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The Contingent Book of Hinirang, the Philippine Contingent to 45th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)

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Hinirang Profile Book

The Contingent Book of Hinirang, the Philippine Contingent to 45th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)

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“I am Hinirang.
I shall pass this way but once. Any good therefore I can do

Or any kindness I can show
Let me do it now for I may not pass this way again.”

Sidney R. Lee of Dumaguete City is the Philippine National Leader for this year’s Ship for Southeast Asian and
Japanese Youth Program which is now on its 45th year (SSEAYP).
He is a former participant of the 18th SSEAYP in 1991 that represented the country together with 49 other delegates
and one head of delegation.

“I am Hinirang.
I exist to create healthy, livable, and sustainable built environment and to
inculcate progressive environmental leadership among the children and youth of the
Philippines through empowered volunteerism and partnerships.”

Patience, Persistence, and Peace — Supreme Student Council. Motivated The heart of a servant leader led
these pillars are Le Marc’s non- to seek professional growth, he’s him to establish his brainchild, The
negotiables in life. Even as he’s now finishing his Master’s Degree in Green Thumbs Up! Project (TGTUP)
taking responsibility of being the Youth Urban and Regional Planning at the — a non-government organization that
Leader of the Philippine Contingent, he University of the Philippines (UP) champions progressive environmental
has been a beacon that shines brighter Diliman. leadership among children and youth
through the tests of time. from the underprivileged sectors.
Le Marc is now living the dream
Le Marc, a caring “Kuya” to his as he is now a Project Manager Le Marc, anchored by his Faith,
brother and a loving son to Mr. Mario at Visionary Architecture Inc., a family, and passion, understood that
and Mrs. Milagros Preposi, was raised sought-after architectural firm in the service to humanity is the best work
from the grits and stones of the City Philippines and abroad. Prior to this, of life. His patience towards life’s
of San Fernando, La Union, finishing he served as the Executive Assistant of difficulties, his persistence to reach
his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture the Commissioner at the Professional his goals, and his peaceful heart that
at Saint Louis College, where he also Regulation Commission. serves make a mark of a purpose-
served as the President of the College driven leader.

“I am Hinirang.
I live to inspire others, to dream big, to have a purpose and ardent
to influence the youth, with a heart of service and compassion for all.”

Janine obtained her bachelor’s dynamic student body Governor and Currently, she works as a Planning
degree in Industrial and Mayor. Demonstrating excellence in Assistant at the Department of Trade
Commercial Communication at academics, leadership and community and Industry Regional Office II.
Cagayan State University (CSU) involvement, she laddered up standing
and a holder of a master’s degree in in the highly-acclaimed pedestal of For a decade now, she has been
Public Administration from Saint Paul the Ten Outstanding Students of the passionate in her advocacy of being
University Philippines (SPUP). Philippines Region II. a blood donor. As a result, she
was awarded twice as one of the
Unrelentingly during college, Aside from completing a short SANDUGO Heroes in Region II.
she is dedicated to community course in Spanish at the Instituto
service where she was recognized Cervantes, Manila, Janine was Above all, Janine is a firm believer
as one of the Ten Outstanding Youth also a grantee and a scholar of the of a purpose-driven life. She lives to
Leaders of Tuguegarao City. During American Institute for English be a blessing to many and to be an
her stint at CSU, she was awarded Proficiency (AIEP) where she studied overflowing source of love and joy for
“Outstanding Student Leader of Communication Excellence. others. She is truly a gem with a heart.
the Year” for having served as a

“I am Hinirang.
I am accountable in motivating and inspiring the youth performers to express and
commit their energy and passion for arts.”

Our exceptional performer from Filipino narrative, ethnic practices, Festival (IPFF) in Orlando, Florida,
the Cordilleran Region believes and traditions. As an alumnus of USA for their film “Miguel” that
that art touches lives and further the Tanghalang SLU (University’s garnered “Rising Star Award” last May
inspires others to do more and become Resident Theater Company), he 2018. This award is given to the top
more. garnered two nominations from Aliw performers in the student film category.
Awards, the highest award-giving
Butt, 23, is a representative body for live performances, as an actor With his love for theater arts,
from Baguio City – Cordillera in productions dealing with family he serves as a mentor at the Baguio
Administrative Region. He holds a relations and mental health. Acting Club that hones young minds
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in utilizing their passion and energy
from Saint Louis University (SLU), He is also the co-creator of Power to create theatrical acts that provide
Baguio City. House Productions, which produces and promote awareness about the
films for the youth. community’s current issues.
As an actor and a performer, he
creates theater plays and creative The production was recognized
crafts that promote and preserve the by the International Peace & Film

“I am Hinirang.
I will continuously use and advocate sports as a dynamic tool to foster
self-empowerment, mobilize learning and values formation towards holistic


