Felina Gail Mar, a third year AB English student from the College of Arts and Sciences, represented the Philippines with two others from Jose Rizal University and Far Eastern University in the 2015 ASEAN Youth Camp in Chiang Rai, Thailand last December 15-19, 2015.
The youth camp was hosted by Mae Fah Luang University and featured delegates from different ASEAN countries. The Philippines had the least number of delegates while Malaysia sent the most number of delegates – seven students. The delegates were nominated by their respective schools’ Office of Student Affairs and chosen by the Ministry of Education or Commission on Higher Education to represent their respective countries.
Topics such as the role of the youth in ASEAN, cross-cultural awareness, and border management were discussed in the program. Afterwards, the delegates were given a guided tour around the different landmarks in northernmost Thailand.
Since returning to the Philippines, Mar joined a youth organization called SEA Youth Builders initiated by Nicole Emellie Yu, the FEU delegate to Thailand, with the aim of sharing what they learned from the camp.