𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗹𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗨𝗦-𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝗮𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘂𝗲

For Immediate Release:

November 2, 2021

Filipino influencers, and changemakers are lining up to join GMA Pinoy TV’s Here Now/Hear Now: The Diamond Dialogue at the Day 3 plenary session of the Filipino Young Leaders Conference or FYLPROCon on Nov. 6 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Eastern time. FYLPROCon is a 3-day virtual summit of young leaders in the US and in the Philippines.

Hawaii State House Representative Ty Cullen, musical artist and DJ King Marie, and Dr. Tess Mauricio, known worldwide as “America’s Favorite Dermatologist,” are some of the guest speakers that will share their lived experiences and dive deep into conversations about the Filipino community in the US, and in the Motherland.

The conversations involve different generations and perspectives while celebrating the accomplishments and culture that keep Filipinos connected to each other. The program will be hosted by FYLPRO alumni Ryyn Schumacher and journalist Annalisa Burgos. Other confirmed speakers include veterans advocate Jon Melegrito, psychology professor and author EJ David, community organizer Anthony Guevarra and storytellers Tony Dela Rosa and Kristine de los Santos.

The Diamond Dialogue will explore 75 years of diplomatic relations between the US and the Philippines and will begin with exploring stories post World War 2, and the growing disparities between Filipinos in the Philippines and Filipinos in the United States.

“Our goal is to have rich and comprehensive conversations even though difficult at times, so that viewers can continue them with their families on the dining table,” said Louella Cabalona, president of FYLPRO. “We want to thank GMA Pinoy TV for sharing our stories, especially those from our top caliber panel of speakers.“

For more information about FYLPROCon, including other panel topics, visit fylprocon.com.

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Visit GMA Pinoy TV for details on how snag a free conference pass to FYLPROCon – limited tickets available.

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Breakout session topics announced for FYLPROCon; mental health at the forefront

For immediate release: 

October 21, 2021

Contact:

Kit Zulueta

fylprocon@fylpro.org

Washington D.C. – Among the topics now posted in FYLPROcon.com, panels addressing issues on mental health of the Filipino community will be available on each day of the 3-day conference.

The Filipino Young Leaders Conference on Nov. 4 to 6 just announced its lineup of breakout sessions featuring exciting titles like the following:

  • The Role of Filipino Americans in the 2022 Philippine Presidential Elections
  • How Filipinos are breaking the mental health stigma in their communities
  • Fundraising Basics: What Works for your Organization
  • This Way, That Way or the Highway: Asserting One’s Filipinoness in a Foreign Workplace 
  • Turon or not to run: Live food demonstration and Filipino Street Food!
  • Thinking of Doing Business in the Philippines? Learn from our mistakes.

Organizers have also planned for a virtual tour of Intramuros, Manila, and late night Karaoke and Filipino Trivia rooms where attendees can hangout and connect with attendees. 

“We want to thank our panel speakers and moderators for sharing their time and expertise,” said Louella Cabalona, FYLPRO president. “Until we can travel freely again, I urge everyone to join us and take advantage of the access you’ll have to thought-leaders and fellow Filipinos at the conference.”

FYLPROCon is a celebration of the bridge between the United States and the Philippines, and is organized by the Filipino Young Leaders Program, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Ayala Foundation, Inc. The conference aims to provide a venue to exchange information to empower Filipinos to create positive changes in their communities.

Now with a partnership with The Filipino Channel and GMA Pinoy TV, a lineup of special guests and celebrity appearances are anticipated in future announcements to help advance the event’s objectives of community building.

Go to FYLPROCon.com to register for a conference pass. Vendor booths and sponsorship are still being accepted. Contact fylprocon@fylpro.org for any questions.

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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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Aika, Tricia and Jill Robredo confirmed as keynote speakers for FYLPROCon 2021

 

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Kit Zulueta Furukawa 

fylprocon@fylpro.org

Oct 12, 2021

Aika, Tricia and Jill Robredo confirmed as keynote speakers for FYLPROCon 2021

The daughters of Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo are among the confirmed keynote speakers for the Filipino Young Leaders Conference (FYLPROCon) 2021.