Fondly known as “Jaja,” becoming a teacher and a coach. game, she uses it as a tool towards
Ma. Lourdes M. Obidos, She finished her Diploma in development and influences others
25, hails from the “Land to become good players and better
of Rose and Strawberries,” La Physical Education (DPE) with individuals.
Trinidad, Benguet. She works as an Professional Education units at the
Information Management Specialist same university. With things going She believes that growth and
(Administrative Assistant I) under the along with her plans, she passed the development of people is the highest
Human Resource Development Office licensure exam for teachers and is calling for leadership.
from her alma mater, Benguet State now pursuing her Master’s Degree in
University (BSU). Physical Education. With the passion for the sport,
Jaja was able to achieve her license
Jaja earned her Bachelor of Science For 15 years of playing football, in coaching under the auspices of the
in Development Communication major Jaja continues to love the sport that Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
in Community Broadcasting degree in created an avenue for her to meet and Philippine Football Federation
2013 but later decided to pursue her new friends. Learning to appreciate (PFF).
career in sports to fulfill her dreams of the dynamics and discipline of the

“I am Hinirang.
I urge the youth to be well informed and to take part in developing a more livable,
sustainable, and resilient home for all.”

Born and raised in San Nicolas, volunteers. towards a zero-waste lifestyle.
Ilocos Norte, 22-year-old Ma. She is also part of Ilocos-based With her background in
Christian A. Ramos graduated
with a Bachelor of Arts in English Amianan Outdoor Recreational communication and eco-volunteer
Language degree from Mariano Group, which promotes responsible experiences, Chris has made it her
Marcos State University (MMSU). mountaineering. personal advocacy to boost information
dissemination at the grassroots level,
She was later hired by the Provincial Most recently, she joined the equalizing access to information that
Government of Ilocos Norte – Movement Against Plastic Pollution will enable more people to improve
Communications and Media Office (MAPP) – Ilocos Norte Chapter, an their lives and do their part for a
(CMO) as a writer. organization that hosts bimonthly vibrant and growing environment and
clean-up drives while also bringing community.
In 2017, Chris became a member of plastic-free alternatives closer to the
the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association province.
(SIKA) Inc., which today boasts a
membership of at least 15,000 youth Having little steps in environmental
protection, Chris is working her way

“I am Hinirang.
I serve the Filipino youth to achieve their financial goals and

dreams for the glory of God- one encounter at a time.”

Ethan graduated from Cagayan Technologies Endowment Program wants to build his own foundation
State University (CSU) with (STEP) through the Commission on called “Be a Gift PH” that aims to
a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Higher Education (CHED) Philippines. spread faith, hope, and love to the
Administration. He was elected as future generation he cares so much for.
President and Student Regent of the At present, Ethan is connected
highest governing student body in the with FWD Life as a Financial Planner Yet it does not end there. Ethan’s
entire CSU system. Through him, the where he took on a more active role to heart has always been wrapped around
voice of the studentry was heard when become a game changer, a servant, and the reality of a youth that has the drive,
he authored the Zero Percent Tuition an advocate of the youth, by ensuring the inspiration, the involvement, and
and Rationalization of Fiduciary Fees that each Filipino family attains the grit to influence change in the
in 2010, a first in the history of State financial wellness. community for the greater good. More
Colleges and Universities (SUCs) in than being a Financial Planner, Ethan is
the Philippines. When Ethan is not engaged in also passionate about becoming a life
mentoring the youth, he volunteers mentor. He plans to come home from
He also served as the Delegation in several causes like Habitat for SSEAYP as an unstoppable force that
Leader of the 2008 Sunburst Youth Humanity and Young Southeast Asian would transform, and inspire lives, one
Camp sponsored by the Singapore Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). He also encounter at a time.

“I am Hinirang.
I will walk with faith, humility, and courage as I strive to be a
genuine servant-leader committed in building a just and caring

Born in Moncada, Tarlac, 20-year of several projects including PUP promotion of good governance, civic
old Jonaly holds a Bachelor’s Diplomacy Forum and PUP Model engagement, and youth empowerment.
Degree in Political Science United Nations.
Major in International Relations Working in the Department of
from Polytechnic University of the Being a History enthusiast, Jonaly Information and Communications
Philippines (PUP) – Manila where she was hailed as the College’s Philippine Technology (DICT) Luzon Cluster 2
graduated as cum laude. History Quiz Bee Champion from 2015 - Field Operations Office helped her
to 2017. When she became a PUPian, forward these advocacies and gain new
Her passion to serve was ignited her eyes were opened to the real status experiences. She became involved in
when she became a member of Saint of the society and started to aspire for a projects that advocate digital literacy
Raymund Nonnatus Parish Youth better Philippines. and inclusivity.
Ministry in Moncada, Tarlac. She
served as a Secretary-General of PUP She may be the smallest in the Yla wants to be a lawyer someday
Political Science Society. batch but she has a big heart for public committed in building a just and caring
service and community development. nation.
She also became the head organizer Her main advocacies include the

