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These young entrepreneurs will go on to represent the Philippines at the 2022 FedEx / JA International Trade Challenge (ITC) Regional Finals. In photo are (top row from left clockwise): Jakecob Jacob from Legazpi City Science High School; Jan Endrina and Lourdes Isabella Corpuz from University of San Jose Recoletos; Denmark Gil Leopardas from Legazpi City Science High School. Jan Rae Sabalboro, and Sean Darren Seva

FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, together with Junior Achievement Philippines (JA Philippines), today announced the winners of the 2022 FedEx / JA International Trade Challenge (ITC) Philippines finals. 

These six young entrepreneurs will go on to represent the Philippines at the regional finals where they will collaborate and compete with students from nine other Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa markets (AMEA) including Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

To promote cross-cultural learning, frontrunners will be randomly grouped into teams comprising of participants from different markets. This fosters collaborative thinking and encourages participants to bring diverse local knowledge and experiences to the regional finals.

The six students to compete at the AMEA FedEx / JA ITC are:

Team/Brand name : Green Eco Women
Name of students : Sean Darren U. Seva and Jan Rae A. Sabalboro
School : Legazpi City Science High School
Product presented : Chiv Sanitary Chek Pads

Team/Brand name : Tukchiv
Name of students : Denmark Gil C. Leopardas and Jakecob M. Jacob
School : Legazpi City Science High School
Product presented : Tukchiv

Team/Brand name : Hydro Health
Name of students : Lourdes Corpuz and Jan Endrina
School : University of San Jose – Recolectos
Product presented : Ai Drau Sokhpheap

“Nurturing entrepreneurs is hugely meaningful to everyone at FedEx. Through this collaboration with Junior Achievement we are proud to have created a platform for the Philippines students to challenge themselves and build solutions to positively impact our community,” said Ranny Chua, FedEx Express Philippines acting managing director. “Each year through this competition, we witness the talent and brilliance of our youth, who are eager to succeed and make their mark in the global economy,” he added.

During the local Philippine competition, 10 FedEx team members volunteered their time to mentor the students during the workshops held in June. The mentors guided the students on the importance of teamwork, risk-taking, and the intricacies of exporting to Cambodia, which was the market identified as part of this year’s challenge. The volunteers also shortlisted the national entries and identified the Top 10 finalists to present their market entry strategy plans to a panel of judges led by Chua at a virtual competition held on July 29.

The FedEx/JA ITC’s Top 10 finalists presented their market entry strategy plans to a panel of judges led by (from left) Ranny Chua, acting managing director of FedEx Express Philippines, Brendalyn Ramirez-Abengoza, CEO of 70’s Kimchi, and Matt Nicolai Guillermo, a restaurateur and content producer.

With two consecutive wins at the regional finals by the Philippines students, this year’s breakout sessions were also attended by, five alumni Aljo Benedicto, Raine Santiago Nakpil, Giezhia Diaz (2020 finals), and Princess Cecile Gurrea, and Mac Angeli Salve Ylaya (2021 finals), who shared their learnings and experience. 

Since its inception in 2009, over 6,000 students between the age group of 15 and 16 years from schools across the Philippines have participated in the workshops and 72 students have represented the country in the regional finals. 

For more information about the JAITC Workshop, please visit

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