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Two Bicolanos among 28 Pinoy youth ambassadors to 34th SSEAYP

Legazpi City (30 August) -- Twenty-eight of the Philippines' finest youth leaders are sailing the seas to participate in a diplomatic and cultural exchange program aimed at cultivating the spirit of Asian cooperation.

The delegates to the 34th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) is a select group of young professionals, educators, community workers, students, artists, writers, designers and musicians.

More than 300 young Asian leaders will spend six weeks on board the Japanese luxury ship Nippon Maru this year wherein they will be involved in activities such as institutional visits and home stays in participating countries, discussion groups, cultural presentations, and other goodwill exchanges which are geared towards broadening international perspective.

SSEAYP is an annual diplomatic and cultural exchange program sponsored by the Japanese government whose goal is to promote friendship and mutual understanding among emerging youth leaders from the 10 participating Southeast Asian countries.

In the Philippines, the Office of the President through the National Youth Commission (NYC) selected this year's 28 Filipino youth ambassadors to the 34rd SSEAYP to be hosted by Singapore, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines and Japan.

This year's Philippine delegation that calls itself PAGSIKAT were chosen from among thousands of applicants from across the country.

Among those officially declared Philippine Participating Youths (PPY) after undergoing a rigorous 10-day pre-departure training in Pililla, Rizal last July are Eddie R. Balunso and Indira B. Tabo from Bicol.

PAGSIKAT will undergo months of preparation, training and research prior to their departure come October.

As a fitting send-off event, SSEAYP-PAGSIKAT will showcase the nation's colorful tapestry in a concert before their departure. This would give SSEAYP alumni, friends, family, and sponsors a glimpse of the cultural presentations, which will be presented on-board the ship and in the host countries.

The Philippine delegation will officially join its counterparts from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan in Singapore on October 22 for the inauguration ceremony. (GAAN, BU/PIA) [top]

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