30/04/2015: TEN YOUNG FIL-AM LEADERS CHOSEN TO EMBARK ON IMMERSIVE TRIP TO THE PHILIPPINES
The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce the names of the 2015 Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro) delegates.
- Freddy Anzures – Designer, Apple Inc.
- Jessica Caloza – Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs
- Jennifer Coliflores – Staff Attorney, MA Public Defender Division Committee for Public Counsel Services
- Anna Marie Cruz – Chief Financial Wellness Evangelist, Financial Finesse
- Ty Johnathan Cullen – State Representative, Hawaii State House of Representatives
- Kevin Gabayan – Software Engineer, Google Inc.
- Angelo Ignacio – Social Media Specialist, World Vision
- Mark Jimenez – Legislative Aide, U.S. House of Representative Ami Bera
- Nicole Ponseca – CEO of Jeepney Filipino Gastropub and Maharlika Filipino Moderno
- Lakhi Siap – Community Relations & Managing Partner, Asian Scene Chicago
“We have another amazing group of individuals with rich, diverse backgrounds, who make up this year’sFYLPro delegates,” Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cuisia said. “These young men and women have truly impressive resumés, ranging from IT practitioners in Apple and Google to the proprietor of successful Filipino restaurants in New York. Welook forward to working with them in the months ahead."
The delegates will take part in an immersive program in the Philippines from July 2 to 9, 2015, which will afford them the opportunity to meet and dialogue with the highest officials and policymakers in the Philippines, leaders of industry, media, cultural experts, entrepreneurs both traditional and social, as well as innovators in different fields.
The 4th FYLPro builds on the success of the programs held annually since 2012, a brainchild of Ambassador and Mrs. Cuisia. Past FYLPro delegates continue to embark on different advocacies to help promote further progress in the Philippines and to further engage the multi-faceted Filipino-American community. The batches have gone to undertake, among other things, political advocacy initiatives, cultural and tourism promotion programs, social entrepreneurship activities, education innovations, Filipino-American heritage projects, and voter awareness and education drives, among other things.
The search for this fourth group of FYLPro delegates took place between January 15 and April 15, 2015. Among the criteria used to evaluate the applications were their scholastic achievements and other accolades, leadership skills, accomplishments, active involvement in school, civic, political, business and other organizations, and responses to a set of essay questions.
Again serving as the program’s partner in the Philippines is the Ayala Foundation, which provides crucial substantive and logistical assistance. Also taking part as major sponsors are Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Chevron Philippines. PAL has become one of the most respected airlines around the world with a young and modern fleet of aircraft and a route network that spans 36 foreign cities and 31 domestic points. ChevronPhilippines, one of the country’s largest investors, markets its Caltex brand of products, conducts geothermal operations, and provides operational support for Chevron offices on four continents. ###