What is love? How do you know love is real? These are the questions that famous Catholic author, blogger, and speaker Jason Evert will answer as he returns to Manila for a conference on love at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum in Pasay City on May 25.
Organized by Catalyst for Character Formation Association (Catalyst), “Love #NoFilter” is a conference on chastity, love, and human sexuality—issues that confront the youth today.
According to Catalyst Board Member Mann Rentoy, there is an “obvious crisis in chastity and purity among the young (and not so young) today.”
“Anyone as powerful as Jason in addressing teens must be made to speak to the youth as often as possible,” Rentoy continued. This is Evert’s fourth time to speak in Manila.
The conference will have three sessions for three core groups: students, single young adults, and parents and educators, and will run from 9 am to 8 pm. A free special session for school administrators, parish workers, and community leaders will be held on May 23 from 1:30pm to 3pm at St. Therese Parish Hall across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
The event will cover the following topics which are all burning issues for Filipinos today: understanding the real meaning and beauty of chastity; helping young people discern real, authentic, and lasting love; strategies to effectively talk to teens about sexuality; and addressing depression due to failed relationships, among others.
The Episcopal on Youth of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (ECY-CBCP) also endorsed the event. In a statement, Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian of Bangued said that “Love #NoFilter” is an opportune moment in celebration of the Year of the Youth “to intensify promoting more possibilities of enriching our youth, particularly on the theme of love.”
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Evert is a founder of Totus Tuus Press and Chastity Project, an organization that promotes chastity to high school and college students. In 2013, he and his wife Crystallina were speakers at the “Real Love Revolution”, a pro-life conference in Manila. It was attended by around 8,000 students.