On August 12, 2017, Voice of the Youth Network (VOTY) celebrated International Youth Day with Kabataan Night 2017. The event was held at the D’Cup Coffee Republic in Mandaluyong City. The event was organized by VOTY under the supervision of its founder, Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales.
The event was divided into two main segments. In the afternoon was Youthalks, a series of empowerment talks and forum. Three speakers took the stage to inspire the young participants – Dr. Edwin Monares of SAVE ME Movement, Dr. Rey Samson of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa and an anchor of Voice of the Teachers, and Coach Adette Purto, co-founder of D’Cup Coffee Republic.
The talks were followed by a series of youth forums, each discussing a specific topic. Each forum was facilitated by anchors of some of the radio shows produced by the VoiceMaster. The School of Life forum was hosted by anchors Bernz Caasi and Vic Asuncion, with panelists John Leo Algo and John Leonard Chan. It was followed by the Call Center Radio forum with JM Jasmin and MA Buendia, hosts of the radio show. Up next was The Author’s Voice forum, hosted by the anchors Sha Nacino and Bryson Bonsol, with Steffi Villa as their guest. The last forum was the EntrepRadio forum, hosted by main anchor Dennis Sajo, with guest panelist Jason Domantay.
Evening came, and Youthalks was followed by the Kabataan Night proper, which featured a series of performances, games and an open mic. Several groups and solo performers from Artist League Manila entertained the crowd, followed by more musical performances and spoken-word poetry from artists featured in VOTY’s radio programs. The night was also filled with inspiration and empowerment as youth advocate and Filipino motivational speaker Al Ian Barcelona gave a short but powerful speech.
Kabataan Night 2017 was capped off with the closing remarks from Pambansang Inspirasyon Lloyd Luna, who inspired the young audience to go after what they are passionate about. He then called on the VoiceMaster and presented the “Present-Day Rizal Award” in recognition of Pocholo’s dedication to serving the Filipino youth.