Transcript: Twitter Dialogues with Bianca Gonzalez

@ADBYouth: Hi, @iamsuperbianca! Thank you very much for joining us for our 1st ever #YouthMatter Twitter Dialogues. How are you? 🙂

@iamsuperbianca: Hi, I’m good! 🙂 Hello to everyone tweavesdropping on our #YouthMatter dialogue today. Feel free to share your thoughts anytime!

@ADBYouth: Great to hear. Let’s get on with our conversation on The Role of #Youth & Civil Society in Post Typhoon #Haiyan Efforts. As a Filipina, what was your initial reaction to the devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan? Two months after, have your sentiments changed?

@iamsuperbianca: I was just as shocked as everyone else I guess. We’ve had strong typhoons but as we watched the news as Haiyan hit. We knew this was different. Two months after, it still feels unreal, like a bad dream. Much has been done but there is still so much to do. The help from other countries has been overwhelming. And actually, on February 8, its PH Thanks The World day!

@ADBYouth: Since #Haiyan, you’ve consistently helped out both online and offline. This is truly inspiring! Despite your busy schedule, why do you choose to be actively involved?

@iamsuperbianca: To be honest, I don’t think it was “a choice” to be involved. I think that is just how we young people are now, especially because of social media, we are all updated; and when you see a situation like Haiyan, you can’t not do anything.

@ADBYouth: Why do you think it’s important for the youth to be involved in social concerns?

@iamsuperbianca: Everything that happens in politics, with the weather, in society, affects us all – us personally, our families, our friends. The teens/20/ and 30-somethings are a huge part of shaping ideas, opinion, and even decisions of decision-makers, which is why its important to be heard and to be involved. Cheesy, but the youth is not just the future, we’re also the “now”

@ADBYouth: As we all know, this is not the first calamity that the Philippines has experienced. In your observation, how has the participation of the youth in disaster response evolved over the years?

@iamsuperbianca: Hard to say how much youth participation (in terms of %) has grown, but surely, now, we are more vocal and aware, again, mainly because of social media. With a few clicks you can find out who needs help, what is needed, and where to help. Never before has information been so easy to access, so instant, and for a huge number of people: the power of social media.

@ADBYouth: Can you share with us Typhoon Haiyan-related youth projects that you think are worth supporting?

@iamsuperbianca: There are many worthwhile causes spearheaded by the youth like UNICEF, GK, Habitat, and even schools and churches! Best part is every group addresses a specific need like providing home/food/water/safety/etc. What you feel for most, help there.

@ADBYouth: What’s your most memorable anecdote throughout your participation in post-Typhoon Haiyan efforts?

@iamsuperbianca: There have been so many amazing stories! School kids and even prisoners giving up their baon to donate to Haiyan, efforts, OFWs and foreign international schools gathering funds to donate, Sendong survivors cheering on Haiyan survivors. Best of all, the strength of the survivors. We visited Malapascua and they welcomed us with warm smiles..and dance numbers!

@ADBYouth: Last but not the least, if you could call on the youth to do something, what would it be?

@iamsuperbianca: Not to sound preachy but I’d call on them to do exactly that.. something! The great thing about the diversity of the youth, paired with the power of social media, and connectedness to the world, is that we can make anything happen! There really are no more limits. There is no ONE advocacy. Any passion of yours, you can turn into an advocacy. Whatever you like doing, share it with others, use it to do good for others, and see your world change right in front of you. 🙂

We’re having another Twitter Dialogues this coming March. Stay tuned for more details!


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