Skip to main content »
Igorotage

Gerard Felipe: Igorot Youth Mayor of Frankston, Victoria, Australia

Gerard Felipe, 19-year-old Igorot, made history as the first youth mayor of Frankston, Victoria, Australia.

Gerard Felipe, 19-year-old from Tublay, Benguet, is the first-ever youth mayor of Frankston, 2018 | Jason Sammon
Gerard Felipe, 19-year-old from Tublay, Benguet, is the first-ever youth mayor of Frankston, 2018 Jason Sammon

Gerard C. Felipe, 19-year-old proud Igorot from Tublay, Benguet, made history as the town's first youth mayor of Frankston, Victoria, Australia.

Felipe, a second dan blackbelt in Karate, has taken the role for 12 months as part of a program designed to expose young people to the community and local government processes. He will meet regularly with the youth council and attend regular council meetings, as well as work with the youth council to deal with youth disengagement, bullying, and mental health issues.

"I'm very grateful and thankful for this opportunity to serve as a youth mayor today in Frankston. It's an initiative that I will fully embrace, as a young person myself. I wish to advocate to develop and ensure a better future for us all but especially for those who would come after me," said Felipe in his speech during the presentation at the local council, which was carried on live streaming on social media.

Second dan black belt Gerard C. Felipe of Tublay, Benguet made history as the first youth mayor of Frankston in the state of Victoria, Australia.
Second dan black belt Gerard C. Felipe of Tublay, Benguet made history as the first youth mayor of Frankston in the state of Victoria, Australia.

Frankston Mayor Colin Hampton was impressed after reading Felipe's resume which includes his term as chairman of the executive committee of the Victorian State Student Representative Council for 2016-2017, and Victorian State Representative to the 22nd National Schools Constitutional Convention held in Canberra, Australia in 2017, aside from his accomplishments as a representative of Australia during Japan Karate Association tournaments.

Mayor Colin Hampton explained that the youth mayor program enabled people aged from 18 to 21 seize a functional role in the society.

"Gerard sees the youth mayor role as a great opportunity for young people to be heard with programs for youth to be more involved and active within the local community... Gerard is sure to be a fantastic representative for Frankston City's local youth and I look forward to working with him." he said.

In a Facebook post, Felipe thanked everyone who supported him and also announces he's very proud of being an Igorot.

"I am proud to serve as the first youth Mayor for the municipality of Frankston, Victoria, Australia as an Igorot... I continue to take pride in sharing our rich culture abroad and look forward to encouraging the youth within the community to reach their highest potential. But most importantly, I will never forget where I come from," Felipe said.

Gerard, the proud son of Edralin and Jacqueline of Acop, Tublay, is a first-year student taking up Criminology and Political Science at Monash University. He and his family are residents in Australia since 2008 after migrating to New Zealand in 2003 when he was four years old.


Born Igorot, Die Igorot


Sharing is caring, kailian!

We do hope you find something great in this story. If you find this helpful, please do share it with the people you care about.


Igorotage is a social networking site — all contents are user-generated. The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Igorotage.

Except as otherwise noted, the content of this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Comments (1)

Sign in to share your thoughts. No account yet?

What to learn next?

You might also like to read these related articles or browse more stories filed under People — or jump to a random article.

People Surprise me

DA-CAR on Dumping of Potatoes in Tublay, Benguet

Press Statement of the Department of Agriculture - Cordillera on the reported dumping of potatoes in Tublay, Benguet.

Aug 4 · 3 min read
1LT Felinger Catao: Igorot adjudged as PH Army's Best Junior Staff Officer

First Lieutenant Felinger B. Catao, an Igorot Army Officer from Benguet, was adjudged as the Best Junior Staff Officer in South Eastern Mindanao.

Sep 8 · 2 min read
PCOL Roman Cornel Arugay: Igorot Pasig City Chief of Police

PCOL Roman Cornel Arugay, Igorot from Benguet, has been installed as the new Chief of Police of Pasig City.

Apr 23 · 1 min read
Marcelo Otinguey: Igorot Teacher receives Princess Maha Chakri Award

Marcelo Otinguey, Igorot teacher from Benguet Province is a recipient of the 2021 Princess Maha Chakri Award.

Jun 10 · 1 min read
BSU Students won medals in Philippine Eskrima Kali-Arnis Competition

Benguet State University students bagged medals in the Philippine Eskrima Kali-Arnis Federation (PEKAF) Cultural Traditional Virtual Anyo Competition.

Jun 8 · 1 min read
Ghenesis Dalayday Latugat: yKalinga is Miss Baguio City 2021

Kalinga beauty Ghenesis Dalayday Latugat is Miss Baguio City 2021 queen.

Oct 17 · 2 min read
Daisy Bucad-Eng: Igorot OFW inherits PHP50 million from Late Employer

Daisy Bucad-Eng, an Igorota domestic helper in Hong Kong inherits more than PHP 50 million from her late employer.

Oct 12 · 4 min read
Alister Marc Bangsail Domilies: Igorot ranks 3rd in Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam

Alister Marc Bangsail Domilies, Igorot ranks 3rd in the October 2021 Chemical Engineer Licensure Examination.

Oct 11 · 2 min read
Honest Igorot Restaurant Helper returns P171,000 to Owner

An honest Igorot restaurant helper and his uncle returned a found wallet containing PHP 171,000 to its rightful owner.

Aug 30 · 1 min read
Igorot Prizefighter, REY TAM

Regarded as the best boxer to ever emerge from the Cordilleras, Rey Tam fought from 1974 to 1982. In 1978 he challenged Arguello for the world title.

Aug 24 · 1 min read