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08/02/2014: Hawaii to host 1st Fil-Am Youth Summit

Honolulu, Hawaii – Delegates from across the country are coming to Hawaii for the inaugural Fil-Am Young Leaders Summit on Saturday, 3 May 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Hawaii, Filipino-American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro) delegates announced today, 8 February 2014.

The Summit intends to bring young leaders together to empower, inspire and discuss solutions on how to advance Filipino-American advocacies in similar communities across the nation. Interested participants are invited to register online at www.fylsummit.com. A registration fee of $50 will include conference packets and lunch.

Invited guest speaker for the Summit is Mr. Tony Olaes, a successful Filipino entrepreneur based in San Diego and U.S. Gawad Kalinga Chair, who considers himself a “born-again” Filipino after a life-changing experience in the Philippines.

The increased involvement of the youth in the affairs of the community has been among my advocacies since assuming office,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said. “The Summit will serve as an invaluable opportunity to discuss pressing issues that members of the diaspora confront. I urge everyone to participate in and support the Summit, so together we may also identify avenues for collaboration and courses of action that would contribute to the Philippines’ further development.”

The FYLPro, which was launched in 2012, was the brainchild of Ambassador Cuisia where top Filipino-American leaders were selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in a week-long, all-expense paid trip to the Philippines to learn more about the country. Since then, the program’s alumni, consisting of 20 young Fil-Am leaders from across America, have continued their advocacies in the United States, in promoting Philippine tourism, social entrepreneurship, voter awareness and education, and have launched political campaigns of their own.

The Summit is an event to support the program’s continuity and momentum. Leaders in the community now recognize the potential of Filipino-Americans as a powerful force in community-building.

There are approximately four (4) million Filipino-Americans in the United States, which make up the second largest Asian-American population in the country. The largest concentration of Filipino Americans is in California, followed by Hawaii.

Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Filipino Community Center – a gathering place for all Filipinos in Hawaii and the largest Filipino center outside the Philippines, to support its programs for the community.

For more information about the Summit, please contact Ms. Kit Zulueta at telephone number 808-291-9407, or e-mail faylshawaii@gmail.com. Use the official hashtag #FilAmSummitHI and like FilAm Young Leaders Program on Facebook. (END)