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13/07/2012: Young Filipino American Leaders in Manila as Part of Embassy Initiative

13 July 2012, Washington DC. The ten delegates of the Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FAYLP) were among the participants of the 7th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) that ended today in Manila.  The ACGTDT is a project initiated in 2005 by then Philippine Ambassador to the United States Albert F. del Rosario that promotes Philippine tourism among Filipino Americans and Americans alike.  Some 400 people took part in this year’s visit.

The ten young Filipino Americans are beneficiaries of the FAYLP, an initiative of Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. that encourages the youth to be more actively engaged in advocating the interests of Filipino Americans and contributing to the further development of the Philippines.  The FAYLP delegates were chosen from over 360 applicants for their academic qualifications, involvement in school and civic organizations, and commitment to partner with Philippine Foreign Service posts.

Following the ACGTDT, a 3-day program for the FAYLP delegates will ensue, which will enable them to meet with officials in government including Vice President Jejomar Binay, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Communications Secretary Ramon Carandang.  Also in their schedule are activities with prominent Filipino businessmen including Jaime Zobel, Joey Concepcion, Washington SyCip, and Ramon del Rosario.  They are also slated to visit the Ayala Museum, the Gawad Kalinga farm in Bulacan, and the Manila Water site in Taguig.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and Philippine Consulate General in New York, under the leadership of Ambassador Cuisia and Consul General Mario de Leon, have been at the forefront of the FAYLP’s organization and conduct in its maiden year.  The program’s sponsors include the Ayala Corporation, Chevron, Philam Life, Phinma Foundation, Ayala Foundation, Makati Business Club, and ABS-CBN as a media partner.  (END)