Filipino Young Leaders Program celebrates 10 years, announces return of immersion program after two year hiatus

Media Contact:

Leezel Tanglao

leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org

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August 8, 2022

Filipino Young Leaders Program celebrates 10 years, announces return of immersion program after two year hiatus 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), which has selected 10 to 15 high performing next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries every year to travel to the Philippines, celebrated its 10th anniversary last month.

FYLPRO was established in 2012 by Former Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America, Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Mrs. Victoria J. Cuisia in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) to annually identify outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States and provide the delegates with invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to distinguished network captains of industry and government.

The special 10th anniversary “Reunite and Reconnect” weekend took place on July 21 to July 24, 2022 in Washington D.C. The celebration was coordinated by FYLPRO board members Joyce King, Jessica Velasco and Sabrina Sayoc.

The anniversary celebration kicked off with a mixer on Thursday July 21.  

On Friday, July 22, alumni and members participated in a Capitol tour in the morning and ended the evening with a formal presentation and dinner at the Philippine Embassy. 

The evening program included special guests Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, Jr., Embassy, Vice Consul Mark Dominic  E. Lim, Embassy Consul General Iric C. Arribas, and Nancy Hsiung from the Booz Allen Foundation.

View Embassy Dinner Video: https://youtu.be/fBDRyv6YPiw

“I had the privilege of witnessing how FYLPRO evolved from the time of its launching to when its members started addressing existential questions and challenges such as whether or not it should apply for 501(c)3 organization status or encouraging active participation among the alumni,” said Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, Jr.  “And here you are now, a 501(c)3 organization celebrating its 10th anniversary!”

As part of the program, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ascalon and 2021 FYLPRO President Louella Rose Cabalona completed the final signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Embassy, FYLPRO, and the Ayala Foundation Inc (AFI) extending the partnership until December 2025. Previously, the MOU was signed via a virtual ceremony in December 2021.

The evening’s program also included the official launch of Project Ligtas Bata (Project Safe Child) and a tribute to Francine Maigue, a member of the first batch in 2012. She passed away surrounded by her family on Feb. 22, 2022 after battling Stage 4 lung cancer. 

Lastly, FYLPRO President Leezel Tanglao announced the restart of FYLPRO’s signature immersion program.

“We are excited to bring this life changing program back,” said Tanglao. 

The annual immersion trip has been the signature piece of the partnership with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ayala Foundation and FYLPRO since 2012. The program was deferred the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The week-long program brings 15 young leaders from across different industries to the Philippines where they meet with business, community and civic leaders in an effort to bridge and strengthen ties between the United States and the Philippines.

The immersion program is scheduled to take place the week of November 20, 2022. In addition, the immersion program committee has decided to raise the eligibility age limit to 45 to account for those who might have aged out during the last two years. Previously, the program age eligibility was 25 to 40.

For more information visit: https://fylpro.org/immersion-application/

Applicants must complete the application form, pay a $20 processing fee, essay questions and obtain recommendation letters by the Sept 5, 2022 deadline (Sept. 12, 2022 last day for recommendation letters to be submitted). 

On Saturday, July 23, the day’s activities focused on professional development and networking with engaging activities and demonstrations by Tayo and Dynamico Space and Q2 general membership meeting.

General membership meeting deck: https://bit.ly/FYLPROQ2meeting

General membership meeting video: https://youtu.be/rWzIvv5qls0

Tayo demo: https://youtu.be/2IfMXZ21d1k

Dynamico demo: https://youtu.be/ZgTCxjuWrXI

The weekend’s festivities closed on Sunday with a final Filipino food brunch at Purple Patch.

Photos from the Embassy

About the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)
FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the  Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic  progress of the global Filipino community.

For more information: 

http://www.fylpro.org 

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Filipino Young Leaders Program announces return of immersion trip in 2022

Media Contact:

Leezel Tanglao

leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 25, 2022

Filipino Young Leaders Program announces return of immersion trip in 2022

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is pleased to announce the return of its signature immersion program this November.

The annual immersion trip has been the signature piece of the partnership with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ayala Foundation and FYLPRO since 2012. The program was deferred the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The week-long program brings 15 young leaders from across different industries to the Philippines where they meet with business, community and civic leaders in an effort to bridge and strengthen ties between the United States and the Philippines.

“We are excited to bring this life changing program back during such a crucial and pivotal time in our community,” said FYLPRO 2022 President Leezel Tanglao. “We’re looking forward to sharing this experience with young leaders looking to contribute and give back to the community.”

The immersion program is scheduled to take place the week of November 20, 2022. In addition, the immersion program committee has decided to raise the eligibility age limit to 45 to account for those who might have aged out during the last two years. Previously, the program age eligibility was 25 to 40.

It is the desire of the DFA, Ayala Foundation and FYLPRO to continue this important program to bring more talented young leaders to the Philippines to represent, bridge, and discover their heritage. 

