The Everyman: Evan Evan Rey Datuin is a young man with big dreams – aspirations that can take him far into the horizon or high up into space. Having studied at De La Salle University Dasmariñas, this 24-year old Caviteño dreams of a career in tourism, to him his humble way of serving the nation.
Though he sees himself as a “regular Juan”, his journey to space camp is no regular feat. Among the three final candidates, Datuin is the only one who emerged victorious from the mainstream competition as one of two finalists from more than 28,000 applicants who went through the regular selection process. At the AXE Apollo National Challenges, he bested over 4,000 shortlisted candidates in tests designed to evaluate not only physical prowess but also intellect and determination. Datuin is an ordinary man who has proven that he can rise above any challenge and do the extraordinary – truly an inspiration to every “regular Juan” who dreams big.
“Gusto ko maging patunay na kahit sino ay maaaring maging bayani para sa kanyang bayan (I want to prove that anyone can be a hero for his country),” says Datuin.
AXE, the no. 1 fragrance brand in the world, has announced the official Filipino representatives to the international AXE Apollo Global Space Camp in the U.S. set to happen this December. The three-man delegation, selected from a rigorous and competitive eight-month selection process, is now ready for the next stage of the search: Astronaut Training. In the end, only one of them will emerge with a ticket to become the first ever Filipino in space.
AXE’s space camp in Orlando, Florida will house over a hundred candidates from more than sixty countries as they undergo training missions designed to simulate space flight and real astronaut training. The delegates will set out to bring honor to the countries they represent by proving their mettle as they compete for 23 tickets to space – one of which is reserved for the best out of the three Filipino hopefuls.
“Through the AXE Apollo Space Academy, we have set out to inspire modern-day Filipino heroes to step forward. The title of ‘first Filipino in space’ will go to the best candidate, someone all Filipinos can look up – figuratively and literally,” said AXE Philippines Brand Manager, Gem Laforteza.