Harvard graduate Jessica Marie Robredo, or Aika, is working for a non-government organization in the Philippines to help people in disaster-prone areas to get back on their feet through livelihood opportunities. She also heads a foundation named after her father Jesse Robredo to continue his legacy of genuine public service and governance.

Dr. Janine or “Tricia” has a Doctor of Medicine with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health. She volunteers as an attending physician for the Swab Cab program, doing COVID-19 tests.

Jillian, the youngest sibling, is a Philippine Science High School graduate and a current college student at New York University with a full scholarship.

As young leaders who have a unique lens in public service and community building, they will share some insights on the importance of role models and creating a legacy.

FYLPROCon is a three-day global virtual conference for young leaders to hear stories, look back and honor those who have paved the way for Filipinos around the world today, and harness the collective strength available to create positive changes in communities as we move forward.

FYLPROCon is on November 4-6 of 2021 and will use a platform called Airmeet. Due to the pandemic, it replaces FYLPRO’s signature in person immersion program, which has been deferred until it’s safe to travel internationally.

Other breakout panels being put together include topics on young leaders in government, including Filipino history and culture in school textbooks, an all-women judges panel, and lessons about doing business in the Philippines. Internet personality Tita Che! who is “everyone’s favorite tita” by Jeppy Paraiso will also make an appearance at the conference. FYLPROCon will have students and young professionals from the U.S. and the Philippines. 

FYLPROCon is still taking pitches for panels that celebrate the bridge between the nations, and highlight stories that inspire our youth to not be afraid to dream. 

Panels will be under the following tracks:

  • Civic Engagement
  • History and Education
  • Arts, sports & culture
  • Innovation, business and technology
  • Personal development and health

If interested in pitching a panel, find out more here fylprocon.com/people.

If you or your company supports the advancement of the Philippines and the Filipino people, download the packets online and consider becoming a sponsor by emailing fylprocon@fylpro.org.

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.

For more information:

http://www.fylpro.org

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FYLPRO to launch Filipino Arts Festival featuring Filipino Filmmakers Panel, Akin Ang Korona Screening and Comedy Show

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Lakhi@chicagoasiannetwork.com

September 27, 2021

FYLPRO to launch Filipino Arts Festival featuring Filipino Filmmakers Panel, Akin Ang Korona Screening and Comedy Show 

CHICAGO – In celebration of FIlipino American History Month, the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is launching Filipino Arts Festival featuring a filmmakers panel, U.S. screening of Akin Ang Korona and comedy show with Rex Navarette and JR de Guzman on October 9, 2021. 

“We are extremely excited to celebrate Filipino-American History Month in Chicago by showcasing talented Filipino American artists, comedians and creatives that will benefit youth leadership programs for the Filipino Community” said Lakhi Siap, FYLPRO Board of Director and Co-Chair of FYLPRO Arts Fest 2021.

In partnership with Asian Pop-up Cinema and Chicago Asian Network, FYLPRO’s Filipino Arts Festival will take place at Alliance Française De Chicago, 54 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. CST with the U.S. screening of “Akin Ang Korona,” directed by Zig Madamba Dulay and starring Nar Cabico, Angel Aquino, Aaron Rivera, Kiray Celis, Kiest Viray and Phi Palmos. “Akin Ang Korona” follows Nanong (Nar Cabico) as his life becomes the focus of a tabloid-format TV show in hopes of finding his lost father.

