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24/09/2018: PHILIPPINE EMBASSY AND FYLPRO SELECT 2018 DELEGATES

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-65-2018
24 September 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a joint initiative of the Philippine Embassy under the leadership of Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, Consulates General in the United States, and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), is pleased to announce the 2018 FYLPRO Delegates:

1. Amanda Bantug (Washington, DC)

2. Baron Cabalona (Chicago)

3. Anthony Dela Rosa (Miami)

4. Lauren Lalicon (New Jersey)

5. Catherine Luib (San Diego)

6. Charlynne Mae McGinnis (Honolulu)

7. Melissa Palma (Chicago)

8. Joshua Price (Maumalle, Arkansas)

9. Brian Tajo (San Francisco)

10. Meriden Villanueva (Los Angeles)

The ten 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 70 young, Filipino-American leaders across the nation to collaborate, exchange ideas, and continue to inspire a wave of diplomatic innovation. 

The 2018 FYLPRO delegates will be traveling in a week-long Immersion trip to Manila, Philippines 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.

“Our family has grown and I am beyond honored to lead amongst exceptional peers,” said Dondi Leonidas Quintans, FYLPRO president. “We are thrilled to welcome the 2018 Delegates into our program and to show them a side of the Philippines only a select few are privileged to experience. We hope our future partnerships will lead to collaborative, imaginative, community-driven, and long-lasting advocacies between the Philippines and the United States.”

“It was not without difficulty that we selected the 2018 delegates among many outstanding applications. But it gives me great pride to know through the FYLPRO selection process just how talented, driven and inspiring the young leaders of the Filipino diaspora community are,” said Ambassador Romualdez.  “I am confident that this year’s cohort will substantially contribute to the strength of the program and reaffirm the enduring bonds between the Philippines and the United States,” he added. ###