accompanied by Ms. Bea and Ms. Jamie as interpreters
(Young leader Dan Lester Perez submitted this video application to the British Council and Rappler for the seminar, 'Communicating for Social Change.')
Perez does not consider his hearing impairment as an impediment to telling the story of his community.
"I participated because of the theme. It really touched me to know that I can contribute to change. It could be instrumental in making our advocacy for the deaf community more effective."
Such is the kind of change-maker that the organizers were looking for: driven to effect change and achieve great things not only for themselves, but for their country and the world.
"Everyone has a story. It may not be important to others, but if it's important to you then it's still a good story to tell," Evangelista said in her speech to the select group of young leaders that included Perez.
Sharing insights on why storytelling is important and examples of what makes a good storyteller, Evangelista said, "For us, the trick is imagination. Not ours, yours."