FU Alumni Relations Officer was pinned as one of the Philippine Youth Ambassador of Goodwill by the National Youth Commission (NYC) last July 12 at the Development Academy of the Philippines, Tagaytay City.

Febby Marton Rule, the sole representative from Central Visayas, qualified as one of the 27 Filipino participants for the 44th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) from October 23 to December 13, 2017.

Rule completed his undergraduate degree in management accounting from Foundation University in 2015. Also on that same year, he was named as one of the regional finalists for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines – Central Visayas. During his student days at FU, he received a number of awards for being a consistent honor student and active campus leader.

Prior to the pinning ceremony, Rule attended the pre-departure training from July 3 to 12 in preparation for the program. The journey on board the ship entails discussions among youth participants on “social and youth matters, eye-opening cultural exchanges and participation in sports, recreational and club activities.

Within the duration of the program, participants will interact with the local youths, pay courtesy calls with dignitaries, visit institutions, take part in community service and stay at a foster home in Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia – the countries pointed out for this year’s port calls.

SSEAYP, now on its 44th year since 1974, serves as the annual cultural program of the National Youth Commission – a product of the joint statement between ASEAN member countries and Japan. The program’s thrust is to promote mutual understanding and friendship among youth leaders from different Asian countries.