The Philippines Wins 4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest

JAKARTA (June 14th, 2018) – Troy Logramonte Valdehueza of the Philippines has won first place in the 4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest. His video “We Belong” speaks about identity and acceptance of the Lumads people of Mindanao, an indigenous community in the Philippines.

In second place, Malaysia’s Risjhen Rajasingam Velsine produced, “We Are More Alike Than We Unlike,” a video exploring equality and inclusion in ASEAN and beyond. Thi Nguyen Le Minh from Vietnam won third place with her animated video, “In a Colorful ASEAN,” which discusses the different cultures that make ASEAN unique.

Launched in February 2018 to enhance youth leadership and civic engagement, the contest asked young filmmakers across ASEAN (ages 18-30 years old) to promote peace and tolerance in ASEAN by exploring youth perceptions of cultural diversity through short videos. From 134 entries, nine finalists from nine ASEAN Member States won the chance to hone their video making skills during a video production workshop in Singapore. The top three were awarded cash prizes to support their futures, including in filmmaking.

Since its inception in 2015, the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project have supported the contest in partnership with the Education Youth and Sports Division of ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Foundation and National Youth Council of Singapore.

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