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NEW YORK – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) will launch FYLPROCon, a three-day global virtual conference for young leaders, on November 4-6, 2021. The conference aims to honor those who have paved the way for global Filipinos and harness the collective strength of participants to create positive change in communities.
According to FYLPRO, the virtual conference will replace the annual “immersion trip” of select FYLRPO delegates to the Philippines, which has been deferred due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the health and safety of all delegates and representatives from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Ayala Foundation who usually participate in the program. FYLPRO likewise canceled the trip last year.
Since 2012, the immersion trip program has been FYLPRO’s signature activity in partnership with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Ayala Foundation to bring talented young leaders to the Philippines to bridge and discover their roots. FYLPRO plans to reinstate the program when pandemic health protocols are lifted.
“FYLPROCon is an affirmation of our resilience and commitment to fulfilling our mission of expanding the pipeline of Filipino young leaders and a welcome opportunity to embrace more Filipinos in the diaspora,” said Louella Rose Cabalona, FYLPRO president. “As we celebrate our 9th year, the virtual conference allows us to amplify the achievements and advocacies of our growing alumni who are all influential personalities in their respective fields in the global stage and engage with each other and other leaders in various communities in meaningful ways.”
The conference coincides with the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United States and celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Ayala Foundation.
Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez said he is excited to continue the DFA’s collaboration with FYLPRO and the Ayala Foundation. “It is our shared goal to provide the next generation of Filipino Americans with a unique platform focused on youth leadership to help build their skills and network in their journey towards a greater youth leadership role,” he said.
“This conference is very timely as we likewise celebrate this year the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United States and underscore the transformative impact of young Filipino American leaders in advancing our two nations’ common goals, and communicating our vision of a resilient and mutually beneficial partnership for the future. It is because of the Filipino Americans youth community here in the United States that we can proudly say that the Philippines and United States relationship is thriving.”
Ruel Maranan, president of the Ayala Foundation, thanked FYLPRO for remaining committed to the Foundation’s objective. He said that FYLPRO had stretched its creativity, innovation, and resources to remain relevant. “You have touched and reached out to many more people more than you have thought of during normal times, you have surely delivered — leaning on technology, innovation, online platforms so that more beneficiaries and stakeholders are well informed and engaged,” Maranan said.
Cabalona envisions the conference as a vital component of FYLPRO’s future programming along with a Mentorship Program initiated this year in partnership with the DFA and US Asia Alliance and the HERE/HEAR NOW online, a series featuring FYLPRO’s alumni and broadcast on GMA Pinoy TV, a national television network in the Philippines.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., the DFA and Ayala Foundation over the years. We look forward to an even stronger partnership with more programming founded on our shared goals as we look towards our tenth year and beyond”, Cabalona said.
FYLPROCon is open to the public and offers a special registration rate for students and Filipino organizations. A part of the proceeds will go to FYLPRO’s scholarship program. Confirmed panelists, workshops, and breakout sessions will be announced soon. There will also be mentorship rooms, Filipino booth vendors selling products and services, special film screenings, demonstrations, games, and more.
Early bird tickets are now available at fylprocon.com. Anyone considering becoming a sponsor to support the advancement of the Philippines and the Filipino people may download the packets online or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
—With Jay Domingo/PDM