“Although the global COVID-19 pandemic put a pause to the immersion activities organized under the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), the partnership between the alumni network of FYLPRO and Ayala Foundation has only strengthened, as we collaborated on various initiatives, such as disaster relief, for the benefit of Filipino communities,” said Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “As we resume the FYLPRO immersion in the Philippines this year, we at Ayala Foundation are excited to see new possibilities for collaboration and partnership for the greater good.” 

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez reiterated the importance of the program.

“We welcome the resumption of the FYLPRO immersion program after its two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. This clearly demonstrates FYLPRO’s resilience and deep commitment to its vision of advancing the interests and aspirations of the Philippines and the Filipino community,” he said. “We are truly inspired by FYLPRO’s achievements in the past ten years, and we look forward to our continuing partnership in the next ten years and beyond.”

It has been a life changing and transformative trip for many of the 84 alumni thus far. It has led to the creation of many businesses, collaborations and partnerships serving Filipino and Filipino American communities. 

For those interested in applying visit: https://fylpro.org/immersion-application/

Applicants must complete the application form, pay a $20 processing fee, essay questions and obtain recommendation letters by the Sept 5, 2022 deadline (Sept. 12, 2022 last day for recommendation letters to be submitted). 

About the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)
FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the  Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic  progress of the global Filipino community.

For more information: 

http://www.fylpro.org 

About the Ayala Foundation, Inc.

As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation is committed to community development, working closely with communities in identifying compelling developmental needs and providing suitable solutions with measurable outcomes. It implements programs under the following themes: Education, Sustainable Livelihood, and Love of Country.  

About the Philippine Embassy in the United States

The Philippine Embassy’s mission is to promote and protect Philippine interests in the global community. Republic Act No. 7157, otherwise known as “Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991”, gives mandate to the Department of Foreign Affairs to implement the three (3) pillars of the Philippine Foreign Policy, as follows:

  • Preservation and enhancement of national security
  • Promotion and attainment of economic security
  • Protection of the rights and promotion of the welfare and interest of Filipinos overseas.

 

Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces Summer 2022 Class of Tayo Fellows

July 21, 2022

For immediate release:

Contact:

TJ Simba-Medel

tj.simbamedel@fylpro.org

Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces Summer 2022 Class of Tayo Fellows

WASHINGTON D.C. – FYLPRO has selected nine talented young leaders from several states in the US to serve as Summer 2022 Tayo Fellows. The Fellows’ role is to support the ongoing operations of the Tayo help desk, its newly launched call center, and upcoming COVID-19 booster campaigns initiatives and vaccine clinics sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Through Tayo, FYLPRO’s Covid-19 Task Force can identify credible sources of information such as policy think tanks, government agencies, professional and industrial associations, business associations, and social service providers and build a database of resources that the Covid-19 Task Force can utilize in furtherance of its objectives. 

All of these efforts bring Tayo closer to its mission and vision of becoming an Innovative data hub that empower Filipina/o communities by collecting data, fostering partnerships, publishing culturally relevant insights, and developing leaders to create an equitable and sustainable futures. 

It will not be long that Tayo exists to illuminate the lived experiences of the Filipina/o diaspora and will leverage the use of data to amplify our communities narratives and possibilities.

“Our Tayo Fellows play a pivotal role in informing, curating, and executing the adaptive work of FYLPRO’s Task Force through creative, meaningful projects,” said TJ Simba-Medel, FYLPRO Tayo Fellowship Director, “I can’t express enough how important it is to support our young people during these difficult times. The level of dopeness that they’ve displayed while under the inexcusable amount of pressure the world has applied on them, is textbook for dope. Did I say dope twice? I meant dope twice.”

Now in its third year, the Tayo Fellowship Program expands its cohort to several locations in the Midwest and New England area and has accepted a full-time fellow through partnership with the Center for Asian Pacific American Leadership. Through the program, fellows will obtain the unique opportunity to work on misinformation tracking projects and national digital strategy outreach efforts  through FYLPRO’s work with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, respectively.

According to FYLPRO’s Website, the Tayo web help desk is “designed for seniors, unemployed individuals, and front line workers with information to make decisions to safeguard their health and well being during the pandemic. 

FYLPRO COVID-19 Task Force mobilized experts, content creators, and service providers in the areas of medicine and medical research, mental health, government assistance and response, transportation, and social services to provide credible, timely, and community-specific information.

FYLPRO’s Summer 2022 Tayo Fellows include:

Yna Aggabao (she/her) – Boston, MA

Yna Aggabao is the Senior Social Media Manager in the Office of Communications at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. At Harvard Chan School, she manages the School’s flagship social media channels and provides guidance to those who work with social media for the School’s many departments, centers, student organizations, faculty, and laboratories.

Previously she worked at Partners In Health (PIH) as their Social Media Manager, spearheading their global organic social media program. In addition to managing the main PIH brand social media channels, she oversaw the channels for PIH’s care coordination sites and clinical programs. Prior to PIH, she was the Digital Marketing Specialist at New England Conservatory.

