Filipino Young Leaders Program 2019 Delegates Announced

Washington, DC — The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a joint initiative of the Embassy under the leadership of Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, the Consulates General in the United States, and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), is pleased to announce the 2019 FYLPRO Delegates.

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 2019 FYLPRO Delegates (in alphabetical order) are Eileen Agahan from Barrigada, Guam; Sergio Alcubilla from Honolulu, Hawaii; Krystle Canare from Arlington, Virginia; Frederick Docdocil from Carson, California; Everett Icao from Chicago, Illinois; Joyce King from Frederick, Maryland; Bernadette Lim from Berkeley, California; Antonio Moya from Los Angeles, California; Rizza Palmares O’Connor from Vidalia, Georgia; Elle Ramel from Chicago, Illinois; Timothy Simba-Medel from Bryant, Arkansas; Philjay Solar from Boston, Massachusetts; Leezel Tanglao from New York, New York; Earl Valencia from San Francisco, California; and Kevin Zagala from 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. 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 be traveling in a week-long immersion trip to Manila this November, and be provided with the opportunity to interact with Philippine Government officials and leaders in the fields of business, arts and culture, and civil society.

“This year, we saw applications more than double, and we were thoroughly impressed by the breadth and quality of applicants. On behalf of FYLPRO, I am excited to welcome our fifteen 2019 delegates who stood out amongst a competitive group for their accomplishments and potential,” said FYLPRO President JR Calanoc. “We’re excited to see how together we can continue to advance the Philippines and Filipino people,” he added.

“We are deeply impressed with the number and quality of applications received this year, and the selected delegates all represent the dynamism, passion for serving and contributing, and leadership prevalent among the next generation of Filipino-Americans,” said Ambassador Romualdez.

“All of us at the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General take great pride in the current and previous batches of FYLPRO delegates. We are also proud of our continuing collaboration with the Ayala Foundation, Inc., Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and FYLPRO non-profit alumni organization in designing a transformative and impactful immersion program,” the Ambassador Romualdez added.

Established in 2012 by the Embassy in the United States in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), 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 captain of industry and government.

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