“I am Hinirang.
I have a selfless passion in rendering service, dedication, and love
to the extremes of my ability for the giant leap I envision for this


Christian Paul S. Sunga, popularly degree in Education major in English at Gawad Kalinga-Tarlac, Alumnus
known as “Toni,” accumulated as at the same university. of Ten Outstanding Students of the
many stars his hands can hold. At Philippines (TOSP) – Region 3 Alumni
23, he keeps on going. He holds to his He is blessed enough to be Community of Heroes and an advocate
quote which says “Life is a matter of the Class Adviser for almost 4 of YOUTeach Philippines.
choice and you are the product of the years by the following sections:
choice you made.” 8-JOY (2015), 11-RIZAL(2016), He believes that every individual
12-SHAKESPEARE(2017-2018). in this world serves a unique purpose
Currently, he is a Senior High which makes that person irreplaceable
School Teacher II at Maliwalo He developed a serious streak of and vital.
National High School in Tarlac City. leadership prowess, which constantly
After finishing his Bachelor’s Degree brings him to the top of his fast- He humbly serves as an instrument
in Secondary Education with English paced career — Supreme Student in honing and unleashing the gifts and
specialization from Tarlac State Government Division Federated potentials his students and his fellow
University in 2015, he immediately President of Tarlac City Schools youth in leading, loving, and serving
pressed on to attaining his Master’s Division, Provincial Youth Volunteer this country we call home.

“I am Hinirang.
I advocate mental health awareness to eliminate the stigma on
mental illnesses. I plan to strengthen and encourage the youth to be
a better version of themselves.”

The saying “what you see is what As a law alumna from Far Eastern and for others to listen, given that
you get” does not apply to her! University (FEU) and a government there is an attached stigma to mental
She’s flimsy and very thin, but employee, she is limited to giving free illnesses.
she’s athletic. She looks snob but is legal advice in legal aid mission, or to
very friendly. She looks like a college anyone who approaches and asks for it. Through her SSEAYP journey,
student, but she’s already a lawyer it is hoped that she could promote
with an MBA degree from De La Salle As an advocate of mental health, the importance of mental health by
University (DLSU). She’s a millennial she intends to increase mental health listening to other people’s stories, and
but acts old-school. awareness especially among the youth, by telling her own, not as a lawyer
the most vulnerable to the effects pursuing justice or giving advice, but
Her journey to SSEAYP was of easy access to different kinds of as a Filipino youth coping up with the
something unexpected. She only information from the internet. daily struggles of a fast-paced life.
saw a poster in a Viber group she’s
part of. She applied for it with little She encourages everyone within
expectations that she will be able to her reach (online or not) to speak up
represent NCR.

“I am Hinirang.
I matter to tell stories and tell stories that matter.”

Serafin Gozon, fondly called as Sef, miss you and what misses you was the availability of reliable, dependable,
is a Broadcast Communication never meant for you. Perhaps, the story and truthful information. He posits that
graduate from the University of of that year was not yet meant for him proper actions come about through
the Philippines (UP) Diliman, cum to tell. thorough and critical understanding of
laude. facts.
Having been a TV network’s head
His journey to SSEAYP was news researcher and producer, he is Through this journey on SSEAYP,
sparked by an event ten years ago interested in following other peoples’ something which did not miss him
when he met Filipino delegates in the journey and narrate their feats through this time, he hopes to know and learn
National Museum of the Philippines in the lens of a journalist – because not from the stories of others as he likewise
2008 (then SSEAYP’s 35th year). everybody is given the chance to tell create stories of his own—no longer
their stories. through the lens of a journalist with a
He then tried to join the program camera but from the viewpoint of the
during its 40th year, but he believes As an advocate of media literacy, storyteller.
that everything happens for a reason— he remains committed to promoting
that what’s meant for you will never people’s informed decisions based on

“I am Hinirang.
I advocate for gender equality and inclusion, partake in creating
an environment that empowers, and provides equal opportunities for
women in every aspect of their lives.”