Following the film screening, at 6:30 p.m. CST, a Filipino filmmakers panel including 3-time Tony and Grammy Award-winning entertainment producer and FYLPRO alum Jhett Tolentino who is set to debut his directorial film starring Dante Basco and Toni Gonzaga, Emmy award-winning Filipinx filmmaker Michele Josue of Netflix’s Happy Jail, Billy Dec who is a 2-time Emmy Award Winning TV Personality, Actor, Attorney and the Founder/CEO of celebrated businesses like Sunda New Asian Restaurants and The Underground Nightclub and Akin ang Korona’s lead actor Nar Cabico will discuss their experience as Filipino American in the film industry moderated by journalist Cat Sandoval.

Lastly, after the panel, a comedy stand-up show with comedians Rex Navarrete and JR de Guzman will kick off at 8:30 p.m. CST. Rex Navarrete has performed alongside headliners such as George Lopez, Russell Peters, Ali Wong, among others over the past three decades. His most popular DVD, “Badass Madapaka”, was filmed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. JR De Guzman has entertained all over the world, having performed for Stand-Up Tokyo and ROR Comedy in Japan, the Jokers Ball in Indonesia, the Badaboom Comedy Series in Amsterdam, and countless other international shows.

“It’s an impressive line-up of notable Filipino Americans in Film from all over the USA coming together for Filipino American History Month here in Chicago! It also is a wonderful comeback to the theater on our third collaboration with Asian Pop-up Cinema,” said Louella Rose Cabalona, FYLPRO President, noting the two organizations successfully pivoted to a drive-in screening last year. “My sincerest thank you for APUC and Chicago Asian Network’s support in helping FYLPRO uplift the profile of Filipinos while also raising funds for our programs benefiting youth leaders.”

Tickets for “Akin Ang Korona” range from $30 to $40. https://fylpro.networkforgood.com/events/34059-akin-ang-korona-us-premiere-fylpro-arts-fest-2021

Tickets for the Comedy Show with Rex Navarette and JR de Guzman range from $50 to $150 

https://fylpro.networkforgood.com/events/34062-rex-navarrete-and-jr-de-guzman-live-in-chicago-fylpro-arts-fest-2021

All access tickets range from $100 to $120:

https://fylpro.networkforgood.com/events/34270-akin-ang-korona-us-premiere-rex-navarrete-and-jr-de-guzman-live-in-fylpro-arts-fest-2021

For more information on filmmakers and performers and to purchase tickets: https://bitly.com/fylproartsfest2021

The organizers encourage wearing masks for everyone’s safety regardless of vaccination status. Alliance Française De Chicago requires wearing a mask when moving around the building (regardless of vaccination status) and social distancing where possible. For the venue’s Covid-19 safety measures, visit www.af-chicago.org/covid-19-information

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.

For more information:

http://www.fylpro.org

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FYLPRO partners with US-Asia Institute to provide Filipino American mentorship

MEDIA CONTACT:

Alvin Adriano
alvin.adriano@fylpro.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 10, 2021 

Six members of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) organization serve as USAI mentors to Filipino American civic leaders

FYLPRO is proud to partner with the US-Asia Institute (USAI) to provide mentors for interns in its 2021 IMPACT! (“Inspiring, Motivating and Preparing for Action towards Civic Transformation”) Filipino American professional development program which took place June 7 to August 6, 2021.

USAI’s IMPACT! program gives young Filipino Americans a firsthand look at the American government and political system in Washington D.C. The mentorship component supports FYLPRO’s own mission of expanding the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora who can advocate for their communities’ interests and serve as a bridge between the U.S. and the Philippines. Mentees are able to tap FYLPRO’s pool of talented leaders for support to navigate their careers.

“Our mentorship program is dedicated to inspiring the youth and encouraging them to engage with their Filipino American community,” said Alvin Adriano, chair of FYLPRO’s Mentorship Program committee. “We felt that the experience of interacting with professional and high achieving Filipino leaders could offer guidance and insight for them. We are very excited to have the opportunity to celebrate our FYLPRO alumni while building relationships and networks for these aspiring young leaders.”

