For 45 years now, the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) has been bringing together more than 300 youth from Japan and the Southeast Asian region annually for a once-in-a- lifetime cultural exchange program on board MS Nippon Maru. The program is sponsored by the Cabinet Office of Japan and is organized by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in the Philippines.
This year, the Philippine contingent will bring 28 Philippine Youth
Ambassadors of Goodwill and the National Leader to participate in
institutional visits, homestay programs, dialogues, and discussions
regarding youth-related social issues. The program will be from 23
October to 15 December in Japan, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Among this year's delegates is Sef. He is a TV journalist and a head researcher for one of the leading broadcast networks in the Philippines. But he is nothing different from any ordinary Filipino who loves to play, wander, and discover what life has to offer.
He was educated at the University of the Philippines - Diliman where he earned his bachelor's degree in Broadcast Communication, cum laude.
His journey to SSEAYP was sparked by an event ten years ago when he met Filipino delegates in the National Museum of the Philippines in 2008 (then SSEAYP’s 35th year). He then tried to join the program during its 40th year, but he believes that everything happens for a reason—that what’s meant for you will never miss you and what misses you was never meant for you. Perhaps, the story of that year was not yet meant for him to tell.
Having been a TV network’s head news researcher and producer, he is interested in following other peoples’ journey and narrate their feats through the lens of a journalist – because not everybody is given the chance to tell their stories.
Support his participation to the 45th SSEAYP!
Your donation will help cover expenses during the training (lodging, meals, transportation, uniforms) and incidental expenses during the program proper.