TACLOBAN CITY, (PIA) – Two young individuals from this city were among the 300 participating youths from ASEAN countries who will join the 41st Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program scheduled on October 29 to December 18, 12014.
The two, identified as Reden Sabela and Ma. Marjorie Culibar, 25 and 23 years old respectively are both active in their own youth organizations.
They were among the 28 young Filipinos who were chosen by the National Youth Commission (NYC) to serve as the Philippine Youth Ambassadors of Goodwill who will officially represent the country in the diplomatic cultural exchange program for the year 2014.
Together with the 300 participating youths from other ASEAN Countries, Sabela and Culibar will also have a chance to be on board the Japanese cruise ship MS Nippon Maru for 51 days. However, the participants will have their port of calls in five countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan where they will conduct institutional visits, courtesy calls, interaction with the communities particularly the youths and homestay experience.
More than just a tour, a series of activities are being lined up from the pre-departure until the program ends. This includes discussions on Youth Entrepreneurship, Cross-Cultural Understanding, International Relations, Environment and Climate Change, Food and Nutrition, Media and Information, Social Education and Health.
After the program, participants are expected to learn and use the knowledge they get in their advocacies particularly in coming up with a post-program activities with the assistance of the NYC and the SSEAYP International Philippines.
The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program is a youth exchange program which was pioneered by the ASEAN countries and Japan in 1974. This program is handled by the participating countries with Japan as the main sponsor. (cba/PIA-8)