Mentor-mentee pairs were matched based on professional and career interests and met virtually biweekly. Tiffany Batac (FYLPRO ‘16), Brian Tajo (FYLPRO ‘18), Earl Valencia (FYLPRO ‘19), Fred Docdocil (FYLPRO ‘19), Jean Gavina (FYLPRO board director) and Jack Myint (FYLPRO volunteer) offered guidance to help IMPACT interns expand their networks and forge deep connections with other successful Fil-Am leaders.

“It was truly an honor to have an opportunity to help ‘pay it forward’ by becoming a mentor,” said Docdocil, mentor and FYLPRO board treasurer. “My mentee, Andrea, is such an accomplished young lady at such a young age, I’m thrilled to see what the future holds for her and the rest of her cohorts.”

On September 24, at 8pm ET, mentors and mentees will share highlights of their experience with the program on Facebook live. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/FYLPROMentorship2021

FYLPRO continues to expand its mentorship program by connecting its pool of successful alumni and members with like-minded organizations. Currently, FYLPRO is working with the Philippine Graduate Mentorship Program with the Philippine Consulate General in New York. 

For information on partnering with FYLPRO, please reach out to Mentorship Committee Chair Alvin Adriano at alvin.adriano@fylpro.org.

About Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of high-performing, next-generation leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people.

FYLPRO was established in 2012 by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC 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.

For more information:

http://www.fylpro.org/

 

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Filipino Young Leaders Program 2021 immersion trip deferred; FYLPROCON launches in November

Media Contact:

Leezel Tanglao

leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 3, 2021

Filipino Young Leaders Program 2021 immersion trip deferred; FYLPROCON launches in November

Every year since 2012, the annual immersion trip has been the signature piece of the partnership with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ayala Foundation and the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). DFA, Ayala Foundation and FYLPRO plan to continue this important program to bring more talented young leaders to the Philippines to represent, bridge, and discover their heritage. However, due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and considering the health and safety of our future delegates and DFA and Ayala partners and communities in the Philippines, we regret to report that we are again deferring the fall 2021 immersion trip until it’s safe to travel internationally.

In its place, FYLPRO is launching FYLPROCon on November 4-6 of 2021. FYLPROCon is a three-day global virtual conference for young leaders to hear stories, look back and honor those who have paved the way for Filipinos around the world today, and harness the collective strength available to create positive changes in communities as we move forward.

“FYLPROCon is an affirmation of our resilience and commitment to fulfilling our mission of expanding the pipeline of Filipino young leaders and a welcome opportunity to embrace more Filipinos in the diaspora. As we celebrate our 9th year, the virtual conference allows us to amplify the achievements and advocacies of our growing alumni who are all influential personalities in their respective fields in the global stage and engage with each other and other leaders in various communities in meaningful ways.” says Louella Rose Cabalona, FYLPRO President.

It also coincides with the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United States and also to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ayala Foundation.

“We are excited to continue our collaboration with FYLPRO and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. as we launch FYLPROCon 2021. It is our shared goal to provide the next generation of Filipino Americans with a unique platform focused on youth leadership to help build their skills and network in their journey towards a greater youth leadership role,” said Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez. “This conference is very timely as we likewise celebrate this year the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United States and underscore the transformative impact of young Filipino American leaders in advancing our two nations’ common goals, and communicating our vision of a resilient and mutually beneficial partnership for the future. It is because of the Filipino Americans youth community here in the United States that we can proudly say that the Philippines and United States relationship is thriving.”

FYLPROCon is open to the public and offers a special registration rate for students and Filipino organizations. Part of the proceeds go to FYLPRO’s scholarship program. 

Confirmed panels, workshops and breakout sessions will be announced in the coming months. There will also be mentorship rooms, Filipino booth vendors selling products and services, special film screenings, demonstrations, games and more. 

