Eighteen-year old Richlyn Joy Villalobos was chosen by the Department of Tourism Region VI as the Tourism Teen Ambassadress.

Villalobos, a resident of Cabilauan, New Lucena, Iloilo, is a Grade 12 student at Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus.

She graduated elementary at Doane Brilliant Child Learning Haven Inc. in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo, where she got the highest honor.

“I’m so blessed that in every endeavor I take, my parents are so supportive. They are there every step of the way to cheer me up especially when I am down”, Villalobos said.

Her mother, Lynnette Villalobos is an accountant in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and her father, Richard, is a liaison officer of a private company.

New Lucena’s pride carries the advocacy Pagpakig-ambit: Sharing of Hopes, Dreams, and Responsibilities of Ilonggos to the community. This advocacy highlights the dreams and visions of people that could be transformed into artworks using indigenous and recyclable materials.

She had a hard time in putting into action her advocacy because of the lack of funds. For this reason, she joined pageantry as a step towards making her advocacy come true.

 The Tourism Teen Ambassadress is now planning to take up Architecture and Civil Engineering since she loves Mathematics. Ever since she was a kid, she wanted to construct a building. Her various awards in relation to Mathematics only proves how she loves the subject. When she was in elementary, she bagged three bronze medals for three consecutive years, 2010-2012, in the International Mathematics Competition in Singapore.

As the Tourism Teen Ambassadress, she will be involved in the youth-related programs, promotional campaigns, trade and travel Fairs of DOT Region VI. She can also initiate her own programs that seek to inculcate among the youth tourism awareness and involvement in the preservation of tourist destinations in Western Visayas. She will receive a monthly honorarium contingent upon her active participation in the programs and activities of the Department of Tourism.

“For the youth, I encourage you to love the environment because if we love our place enough, you would think of all the possibilities to make it better”, Villalobos further said. (MDO)