Bianca Barredo (she/her/hers) – Madison, WI

Bianca Barredo is a rising Junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Microbiology with a certificate in Southeast Asian Studies. Additionally, Bianca served as the Cultural Chair for UW-Madison’s Filipinx American Student Organization and I currently hold the position of Co-President External. This past spring, Midwest Filipinx American Summit hosted a conference where upwards of 400 Filipinx students from all over the Midwest. Bianca had the special privilege of planning and hosting the closing ceremony and variety show where they showcased the talents of Filipinx and Asian Americans from Fil-Am and UW-Madison Organizations.

Bianca’s hope for Tayo is to efficiently communicate important information about COVID-19 and healthcare, and as a pre-medical student, wants to help the Filipinx population get the necessary medical advice they need! Misinformation is a plague in our society nowadays, so Bianca wants to help the older Filipinx generation navigate their way to finding the correct information. Through this fellowship, Bianca wants to grow their research, professional, and social skills with the help of the TAYO team. 

Samantha Jane Benavidez- Walsh (she/her/hers) – Boston, MA

Samantha Jane Benavidez- Walsh is a doctoral student at Suffolk University, Boston in the Applied Developmental Psychology program. She works in the Youth Development in Context Lab under Dr. Amy K. Marks where she does research exploring colorism within the Filipino community. Aside from this, her work as a guidance counselor in the Philippines and as an intern community facilitator at Somerville Teen Empowerment solidified her interest in promoting positive development in youth.

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and got her Masters in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology degree from Boston College.

Joed Garbo (she/her/they) – Los Angeles, CA

Joed Garbo is a Filipino-American daughter, student, and aspiring health educator. She has a passion for public health, health equity, and mental health. She transferred from Mount San Antonio Community College with an Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer and an Associate in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Kinesiology and Wellness. Now, she is an undergraduate Public Health student at the California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA). At CSULA, Joed is the 2022-2023 President of the Public Health Student Association (PHSA), the Vice President of Operations for the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), and a member of Student Leaders in Sex Education (SLISE) Service Learning Opportunity for the statewide initiative #CaliforniansForAll College Corps. She anticipates to graduate in Spring 2023.

Lorenzo Garcia (he/him) – New York, NY

Lorenzo Garcia is a first-gen third-year student at Northwestern University studying Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Economics. With aspirations to use law as an instrument by which socioeconomic and racial justice may be realized in practice as in theory, he has internship experiences in a plethora of fields. These include immigration law, international trade law, family law, criminal law, international cybersecurity research, and political organizing. As a Farrell Fellow at the Deportation Research Clinic, he is particularly proud to have headed efforts to investigate, quantify, and code the highly flawed pseudoscientific practice of “dental radiographs” arbitrarily used by doctors at detention sites to “prove” detainees are older than they claim, so they can be transferred to adult facilities where they are forced to provide unpaid labor.

Born and raised in New York City, Lorenzo has developed inseparable ties with the arts and seeks refuge in local artistic communities wherever he finds himself. As a coordinator and mentor for AMPED (Arts and Music Programs for Education in Detention Centers), he taught Chicago Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents music theory, lyric writing, and digital music composition, encouraging them to channel their emotions into music-making in order to overcome struggles and self-doubt issues. Additionally, he recently modeled for the UNITY Charity Fashion Show in Chicago, aspiring to reshape the standard of beauty in a way that is inclusive of traditionally underrepresented groups such as Filipino men while simultaneously raising funds to support Chicago artists with disabilities via the Arts of Life Foundation. In his spare time he loves to play the guitar and write songs. Other hobbies include training and hosting events for his school’s Triathlon team, playing pickup basketball with friends, skating, and going to concerts.

Frances Angela Maher (she/her/hers) – Rockville, Maryland

Frances Angela Maher applies her background in healthcare consulting, business development, and life sciences to a broad range of healthcare consulting client projects. She is currently an associate at Avalere Health. Prior to joining Avalere, she held multiple internship positions, including internships with the National Institutes of Health where she conducted cancer research. Additionally, she previously worked with Collage Group as a business development associate, where she helped build new business opportunities and client relationships within the health plans, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, and healthcare industries. She is currently a Tayo 2022 Fellow and was a member of the FYLPRO Volunteer and Mentorship Committee.

Emily Paras (she/her/siya) – Ann Arbor, MI

Emily Paras is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is interested in studying Public Health and is a strong advocate for health equity, mental health awareness, and Filipinx representation in science. As the current Media Chair for the Filipino American Student Association (FASA) at the University of Michigan, Emily manages a variety of social media platforms and helps spread awareness of Filipinx culture and experiences through photography, videography, and other forms of media.

In addition to being a full time student, Emily competes on behalf of the University of Michigan Figure Skating Club and coaches skaters of all ages and levels. In her free time, Emily enjoys discovering new music, listening to podcasts, reading, and playing with her dog.

