| Screengrab from FYLPRO’s video
NEW YORK – The Filipino Young Leaders Program’s (FYLPRO) signature immersion program returns this November, FYLPRO has announced. The program, which takes participants to travel to the Philippines, has been in partnership with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ayala Foundation since 2012. However, FYLPRO deferred travel to the Philippines for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The week-long program brings 15 young leaders from different industries to the Philippines, where they meet with business, community, and civic leaders to bridge and strengthen ties between the United States and the Philippines.
“We are excited to bring this life-changing program back during such a crucial and pivotal time in our community,” said FYLPRO 2022 President Leezel Tanglao. “We’re looking forward to sharing this experience with young leaders looking to contribute and give back to the community.”
The immersion program is scheduled to take place the week of Nov 20, 2022. In addition, 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 program age eligibility was 25 to 40.
“Although the global COVID-19 pandemic put a pause to the immersion activities organized under the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), the partnership between the alumni network of FYLPRO and Ayala Foundation has only strengthened as we collaborated on various initiatives, such as disaster relief, for the benefit of Filipino communities,” said Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “As we resume the FYLPRO immersion in the Philippines this year, we at Ayala Foundation are excited to see new possibilities for collaboration and partnership for the greater good.”
Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez reiterated the importance of the program.
“We welcome the resumption of the FYLPRO immersion program after its two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. This clearly demonstrates FYLPRO’s resilience and deep commitment to its vision of advancing the interests and aspirations of the Philippines and the Filipino community,” he said. “We are truly inspired by FYLPRO’s achievements in the past ten years, and we look forward to our continuing partnership in the next ten years and beyond.”
FYLPRO said the program had been a life-changing and transformative trip for many of the 84 alumni thus far. It has led to many businesses, collaborations, and partnerships serving Filipino and Filipino American communities.
Those interested in applying, please visit https://fylpro.org/immersion-application/ Applicants must complete the application form, pay a $20 processing fee and essay questions and obtain recommendation letters by Sept 5, 2022 deadline. Sept 12, 2022, is the last day to submit letters of recommendation.
–With Jay Domingo/PDM