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Monday, July 25, 2022

Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces Return of Immersion Trip in 2022

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is pleased to announce the return of its signature immersion program this November.

The annual immersion trip has been the signature piece of the partnership with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ayala Foundation and FYLPRO since 2012. The program was deferred the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The week-long program brings 15 young leaders from across different industries to the Philippines where they meet with business, community and civic leaders in an effort to bridge and strengthen ties between the United States and the Philippines.

“We are excited to bring this life changing program back during such a crucial and pivotal time in our community,” said FYLPRO 2022 President Leezel Tanglao. “We’re looking forward to sharing this experience with young leaders looking to contribute and give back to the community.”

The immersion program is scheduled to take place the week of November 20, 2022. In addition, the immersion program committee has decided to raise the eligibility age limit to 45 to account for those who might have aged out during the last two years. Previously, the program age eligibility was 25 to 40.

It is the desire of the DFA, Ayala Foundation and FYLPRO to continue this important program to bring more talented young leaders to the Philippines to represent, bridge, and discover their heritage. 

“Although the global COVID-19 pandemic put a pause to the immersion activities organized under the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), the partnership between the alumni network of FYLPRO and Ayala Foundation has only strengthened, as we collaborated on various initiatives, such as disaster relief, for the benefit of Filipino communities,” said Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “As we resume the FYLPRO immersion in the Philippines this year, we at Ayala Foundation are excited to see new possibilities for collaboration and partnership for the greater good.” 

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez reiterated the importance of the program.

“We welcome the resumption of the FYLPRO immersion program after its two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. This clearly demonstrates FYLPRO’s resilience and deep commitment to its vision of advancing the interests and aspirations of the Philippines and the Filipino community,” he said. “We are truly inspired by FYLPRO’s achievements in the past ten years, and we look forward to our continuing partnership in the next ten years and beyond.”

It has been a life changing and transformative trip for many of the 84 alumni thus far. It has led to the creation of many businesses, collaborations and partnerships serving Filipino and Filipino American communities. 

For those interested in applying visit:

Applicants must complete the application form, pay a $20 processing fee, essay questions and obtain recommendation letters by the Sept 5, 2022 deadline (Sept. 12, 2022 last day for recommendation letters to be submitted). 

About the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)

FILIPINO YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM (FYLPRO) is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the  Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. 

We continually expand the pipeline of Filipino young leaders in the diaspora.  By connecting them to the motherland, we foster collaborative multinational  relationships that create innovations and support the socio-economic  progress of the global Filipino community.

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About the Ayala Foundation, Inc.

As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation is committed to community development, working closely with communities in identifying compelling developmental needs and providing suitable solutions with measurable outcomes. It implements programs under the following themes: Education, Sustainable Livelihood, and Love of Country.  

About the Philippine Embassy in the United States

The Philippine Embassy’s mission is to promote and protect Philippine interests in the global community. Republic Act No. 7157, otherwise known as “Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991”, gives mandate to the Department of Foreign Affairs to implement the three (3) pillars of the Philippine Foreign Policy, as follows:

  • Preservation and enhancement of national security
  • Promotion and attainment of economic security
  • Protection of the rights and promotion of the welfare and interest of Filipinos overseas.


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