Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces 2021 Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

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Leezel Tanglao

March 15, 2021

Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces 2021 Board of Directors

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in the USA with its organizational partners, the  Philippine Embassy in the United States and the Ayala Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce its 2021–2022 Board of Directors.

The announcement comes as the organization’s elected Board of Directors and Ex-Officio Director, Joanna Duarte of Ayala Foundation, Inc strategically appointed five (5) new Directors to fulfill its commitment to build capacity and introduce programming that aims to serve their alumni and the Filipino community at large. The new leadership assume their roles immediately, 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.

“We congratulate the new board directors of FYLPRO as we look forward to working with the FYLPRO nonprofit in boosting the 75-year-old Philippines-U.S. diplomatic relations, and serving the Filipino communities in the United States in this time of great changes,” said Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez.

Executive Committee:

  • Louella Cabalona,’12, President (Chicago, IL)
  • Leezel Tanglao, ’19, Vice President (Carson, CA)
  • Jean Gavina, Secretary (Chicago, IL)
  • Fred Docdocil, ‘19, Treasurer (Carson, CA)

Board of Directors:

  • Alvin Adriano (Fort Washington, MD)
  • Sergio J. Alcubilla III, Esq., ‘19, (Honolulu, HI)
  • Mithi Aquino-Thomas (Tampa, FL)
  • Annalisa Burgos, (Honolulu, HI)
  • Jen Coliflores, Esq., ’15, (Boston, MA)
  • Mike Dahilig, ‘14 (Kauai, HI)
  • JP Ferrer,’14, (Chicago, IL)
  • Lauren Lalicon, ‘18 (New Jersey)
  • Bryan Ramos (Atlanta, GA)
  • Lakhi Siap, ’15, (Chicago, IL)

Ex Officio

  • Darell Artates, Ex Officio (Washington, DC)
  • Joanna Duarte, Ex Officio (Manila, PH)

“I am so thrilled to be working with Jean, Alvin, Mithi, Annalisa and Bryan, who are superstar community leaders themselves, along with our phenomenal group of Directors that are committed to exceeding the strategic goals we’ve set up for FYLPRO last year. Our Secretary, Jean Gavina is also an excellent addition to our Executive leadership with our Vice President Leezel Tanglao and Treasurer, Fred Docdocil.”, said President Louella Cabalona.

This is not the first time the organization is opening its doors to leaders outside of their alumni, the pool of ten to fifteen delegates selected annually to be part of their core immersion program to the Philippines since 2012 but Cabalona believes this will be integral in moving the organization forward. “The diverse set of talent and expertise this leadership brings this year offer valuable perspectives and resources in pursuing our renewed mission in the service of the global Filipino community.”

“It has been my profound honor to serve FYLPRO during the unprecedented past year,” said outgoing President Joshua Ang Price. “Despite having to cancel our 2020 event schedule, including the Alumni Summit and the annual Immersion Trip, FYLPRO was able to pivot and re-focus its efforts to support community projects to help our kababayans in the U.S. and the Philippines affected by the coronavirus.” From our creation of the COVID-19 Task Force to assist frontliners, virtual Tsismisan Talks series, US Census and voter registration efforts, and being awarded a $25,000 grant from the Booz Allen Foundation to launch the Tayo Help Desk platform, I am incredibly proud of what FYLPRO has accomplished despite the challenges created by the pandemic. I know the new leadership team under 2021 President Louella Cabalona will take the organization to even greater heights.”

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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