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11/02/2014: Hawaii to host 1st Fil-Am Youth Summit

Delegates from across the country will converge in Hawaii for the inaugural Fil-Am Young Leaders' Summit on Saturday, 3 May 2014 at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Hawaii, Filipino-American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro) alumni announced last Friday.

The Summit intends to bring young leaders together to empower, inspire, and discuss solutions on how to advance Filipino-American advocacies in similar communities across the nation. Interested participants are invited to register online at A reigstration fee of US$50 will cover conference kits and lunch for the one-day summit.

Mr. Tony Olaes, chair of Gawad Kalinga in the US and a successful Filipino entrepreneur based in San Diego, is confirmed to be the Summit's invited guest speaker. Mr. Olaes, who says he had a life-changing experience in the Philippines, refers to himself as a "born-again Filipino".

The Filipino-American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro), the brainchild of Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Jose L. Cuisia, was launched in 2012 to identify and engage top young leaders from the Filipino-American community in the process of developing programs and policies, as well as advocating issues, that affect the Filipino-American community in the United States.

FYLPro delegates participate in a week-long immersion trip to the Philippines to learn more about the country and meet key members of the public and private sector. Each year, ten candidates are selected from hundreds of applicants from all over the United States to participate in the program.

Since then, the program's alumni have continued their advocacies in the United States across various fields, which include, among others, promoting Philippine tourism, social entrepreneurship, and voter awareness and education. Some alumni have become politically active, launching campaigns of their own within their own communities.

"The increased involvement of the youth in the affairs of the community has been among my advocacies since assuming office," Ambassador Cuisia explained. "The Summit will serve as an invaluable opportunity to discuss pressing issues that members of the diaspora confront. I urge everyon eto partiicpate in and support the Summit, so together we may also identify avenues for collaboration and courses of action that would contribute to the Philippines' further development."

The Honolulu Summit aims to support the continuity and momentum of FYLPro, as well as build awareness within the United States of the unique concerns and needs of the Filipino-American community. Approximately four million Filipino-Americans call the United States home, comprising the second largest Asian-American population in the country. The largest concentration of Filipino Americans is in California, followed by Hawaii.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Filipino Community Center, which serves as a gathering place for all Filipinos in Hawaii and the largest Filipino center outside the Philippines, to support its programs for the community.

For more information about the Summit, contact the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu at (808) 395 6316 to 19 or Ms. Kit Zulueta at (808) 291 9407, email, subject line FIL-AM YOUTH SUMMIT, or add FilAm Young Leaders Program on Facebook. The program's official hashtag is #FilAmSummitHI.