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Thursday, August 23, 2012

National Youth Commission Chooses GMA talent Derrick Monasterio as Youth Advocate


The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism; and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs. - 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Left to Right GMA Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari R Abacan, NYC CommissionerEarl P Saavedra, Derrick Monasterio, NYC Chairman Leo G. Flores.

August 16, 2012 (Quezon City, Philippines), GMA Network Tween star and primetime actor Derrick Monasterio formally signed an agreement with the National Youth Commission to be an advocate of the Youth Drug Abuse, Prevention and Control project of the NYC.

During the contract signing held at the NYC office, Commissioner Earl P. Saavedra shared that Derrick is the perfect choice to be their youth advocate, "We know that Derrick’s character is definitely a good image of a typical Filipino youth. He is an example of somebody who shows to the young how they must conduct themselves. Magaling si Derrick in terms of talent, magaling siya in terms of pakikipaghalubilo. Yun ang gusto natin sa isang kabataang Filipino. May proper appreciation of values and may proper appreciation of the righteousness that they have to bear within themselves."

Being chosen as the latest youth advocate of the Commission, Derrick will be joining young leaders in different areas in the country in tapping 27.8M youth to inspire them to move away from dangerous drugs. Derrick feels very honored and humbled to be chosen as the country's youth ambassador, "Feeling ko po nabigyan ako ng napakalaking responsibility at syempre I will do my best para ma-meet yung expectations nila, gagawin ko po ang lahat para makutulong sa pagpapahinto ng mga paggamit ng mga ipinagbabawal na gamot, lalo na sa kabataan."

Left to Right Earl P. Saavedra, NYC Commissioner; Arsi Baltazar, GMA Artist Center Head for Talent Development; Jose Mari R. Abacan, GMA Vice President for Program Management; Georgina Nava,NYC Commissioner; Derrick Monasterio.

National Youth Commission is convinced and very much confident that the young actor will fulfill his responsibilities and be a role model for millions of Filipino youth. NYC Chairman Leo G. Flores says, "With Derrick’s presence, he could inspire the young people to have clean living and to avoid substance abuse. Even sa study ng NYC, merong 11 percent na nalulong sa substance abuse. It is quite alarming but there is a good opportunity for us to inspire the young people and to get them off with different kinds of illegal drugs. "

Derrick is an exclusive artist of GMA Artist Center. He currently stars in the Kapuso primetime program Luna Blanca. He also starred in the youth-oriented program Tween Hearts and in the GMA Films’ produced movie Tween Academy.

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