Two young professionals from Central Luzon have been chosen to be Philippines’ Youth Ambassadors of Goodwill in a 51-day exchange program called “Ship for the Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) and Japan “.
Together with other 27 counterparts from different regions, they are set to sail on a journey with 300 other participants from ASEAN countries.
Dion Michael Mendoza is a 29-year old electronics and communications engineer from Malolos, Bulacan. He is co-founder of Virtual Reality for INnovative (VRAIN) Learning, which aims to revolutionize the traditional classroom and laboratory setups through Virtual Reality.
He advocates public health also volunteers for Luntiang Silong HIV Treatment Hub at Malolos, Bulacan as an HIV counselor. He seeks to continue his mission in building a healthier Philippines, one community at a time.
Vanessa Nicole Fausto, on the other hand, is a 28-year old tourism and community development advocate from Angeles City, Pampanga. She is an active member of Greater Clark Visitors Bureau, a tourism led organization that aims to synergize both government and private stakeholders in the industry in order to create inclusive, sustainable and responsible tourism. She is also a board of director in Angeles City Association of Micro and Small Enterprise (ACAMASE), her avenue on sharing her knowledge in marketing and advertising to community startups.
SSEAYP is an annual youth-led program that is greatly funded by the Cabinet of Japan with National Youth Commission as its local counterpart. The 46th batch is set to sail on October 23 to December 13, 2019.