Representing the “Shoe Capital encourage discourse concerning ways of life and even her own and
of the Philippines” – Marikina Filipino culture and identity. paved the way for a new platform
City – is a stunning woman of where she can share her advocacies
substance! Her major, combined with her and discuss global issues, especially
keen interest for Filipino culture, has on matters concerning women’s rights.
Sofia graduated with honors from pushed her to seek opportunities to
the Ateneo de Manila University study abroad. She was a recipient of Her advocacy and past researches
(ADMU) upon earning her Bachelor’s the “Active Leaders Development revolve around the subject of women.
Degree in Diplomacy and International Program Focusing on ASEAN- Sofia wishes to dedicate her efforts
Relations with specialization in East Japan Literacy” scholarship of Meiji towards women empowerment by
and Southeast Asian Studies, minor in University and she was a participant of utilizing her skills in design and
Japanese Studies in 2018. During her the Re-inventing Japan Program held creating communication materials to
college days, she was an officer and in Kyushu University. make information more accessible,
an active member of the university’s especially to vulnerable communities.
premier Filipino organization, These experiences helped her gain a
Baybayin Ateneo, which aims to better understanding of other countries’

“I am Hinirang.
I reach far-flung areas and empower the youth on adolescent
health, building a healthier Philippines, one community at a time.

As he advocates for a healthier The Pillar Publication and gained led organization campaigning for the
Philippines, John Carlo Borja, recognitions from the Philippine prevention of teenage pregnancy in
also known as ‘Borj,’ firmly Student Quill Awards and the Catholic their province. His “Project TEENig
believes that no amount of help is ever Mass Media Awards. His passion for ni Mommy” pioneered the provision
too small to not create a ripple effect of writing fueled him to pay back through of accessible health care services to the
positive changes. leading voluntary campus journalism far-flung areas in Binangonan, Rizal.
trainings to elementary and high
Borj is the current Sangguniang school students. With his proactive contributions to
Kabataan (SK) Chairperson of Brgy. the community, he was named a Young
Calumpang, Binangonan, Rizal with Borj is also an alumnus of World Leader of the Philippines and
a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing the Jose Rizal Model Students one of Ideas Positive’s #HealthierPH
Management from the University of of the Philippines 2017 and 56th Sparks Awardee by Unilab Foundation.
Rizal System (URS) - Binangonan. Ten Outstanding Students of the
Philippines - CALABARZON. He Borj believes that the youth don’t
He served as the Editor-in-chief is also an active youth leader, co- have to be the hope of tomorrow,
of the nationally award-winning founder of Team UniTEEN, a youth- because they must be the hope of today.

“I am Hinirang.
I am a catalyst for change by bringing smiles, grace, and love. I
believe everyone can be a hero.”

With her long curly hair, which Technology from De La Salle Lipa, She’s also a volunteer in other
although not the same fiery Batangas and a former student leader. socio-civic and religious organizations,
color as Disney Princess namely, Lingkod Lasalyano, the
Merida, there’s no doubt that she’s She is an avid cyclist, even having Discipline Marshals, Red Cross Youth,
just as strong and independent as the gone so far as to have co-founded the Christ Youth in Action, Archdiocese
famous fictional character—a true Lasaliyan Cyclist’s Club back in her Ministry on Environment, where
firebrand. It’s not just because of her college days, which is a special interest she participated in book drives, and
last name, which literally translates organization which aims to promote other miscellaneous extra-curricular
to “brave” in English, but mostly bicycling as a way of life. activities.
because of her courage and drive to
take opportunities and face all the Because of her bright and
challenges that life throws her way extroverted nature, she is also a people-
with a smile. person and a talented event organizer,
all of which led her to be an efficient
Mia is a fresh graduate with a and effective student leader.
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting

“I am Hinirang.
I am making a difference by inspiring the youth and children to

make volunteerism as a lifestyle.”

Marx proudly comes from Making A Difference” (I am MAD). was awarded twice by the Ten
Sibuyan Island in Romblon, “I am MAD” is a volunteer Accomplished Youth Organizations
which is said to be located at (TAYO) Awards Foundation, among
the heart of the Philippine archipelago. organization focused on mobilizing the others.
He is a licensed teacher, a public Filipino youth in empowering children
servant, and a volunteer. to discover their dreams and passions, With all these initiatives, Christian
adopt a more values-oriented mindset, Marx was recognized and presented
He is currently connected with the and eventually make a difference. with the United Nations Youth Leader
Department of Education (DepEd) Award by the United Nations Youth
Central Office under the Youth From two volunteers in 2009, the Association of the Philippines.
Formation Division. During weekends, organization has almost 400 volunteers
he works as a part-time instructor at now, and has reached 47 areas across Christian Marx definitely has the
the Universidad de Manila teaching the country involving more than 2,500 heart and sincerity to the issues our
NSTP courses. On top of all of these, children from Batanes to Sulu. society faces and more importantly,
he is dedicated towards inspiring the values of being part of the solution
young minds, thus, co-founding “I am Because of these, “I am MAD” rather than the problem.