“Thanks to all of you for remaining committed to our objective for FYLPRO. You have stretched your creativity, innovation and I would say, resources for you to remain relevant amidst these situations. You have touched and reached out to many more people, more than you have thought of during normal times, you have surely delivered — leaning on technology, innovation, online platforms so that more beneficiaries and stakeholders are well informed and engaged,” said Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan. “Surely you have rallied not only the FYLPRO talents, but your respective personal and professional network. Indeed, this coming year will be more challenging and I am very confident that with you around with the talents, with the passion and the compassion, with action, that you are performing anything and everything is possible in all parts of the world.”

Cabalona envisions the conference being a vital component of FYLPRO’s future programming along with a Mentorship Program initiated this year in partnership with the DFA and US Asia Alliance and the HERE/HEAR NOW online, a series featuring FYLPRO’s alumni and broadcast on GMA Pinoy TV, a National Television network in the Philippines.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., the DFA and Ayala Foundation over the years. We look forward to an even stronger partnership with more programming founded on our shared goals as we look towards our tenth year and beyond”, shares Cabalona.

Early bird tickets are now available at fylprocon.com. If you or your company supports the advancement of the Philippines and the Filipino people, download the packets online and consider becoming a sponsor by emailing fylprocon@fylpro.org.

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.

For more information: 

http://www.fylpro.org 

For more information on FYLPROCON:

https://fylprocon.com

About the Ayala Foundation, Inc.

As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation is committed to community development, working closely with communities in identifying compelling developmental needs and providing suitable solutions with measurable outcomes. It implements programs under the following themes: Education, Sustainable Livelihood, and Love of Country.  

About the Philippine Embassy in the United States

The Philippine Embassy’s mission is to promote and protect Philippine interests in the global community. Republic Act No. 7157, otherwise known as “Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991”, gives mandate to the Department of Foreign Affairs to implement the three (3) pillars of the Philippine Foreign Policy, as follows:

  • Preservation and enhancement of national security
  • Promotion and attainment of economic security
  • Protection of the rights and promotion of the welfare and interest of Filipinos overseas.

HERE/HEAR NOW: Why Filipino Americans Count: A Conversation on Disaggregated Data

 

Join the Filipino Young Leaders Program, Tayo, USC Center of Health Journalism with partners Asian Journal, GMA NBC Asian America for a special virtual event, Why Filipino Americans count: A conversation on disaggregated data.

When: August 11, 2021 at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET

Speakers include:

  • Rob Bonta, California Attorney General
  • Dr. Melanie Sabado-Liwag, Director of Cal State LA’s Masters of Public Health program
  • RJ Taggueg, director of research, UC Davis Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies
  • Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, president of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association
  • Agnes Constante, Moderator
  • Leezel Tanglao, Moderator

Register: https://bit.ly/whyfilamscount

FYLPRO 9th Anniversary Annual Giving

 

  • Annual Giving
  • Immersion Pics a la Antique Roadshow (tell us why it is important to you)
  • BOD Video Testimonial
  • How to Support FYLPRO Tutorial videos
    • Donate stocks
    • FB Fundraiser
    • Amazon Smile 
    • Sponsorship

For more information: 

http://www.fylpro.org 

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Filipino Young Leaders Program and Community Partners Offer Free Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic in Carson, California and Chicago, Illinois

 

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Leezel Tanglao

leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org

July 31, 2021

Filipino Young Leaders Program and Community Partners Offer Free Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic in Carson, California and Chicago, Illinois

CARSON, California & CHICAGO, Illinois — The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) and its virtual COVID-19 help desk Tayo partnered with several community organizations in the Los Angeles County and Chicago areas to offer accessible vaccine pop-up clinics this summer.

This collaboration among Filipino serving nonprofits and public entities came together as a direct response to the changing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and access to vaccine supplies.

For the Los Angeles County area pop-up held on June 26 in Carson, FYLPRO, along with the Council of Young Filipinx Americans in Medicine (CYFAM), Mabuhay Credit Union, Filipinx/a/o Community Health Association (FILCHA), Clinica Romero, and the City of Carson teamed up to offer second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as well as single Johnson & Johnson shots. 

