Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces New Leadership for 2024

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December 20, 2023

Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces New Leadership for 2024

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 2024 Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Executive Committee:

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

Genevieve Jopanda ‘22, President-Elect (San Francisco, CA)

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

Chachie Abara, Secretary (Ewa Beach, HI)

Sabrina Sayoc, Treasurer (Philadelphia, PA)

Leezel Tanglao ‘19, Immediate Past President (Dallas, TX)

Board of Directors:

JR Calanoc, ‘12 (San Francisco, CA)

Daniel Galeon, ‘22 (Montvale, NJ)

Yana Gilbuena-Babu, ‘23 (Oakland, CA)

Agnes Lopez, ‘22 (Jacksonville, FL)

Christine Melendres, ‘23 (San Ramon, CA)

Lourdes Moldre, ‘23 (Vallejo, CA)

Christian Osmena, ‘23 (Phoenix, AZ)

Constancio Paranal III, ‘22 (Honolulu, HI)

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

Paolo Roca, ‘23 (Norwalk, CA)

Advisory Board:

Mark Lim, (Washington, D.C.)

Joanna Duarte, (Manila, Philippines)

The new leadership will assume their roles in January 2024. New this year is the creation of the non-voting role of Immediate Past President, in which 2022-2023 president Leezel Tanglao will transition to in January 2024. Immediate Past President is a member of the Executive Committee and is to ensure operational continuity.

“I am extremely humbled to lead this great organization for the next two years. My predecessors have raised the bar each term. I am proud to take on the reign and challenges to elevate FYLPRO to a higher level. I am confident that we can achieve this challenge with the guidance of our recently passed strategic plan.  Most importantly, “ang karanasan ay mabuting guro”. (experience is the best teacher),” said 2024 FYLPRO President Jan Paul Ferrer. “I believe that we can accomplish our goals and mission by inspiring members, alumni and community partners to collaborate. We have a very experienced Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Madaling sabihin, mahirap gawin. (easier said than done) Hence, I look forward to their guidance and support in leading FYLPRO.” 

The members of the 2024 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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