Ciboney Reglos (she/her) – Madison, WI

Ciboney Reglos is a junior majoring in Global Health with minors in Health Policy and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Currently, she holds positions on campus as the Vice President of the Filipinx American Student Org (FASO), the Operations Intern for the UW Social Justice Hub, and a Health Policy team member for Amnesty at UW. Last year, she served as a conference coordinator for the Midwest Filipino American Summit (MFAS), co-leading the finance and registration teams. Outside of academia, she has experience working as a certified nursing assistant for Global Pointe Senior Living, an outreach volunteer for Annex Teen Clinic, and a volunteer for North Memorial Hospital. Her experience as a Filipina working in healthcare has given her insight as to not only understanding the health disparities that exist within her own community but how those health inequities present in a clinical setting.

At a time with numerous public health issues being brought to light as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, her interest piqued in long-standing health equity issues that have become more transparent, as these now became exacerbated. Her experiences as a Southeast Asian Studies certificate student and Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellow have offered her insight into the cultural nuances that Southeast Asian individuals experience when interacting with Western medical practices. In the future, she is considering the opportunity to pursue a Master of Public Health as a stepping stone to her career aspirations. Her dream job would be to work in a public health or health policy position that works directly with the Filipino community and offers tailored, culturally sensitive services for such individuals. By embracing the intersectionality of her ethnic identity and role in public health, she hopes to create a community for those who have often been underserved in healthcare.

Bianca Vinoya (she/her) – New York, NY

Bianca Vinoya is a development worker and nonprofit professional based in New York. She currently serves as Institutional Partnerships Manager at Breakthrough New York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equitable education for children and youth. Before doing nonprofit work in the US, Bianca worked as a researcher at the Institute of Philippine Culture, where she studied the intersections of urban poverty, housing, gender, public health, and youth in Metro Manila and nearby areas.

Bianca has a Master’s Degree in International Development from Fordham University (where she earned a Presidential Fellowship), and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the Ateneo de Manila University (and was awarded the John J. Carroll Award for the Social Sciences). Outside of work, you’ll find her solving the New York Times crossword or reading investigative articles on almost anything that would interest her.

About Tayo

Tayo, a project of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), is an innovative data hub that empowers Filipinx/a/o communities by collecting data, fostering partnerships, publishing culturally relevant insights, and developing leaders to create an equitable and sustainable future.

For more information, visit tayohelp.com.

About Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)

FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic progress of the global Filipino community.

For more information, visit fylpro.org.

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Filipino Young Leaders Program announces third cohort of mentors and mentees in partnership with U.S. Asia Institute’s IMPACT! Internship Program

 

Contact:

Alvin Adriano

alvin.adriano@fylpro.org

July 6, 2022

For immediate release: 

Filipino Young Leaders Program announces third cohort of mentors and mentees in partnership with U.S. Asia Institute’s IMPACT! Internship Program

Washington D.C. – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) announces 2022 mentor and mentee pairings in partnership with US Asia Institute (USAI) as a means to invest into the youth while providing access to top level leadership and resources. 

The IMPACT! (“Inspiring, Motivating and Preparing for Action towards Civic Transformation”)  Internship Program is a is a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience for Filipino-American young adults to gain a firsthand look at the American government and political system in Washington D.C., to engage civically, and to reflect on the role they, as future leaders, might play in strengthening the US-Philippine relationship. 

As part of the 9-week IMPACT program, participants are paired with mentors from FYLPRO. This year’s mentorship program consists of six bright and passionate young adults and introduces and engages them in government, policymaking, advocacy, and community engagement.

The 2022 FYLPRO Mentees include:

  • Alaine Johnson, Washington, D.C.
  • Steven Gomez Bautista, Jericho, NY 
  • Lana Mae Vanta, Alexandria, VA 
  • Joseph Matawaran, Washington, D.C.
  • Noelle Villanueva, San Jose, CA
  • Zachary Wandalowski, Frederick, MD

The mentorship program facilitates one-on-one, on-demand meetings with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, which consists of FYLPRO alumni and board members:

  • Joyce King, Frederick, MD (Alumni 2019) 
  • Marie Cunning, Phoenix, AZ (Board Member 2022)
  • Lauren Lalicon, New Brunswick, NJ (Alumni 2018) 
  • Louella Rose Cabalona, Chicago, IL (Alumni 2012) 
  • Bryan Ramos, Atlanta, GA (Board Member 2021) 
  • Joshua Ang Price, Little Rock, AR (Alumni 2018)
  • Jessica Velasco, New York, NY (Board Member 2022)

“I benefited a lot from the IMPACT program, and it expanded my horizons to get to know the Filipino-American and Filipino professional community in Washington, D.C.,” said 2022 mentorship committee member Camille Bismonte.

Building upon FYLPRO’s track record of supporting emerging Filipino leaders, the mentorship program builds a community devoted to creating opportunities and enabling FYLPRO to expand its growing membership.  

