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19 March 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and delegates of the Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro) staged last night an information session and webinar to answer questions and encourage qualified candidates to apply to this year’s program, which is scheduled to be held in Manila from July 2 to 9.

“I invite everyone to apply and be a part of this tremendous opportunity to revisit our country, learn of the progress that’s taking place, form lifelong friendships, create a truly invaluable network, and see how you can be of service to your parents’ or grandparents’ motherland,” Ambassador Jose Cuisia said.

The information session was held at the Embassy’s Romulo Hall and telecast live over the Web to enable participants from other U.S. states to take part.  Melissa Medina, 2013 FYLPro delegate, and Jason Tengco, 2014 delegate, were present to serve as moderator and resource speaker, respectively.  Also sharing their views and helping answer questions were other FYLPro delegates who joined online, including Bea Querido, Louella Cabalona, JR Calanoc, Ryyn Chua, JP Ferrer and Ryan Letada.

The event also served as an opportunity for young Filipino American professionals in the metropolitan DC area to network and socialize.  Engagement with second and third generation Filipino Americans has been among Ambassador Cuisia’s advocacies.  “The FYLPro is about tapping the desire of the next generation of Filipino Americans to help advance the interests of their communities, contribute to the Philippines’ further development, and strengthen Philippines-U.S. people-to-people ties,” he said.

The initiative began in 2012 and affords delegates to dialogue with the highest officials and policymakers in the Philippines, leaders of industry, legislators, media, artists and cultural experts, traditional and social entrepreneur, and innovators in different fields.  The project is undertaken in partnership with the Ayala Foundation and counts several of the Philippines’ largest and most reputable companies among its program sponsors.

The search for the 2015 FYLPro delegates was announced last January.  The deadline for submission of applications is March 30, 2015.  Interested parties may find additional information concerning the program, including qualifications and the application form, at www.FYLPro.com. ###


19 March 2015

Former FYLPro delegates and applicants attended the webinar hosted by the Philippine Embassy on 18 March 2015. They were joined by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Consul General Emil T. Fernandez. (Embassy Photo by Ivan Gonzales)