CULTURE

A post-elections discussion on how to be engaged citizens

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After the elections, a group of young Filipinos gathered to share what they can do to contribute to their communities. The event also served as a space where they reflected on the prejudices and practiced cynicism that some of them have been accustomed to. Photo by SAMANTHA LEE

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Immediately after waves of partial and unofficial results of the midterm elections came in, a group of young Filipinos gathered to discuss their grievances, opinions, and ways they can do moving forward.

“It's really hard to cope when you're alone and you're just looking at a screen,” says Ayen dela Torre, one of the organizers of the discussion. “But it is so much better if you show up and meet with people who might not have the same opinions as you but they feel the same frustrations that you feel.”

During the session, participants shared what they can do to contribute to their respective spheres of influence. The event also served as a space where they reflected on the prejudices and practiced cynicism that some of them have been accustomed to.

“We always want to tie the discussion into something much more concrete, an actionable step,” adds dela Torre, “so that when you go out of this event, you can say, ‘This is something that I can do. This is how I will help.’”