Ambassador Cuisia, Ayala Foundation partner for second FYLPro

For the second straight year, Ayala Foundation co-organized the Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro), a program initiated by Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. and the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C.

Held in Manila from July 7 to 9, the program officially opened at the Ayala Museum, with Ambassador Cuisia, Consul General Mario de Leon, AFI President Luli Heras-de Leon, and Ayala Corporation Managing Director John Philip Orbeta, welcoming the ten Filipino American youth who qualified for the program.

FYLPro gave the 2013 delegates the opportunity to immerse themselves in the work done by people from various sectors of Philippine society. The delegates actively dialogued with national government officials, legislators, industry leaders, media practitioners, artists and cultural workers, traditional and social entrepreneurs, and other innovators.

After the FYLPro kickoff at the Ayala Museum, where the delegates had the chance to appreciate various aspects of Philippine history, art, and culture, they visited the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Bulacan. They also visited the offices of various government and business organizations.

The ten delegates, who come from different parts of the United States and Guam, were selected using the following criteria: scholastic achievements and other accolades, leadership skills, accomplishments, and active involvement in organizations. Also considered were their vision, innovativeness, and commitment to making a difference in the Philippines and within the Filipino American community.

The delegates were Julien Baburka (Illinois), Nico Barawid (Tennessee), Rex Brown Jr. (California), Randy Cortez (Hawaii), Anthony Guevara (Texas), Melissa Medina (Washington, DC), Rachelle Ocampo (New York), Bea Querido (Washington), Dennis Rodriguez Jr. (Guam), and Edward Santos (New York).

Aside from Ayala Foundation, which served as the program partner, the 2013 FYLPro was also supported by ABS-CBN–The Filipino Channel (media partner), Ayala Corproration, Chevron, SGV and Co., Planters Bank, Philamlife, Phinma Foundation, and CLSA.  

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