“I am Hinirang.
I am an educator dedicated to uplift the educational system
while paying attention to the needs and struggles of teachers and
passionate on empowering the youth to become leaders of change”

Nicole L. Valladolid is an levels 4, 5, 6, 9, and 10 at Legazpi She considers quality education as
educator who raises the banner Hope Christian School and was also the foundation of a successful nation.
for quality education . one of the Darwinian/Einsteinian Club
Nicole is a Licensed Professional moderators. Nicole dreams of inspiring the
Teacher and a cum laude graduate youth to become leaders who will
from Bicol University in Legazpi City, She then decided to focus on her actively participate in community
Albay where she took up Bachelor’s graduate studies at Bicol University development especially in pacifying
degree in Secondary Education major where she is currently taking up Master environmental preservation and
in Physical Sciences. of Arts in Chemistry Education. mental health awareness that addresses
millennial problems such as stress and
During her college years, she was Her advocacy includes depression.
an active student leader handling quality education that emphasizes
various positions in the College empowerment of teachers for she
Student Council. Thereafter, she believes that there should be great
worked as a science teacher of grade implementers aside from a well-
developed curriculum.

“I am Hinirang.
I use my talent and voice to represent the Filipino youth and to

prove that we are really the chosen one.”

Flored graduated with a Bachelor (SKCF) – Legazpi Chapter entrusted of the local tourism. He believes
of Arts in English degree at Bicol him the responsibility as their Public that by plugging tourist spots in the
University and currently taking Information Officer. He is a past latest technological platforms, he can
up Master in Public Administration at Barangay Captain—the youngest in encourage millennials to experience
the same institution. the history of their barangay. God’s natural gifts.

Flored is truly one steadfast public At the sides of his public service, He is a youth advocate who loves
servant. For more than a decade, he has he’s still pursuing his passion for to interact with the youth by joining
been serving his community in Legazpi hosting. He has hosted various kinds of several international and national
City. At 16 years old, he was already events like major pageants, weddings, youth programs such National Youth
elected as Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and birthday celebrations. Parliament (NYP) in Iloilo City and
Chairman of Barangay 1, Em’s Barrio JENESYS Programme in Japan.
in 2007-2010. Flored loves to travel and takes on
exciting adventures. Realizing that it is Lastly, he firmly believes that
During the same years, the indeed “more fun in the Philippines,” versatility is the key to success.
Sangguniang Kabataan City Federation he has advocated for the promotion

“I am Hinirang.
I dedicate my life in protecting the Philippine seas and natural
resources for the greater goal of improving the quality of life of
every Filipino and the next generations to come.”

There are two striking pictures Angel recently earned her organizations enabled her to advocate
that come to mind when one Bachelor’s Degree in Diplomacy for the preservation of Filipino culture,
thinks of Angel Calzado. and International Relations with environmental sustainability, and
One sees a bubbly young lady Specialization in East and Southeast nation building.
who seems to bounce around the Asian Studies, minor in Philosophy
room throwing hearts and glitters. from the Ateneo de Manila University As an aspiring diplomat, she
At the same time, one also imagines (ADMU). plans to specialize in the field of
a self-sufficient woman with a lion’s environmental science and policy
heart commanding the room with her She is a travel enthusiast and in the hopes of helping nations and
stern voice and precise words. One beach lover. Her frequent travels individuals address socio-political and
will always be surprised around her around the Philippines and the world environmental issues. She believes
because even at a young age, she has a led her to develop a deep interest in that our nations’ borders should not be
lot of tricks up her sleeve. the varying cultures of human society a hindrance in addressing border-less
and environmental conservation. issues such as climate change.
Her involvement in three youth

“I am Hinirang.
. I am committed to transform students and other young people to

become valuable citizens of the country.”

Marky is a young Negrense who Science Teacher in Bacolod City, themselves and for their communities.
is often thought to be tough Negros Occidental. He earned For this, he works with the Red Cross
and unapproachable because his degree in Education from the to harness and engage young people
of his glaring eyes but is actually an Philippine Normal University (PNU) to worthwhile humanitarian activities
amiable and caring person. Visayas and is currently teaching at and develop their leadership capacities,
Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod. with first aid and basic life support
His versatile and flexible personality education.
is attributed to him living in different He is connected with the Philippine
communities—from the highly- Red Cross as the Red Cross Youth In spite of being the breadwinner
urbanized Metro Manila, to a Muslim National Youth Council President and of the family as the eldest child, Marky
Community in Davao del Sur, and a member of the Board of Governors continues to give time to facilitate
in the sugarcane fields of Negros who works on youth empowerment leadership development programs
Occidental. activities. Marky believes that the and first aid and basic life support
key to a better society is enabling the education and support co-curricular
This half-Filipino, half-Korean young people to realize their potentials activities of his students in school.
bachelor is a Senior High School for them to deliver positive impacts for

“I am Hinirang.
I am an agent of change serving the vulnerable sectors in pursuit
of fulfilling mission for social justice, improvement of quality of
life, and achievement of sustainable development.”

