Young Deaf Summit Goes Back to In-Person


The Young Deaf Summit (YDS) will finally be reverting to an in-person set up this year, which will be held at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Auditorium on February 11, Saturday from 8AM to 4PM. 

After two years of being held virtually, the Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) is proud to be able to open its doors again to Deaf high school students and have the Summit be celebrated on-site. 

Themed with the word “Trailblaze”, this year’s Summit aims to be a tribute to Deaf Filipinos who have broken barriers as the first and the best in their chosen paths. The theme was inspired by both Iñigo Asilo, who became the first deaf franchisee and operator of 7-Eleven, and Dx. Raphael ‘Rafa’ Vergel de Dios Domingo, who was the first Ph.D. recipient in the World Deaf Leadership Scholarship Program. 

The conference will feature a series of discussions that aim to inspire young deaf students to seize their dreams and become trailblazing Deaf professionals, leaders, and advocates. Additionally, the participants shall gain ideas on how they can nurture their talents and pursue their interests in preparation for a career in the future. 

The first round of discussions will focus on the lifestyle and careers of Deaf professionals. Maria Isabel Cabbab who will showcase what a successful Deaf community member can do for others now that she is a Special Educations Teacher at the Philippine School for the Deaf. While Morly Canta, who is currently a multimedia artist for Kimstore, Technopop, and Tech Kart, and Mark Despabiladeras, who is currently a Supply Chain Operations Associate at Accenture will walk participants through their journey believing that their disability is not a hindrance to their dreams.  

The second session will shine a spotlight on the Deaf youth as future-leader advocates. This session will feature Trivor Latayan, who is currently the President of the Deaf Association in Quezon Province, Inc., Disney Aguila, who is a volunteer for Love Yourself Inc. and serving as treasurer for the Philippine Sport Federation of the Deaf, and lastly, Louis Christian Decara who is currently the President of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf Youth Section. 

What’s more amazing is that YDS 2023 will not only be held here in Metro Manila, but we will also be flying to different parts of the country to celebrate it. Check out these following dates to know when and where YDS 2023 will be celebrated too: 

  • Cebu –February 27 to 28 
  • Bacolod – March 4 
  • Bicol – March 11 
  • Davao – March 18 

YDS is free, and grades 11 and 12 deaf students together with their parents are invited to participate. Registration for YDS Manila is now open! Details regarding the YDS events in Cebu, Bacolod, Bicol, and Davao will be posted soon. Follow and like our Facebook page of Benilde SDEAS for more updates. 

Interested participants may register through See you there!