“We’re thrilled to kick off our second year with an incredible group of mentors and we look forward to supporting our Filipino youth,” commented Alvin Adriano, FYLPRO Chairperson for the Mentorship Committee.  “We recognize the importance of inspiring and educating Filipino leaders and providing them the resources and networks to be successful.”   

For more information, visit U.S. Asia Institute: https://www.usasiainstitute.org/impactprogram

About the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)
FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the  Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic  progress of the global Filipino community.

For more information: 

http://www.fylpro.org 

 

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FYLPRO’s Tayo Launches Nationwide Survey on Filipino Attitudes Towards Vaccination

 

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Leezel Tanglao

leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org

May 30, 2022

FYLPRO’s Tayo Launches Nationwide Survey on FIlipino Attitudes Towards Vaccination

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), through its Tayo project, announces the launch of a nationwide survey to document attitudes surrounding vaccination in the Filipinx/a/o community.

The MAGPABAKUNA na Tayo (“Measuring and Gathering data on Pilipino/a/x American Behaviors, Attitudes, and Knowledge Understanding the Novel CoronAvirus vaccines”) study is a 20-minute survey that will be conducted online and via telephone by Tayo and community partners the Council of Young Filipinx Americans in Medicine (CYFAM). The survey is available in English and Filipino and open to all Filipino Americans aged 18 and above – regardless of whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccine or not.

Led by Tayo medical advisor Dr. Melissa Palma, a board certified preventive medicine and public health physician in Chicago, IL, the survey team includes CYFAM members Abigail Ahyong, Giana Apoderado, Neille John Apostol, Siegried Chen, Diana Del Rosario, Sheena Garcia, Samantha Sumait, Matthew Roces, Mericien Venzon, and Megan Yee, with additional support provided by FYLPRO board members and Tayo core leaders Mark Calaguas, Jobel Vecino and Leezel Tanglao.

In furtherance of Tayo’s recently adopted strategic plan, the survey seeks to not only improve data collection on Filipino Americans specifically, but also assist in the disaggregation of data on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities at large. The longstanding practice of aggregating socioeconomic, public health, and other data under one broad AAPI category oftentimes obscures pernicious inequalities at the individual ethnic community level.

Although Filipinos have emerged as the second largest Asian American ethnic group in the United States, FilAms are vastly underrepresented in medical research. “Despite making up over 6% of the US population, less than 0.2% of the National Institutes of Health budget is dedicated to studying the health of Asian American populations,” stated Dr. Palma. “Often times academic researchers label immigrant groups like Filipinos as ‘hard to reach,’ but in my experience it’s often that they aren’t sending the right people to ask and engage with us,” she continued.

“This survey is vitally important to improve collection of data about us as a community,”  said Leezel Tanglao, FYLPRO president and Tayo project director. “The lack of disaggregated data has made it difficult to fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on the Filipino community. This is the first step in better telling our story.”

The survey, which is generously supported by a grant from the CDC Foundation, can be accessed at redcap.link/FYLPROTayoSurvey. Analysis of results is expected in late fall 2022.

For more information about the survey, visit: https://bit.ly/TayoVaccineSurveyInfo

About Tayo

Tayo, a project of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), is an innovative data hub that empowers Filipinx/a/o communities by collecting data, fostering partnerships, publishing culturally relevant insights, and developing leaders to create an equitable and sustainable future.

For more information, visit tayohelp.com.


About Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)

FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic progress of the global Filipino community.

For more information, visit fylpro.org.

 

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FYLPRO’s Tayo Launches Call Center to Answer COVID-19 Questions from Community’s Most Vulnerable Members

 

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Leezel Tanglao

leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org

May 3, 2022

FYLPRO’s Tayo Launches Call Center to Answer COVID-19 Questions from Community’s Most Vulnerable Members

Los Angeles, CA — In an expansion of its COVID-19 resources, the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), through its Tayo project, announces the launch of a call center to assist community members with their pressing pandemic-related questions.

Beginning as a virtual help desk in the fall of 2020, Tayo has since continuously diversified its culturally tailored offerings to connect Filipinos with vital information and services, battle misinformation, and improve the collection of data through initiatives like educational webinars, surveys, public service announcement campaigns, and health clinics. 

On May 4, 2022, Tayo will bolster its help desk capabilities by piloting a dedicated hotline to address the needs of Filipinos in the diaspora who may not have adequate access to trustworthy and reliable COVID-related information online. 

“Creating this call center is a natural extension of the work and mission of Tayo – to empower our community by meeting them where they are at and providing them with essential information,” said Leezel Tanglao, Tayo project director and president of FYLPRO. “It’s truly going full circle as we leverage our network and resources both here in the United States and in the Philippines to bridge the gap.”

More than ever a resource like this is needed to ensure accurate and culturally tailored information is available to all members of the Filipino community as the pandemic continues to evolve while official guidance can run counter or is often confusing.

