By Liezle Basa-Iñigo
TUGUEGARAO CITY – A Cagayan Valley student brought honor to the country recently after he won awards at the just-concluded Bali Asia International Model United Nations (BAIMUN) II event at the Bali International Convention Center in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.
Hermenegildo Dumlao III of Philippine Science High School—Cagayan Valley campus was adjudged Best Delegate and was also accorded the Best Position Paper award from the World Health Organization (WHO) Council.
Two other young Filipinos also brought home awards from the same event.
They were Siniloan National High School’s Kryzel C. Fernandez, and Cebu-based St. Benedict Childhood Education Center’s Vianca Caitlin Marie T. Go.
Fernandez was awarded with the Best Position Paper under the United Nation’s Environmental Council, while Go was named the Best Delegate under the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Council.
Go was a first-timer in the BAIMUN II event and one of the youngest delegates at 16. The other delegates from St. Benedict Childhood Education Center were Jose Alberto Carredo, Lyndon Francis Juntilla II, Wrenz Gabriel Manalang, Rae Monique Ngo and Hans Keifer Ocaña. They were accompanied by their coaches Mark Cañada and Cris Tejada.
The Bali event is a model conference of the United Nations for future diplomats.
This year’s conference carries the theme “The Evolving of Cultural and Environmental Awareness for a Brighter Future”.
Participants are aged 18 to 25 years-old who are aware and have learned much on international issues and policies that are mostly related to culture, as well as in debating, and sharing perspectives, finding a solutions, and creating resolutions.
Becoming a delegate was considered a feat in itself as participants needed to apply and be screened by the organizers until it was less than a thousand of them left on the final list.
Aside from the meeting sessions, there was a grand symposium, beach clean-up, diplomatic dinner and cultural night where delegates are also being observed and rated.
More than the awards though, the young Filipino delegates felt doubly inspired at the end of the four-day event as representatives from other countries showed respect, care and high regard for them and the Philippines.