Initial doses of the two-shot vaccines were administered at a previous pop-up held on June 5.

Read: Filipino Young Leaders Program and Community Partners Offer Free Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic in Carson, California

For the Chicago area pop-up held on June 27 FYLPRO along with CYFAM, Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois, Inc. (PNAI), Live Every Second (LES), Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC), Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago), Gawad Kalinga-Chicago, Midwest Pilipino American Coalition (MPAC), and Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide both the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. The date for the second dose was held on July 18. The events were held at St. Padre Pio Parish that also included blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, and health education along with CPR training. Both Chicago Events provided the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson Covid Vaccines. 

 

“I appreciate the efforts of our FYLPRO members especially our Executive committee and our many partner organizations who took the lead making vaccines accessible for anyone who needs it in LA and Chicago”, said Louella Rose Cabalona, President of the Filipino Young Leaders Program. “With vaccines now available to anyone 12 years or older, yet only 33% of 12-15-year-olds have received one shot, holding events like these in safe spaces is a trustworthy reminder to parents and everyone that vaccines work and they are essential for the safety of communities.”

In addition to regional pop up vaccine clinics, some other upcoming COVID19 related events include a virtual panel discussion on data disaggregation with Tayo in partnership with Asian Journal and GMA in August and the upcoming nationwide vaccine survey aimed toward the Filipino community.

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.

For more information: 

http://www.fylpro.org 

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Filipino Young Leaders Program and Professional Filipino American Youth Bring ‘The Debut’ to new generation in special screening and Q & A with film director

 

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Leezel Tanglao

leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org

July 20, 2021

Filipino Young Leaders Program and Professional Filipino American Youth Bring ‘The Debut’ to new generation in special screening and Q & A with film director

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)’s alumni engagement committee and Professional Filipino American Youth (PFAY) held a special screening of a film that captured the Filipino American experience during the 2000s and discussed the state of Filipino American representation in mainstream media.

On June 29, “The Debut” starring Dante Basco, was screened to another generation. The coming of age film marks its 20th anniversary of the film’s debut this year.

“The stories of the characters in ‘The Debut’ continue to speak to the experiences of Filipino Americans to this day,” said Everett Icao and Lauren Lalicon of FYLPRO. “We were honored to highlight this groundbreaking movie on its twentieth anniversary. As the discussion between culture and identity in America deepens in mainstream conversation, it is important that we lift up the stories that speak to the Filipino American experience.”

In addition to screening the film, viewers also watched “Making the Debut,” the documentary of the creation of the movie. After the film, 2018 delegate, actor and Chief Development Officer for FilAm Creative Meriden Villanueva moderated a discussion with the film’s director Gene Cajayon. They talked about the challenges of independent filmmaking and the importance of supporting and telling Filipino American stories, and amplifying the storytellers in our community.

“Our screening and Q&A of ‘The Debut’ reminds the Filipino American community that there is still much work to amplify our stories,” said Professional Filipino American Youth. “The generational and culture clashes and racism that the characters endure are experiences that are familiar to even our youngest Fil-Ams.”

FYLPRO President Louella Cabalona closed the evening giving praise to Cajayon for blazing the trail in seeking Filipino American representation in mainstream media through a meaningful movie that also intimately touches upon the struggle of FilAms in finding their identity. She also reminded guests to watch out for other exciting events scheduled for this year including the very first FYLPROCon, the Filipino Young Leaders Virtual Conference 2021 in November.

To view that discussion, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/FYLPRO/posts/3915445278564742

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.

For more information: 

http://www.fylpro.org 

About Professional Filipino American Youth (PFAY)

PROFESSIONAL FILIPINO AMERICAN YOUTH (PFAY) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit networking organization for young professional Filipino Americans (“Fil-Ams”). Founded in November 2017 in New Jersey, PFAY seeks to gather ambitious Fil-Ams who are established in their careers for the purposes of building a community of young professionals.

For more information:

https://pfay.org/ 

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