Manila, Cebu, Negros schools advance to FedEx Trade Challenge Asia-Pacific Finals

Manila FedEx Trade Challenge Asia-Pacific
Six Filipino students will compete in the 15th FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge (JA ITC) Asia-Pacific finals in August. Photos from JA Philippines FB.

Three teams from Philippine schools De La Salle Santiago Zobel (DLSZ), University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), and Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) have advanced to the 15th FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge (JA ITC) Asia-Pacific finals.

The teams will represent the Philippines and compete in this year’s FedEx Express/JA ITC regional finals, a competition aimed at nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit and business skills of young students to be held in August.

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The JA ITC regional finals event is organized by JA Asia Pacific and sponsored by FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies.

The three teams representing the Philippines at the FedEx/JA ITC Asia-Pacific Finals are:

De La Salle Santiago Zobel
Team Lak Dii

  • Charlize Amber T. Borromeo
  • Sofia Luisa C. Victoriano

Product Presented: Lak Dii, an Urdu term that means “wooden” is sustainable footwear that aims to provide a long-term solution to textile waste, especially to citizens living in Balochistan city (largest but poorest province in Pakistan). The team will utilize the pine tree needles from the country’s local Chilgoza pine, in making the footwear products.

University of San Jose-Recoletos
Team The Nexus

  • Princess Cecile F. Gurrea
  • Mac Angeli Salve R. Ylaya

Product Presented: Naya Chikan Chappal, convertible white leather sneakers made out of upcycled textiles. The product aims to start a movement to raise awareness and address the growing textile waste problem in Pakistan.

Negros Occidental High School
Team ShAir

  • Shanylle Grayse L. Ynayan
  • Ariette Jezka R. Villanueva

Product Presented: Parabhāvī Skape, an affordable, sustainable, convertible, and reversible multi-purpose product made of organically- sourced cotton that can be converted into a skirt, handbag, and string backpack. It is called “A Superwoman’s Cape: The Cape for the Greater Good” because its features are aligned with the social and economic issues of Pakistan.

The three finalist teams from the Philippines

The six Filipino students from the three schools were selected out of 1,548 students from 152 schools in the Philippines that participated in this year’s local challenge which took place in a virtual format amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants were tasked to devise a Market Entry Strategy Plan (MESP) for a fashion product in Pakistan. The entries were evaluated by FedEx volunteers to select the country’s top 10, making up the finalists to rival for the top three spots.

“I am thrilled to see an increase in participation this year and the continued enthusiasm that the students bring to this competition. Exposing students to real-life context and global mindsets is a great way to get them excited about pursuing the path of entrepreneurship,” John Peterson, Managing Director of FedEx Express Philippines said in a statement on July 25.

“Every year, there’s a wealth of ideas that emerge from the competition and they all have the potential to transform into real-world solutions. Over the course of 13 years, the ITC has been an impactful platform for next-generation business leaders,” Peterson added.

The Filipino students will have the opportunity to work with students from other countries such as China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam in the regional finals to promote cultural exchanges and best practices.

The FedEx Express/JA International Trade Challenge program is jointly organized by FedEx Express and JA Asia Pacific, a member of JA Worldwide.

Meanwhile, the UP SysTeam of University of the Philippines students from various UP campuses reached the finals of the Google Developer Student Clubs’ (DSC) 2021 Solution Challenge.

Ateneo de Manila University students have won top honors in July after reaching the Grand Finals of the Korea World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC), the first WUDC ever to be held in Northeast Asia.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to three teams from Philippine schools De La Salle Santiago Zobel (DLSZ), University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), and Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) which have advanced to the 15th FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge (JA ITC) Asia-Pacific finals to be held in August.

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