AIESEC speaker Arizza Nocum –Magsaysay Foundation top 10 writer’s finalists PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

Youth leader Zamboangueña Arizza Nocum continues her streak of bringing honor and pride to our city. She landed among the top 10 finalists of the 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Youth Essay Competition (RMYEC) of the Magsaysay Awards, Asia’s version of the Nobel Peace Foundation.  They were awarded together with the 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees last August 31, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Launched in March 2014, RMYEC  is part of the Foundation’s efforts to inspire the youth with living Asian heroes of change, and to encourage them to demonstrate the same kind of servant leadership manifested by President Ramon Magsaysay and the Magsaysay laureates.  More than 400 Filipinos aged 15 to 24 joined the competition. This year’s essay theme is “My Favorite Ramon Magsaysay Awardee: Servant Leadership Qualities That Inspire Me.”

A scholar and an Industrial Engineering at UP Diliman, Arizza is the eldest daughter of multi-awardee journalist and legal PR consultant Armand Nocum and businesswoman Ann Sahi-Nocum.  Aside from studying, Arizza is busy as administrator of Kris Library, an NGO, that provides free educational avenues and scholarships to poor deserving children around our country.

Her outstanding leadership in public service has earned her not only highly-coveted awards but also recognition from media and even the Philippine Senate. Born to a Catholic father and Muslim mother, Arizza aims to battle poverty and conflict through equipping children with education.

Together with her parents, they were personally congratulated by President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino and Senator Ramon "Jun" Magsaysay Jr. -- son of the most admired Philippine’s President  Ramon Magsaysay.

In an earlier event, Arizza was one of the coveted speakers of the International Youth Day Summit of  AIESEC last  August 12, 2014 at the Asian Development Bank Headquarters at Mandaluyong City. The other speakers were former representative and TV media personality Risa Hontiveros, Mark Lozano of One Million Lights, and international youth Filipino leader awardee Efren Peñaflorida.


Present in 113 countries and territories and with over 86,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest youth-driven organization. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.  It is global, non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, creed, and religion, national, ethnic or social origin.

AIESEC was originally a French acronym for Association internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales (English: International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences). However, the full name is no longer in use. Members come from a variety of college majors, not necessarily from an area related to economic or commercial sciences.

1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

By: Dante Corteza