• Filipino young entreps join regional trade challenge

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    Today, Junior Achievement Philippines will send its top delegates to represent the Philippines in the FedEx/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge (ITC) in Hong Kong. The trade challenge, which runs until August 11, is an annual competition that aims to educate high school students on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and instill a global business mindset.

    Ten teams from eight schools were qualified to compete in the local finals, where they presented their business plans to a judging panel led by John Peterson, managing director of FedEx Express for Philippines, Indonesia, and Brunei.

    Kylyn Angela Abat and Geraldine Anne Cruz of O.B. Montessori Center Las Piñas; Jermaine YnnaAbenoja and Joaquin Miguel Lacuna of O.B. Montessori Center Greenhills; and Catherine Roa and Christine Anne Roa of International Christian Academy topped the Philippine International Trade Challenge besting 400 delegates from 30 schools around the country.

    At the regional finals, they will compete against 24 teams representing Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    “FedEx has been supporting the International Trade Challenge since 2009,” said Peterson.

    “The program enables aspiring young Filipino entrepreneurs to acquire knowledge and skills that serve as the foundation for their future careers in business.

    To date, the program has benefited 3,844 students in the Philippines with 36 representing the country at the regional challenge.

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