FYLPRO was inspired to develop the call center after evaluating insights gleaned from users of Tayo’s web-based platform and determining that seniors in particular felt more comfortable talking to someone on the phone rather than searching through a website for information.

The call center operates everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time and is available in English and Tagalog. 

Callers can call 1 (800) 899-5090 to reach a representative who can address questions on where to get a booster shot or to find a COVID-19 test. 

The call center pilot is made possible by a grant from the Booz Allen Foundation, which also funded the initial launch of the virtual help desk (tayohelp.com). 

“We’re proud to have played a part in supporting FYLPRO’s work to use innovation and technology to make such a positive difference for the Filipino community,” said Christine Hoisington, Executive Director of the Booz Allen Foundation. “We’re impressed with their efforts and impact.”

The call center pilot will run for 3 months.  

The call center launch team includes a diverse multidisciplinary team from across the United States: Tayo project director Leezel Tanglao, project manager Brian Tajo, product counsel Mark Calaguas, medical advisor Dr. Melissa Palma, technologist and special project manager Jobel Vecino, fellowship director Krystle Canare, and risk mitigator/creative consultant TJ Simba-Medel. 

Operations manager Joselito Alampayan and call representative Dhian Perez are based in the Philippines.

“The insights and learnings from this pilot will help inform how we better serve our community and as we continue to navigate life with COVID-19,” said Tanglao. “This is to ensure no one is left behind just because they don’t have access to technology.” 

 

About Tayo

Tayo, a project of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), is an innovative data hub that empowers Filipinx/a/o communities by collecting data, fostering partnerships, publishing culturally relevant insights, and developing leaders to create an equitable and sustainable future.

For more information:

tayohelp.com

About FYLPRO

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora. By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic progress of the global Filipino community.

For more information:

fylpro.org

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Applications open: FYLPRO 2022 Tayo Fellowship Program

FYLPRO Tayo Fellowship Program 

Tayo Fellow

Tayo is seeking its third cohort of fellows to support the ongoing operations of the Tayo help desk platform and the upcoming launch of its Tayo call center. The fellowship is a virtual program and will run from June 5 – August 22, 2022. We are unable to offer monetary compensation at the moment, but please see the below list of other benefits this position offers. 

Why Join Us?

FYLPRO is looking for dynamic content creators who want to focus their talents to help the Filipino American community navigate the COVID-19 health crisis.

In October 2020, FYLPRO launched a web help desk, “Tayo” designed for seniors, unemployed individuals, and front line workers with information to make decisions to safeguard their health and well being during the pandemic. Firmly believing that we are the agents of change, and the custodians of our own community, FYLPRO mobilized experts, content creators, and service providers in the areas of medicine and medical research, mental health, government assistance and response, transportation, and social services to provide credible, timely, and community-specific information.       

Since the Fall of 2020, previous FYLPRO Tayo Fellows collectively engaged in the following projects:

  • Researched and authored over 500+ articles on Tayohelp.com website
  • Developed assets and executed social media campaigns on Tayo’s multiple platforms
  • Produced a range of short to long-form culturally-relevant videos 
  • Conducted environmental scan of Filipino American organizations and initiatives in the Greater Los Angeles area
  • Conducted interviews to identify needs of Filipino Americans during COVID-19
  • Produced interactive community event, “Together sa Tayo” to bring together Filipino Americans during COVID-19
  • Presented at National Council on Mental Wellbeing’s Annual Conference
  • Supported Tayo COVID-19 Vaccine Survey Design & Webinar Dissemination Efforts
  • Curated a viral dance video for the Department of Health & Human Services
  • Curated COVID-19 PSAs for the Filipino community in English & Tagalog
  • Participated in leadership sessions with FYLPRO alumni, discussing topics such as:
    • Combating Misinformation with Leezel Tanglao
    • Self-Care is Community Care with Krystle Canare & TJ Simba-Medel
    • Navigating the Workplace as a Pinay with Anna Marie Cruz, Lauren Lalicon, Ryann Tanap, Jessica Velasco
    • Graduate School: The Decision, Application & Lessons Learned with Melissa Dargan, Brian Tajo, Christal Simanski, Earl Valencia
    • Leveraging Your Community Experience in the Job-Search Process with Frederick Docdocil and Philjay Solar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Why you?

As someone who cares about the Filipino American community, you want to empower seniors, unemployed individuals, and frontline workers with the information they need to safeguard their health and well being. You are frustrated with the misinformation, and lack of relevant updates and trustworthy information that directly impacts the Filipino American community.

About the Role

As a Tayo Fellow, your goal will be to create relevant information to help Filipino Americans safeguard their health, well being, and economic security during the pandemic. You will play the vital role of identifying important information and creating content that makes it understandable, accessible, and actionable for our target population- Filipino seniors and their caregivers, unemployed Filipinos, and Filipino frontline workers.

A panel of subject experts, and recognized leaders in their respective fields, will advise you on pertinent developments, and guide you to where you can seek resources.  They will review your work and provide you with feedback.

