FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2020
Filipino Young Leaders Program 2020 immersion trip deferred to 2021
Every year for the past eight years, the annual immersion trip has been the signature piece of the partnership with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ayala Foundation and the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). 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.
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. However due to the COVID19 pandemic and considering the health and safety of our future delegates and DFA and Ayala partners, we regret to report that we are deferring the fall 2020 immersion trip to 2021.
“Our top priority is the safety of our Filipino American communities, and we will not do anything to put the health of our delegates and alumni at risk during this dangerous and unpredictable time,” said FYLPRO President Joshua Ang Price.
As health officials monitor the fast changing situation globally, it is impossible to predict if things will be back to a place where it would be safe to travel and return to some state of normalcy later this year.
FYLPRO is focusing its energies to help and support our kababayans on the frontlines of this war against this deadly virus and with various local programming that support our alumni and the communities we live in.
“We are committed to partnering with other Fil-Am organizations on projects to provide relief and assistance to our kababayans struggling during the pandemic,” Price said. “And we are proud to collaborate with AAPI organizations to stand against the recent wave of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia surrounding COVID19.”
About Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)
The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of high-performing, next-generation leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people.
FYLPRO was established in 2012 by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC 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.
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