Cabalona leads the 2021 FYLPRO board of directors

by Ricky Rillera
Louella Rose Cabalona | Photo via FYLPRO website

NEW YORK – Louella Rose Cabalona of Chicago, IL was elected 2021 President of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Cabalona succeeds Joshua Ang Price, now the Election Commissioner at Pulaski County Election Commission of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Elected with Cabalona as members of the Executive Committee were Leezel Tanglao, Vice President (Carson, CA); Jean Gavina, Secretary (Chicago, IL); and Fred Docdocil, Treasurer (Carson, CA).

The organization’s elected Board of Directors and Ex-Officio Director, Joanna Duarte of Ayala Foundation, Inc., appointed new directors to fulfill its commitment to build capacity and introduce programming to serve their alumni Filipino community at large. Appointed were Alvin Adriano, Mithi Aquino-Thomas, AnnaLisa Burgos, Mike Dahilig, Lauren Lalican, and Bryan Ramos.

The new leadership assumed their roles immediately to fulfill its mission to identify young Filipino-American leaders and reconnect them with their cultural heritage and history. FYLPRO also provides professional development to positively impact their communities and give them the tools and networks to nurture and grow Philippines-US relations.

This year is not the first time the organization opens its doors to leaders outside of its alumni. The pool of ten to fifteen delegates selected annually to be part of their core immersion program to the Philippines since 2012. Cabalona believes this will be integral in moving the organization forward. “The diverse set of talent and expertise this leadership brings this year offer valuable perspectives and resources in pursuing our renewed mission in the service of the global Filipino community,” she said.

“We congratulate the new board of directors of FYLPRO. We look forward to working with the FYLPRO nonprofit in boosting the 75-year-old Philippines-U.S. diplomatic relations and serving the Filipino communities in the United States in this time of great changes,” said Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Jose Manuel G. Romualdez.

Both ex-officio directors, Darell Artates (Philippine Embassy) and Joanna Duarte (Ayala Foundation), said they are thrilled to work with the new leadership team.

Joshua Ang Price | Photo PDM File

Meanwhile, outgoing president Joshua Ang Price thanked FYLPRO for the profound honor to serve during the unprecedented past year. He said that despite the cancellation of their 2020 event schedule, which included the Alumni Summit and the annual Immersion Trip to the Philippines, FYLPRO could pivot and re-focus its efforts to support community projects to help kababayans in the US and the Philippines affected by the coronavirus.

During his term, FYLPRO created the COVID-19 Task Force to assist frontliners, virtual Tsismisan Talks series, US Census, and voter registration efforts. It was also awarded a $25,000 grant from the Booz Allen Foundation to launch the Tayo Help Desk platform. “I am incredibly proud of what FYLPRO has accomplished despite the challenges created by the pandemic, Price said. “I know the new leadership under 2021 President Louella Cabalona will take the organization to even greater heights.”

Cabalona has been part of the leadership team for several years. In 2020, she was vice president; she also served as a board of directors for three consecutive years, from 2017 to 2019. In 2015, she was co-vice-president with JP Ferrer, her fellow Chicagoan, according to the FYLPRO website. This year, there are 4 directors from Chicago; namely: Jean Gavina, JP Ferrer, Lakhi Siap, and Cabalona.

Cabalona is a Senior Manager for Data and Analytics Solutions at BCBS of Illinois. In her over 20 years as an IT Professional, she has worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as Walgreen Co., Sears, Discover, and US Cellular. Louella Rose has actively immersed herself in the community by serving in various projects, programs, and advocacies as a creative director, lead singer of a Filipino folk fusion band, a TV, commercial, musical theater actor, business, and political groups. She also writes for Via Times News Magazine of Chicago.

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. Its organizational partners are the Philippine Embassy in the US and the Ayala Foundation, Inc.

FYLPRO continually expands the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora. By connecting them to the motherland, they foster collaborative multinational relationships that create innovations and support the global Filipino community’s socio-economic progress.

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