National Youth Day 2017 host Archdiocese of Zamboanga officially announced that Cebu is the next venue
of the event.
“I was so happy because this is another challenge for the Cebu youth to handle the next NYD,”
Fr. Mark Romel Barneso, Archdiocese of Cebu youth commissioner, said.
According to the priest, the Archdiocese of Cebu is looking forward to the event for a number
“We are excited to showcase, of course, the festivals we have, and how the delegates will
encounter the warmest Cebuano hospitality,” he said.
Barneso also shared that they believe their team is capable and experienced enough to host the
youth event, considering past events they have organized.
“We hold annual Local World Youth Day where we cater to 3,000 to 5,000 delegates, and we had
the International Eucharistic Congress last 2016 -- I believe that makes us capable,” he said.
He also noted that the NYD in Cebu will have the support not only of the Church hierarchy but
also of the local government.