Twenty-nine young leaders from the regions of the country will represent the Philippine as youth ambassadors to the 38th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program, a press release from the Philippine delegation said.
SSEAYP is a diplomatic and cultural exchange program among emerging youth leaders in Asia sponsored by the Government of Japan.
More than 300 young delegates from Japan and the 10 ASEAN member states are expected to participate in this program to promote and strengthen friendship and cultural understanding.
The delegates will be on board the cruise liner MS Fuji Maru from October 26 to December 16, 2011, visiting six ports of call, namely: Japan (Tokyo), Philippines (Manila), Brunei Darussalam (Muara), Indonesia (Jakarta), Malaysia (Port Klang) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh).
During ports of call, the delegates will interact with the local youths and will be on a homestay program. They will also respond to courtesy calls of dignitaries and will do institutional visits in order to learn more about other Southeast Asian cultures and traditions, the press release said.
The Philippines will serve as the venue of the first Country Program since it is also the first port of call of the Ship. Here, the Philippine Contingent (dubbed as PintigPinoy) along with its partners from both the government and public sectors will get the chance to showcase the Philippine culture and heritage as well as the development of the country’s industries.
The Philippine Participating Youths will also undergo a month-long training on diplomatic affairs, leadership, culture and the arts in preparation for the cultural exchange and discussions they will have while aboard the Ship.
Official delegates of the Philippines, along with their National Leader, were selected by the Office of the President, through the National Youth Commission, the press release added.*
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