Bernardo M. Villegas
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Forming the Youth Through Football (Part 1)

          Let the older generation stop complaining about the alleged defects of the Z generation.  The youth of today are accused of spending too much time with their smart phones.  They are supposed to lack discipline, unable to focus on one activity at a time, constantly multitasking, with a very short attention span.  They also are faulted for lacking loyalty and commitment to any organization, butterflying from one job to another. I can go on and on.  I would rather take the positive approach of Pope Francis who gave a very practical advice on how to develop the appropriate virtues among the youth.  One answer he gave in his post-synodal apostolic exhortation address to young people and to the entire people of God (entitled “Christ is Alive) is sports.   Let me quote paragraph 227 of this recent document.

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       The historical trends, empirical findings, and policy updates are discussed in detail in the essays compiled in this book. The most convincing argument that supports the thesis of the book, i.e. that population growth is a poitive factor in attaining sustainable human development, is found in the foreword to the book, which is adopted from an article written by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, former Finance Secretary of the Philippines and multi-awarded finance official in Asia. Thanks to the continuing growth of the Philippines population, Filipinos are in more than 100 countries all over the world, contributing much-needed foreign echange and purchasing power to the Philippine economy and fostering the human and spiritual development of the most diverse of peoples and cultures on this planet.

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Antigua Forum Interviews 2012

 An interview with Dr. Villegas about the PH economy in Antigua Forum, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, last January 2012. See Link: