FYLPRO officers and directors, alumni, and members pose for a picture with Philippine Embassy officials and partners | PH Embassy Photo
NEW YORK – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) celebrated its 10th Anniversary from Jul. 21 to 24, 2022, in Washington, D.C., highlighting its decade of accomplishments since its founding in 2012. Established by former Ambassador of the Philippines to the U.S., Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., and Mrs. Victoria J. Cuisia, in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), FYLPRO sought to annually select 10 to 15 outstanding young professionals from Filipino communities across the U.S. to participate in its weeklong immersion program.
These individuals are high-performing next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and Filipinos through advocacy and expertise in various industries traveling to the Philippines. FYLPRO provides them with invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to distinguished industry and government network captains to bridge and strengthen ties between the U.S. and the Philippines.
The special 10th anniversary “Reunite and Reconnect” weekend kicked off with a mixer on Jul. 21 with FYLPRO alumni and members, followed by a morning tour of the Capitol the next day. In the evening, the Philippine Embassy hosted a formal dinner and a presentation with most attendees dressed in traditional Filipino formal wear.
The evening program included special guests Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Jaime Raon T. Ascalon, Jr., Embassy, Vice Consul Mark Dominic E. Lim, Embassy Consul General Iric C. Arribas, and Nancy Hsiung from the Booz Allen Foundation. Ascalon and 2021 FYLPRO President Louella Rose Cabalona completed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formally signed by the Embassy, FYLPRO, and the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), extending the partnership until December 2025. Previously, the MOU was signed via a virtual ceremony last December 2021.
“I had the privilege of witnessing how FYLPRO evolved from the time of its launching to when its members started addressing existential questions and challenges such as whether or not it should apply for 501(c)3 organization status or encouraging active participation among the alumni,” said Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, Jr. “And here you are now, a 501(c)3 organization celebrating its 10th anniversary!”
FYLPRO also launched Project Ligtas Bata (Project Safe Child) that evening and paid tribute to Francine Maigue, a member of the first batch in 2012. She succumbed to lung cancer on Feb. 22, 2022.
FYLPRO President Leezel Tanglao announced the restart of FYLPRO’s signature immersion program after a pause for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are excited to bring this life changing program back,” said Tanglao.
The program is scheduled for the week of Nov. 20, 2022. Tanglao said the committee has decided to raise the eligibility age limit to 45 to account for those who might have aged out during the last two years. Previously, the age eligibility was 25 to 40.
For more information, visit https://fylpro.org/immersion-application/.
Applicants must complete the application form, pay a $20 processing fee, essay questions and obtain recommendation letters by the Sept. 5, 2022 deadline (Sept. 12, 2022, the last day for recommendation letters to be submitted).
On Saturday, Jul. 23, the day’s activities focused on professional development and networking with engaging activities and demonstrations by Tayo and Dynamico Space and Q2 general membership meeting. At its general membership meeting, FYLPRO presented its 3-year strategic goals in the areas of:
- Capacity and Infrastructure Building
- Funding and Resource Development
- Programs and Activities, and
- External Engagement
FYLPRO also discussed changes in its bylaws passed in May 2022, such as:
- Renaming the vice president position to the president-elect
- Creating an executive vice president position
- Extending the term of office of the incumbent president and executive vice president from one to two years
- Staggering the terms of office of general board members beginning 2023
- Creating a conflict of interest policy
The weekend’s festivities closed on Sunday with a Filipino food brunch at Purple Patch.
FYLPRO board members Joyce King, Jessica Velasco, and Sabrina Sayoc coordinated the 10th Anniversary “Reunite and Reconnect” celebration.
–With Ricky Rillera/PDM