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Monday, July 3, 2023

Filipino Young Leaders Program Announces 2023 Immersion Cohort

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a joint initiative of the Philippine Embassy, Consulates General in the United States, and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), is pleased to announce the 2023 FYLPRO Delegates. 

This year’s class marks the second in person immersion program in more than three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s cohort is the 10th batch to participate in FYLPRO’s signature immersion program.

The 2023 FYLPRO Delegates (in alphabetic order) are:

  1. Tracy Badua, San Diego, CA
  2. Arienne Calingo, South Bend, IN
  3. Walbert Castillo, Las Vegas, NV
  4. Nikki Chan, Stockton, CA
  5. Yana Gilbuena, Oakland, CA
  6. Trish La Chica, Mililani, HI
  7. Athena Lao, Astoria, NY
  8. Juslyn Manalo, Daly City, CA
  9. Cindy Martin, Chicago, IL
  10.  Christine Melendres, San Ramon, CA
  11.  Lourdes Moldre, Vallejo, CA
  12.  Christian Osmena, Phoenix, AZ
  13.  Rey Paolo Roca, Norwalk, CA
  14.  Jan Tancinco, New York, NY
  15.  Patricia Tumang, Glendale, CA

In the 2023 application cycle, changes made last year continued to yield an even more competitive application pool in particular, raising the age limit from 40 to 45. The increased age limit gave an opportunity to those who would have aged out during the pandemic.

The immersion program selection committee also instituted a rigorous double blind review process that concluded in a final virtual interview.

“It’s only fitting that with this strong cohort, that they represent our 10th batch,” said 2022-2023 FYLPRO President Leezel Tanglao. “This year’s cohort continues to raise the bar across underrepresented industries, locations and advocacies. I cannot wait for them to take part in this transformative experience.”

This year’s cohort includes new regions represented with delegates from South Bend (Indiana), Las Vegas (Nevada), Phoenix (Arizona) and Stockton, California. Among this cohort are several Fulbright Scholars, an award winning children’s book author, documentary filmmaker and the first Filipino American woman to become Mayor in Daly City, California.

The delegates will be traveling in a week-long immersion trip to Manila, Philippines in August, another change from previous years.

When told about the final 2023 FYLPRO cohort, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said “I congratulate the 10th batch of FYLPRO delegates, who have been chosen to embark on this transformative journey. Their selection for this program is a testament to their exceptional talent, passion, and commitment to making a positive impact in the Filipino-American community and beyond. Their diverse backgrounds and remarkable talents demonstrate that Filipino-Americans have emerged as leaders and trailblazers in various fields, both geographically and professionally. I am confident that their passion, talent, and commitment will contribute to advancing the spirit of innovation, collaboration, and cultural exchange that defines  the “enduring friendship” of our two nations.”

The delegates will get the opportunity to meet and interact with Philippine Government officials and leaders in the fields of business, arts and culture, and civil society.

“As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Philippine independence, we are honored to provide a platform for our Fil-Am leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue with movers and shakers both in the Philippines and the United States. To mark the 10th batch of FYLPRO, we look forward to collaborating with our delegates in creating an impact in the lives of Filipinos all over the world,” said Ayala Foundation President Ruel T. Maranan.

FYLPRO was established in 2012 by Former Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America, Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Mrs. Victoria J. Cuisia in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) to annually identify outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States and provide the delegates with invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to distinguished network captains of industry and government.

About 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.

For more information, visit

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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