You will specialize in two or more of the following areas:

  • Health, Mental Health and Wellness 
  • Medical Advancements and Practical Research related to COVID-19
  • Government Assistance and Benefits
  • Small Business Assistance
  • Immigration and Travel
  • Mobility, Transportation, and Home Service/Delivery
  • Safety and Transmission Prevention  

On a weekly basis you will:

  1. Identify credible sources of information such as policy think tanks, government agencies, professional and industry associations, business associations, and social service providers.  
  2. Attend and participate in information sessions, webinars, and briefings to gather relevant information and updates and summarize the findings; 
  3. Proactively track developments in the subject area for which you are responsible
  4. You will write short and long form content weekly
  5. Attend a weekly coordination meeting, and bi-weekly 1:1 editorial meetings
  6. Estimated 3-5 hours per week

Desired Qualifications

  • Policy or public health research experience
  • Ability to write for Limited English proficiency populations
  • Short form video editing and production skills
  • Familiarity or proximity to the Los Angeles Community is a plus

How might you benefit from participating?

As a writer and content creator, you want to hone your skills, by working with leaders in media, technologists, and subject matter experts.  You have an interest in deepening your knowledge by working directly with experts in the fields of Medicine and Medical Research; Mental Health; Government Assistance; Law and Policy; Transportation, Travel, and Mobility; and Social Services for Senior citizens.  Beyond the COVID-19 crisis, you will have, through FYLPRO, a network of young Filipino professionals who are well positioned in their respective fields, and want to help you navigate your career, by connecting you with mentors, and advocates for you.

In addition, other benefits will include: sponsorship to membership of a professional association of your choice, opportunity to publish and write for the FYLPRO website and contribute to the final published article of project findings. 

You will also have an opportunity to connect with FYLPRO’s membership which includes a network of Filipinos who are leaders in their respective fields.  You can learn more about the FYLPRO COVID response team here: http://fylpro.org/covidresponseteam/

For students at education institutions, we would be happy to sponsor field study units.  Please consult with your academic advisor prior to applying for this program, to see if it qualifies for units at your institution of learning.

Questions? Contact Krystle Canare, FYLPRO Fellowship Director – krystle.canare@fylpro.org

How to Apply

Due 5/18/2022 at 11:59pm ET 

Application Form  

FYLPRO Tayo Team selected to implement a national whole health program for Filipino American youth 

April 21, 2022

For Immediate Release

Contact: Krystle Canare (krystle.canare@fylpro.org)

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)’s Tayo was one of five community-based organizations selected by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement Achieving Whole Health (AWH), a national training program designed to improve holistic outcomes in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Next week, five members of FYLPRO’s Tayo team will participate in an intensive training program consisting of a 3-day virtual training and four follow-up coaching sessions with AWH program founder, Dr. DJ Ida, Executive Director of the National Asian American & Pacific Islander Mental Health Association. 

The AWH program provides creative, interactive and culturally relevant ways of improving both health and mental health outcomes for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander communities. It fills a critical need by drawing on the strengths of community members to train them to become Wellness Coaches. They learn how to take an active role in improving their own health as well as learning ways to help others.

The FYLPRO Tayo Team will be represented by Chachie Abara (Honolulu, HI), Nichole Dungo (Menifee, CA), Carina Gregorio (Los Angeles, CA), Maileen Mamaradlo (Pittsburg, CA), and Aryelle Montecer (Germantown, MD). The team will be supervised by Tayo Fellowship Director Krystle Canare (Waldorf, MD). 

We are excited to offer this program to members in the community. For more information about the program, please e-mail: kcanare@fylpro.org.

About Tayo

Tayo was developed by FYLPRO’s COVID-19 Task Force in response to the ongoing pandemic and to tackle the specific needs of Filipinos in the diaspora and back home. The project features a virtual help desk, Tayo, which connects Filipinos with vital information and services. Tayo’s pilot launch location is Los Angeles, California.

About Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)

FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the  Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic  progress of the global Filipino community.

For more information:

http://www.fylpro.org

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Filipino Young Leaders Program Raises $8,500 for Typhoon Odette Relief

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org

January 20, 2022

(Updated August 1, 2022)

Filipino Young Leaders Program Raises $8,500 for Typhoon Odette Relief

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a joint initiative with the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Ayala Foundation, Inc., has raised $8,500 for Typhoon Odette Relief.

The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, Typhoon Odette also known as Typhoon Rai internationally, slammed into the country on Dec. 16-17, 2021, leaving more than 300 dead and impacting more than 700,000 people across the Visayas and Mindanao.

In response, FYLPRO partnered up with the Ayala Foundation, Inc.’s direct relief efforts on the ground by raising money to help get food and water to the most devastated areas.

“This devastating typhoon has upended so many lives. We are all connected to someone impacted by Typhoon Odette. So we knew we had to help,” said FYLPRO 2022 President Leezel Tanglao. “We hope that the money raised by our generous donors will help our kababayans rebuild and recover.” 

