FYLPRO at the White House: Alumni attend Celebration for Filipino American History Month

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2015

Media Contact:
Louella Cabalona | Vice President, FYLPRO
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FYLPRO at the White House: Alumni attend Celebration for Filipino American History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FYLPRO alumni on Oct. 2 will attend the Celebration of Filipino American History Month, a White House event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building organized by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the White House Office of Public Engagement, FYLPRO President Bea Querido announced today.

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“It is an honor for FYLPRO to be invited to this exclusive event,” Querido said. “We appreciate all the work of the White House Initiative on AAPI to put on this celebration for the Filipino community, and we are grateful that FYLPRO is included to participate in this special event. More importantly, we are looking forward to meeting with more Fil-Am leaders who can share experiences and collaboration opportunities that can lead to positive and sustainable impacts on our community.”

Among the alumni attending the event include Jason Tengco (DC), Ryyn Schumacher (CA), Jennifer Coliflores (MA), JP Ferrer (IL), Ty Cullen (HI), Kevin Gabayan (CA), Mike Dahilig (HI), Freddy Anzures (CA), Adette Contreras (NY), Jessica Caloza (DC), Nicole Ponseca (NY), RJ Diokno (DC), and Lakhi Siap (IL).

Mike DahiligThe Celebration will feature discussions with Administration officials and prominent Filipino Americans, as well as performances by distinguished Filipino American artists. The AAPI Initiative is under the U.S. Department of Education and works to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by increased access and participation to federal programs and encouraging involvement in public service and civic engagement opportunities.
FYLPRO alumnus Mike Dahilig, Kauai County planning director from Hawaii, said there are Filipinos everywhere and there are so many individuals who are engaged with their respective communities.

“It’s exciting to learn about what others are doing and what challenges they face since it’s likely there are common issues we are all trying to address,” Dahilig said.

Lakhi Siap“October is the month to celebrate our culture and history as Filipino Americans,” FYLPRO alumnus from Chicago Lakhi Siap said. “Let’s embrace this time of year and continue to find ways to work together to advance our community programs and initiatives which create opportunities for future generations.”

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FYLPRO is a nonprofit organization of high-performing, next-generation leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people. FYLPRO was established in 2012 by Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America, Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. in cooperation with Ayala Foundation Inc. to provide delegates with invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to a distinguished network of captains of industry and government. For more information on FYLPRO, visit fylpro.org.

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