The Destined Dreamer: Ramil
Ramil Santos believes in destiny, and his journey to space camp proves it. After coming up short at the AXE Apollo National Challenges, Santos was in no way discouraged and tried his luck at the AXE Apollo Hyperdrive Promo, an electronic raffle ran by AXE to select a “wildcard” candidate for space camp.
“I was meant for this. I knew from the start that somehow I would get here,” says Santos when asked about being randomly selected from the promo.
“When news that the Philippines was leading in the number of applications in Asia, we were given a third slot to space camp. We decided to do something totally unconventional with it. The AXE Apollo Hyperdrive Promo was meant to select what we called a ‘destiny pick’ – someone not chosen by us or the public, but purely chosen by fate,” says Laforteza.
Santos is 29 years old, an engineer with a Masters in Electronics and Information Engineering from South Korea.
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.