All About Mong
As youth leader, Raymond “Mong” Palatino was elected chairman of the University Student Council of UP Diliman in 2000. From the campaign period up to the end of his term, he was called Chairman Mong.
From 2001 to 2003, he served as national president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest alliance of tertiary student councils nationwide.
In 2004, Mong was named “Outstanding Youth Leader for Advocacy on National Concerns” by the United Nations Association of the Philippines.
He was convenor of several youth alliances such as the Education for All (e4all) Movement, Abolish ROTC, Tuition Refund, Youth Action Network against electoral fraud and violence, Youth Demanding Arroyo’s Removal (Youth Dare), Youth against Charter Change and Tyranny (Y-Chat), Youth for Accountability and Truth Now (Youth Act Now), and TxtPower, a consumer-rights advocacy group.
Mong is often compared to Edgar Jopson, one of the most famous youth leaders in Philippine history. Aside from leadership qualities, some say Mong also has some of the physical attributes of Edjop.
A blogger and writer, Mong writes for several online publications, aside from maintaining his own blog. He is a columnist for tinig.com, former news editor of yehey.com, the regional editor for Southeast Asia and Oceana of the Global Voices Online, and one of the leading members of Bloggers’ Kapihan, an online network of young bloggers.
He and his partner Frances Bondoc have two children: Neil Esmond and Renee Elle.