At least 15 young Filipinos will join a prestigious network of Filipino-American leaders to collaborate and exchange ideas on diplomatic innovation.
The 15 will form this year’s batch of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a joint initiative of the Philippine Embassy, Consulates General in the US, and Ayala Foundation Inc.
“Due to an overwhelming response in high-quality applicants this year, the traditional number of ten delegates has been increased to 15 to reflect the growth of the Filipino-American population and the expansion of the FYLPRO program,” the Philippine Embassy in Washington said (http://philippineembassy-usa.org/philippine-embassy-and-fylpro-announce-2019-delegates-ten-delegates-increased-to-15-due-to-overwhelming-number-of-applicants/).
It said this year’s 15 delegates include:
Sergio Alcubilla (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Krystle Canare (Arlington, Virginia)
Frederick Docdocil (Carson, California)
Everett Icao (Chicago, Illinois)
Eileen Agahan Igcasenza (Barrigada, Guam)
Joyce King (Frederick, Maryland)
Bernadette Lim (Berkeley, California)
Antonio Moya (Los Angeles, California)
Rizza Palmares O’Connor (Vidalia, Georgia)
Elle Ramel (Chicago, Illinois)
Timothy Simba-Medel (Bryant, Arkansas)
Philjay Solar (Boston, Massachusetts)
Leezel Tanglao (New York, New York)
Earl Valencia (San Francisco, California)
Kevin Zagala (Redwood City, California)
“The 15 leaders have carried out inspiring work in their communities driven by their passions for the Filipino culture and the advancement of Philippine interests and advocacies in the United States,” the embassy said.
It added they now “join a prestigious network of 85 young, Filipino-American leaders across the nation to collaborate, exchange ideas, and continue to inspire a wave of diplomatic innovation.”
The 2019 FYLPRO delegates will travel in a week-long immersion trip to Manila this November and will interact with Philippine government officials and leaders in the fields of business, arts and culture, and civil society.
Established in 2012 by the Philippine Embassy in the United States in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc., FYLPRO annually identifies outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States and provide them invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to a distinguished network captains of industry and government.