Youth Define the Filipino as a Liberal
| Left: Cavite Rep. Joseph
Abaya, Roxas City Councilor Pepe Del Rosario, Ronnel Lim,
Cheryl Cristobal and Marlowe Selecios
The Philippine Young Liberals (KALIPI) held a book launch, awarding
ceremony and debate as part of the Liberal Party’s 60th anniversary
celebrations on 23 January, 2006 in UP Diliman. Partnering with
and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
(FNF), KALIPI awarded Marlowe Selecios, Cheryl Cristobal and Ronnel
Lim, the three winners of last year’s essay writing contest
on what it means to be a young liberal in the Philippines today.
It also presented to the public the publication The
Filipino as a Liberal, a compilation of the 15 most impressive
Following the book launch was a discussion between the three
winners, Cavite Representative Joseph Abaya and Roxas City Councilor
Jose “Pepe” Del Rosario on liberalism and the Philippine
“The fact that we have so many bright liberally minded
authors is a reason to celebrate and be happy about,” said
FNF Resident Representative Dr. Ronald Meinardus. “It shows
that Philippine liberalism is a force which transcends the political
party. These are people who believe and cherish the liberal principles
such as personal freedom, responsibility, tolerance and human
rights,” he added.
Filipino as a Liberal is available in major bookstores.