Filipino Young Leaders Program celebrates 10 years, announces return of immersion program after two year hiatus

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August 8, 2022

Filipino Young Leaders Program celebrates 10 years, announces return of immersion program after two year hiatus 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), which has selected 10 to 15 high performing next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries every year to travel to the Philippines, celebrated its 10th anniversary last month.

FYLPRO was established in 2012 by Former Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America, Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Mrs. Victoria J. Cuisia in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) to annually identify outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States and provide the delegates with invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to distinguished network captains of industry and government.

The special 10th anniversary “Reunite and Reconnect” weekend took place on July 21 to July 24, 2022 in Washington D.C. The celebration was coordinated by FYLPRO board members Joyce King, Jessica Velasco and Sabrina Sayoc.

The anniversary celebration kicked off with a mixer on Thursday July 21.  

On Friday, July 22, alumni and members participated in a Capitol tour in the morning and ended the evening with a formal presentation and dinner at the Philippine Embassy. 

The evening program included special guests Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, Jr., Embassy, Vice Consul Mark Dominic  E. Lim, Embassy Consul General Iric C. Arribas, and Nancy Hsiung from the Booz Allen Foundation.

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“I had the privilege of witnessing how FYLPRO evolved from the time of its launching to when its members started addressing existential questions and challenges such as whether or not it should apply for 501(c)3 organization status or encouraging active participation among the alumni,” said Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, Jr.  “And here you are now, a 501(c)3 organization celebrating its 10th anniversary!”

As part of the program, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ascalon and 2021 FYLPRO President Louella Rose Cabalona completed the final signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Embassy, FYLPRO, and the Ayala Foundation Inc (AFI) extending the partnership until December 2025. Previously, the MOU was signed via a virtual ceremony in December 2021.

The evening’s program also included the official launch of Project Ligtas Bata (Project Safe Child) and a tribute to Francine Maigue, a member of the first batch in 2012. She passed away surrounded by her family on Feb. 22, 2022 after battling Stage 4 lung cancer. 

Lastly, FYLPRO President Leezel Tanglao announced the restart of FYLPRO’s signature immersion program.

“We are excited to bring this life changing program back,” said Tanglao. 

The annual immersion trip has been the signature piece of the partnership with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ayala Foundation and FYLPRO since 2012. The program was deferred the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The week-long program brings 15 young leaders from across different industries to the Philippines where they meet with business, community and civic leaders in an effort to bridge and strengthen ties between the United States and the Philippines.

The immersion program is scheduled to take place the week of November 20, 2022. In addition, the immersion program committee has decided to raise the eligibility age limit to 45 to account for those who might have aged out during the last two years. Previously, the program age eligibility was 25 to 40.

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Applicants must complete the application form, pay a $20 processing fee, essay questions and obtain recommendation letters by the Sept 5, 2022 deadline (Sept. 12, 2022 last day for recommendation letters to be submitted). 

On Saturday, July 23, the day’s activities focused on professional development and networking with engaging activities and demonstrations by Tayo and Dynamico Space and Q2 general membership meeting.

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The weekend’s festivities closed on Sunday with a final Filipino food brunch at Purple Patch.

Photos from the Embassy

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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