As of 2013, sixty (60) percent of Philippine population (56.5 million) are below the age of 30. This sizeable sector of society has the potential to change the course of our nation. Philippine national heroes initiated their crusade for social change in the days of their youth. This similar idealism and vigor of the younger generation is essential in reforming our nation which has been plagued with graft and corruption and negative values. We should not only train the youth to become skillful leaders but we must also teach them how to be righteous and principled influencers.
The youth’s leadership potential can be affected by their interpersonal relationships. The prevalence of premarital sex resulting in unwanted teenage pregnancies in the country (the highest in Southeast Asia) can be attributed various socio-cultural factors—media influence, weak parental guidance, peer pressure, poverty. Hence, The Lovestruck Movement was conceived to inculcate among the Filipino youth the right attitudes and values vis-a-vis dating, courtship, marriage and responsible sexuality.
The Lovestruck Movement exists to promote the importance of having a personal relationship with God, caring for people, especially the poor and the marginalized, and following Jesus Christ and obeying His teachings (Love God. Love People. Disciple.). This mission is being accomplished by inculcating among the people the right attitudes and values in different areas of their lives—personal development, relationships (i.e. friendships and dating), family life (i.e. marriage and parenting), academic life, career development, social/community involvement, among others.
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