Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces New Leadership for 2023

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December 19, 2022

Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces New Leadership for 2023

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 2023 Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Executive Committee:

Leezel Tanglao ‘19, President (Dallas, TX)

Jan Paul Ferrer ’14, President-Elect (Chicago, IL)

Mark Calaguas ‘16, Executive Vice President (Chicago, IL)

Chachie Abara, Secretary (Ewa Beach, HI)

Sabrina Sayoc, Treasurer (Philadelphia, PA)

Board of Directors:

Louella Cabalona, ‘12 (Chicago, IL)

Fred Docdocil, ‘19 (Carson, CA)

Daniel Galeon, ‘22 (Montvale, NJ)

Jean Gavina, (Chicago, IL)

Genevieve Jopanda, ‘22 (San Francisco, CA)

Agnes Lopez, ‘22 (Jacksonville, FL)

Constancio Paranal III, ‘22 (Honolulu, HI)

Joshua Ang Price, ‘18 (Little Rock, AR)

Bryan Ramos (Atlanta, GA)

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

Joanna Duarte, Ex-Officio (Manila, Philippines)

The new leadership will assume their roles in January 2023, 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 2023’s board officers marks the first time that directors will have staggered one year and two year terms to ensure sustainability and continuity. Other changes include extending the president term to two years, beginning with 2022 president Leezel Tanglao’s term. Tanglao’s term will end in December 2023. The vice president’s role, currently occupied by Jan Paul Ferrer, will be renamed to President-Elect. Ferrer will become president in 2024. A new position, executive vice president will oversee operations, membership and programming and will serve as liaison to all committees. The EVP role does not fall in the line of succession. Mark Calaguas assumes this two year role starting in 2023.

FYLPRO 2022 President Leezel Tanglao is looking forward to continuing to build on the momentum of 2022, with the return of the immersion program, expansion of Tayo and other key programs serving the Filipino community. 

“I’m excited to continue our mission to bridge, represent and discover,” said Tanglao, who is the Senior Digital Director at the Dallas Morning News and is the project director of FYLPRO’s Tayo. “After celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2022, we’re only at the beginning of taking FYLPRO to the next level.”

The members of the 2023 Board of Directors are 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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