Filipino Young Leaders Program 2021 immersion trip deferred; FYLPROCON launches in November

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September 3, 2021

Filipino Young Leaders Program 2021 immersion trip deferred; FYLPROCON launches in November

Every year since 2012, 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). DFA, Ayala Foundation and FYLPRO plan 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 ongoing COVID19 pandemic and considering the health and safety of our future delegates and DFA and Ayala partners and communities in the Philippines, we regret to report that we are again deferring the fall 2021 immersion trip until it’s safe to travel internationally.

In its place, FYLPRO is launching FYLPROCon on November 4-6 of 2021. FYLPROCon is a three-day global virtual conference for young leaders to hear stories, look back and honor those who have paved the way for Filipinos around the world today, and harness the collective strength available to create positive changes in communities as we move forward.

“FYLPROCon is an affirmation of our resilience and commitment to fulfilling our mission of expanding the pipeline of Filipino young leaders and a welcome opportunity to embrace more Filipinos in the diaspora. As we celebrate our 9th year, the virtual conference allows us to amplify the achievements and advocacies of our growing alumni who are all influential personalities in their respective fields in the global stage and engage with each other and other leaders in various communities in meaningful ways.” says Louella Rose Cabalona, FYLPRO President.

It also coincides with the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United States and also to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ayala Foundation.

“We are excited to continue our collaboration with FYLPRO and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. as we launch FYLPROCon 2021. It is our shared goal to provide the next generation of Filipino Americans with a unique platform focused on youth leadership to help build their skills and network in their journey towards a greater youth leadership role,” said Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez. “This conference is very timely as we likewise celebrate this year the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United States and underscore the transformative impact of young Filipino American leaders in advancing our two nations’ common goals, and communicating our vision of a resilient and mutually beneficial partnership for the future. It is because of the Filipino Americans youth community here in the United States that we can proudly say that the Philippines and United States relationship is thriving.”

FYLPROCon is open to the public and offers a special registration rate for students and Filipino organizations. Part of the proceeds go to FYLPRO’s scholarship program. 

Confirmed panels, workshops and breakout sessions will be announced in the coming months. There will also be mentorship rooms, Filipino booth vendors selling products and services, special film screenings, demonstrations, games and more. 

“Thanks to all of you for remaining committed to our objective for FYLPRO. You have stretched your creativity, innovation and I would say, resources for you to remain relevant amidst these situations. You have touched and reached out to many more people, more than you have thought of during normal times, you have surely delivered — leaning on technology, innovation, online platforms so that more beneficiaries and stakeholders are well informed and engaged,” said Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan. “Surely you have rallied not only the FYLPRO talents, but your respective personal and professional network. Indeed, this coming year will be more challenging and I am very confident that with you around with the talents, with the passion and the compassion, with action, that you are performing anything and everything is possible in all parts of the world.”

Cabalona envisions the conference being a vital component of FYLPRO’s future programming along with a Mentorship Program initiated this year in partnership with the DFA and US Asia Alliance and the HERE/HEAR NOW online, a series featuring FYLPRO’s alumni and broadcast on GMA Pinoy TV, a National Television network in the Philippines.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., the DFA and Ayala Foundation over the years. We look forward to an even stronger partnership with more programming founded on our shared goals as we look towards our tenth year and beyond”, shares Cabalona.

Early bird tickets are now available at If you or your company supports the advancement of the Philippines and the Filipino people, download the packets online and consider becoming a sponsor by emailing

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.

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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.