Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces New Leadership for 2022

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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.

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