IFSU alumnus CAR envoy in 44th South East Asian youth voyage

Ephraim in his regional attire. Photo by the National Youth Commission

Ephraim V. Domingo, a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education at IFSU Potia Campus in 2010, has been chosen to represent the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) this year’s Philippine Contingent to the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP), a cultural and youth exchange program sponsored by the Government of Japan and implemented by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in the Philippines.

The confirmation was on July 12 after a 9-day pre-departure training at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City by Usec. Cariza “Aiza” Seguerra, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of NYC.

During the ceremonies, he and another representative from the region presented a Bontoc courtship dance as a part of the contingent’s National Day Presentation.

Domingo was an active student leader and a journalist while in IFSU.

He was a Student Regent in 2009-2010 and Editor-in-Chief of Greenfields, the official student publication of IFSU Potia Campus.

He is presently engaged with community projects focusing on education.

The Ibangngad Project that supports a public elementary school in Hungduan is an undertaking he maintains that reinforces his advocacy on quality rural education.

Domingo believes that “the key to development in the rural communities is a kind of education that is anchored on quality instruction, dedication and innovation.“

He is currently residing in Baguio City and is an English and literature instructor at Saint Louis University.

He joins 26 other youth delegates from other countries of SEA who will go on board MS Nippon Maru, on October 23 to December 15.

The 52-day journey gives Domingo a substantial period to “engage and experience with the other contingents from Japan and the 10 ASEAN-member countries institutional visits, homestay program, dialogues, and participate in discussions on youth-related issues.”

Their journey takes them Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Indonesia.

SSEAYP is a cultural and youth exchange program sponsored by the Government of Japan and implemented by NYC in the Philippines.

“It brings together more than 300 participants from the region to this annual program that aims to foster goodwill and cooperation among the participants by enabling them to learn about one another’s societies through various cultural and exchange activities.”

In preparation for the program, the contingent will have a month-long pre-departure activity in September, where they will rehearse for the National Presentation to be presented on the ship, among others.

They are currently looking for sponsors for their expenses during the training and program itself in exchange for an advertising opportunity. If you are interested in supporting our region’s representatives, please contact Ephraim at if.ppysseayp44@gmail.com or +63 917 310 0326. You may also check their Facebook page, 44th SSEAYP PPY 2017 – Batch Bulawan. #

Jill B. Saquing