Pinay teen with Down Syndrome dines with Obama

Posted at 08/01/14 3:16 PM

Brina Kei Maximo

MANILA – Seventeen-year-old Brina Kei Maxino is among the guests invited by US President and Mrs. Barack Obama to dine with them as they host the "Special Olympics and A Unified Generation" event at the White House.

Joining Maxino in the event are Special Olympics athletes, volunteers and worldwide supporters of the Special Olympics movement.

The White House said the Special Olympics has been a partner of the Obama administration for the last six years in working to promote at home and abroad a vision where people with and without intellectual disabilities are treated equally, regardless of their ability level.

"This dinner comes at a critically important time for communities across America and around the world as Special Olympics looks to support young people as they create the first truly unified generation,” said Special Olympics CEO Janet Froetscher.

"We are kicking-off our call to action urging youth everywhere to get active with someone who is different. By playing unified sports, together we can create a future of respect and inclusion, where the lines that divide us are erased.”

Maxino is a Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador. She is also a Co-Chair of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Global Youth Activation Summit. She is the first Filipina to be selected as Global Youth Ambassador representing Asia-Pacific.

The Pinay teenager is currently a college student taking up AB History. She graduated last year from a regular High School as Class Valedictorian at the appropriate age of 16.

She has been invite to speak before organizations, companies and schools to promote the respect, acceptance and inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Maxino is an active member of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines (DSAPI). Her parents Winston and Alina have also been active parent-members of DSAPI.