Emmalyn P. Morada, 27, from bachelor’s degree in Social Work from predicaments.
Cebu City, is a devoted social Mindanao State University (MSU) – Currently, Ems is professionally
worker who is now on her eighth Marawi Main Campus in 2011.
year of service at the Department working as the region’s Family and
of Social Welfare and Development Working with various stakeholders Youth Focal Person for the Conditional
(DSWD) – Region VII. such as families, youth, elderly, Cash Transfer (CCT), one of the
indigenous peoples, women, children, poverty-reduction programs of the
Her humble vocation has immense and other sectors never ceased to government.
responsibilities with minimal authority amaze this woman.
and serves as voice and defense for the She is a volunteer who provides
poor and vulnerable communities. Ems is relentless in serving her career development to sponsored
fellow Filipinos in developing their children in Children of Asia
She finds joy in helping others capabilities in surpassing crises in life, Foundation.
find their ways, making a difference, seeing them endure in the process, and
being an inspiration to the people courageously giving out love that fuels
she’s serving that led her in taking a for resounding conquests from cries of

“I am Hinirang.
.I am Kahayag, a beacon of light that upholds
national pride through dance, artistic excellence

and cultural leadership. ”

John Paul N. Oira is a multifaceted love for teaching and escorted his way in Korea accorded them the Grand
person. He has the yen to put pen to to a teacher’s certificate course. Prize of the World Cultural Dance
paper and the gift of gab. Festival.
JP works as an HR in Atelier This is his second attempt for the
Lumikha but was a Computer prestigious youth program, SSEAYP. He is a health advocate under the
Engineering graduate, cum laude, The first time made him learn that Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health -
from Silliman University (SU) in while we try to plan out our lives, it’s Philippines where he is Vice President
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. not ultimately our hands that take the for the Visayas Region.
He was ‘student of the year’ for three wheel. But giving up was the least of
years, an exchange student to Hannam his concerns, and keeping his faith He believes that life does not need
University (Korea), and a youth strong made him conquer the second to be complicated. He said, “It’s never
ambassador for the JENESYS program time. impossible as long as you have the
(Japan). He was an engineering heart, the commitment to do it, and the
instructor and is a kids’ teacher at JP is a passionate cultural mover God that makes things possible.”
church—experiences that ignited his of creative movements. He is part of
Kahayag Dance Company whose stint

“I am Hinirang.
I am a Doktor Para Sa Bayan. Let us all work towards
health for all by integrating health in all policies: environment,
education, economics, and politics.”

Mads is a community physician, pursuing a career in public health, he in mobilizing the community by
a “Doktor Para Sa Bayan,” successfully finished his first project inspiring and honing youth leaders
serving Salcedo, Eastern in Salcedo as the Medical Director during his stint as the chairperson of
Samar—a town affected by Typhoon of the Post-Haiyan Integrated Non- the Young Centrists Union, Inc. (YCU)
Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda). Communicable Disease (NCD) – Salcedo Chapter. YCU is the youth
He is a product of the University of Prevention and Control Program of the organization affiliated with the Centrist
the Philippines College of Medicine Health Futures Foundation Inc. (HFI). Democratic Party of the Philippines
(UPCM) under the Integrated Liberal (CDP), one of the proponents of a
Arts and Medicine (INTARMED) He hopes to touch lives by leading federal-parliamentary Philippines.
program. It is a seven-year program for people to live a healthy lifestyle by
high school students who would like to helping to create an environment With a core value of human dignity,
pursue a career in medicine. where quality health care is accessible members of YCU are serving their
regardless of social status, affiliation, community through different means
As a physician, Mads believes sex or ethnicity. such as in their Sangguniang Kabataan
that being a doctor is not only limited and student councils.
to serving in a hospital. While he is Mads continues to be aggressive

“I am Hinirang.
I am a believer that every youth has the power and promise to

lead regard less of social status, ethnicity, or faith.”

In 2012, Leo earned his bachelor’s As a profession, Leo taught Initiative (HHI) and Ducis LEAD
degree in Communication and communication courses at Central Institute, they initiated “Talk-Hang
Media Studies from Mindanao State Mindanao University (CMU) and Sessions,” a wordplay for talk
University (MSU) - Marawi Main was designated as the Chief Public and hang-out sessions. Relevant
Campus. He graduated as cum laude Relations and Information Officer and discussions on significant current
and was recognized as the “Debater the International Relations Officer of issues and indigenous youth leadership
of the Year.” Leo is now pursuing his the university. and development are being held among
Masters degree in English. the young leaders in the province.

