Brief Personal Profile of
Edwin Aldren Maratas Refugio
Edwin Aldren Maratas Refugio,
18 years old, is a resident of 873 North Curvada of
Barangay Galas, Dipolog City. Born on the 24th
of November 1985 is the only son of Sarah Maratas Refugio
and Edwin Hibaya Refugio.
Unfortunately, his father died
on April 4, 1995 in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay when
the Abu Sayyaf extremist group first launched their attack
in the town of Ipil. He was nine years old then when that
terrible tragedy occurred but life has to move on so here
he is now striving to face reality and at the same time
serving his fellow youths and the community in the
His struggles earned him a
number of excellent citations, which includes being the
valedictorian in his elementary days at the Dipolog
Community School. While studying at the Zamboanga del
Norte National High School, he finished his first, second
and third high school years with first honors and he is
also fighting hard to be a valedictorian at the present.
Councilor Refugio is an active
leader in school and community activities and as proof for
this, he is currently the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)
Federation President of Dipolog City. Elected as SK
Chairman of Barangay Galas last July 15, 2002 and
eventually elected as President of the City SK Federation.
As president of the Club
Interact of the Rotary Club of Dipolog, he was the
nominated as the Vice-Mayor of the Rotary Youth City
Officials during the Rotary Activities Week.
He has also served the
Philippine National Red Cross (Zamboanga del None Chapter)
as President of the Red Cross Youth. He has also attended
and finished several trainings, conducted by the PNRC
Safety Services, such as the Basic Leadership Training,
First Aid Training and other related courses. Such
training has given him the chance to spearheaded exercises
with other potential youth volunteers in the whole
province and also gave him the opportunity to actively
join community activities and render service as a
For the whole four years of
Councilor Refugio’s high school life, he has served the
Supreme Student Council (SSC) of his school and is
currently won the position as President.
Having been the
Editor-in-Chief of the official school paper of their
school, “The Zamboanguenian,” he has joined several Press
Conferences and became winner in some journalistic fields
such as Editorial Writing, News, Sports and Feature
Writings categories. He has also joined the National
Training of Campus Journalists in Baguio City and attended
training courses in Desktop Publishing.
As an advocate of the
“anti-drug campaign”, he has been an active member and
officer of the Drug Abuse & Anti-Gambling Resistance
Education (DARE) organization. During his third year, he
was chosen as a nominee for the Search for K.I.D. Listo,
and Tipo Kong Idolo of the Dangerous Drugs Board.
Fortunately, he won in the Division level and became the
Regional K.I.D. Listo winner after undergoing a tremendous
series of interviews and written exams. He then
represented Region IX in the National Search for K.I.D.
Listo and there he attended the Training for Trainors
course wherein he was brushed along with other K.I.D.
Listo winners of their respective regions.
Honorable Refugio also got the
chance to join the Eight National Youth Convention
sponsored by the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) and
PASSA held at the Teacher's Camp in Baguio City wherein he
have met a many of other student leaders all over the
He is also a member of the
Dipolog Youth for Progress and the Dipolog Youth Alliance,
which aims to help develop the youths in the City of
Dipolog and foster cooperation and camaraderie among the
As a public servant and being
the SK Federation President, he has spearheaded activities
that are of fundamental importance to youth development
most especially in those activities promoting sports
development. He has organized and conducted Inter-High
School Basketball Friendship Game and Inter-Barangay
Musical Competition wherein it was participated by active
youth members in the barangays. Councilor Refugio has high
hopes that through these programs it may properly enhance
and develop the various skills and talents of the youth.
Despite being involved in
academic and government programs, he is also entwined in
spiritual activities such as the Youth for Christ and the
LAYA Summits of the CFCYFC, which promotes the spiritual
well being of individuals.
At the moment, he is still on the go towards the
betterment of the youth for he believes that they are the
hope of the next generation and therefore play a vital
role as common individuals who would eventually lead this
country in the days to come.