In December, FYLPRO launched a crowdfunding campaign which drew donations across FYLPRO’s alumni, members, affiliated networks and the general public. 

In addition, FYLPRO 2021 President Louella Rose Cabalona secured a $2,000 match from Marie Cunning, a 2022 FYLPRO board member over the holidays. 

“A big thank you to our FYLPRO family, our networks of friends, and our matching donor Ms. Marie Cunning for embodying the true spirit of bayanihan, coming together to help thousands of families devastated by Typhoon Odette in the Philippines,” said Cabalona. “I commend the quick mobilization of our long term partners Ayala Foundation, Inc in providing food, supplies and water to affected communities in Visayas and Mindanao. Through them, we are able to let our kababayans (fellow Filipinos) know that, in these difficult times, they remain in our thoughts and prayers.”

All donations go directly to Ayala Foundation’s on the ground relief efforts across the regions impacted by Typhoon Odette. 

In June 2022, the Filipino Community of Carson (California), added an additional $500 to the recovery relief efforts.

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“Through the power of shared purpose, the Ayala group has so far provided food and water for at least 26,300 families severely affected by Typhoon Odette,” said Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “The generosity of the Filipino American community, through the efforts of FYLPRO, expands our capacity to serve more families as they make their way toward recovery and resilience.”

About Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)

FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the  Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic  progress of the global Filipino community.

For more information:

http://www.fylpro.org

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Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces New Leadership for 2022

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org

January 19, 2022

Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces New Leadership for 2022

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a joint initiative with the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Ayala Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce its 2022 Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Executive Committee:

Leezel Tanglao ‘19, President (Carson, CA)

Jan Paul Ferrer ’14, Vice President (Chicago, IL)

Jean Gavina, Secretary (Chicago, IL)

Fred Docdocil ‘19, Treasurer (Carson, CA)

Board of Directors:

Alvin Adriano, (Washington, DC)

Annalisa Burgos, (Honolulu, HI)

Louella Cabalona, ‘12 (Chicago, IL)

Mark Calaguas, ‘16 (Chicago, IL)

Marie Cunning, (Phoenix, AZ)

Anthony Guevara, ‘13 (Houston, Texas)

Joyce Roldan King, ‘19 (Frederick, MD)

Antonio Moya, ‘19 (Long Beach, CA)

Bryan Ramos (Atlanta, GA)

Sabrina Sayoc (Philadelphia, PA)

Jessica Velasco, (New York, NY)

Mark Lim, Ex-Officio (Washington, D.C.)

Joanna Duarte, Ex-Officio (Manila, Philippines)

The new leadership assumed their roles in January 2022, taking the helm of the nonprofit FYLPRO to fulfill its mission to identify young Filipino-American leaders and reconnect them with their cultural heritage and history; provide professional development to empower them to positively impact their communities; and give them the tools and networks to nurture and grow Philippines-US relations in the areas of government, business, and philanthropic and humanitarian initiatives.

The election of 2022’s board officers marks the first time that non-alumni of the immersion program could officially run for a leadership position. The 2021 board of directors and alumni voted to open membership FYLPRO to those beyond the participants of its signature immersion program in November 2021.

“Meaningfully engaging and embracing allies who are passionate about our mission is key in FYLPRO’s growth and long term sustainability”, said Louella Rose Cabalona, Immediate Past President of FYLPRO.

“On the backs of the leaders that came before us, our nonprofit has grown tremendously in the last two years, making strides in Strategic Planning, focusing on strengthening operations and building new programs – Tayo, FYLPROCon and Mentorship – alongside our signature immersion program. We welcome the diversity of talent and experience our new leadership, both alumni and non-alumni, brings”, adds Cabalona.

FYLPRO 2022 President Leezel Tanglao is looking forward to continuing to build on the foundation set by all previous board leadership, alumni, volunteers and community partners. 

“FYLPRO is at the intersection of a pivotal moment as we celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2022. It’s crucial to cultivate inclusive spaces to foster the leaders of today and tomorrow,” said Tanglao, who is a journalist by trade and is the project director of FYLPRO’s Tayo, a virtual help desk for Filipinos. 

Tanglao is joined by Vice President Jan Paul Ferrer, a First Vice President and Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley and 2014 FYLPRO delegate. Secretary Jean Gavina, a Clinical Strategy Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and Fred Docdocil, Business Development Coordinator for Mabuhay Credit Union.

The members of the 2022 Board of Directors are comprised of FYLPRO alumni and non-alumni from across the nation in multiple industries including business, banking, nonprofits, education, journalism and law. Along with representatives from the Philippine Embassy and Ayala Foundation, Inc., this body will advise and support the executive committee during their terms in office.

Established in 2012 by the Philippine Embassy in the United States in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), FYLPRO annually identifies outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States and provides them invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to distinguished network captains of industry and government.

About Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)

FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the  Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic  progress of the global Filipino community.

For more information:

http://www.fylpro.org

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