He was a recipient of the Young Having grown up in a rural area He also served as the Chairman
Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative in Bukidnon, he was motivated in of the Valencia City Youth Council in
(YSEALI) Academic Fellowship advocating grassroots youth leadership 2016 and was awarded as Outstanding
for Spring 2017 at the University of development through advocacy-laden Young Valenciano for two consecutive
Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) in United programs. years for his contributions in youth
States of America for the Civic development in the city.
Engagement Cohort. Together with Helping Humans

“I am Hinirang.
I touch the lives of my fellow young people to be catalysts of
change, inspiring them to actively participate in nation building.“

Lucky R. Valera is a graduate Kabataan Awards and Recognition facilitator, and trainer of the Christ
of Bachelor of Science in (OSKAR) by former President Gloria the King Cathedral’s multi-awarded
Business Administration Major Macapagal-Arroyo in October 2009. children’s choir for 13 years now.
in Management Accounting from the
University of Mindanao Tagum College Aside from being a government Access and equal opportunity to
(UMTC) and obtained her Master’s official, she is also an active education, financial freedom, and
Degree in Public Administration at youth leader to different non- bringing people closer to God are the
the same institution with an academic government organizations promoting three major advocacies she promised
excellence award. environmental preservation, gender to champion in her lifetime.
and development, peace and solidarity,
As she developed her fondness in and youth entrepreneurship. “Everything she does, God
serving people, she first engaged in increases. More than being lucky, she’s
politics serving as the Sangguniang She is gifted in music and paved blessed!”
Kabataan (SK) Chairperson of their the way for her to serve the church
barangay and received the prestigious and plays an active role in their
National Outstanding Sangguniang music ministry as an instrumentalist,

“I am Hinirang.
I am born with a mission for my God, my Country,

and the Filipino youth. ”

Alex took up bachelor’s degree for Peace Movement - Compostela Alex was born with a vision in
in Agriculture Technology from Valley (YFPM ComVal) where he mind, not only for himself but also for
the University of Southeastern made a great impact in rebuilding its others and for God.
Philippines. foundations. He served as a beacon
when he redirected the organization’s As a Youth Development Officer,
He was a former Provincial goals and directions. he has the compassionate character
Federation President of the Youth and the passion to transform the youth
for Peace Movement, and was one of Now, YFPM, with Alex as one of its into empowered leaders who are able
the Philippine Representatives to the leaders, continues to awaken, inspire, to uplift their lives from mediocrity.
World Alliance of Religions’ Peace and nurture hundreds of youth as the
(WARP) Summit 2017 held at Seoul, organization continues to achieve their
South Korea. main advocacy – youth empowerment
and development towards attaining
Presently, he is the Committee lasting peace in the Province of
Coordinator of the Organizational Compostela Valley.
Development Committee of the Youth

“I am Hinirang.
I am supporting and promoting best practices and awareness
about animal health, ensuring that animal welfare is a human

Kaye, as what her friends fondly She considers that her main sharing her knowledge in various
called her, holds a Doctor of advocacy is animal welfare believing veterinary missions.
Veterinary Medicine degree that effective animal welfare can create
from the University of Southern compassion, justice, and respect for As a friend, Kaye is definitely
Mindanao (USM) and passed the their lives. someone you can lean on. Aside from
Veterinary Licensure Exam in 2015. her charming personality, she is also
Afterwards, she served as an Extension She encourages people to have a strong, adventurous, and friendly
Veterinarian at the Bounty Fresh patience in interacting with them lady who always wears a smile. She
Foods, Inc. because they are incapable of believes that smiling is contagious and
expressing their needs. She also is one of the absolute requirements in
As a veterinarian, Kaye is an active emphasizes the importance of making friends.
member of several organizations, understanding how animals fit in the
namely, The Philippine Veterinary ecosystem. Kaye hopes to create a network
Medical Association, Society for the of friends across Southeast Asia and
Advancement of Veterinary Education To push for this advocacy, she is Japan as she wants to experience Asia
and Research, and Youth For Christ. fully dedicated in participating and and the world—not just to see it.

“I am Hinirang.
I am committed to empowering and the youth to be advocates of
peace and promising leaders of tomorrow through equipping them

with positive values necessary for nation-building.”

