Members of KidZania Manila CongreZZ 2016 were sworn into office at its very first inauguration.
The KidZania Manila CongreZZ inauguration was led by Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara as the children took an oath in front of the national emblem of KidZania, promising to uphold the values set by the play city and to act as role models to their fellow kids, fulfilling their duties to help build a better world.
KidZania Manila CongreZZ Kids
The newly elected CongreZZ Kids are (7 to 9-Year-Old Categoy): Aria Imao; Badger Tajonera; Caleigh Teng; Ianna Macapagal; Isabel Mariano; Oplex Dilidili; Paula Sarmiento; Pria Temporal; Riana Roxas; and Zinda Vir. They are joined by (10 to 14 Year-Old Category): Ailish Espina; Caitlyn de Lusong; Josh Vir; Leighne Sto. Tomas; Lian Sy; Mika Bosano; Nico Tittel; Raine Roxas; Samantha de Lusong; and Sophie Ti.
“By being a part of the KidZania Manila CongreZZ, we are empowering our kids to lead and to voice out their views and opinions,” said KidZania Philippines State Governor Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas. “It can be a powerful, engaging experience that will teach them to uphold their independence, make their own decisions, and build confidence.”
A girl by the name of Kyla sang the KidZania National Anthem
The play city’s legislative government body, the CongreZZ, is made up of citiZens, or paZZport holders, of KidZania Manila ages seven to 14 years old. During the application period, CongreZZ hopefuls sought the help of their parents or guardians and prepared a two-minute video featuring the reasons they should be selected as a CongreZZ Kid. They uploaded this on the play city’s website, manila.kidzania.com.
A special CongreZZ Panel screened and selected the finalists from the pool of applicants. The shortlisted misters and misses were chosen based on their ability to speak, interact with a group, and the way they share and convey their ideas.
The CongreZZ elections was among the highlights of the Miting de Pamilya, a special weekend that celebrated the International Day of the Family. CitiZens were given the choice to either cast their votes online, through the official KidZania Facebook app, or cast their votes in person, right at the play city where the CongreZZ candidates campaigned. Kid visitors voted by filling up their ballots at poll stations in the play city, attaching their ballots to their boarding passes, and dropping them in locked drop boxes located at the poll stations.
KidZania CongreZZ Member Oath-Taking
Throughout their one-year term, the elected misters and misses will get to share their ideas and opinions on various topics, including addressing the concerns of tourists and citizens, and improving their fun learning experience at the play city. They will get exciting perks and help develop programs that benefit other children.
Let kids learn to lead and build a better world. Head on over to KidZania Manila for more details.