SCENE CITY| JENESYS 2017 choose Kristianne Fusilero and Antonio L. Colina as delegates

KRISTIANNE Marie M. Fusilero has been with the Mindanao Times since 2009, writing for business, one of her latest assignments before covering the defense beat. We share with you Kristianne’s short briefer about this trip she has been fortunate to join:

 “Konichiwa! I am Kristianne M. Fusilero, and I represent the Philippines in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2017) Young Journalists Exchange in Tokyo and Kanto Koshinetsu, Japan.”

KRISTIANNE Marie M. Fusilero is interviewed by media members

KRISTIANNE Marie M. Fusilero is interviewed by media members

 The JENESYS Program, implemented by the Government of Japan thru JICE Japan International Cooperation Center and the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines in cooperation with the National Youth Commission, aims at promoting mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region and building a basis for future friendship and cooperation.

It also encourages an understanding and dissemination of Japan’s economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics and diplomatic relations.

 Kristianne has been a reporter of Mindanao Times for eight years now. Her stint has been colorful as she was assigned in different beats from general, city council, city hall, business and now to police/military beat.

 Her awards include- Winner of the first Sun Life Sinag Financial Literacy Journalism Awards on Dec. 10, 2015 and Reporter of the Year, both in Environment and Governance categories, in Globe’s Media Excellence Awards on Nov. 23, 2012.

 This year, she was accepted as among the 19 delegates to represent the Philippines for Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange Students and Youth Program (JENESYS) in Japan on Sept. 12-19.

 “Honestly, I did not expect that I would be accepted to join the program. I nearly gave up due to time constraint as I was only able to send the complete documents including the essay just a few minutes before the deadline on July 16,” Kristianne explains.

 After almost a month, her friend, Antonio L. Colina texted her that she was chosen as one of those selected for the program.

 As in the book The Alchemist, the entire universe conspired to help achieve her dream. “I really felt giddy.  Finally, I will be able to go to Japan and learn further about the country. This has been my childhood dream and I will treasure this forever,” she added.

 This year JENESYS focuses on both aspiring and existing young journalists. This is anchored on the goal to encourage an understanding and dissemination of Japan’s economics, society, history, diverse culture, politics and diplomatic relations.

 Kristianne’s educational background include: Graduate Diploma in Economics

University of Southeastern Philippines -November 2015-present; Massive Open Online Course on Principles of Written English Parts 1 and 2 – Administered by the University of California Berkeley and sponsored by the US Embassy – September 17-October 22, 2014 and February 4-March 13, 2015; Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication – Ateneo de Davao University June 2005- March 2009.

 Antonio L. Colina IV

 A journalist for more than five years, Antonio L. Colina IV has been covering economic, governance, agriculture, environment, peace, and all things Mindanao. He’s been with MindaNews for two years since 2015. In 2012, he won as reporter of the year for print in Globe Media Excellence Awards. He is currently a student of Graduate Diploma in Economics at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) in Davao City.

ANTONIO L. Colina IV of MindaNews  - Philippine Delegate to JENESYS 2017

ANTONIO L. Colina IV of MindaNews – Philippine Delegate to JENESYS 2017

 Asked why he joined JENESEYS2017, this was his answer: “I want to experience new culture. It is through personal experience that I get a full appreciation of a culture and tradition of a country that’s foreign to me. I expect that the activities of this program will be designed in such a way that the delegates will be immersed in the local communities and afforded visits to the museums to develop a better insight and deepen my wisdom of the culture and history of Japan, a nation admired by many for its resilience. I also wish to build a good relationship with other youths and journalists in Japan.”

 Having received word of being included as a delegate to the JENESYS Program, he says “I was really happy when I got an email from the National Youth Commission that I was selected as one of the delegates to represent the Philippines in JENESYS2017 that evening of August 4, 2017. Earlier that day, my optimism was already getting low because it had been too long since I submitted my application and had not heard any word from the NYC. I remember, while taking a quick stroll at the organic fair at Rizal Park, I saw a feather on the ground. To some spiritual friends, a feather appearing suddenly in a peculiar circumstance conveys a message of hope. It’s my angel communicating to me. So, I picked it up and hoisted it among the potted flowers. I knew then that I should not worry because what’s meant for me will always be for me. If not, then there will be more and better opportunities. My intuition was right. And not only that, I learned that Kristianne Fusilero, a friend, was also selected.

ANTONIO “RA” Colina IV with Kristianne Marie M. Fusilero

ANTONIO “RA” Colina IV with Kristianne Marie M. Fusilero

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan promotes people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the various nations of the Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean regions. Under “JENESYS 2017”, approximately 1,500 youths from AMS, Timor-Leste and India will be invited to Japan and 200 youths from Japan will be dispatched to AMS and Timor-Leste. Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths

 The objectives of JENESYS 2017 are: To promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and participating countries and regions, to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation; To promote a global understanding of Japan’s economics, society, politics and foreign policy; and To convey information on Japan to the general public of AMS, Timor-Leste and India through the participants of this project.

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