Anisah Pasandalan Hadji Degree in Educational Administration student leadership, active participation
Ali, PhD, 29, is a Licensed at Central Mindanao University, in nation-building, and involvement in
Professional Teacher residing Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon. peace-promoting activities.
at the Islamic City of Marawi, Lanao
del Sur. Currently, she is designated as She persistently promotes this
Division Coordinator and Supervisor cause through her youth organizations
She obtained her bachelor’s for Youth Formation Program in and affiliations while serving as
degree in Elementary Education the City Division of Department of chairperson of the Lanao Youth for
major in General Education from the Education - Autonomous Region in Peace and Development in Mindanao
Mindanao State University (MSU) Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) in (LYPAD Min), the provincial
Main Campus, Marawi City; and her Marawi City. coordinator of the Young Advocates
Master of Arts in Education major in of Peace and Development Network
School Administration from the same As a firm believer that peace can be Incorporated (YAPDN), and a member
university. a catalyst for change, Anisah advocates of the Young Mindanao Professional
peace education through youth for Peace (YMPP) both based in
Recently, she finished her Doctorate formation programs that promote Cotabato City.

“I am Hinirang.
I advocate youth empowerment in agriculture. I am determined to
bridge the gaps among Bangsamoro agricultural drivers towards
sustainable development.”

Born and raised in Lebak, Sultan Maguindanao. He then became the Search for Outstanding Municipal
Kudarat, Datu Hamsur Jaynon Assistant Information Officer and the Agricultural and Fishery Council
Zaid was an Islamic Development youngest Provincial Agriculture and (MAFC) Chairpersons in the
Bank (IDB) scholar who pursued Fishery Council (PAFC) Coordinator Philippines in 2016 in the name of Mr.
Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness in the Philippines. Norodin P. Musa through his consistent
Management at Mindanao State and sustainable advocacy on policy
University – Maguindanao Campus. Hamsur now serves as a planning reforms.
staff of the Department of Agriculture
His stint as a public servant started and Fisheries (DAF) – ARMM, As an agriculturist, Hamsur is
in the Department of Social Welfare supporting the division in ensuring very much committed to his advocacy
and Development (DSWD) – ARMM meaningful conduct of the agency’s on youth and agriculture—believing
as a Project Development Officer. planning activities and workshops in that youth empowerment makes
the five provinces of the ARMM. Bangsamoro’s agricultural sector
He was later appointed as an fruitful.
Agricultural Technologist at the He was also able to produce a
Department of Agriculture (DA) – National Outstanding Farmer for the

“I am Hinirang.
I serve as the voice of Bangsamoro youth in spreading the
message of peace and unity and in promoting the diverse culture of

the Moro Region. In Shaa Allah.”

Nureesah Phemeena Lynn B. Management at the same university. Vice Governor – ARMM while serving
Mambatawan is an outstanding She holds a Diploma in Multimedia as Focal Person of the Gender and
young public servant from Technology from the AMA Computer Development (GAD) Focal Person.
the Autonomous Region in Muslim College – Cotabato.
Mindanao (ARMM). As an environmental protection
Her passion to lead and write has and preservation advocate, she has
Phem holds a Bachelor of Science inspired her to become the Editor in been supporting and empowering the
in Business Administration Major Chief of The TORCH, the official youth in ARMM through their program
in Human Resource Development student publication of CCSPC and later entitled “ECOWATCH: Bridging the
Management (BSBA-HRDM) from on recognized as Campus Journalist Youth and the Environment.”
Cotabato City State Polytechnic of the Year (Gawad Gat Jose Rizal
College (CCSPC). Award). Being a Philippine Youth
Ambassador of Goodwill from the
She is finishing her Master of Currently, she works as a Bangsamoro Region, she hopes to
Arts in Public Administration (MPA) Communication and Information serve as the voice of the Filipino
specializing in Organizational Officer at the Office of the Regional Muslim youth to the 45th (SSEAYP).

Dennis Lawrence T. Sebastian or 21st Batch in 1994. He has also been five different colleges and universities
better known as “Kuya Dennis” a delegate to six SSEAYP International in Manila in the last 15 years. He is on
is from Manila with lineage from General Assemblies. Last June 2018, sabbatical leave as a part-time Digital
the provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac, he represented the Philippines Alumni Marketing and Event Marketing
Bataan, Bulacan and Cagayan Valley. Board in Tokyo in planning and Instructor in De La Salle University,
implementing the 45th SSEAYP. Manila.
He is currently the Vice President
for International Affairs of the He is the hief Marketing Officer He is also actively involved in
SSEAYP International Philippines and and co-owner of BigNose Production, community projects as a member of
a globetrotter having travelled over 40 a company involved in developing Rotary International (Mandaluyong
countries. He has a good command of solutions like virtual reality Uptown). He used to be the EIC of
five languages and a few local dialects. software, augmented reality and web The Philippine Leader, the official
Undoubtedly a big guy with a big heart, applications, digital photo and video publication of the Philippine Jaycees
Kuya Dennis has served the Alumni content, and other digital services. and a Regional Trainer for Junior
Association Board of the Philippines He has also been an information Chamber International.
in several capacities after he joined the technology and marketing professor in

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