Chris Tiu Brand Ambassador
Chris Tiu, the first Brand Ambassador of the Department of Science and Technology, with winners of the #HulaWHO contest of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (2019 NSTW) Facebook page.

Chris Tiu has signed up as an ambassador to advocate love for science, technology, and innovation among Filipino youth.

The United States International Film and Video Festival award-winning host of the GMA Network TV’s science show “iBilib” was presented as the first Department of Science and Technology (DOST) ambassador at the launch of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on July 17 at the World Trade Center.

Chris Tiu, a former Ateneo Blue Eagles and pro basketball player, spoke at the 2019 NSTW saying, “My role is to help encourage the youth to love science or to pursue a career in science, or at least consider it.”

The Filipino entrepreneur also encouraged the youth to create social media content related to science saying, “I want to help the youth to realize that science is cool and it is for everyone and benefits us all.”

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña also expressed hope that with Tiu on board as the DOST ambassador, more people will be aware of how science and technology can help them.

“We had a long list of names to choose from as DOST ambassador and I am very glad that we eventually chose Chris Tiu to be the face of DOST. His interest and knowledge on science will be beneficial for all us,” the Secretary said in a DOST release sent to Good News Pilipinas.

DOST revealed that the 33-year-old Tiu was one of the top choices among several celebrities that were identified as possible endorsers or influencers for the DOST in a commissioned survey done in the last quarter of 2018.

The 2019 NSTW will run until July 21 at the World Trade Center, Gil Puyat Avenue, Pasay City.

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