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15/02/2012: Search is on for 10 Young Fil-Am Leaders for Funded Program in PHL

15 February 2012, Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. is pleased to announce the search for 10 young Filipino Americans (aged 18 to 35), who are being tapped as future leaders of their respective Filipino-American communities and whose civic involvement and advocacy of important issues could contribute to the further development of the Philippines.

In partnership with the Ayala Foundation, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and Consulates General in Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco are hoping that the program will tap the leadership and talent of second generation Filipino American achievers, many of whom have an earnest desire to give back and contribute to the country’s further progress.

As the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Ayala Corporation, the Ayala Foundation develops, implements, and sustains programs in various development areas, which include education and leadership development; environment and sustainability; technology and entrepreneurship; community development; art, history, and culture; and diaspora philanthropy.  One of the pioneering corporate foundations in the country, Ayala Foundation was founded in 1961 by Col. Joseph McMicking and Mrs. Mercedes Zobel-McMicking.  Its current chairman of the board and president are Jaime Zobel de Ayala and Maria Lourdes Heras-de Leon, respectively.

Among the qualifications for the 10 young Filipino American achievers that are being sought are the applicants’ scholastic achievements and other accolades, leadership skills and accomplishments, active involvement in school or civic organizations, as well as vision and commitment in helping their communities and the Philippines.

Expenses for the travel to Manila of the 10 chosen participants will be fully funded.  They will take part in the 7th Ambassadors, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors (ACGTD) Tour scheduled from July 11 to 14, 2012 as well as a special 2-day program on July 15 and 16, where they will be given the chance to meet with captains of industry, young officials in government, those involved in traditional and social entrepreneurship, and other prominent Filipinos.  Also being considered in the 2-day program are visits to leading academic institutions, information technology sites, and cultural centers.

Applicants should be no younger than 18 years old or no older than 35 by July 1, 2012 and should be ready to travel (possessing valid passports) by this date.  The chosen participants are expected to commit time and resources to engage with the Philippine Foreign Service posts in ways that would advance the causes and interests of Filipinos and Filipino Americans.

The deadline for submission of applications is April 30, 2012.  The names of the 10 chosen participants will be announced in the website of the Philippine Embassy, www.philippineembassy-usa.org, on May 15, 2012.

The application form for the search may be found in the following link, www.philippineembassy-usa.org/uploads/pdfs/embassy/2012/2012-0214-YLPApp.doc.  Questions concerning the search may be sent to embassy@philippinesusa.orgEND