Dinner

                   07:00 – 10:30                    Action Planning by UNYAP Elected Officials

                   10:30                                 Lights Off

DAY 5 – SUNDAY (August 7, 2011)

                   07:00 – 08:00                   Breakfast

                   08:00 – 10:00                    Presentation and Critiquing of Action Plans

             10:00 - 10:15                     Snacks

                   10:15 - 12:00                     Closing Ceremony

                   12:00 – 12:00                    Lunch and Check out

                                                             HOME SWEET HOME :)